Women’s Soccer travels to Idaho to battle Broncos

Kurt Schroeder, Evergreen Soccer reporter

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After strong performances at home over the weekend, the WSU women’s soccer team heads to southern Idaho to take on the Boise State Broncos today at 4 p.m.

The Cougs hope to carry the momentum of two shutout victories over the weekend on the road and continue the solid all-around play.

“We went out and had a good training session this morning to prepare for Boise, a strong Boise team,” said Head Coach Keidane McAlpine. “We’ve got our work cut out for us this weekend.”

Senior forward Micaela Castain scored at least one goal in each of WSU’s three games thus far and looks to continue her strong start to the season.

McAlpine attributes the high level of play from Castain to her tremendous work ethic.

“This is a testament to the work she’s put in,” he said.

Castain solidified herself as the team’s top scoring option this season, and has thrived while taking on more leadership responsibilities, McAlpine said.

Sophomore forward Kourtney Guetlein adds another piece to the offensive equation, working with Castain to set the table for other teammates.

“(Kourtney’s) got some intangibles. She’s strong, fast, tall, physically gifted so to impose herself will also help Micaela,” said McAlpine. “Kourtney has been absolutely fantastic and we expect her to continue to grow.”

Depth has also been a big part in the Cougars’ success, with strong bench production continuing the high level of play to complement the starters when they are taking breathers.

“We’re trying to add that depth to make sure we can make a good run through the rest of non-conference and into the Pac-12,” McAlpine said.

WSU will need to continue winning and playing strong through non-conference play in order to prepare for a tough conference schedule.

“The Pac-12 has definitely done very well,” said McAlpine. “It’s going to be a fun Pac-12 season. The difference between top and bottom is much, much tighter this year.”

The Cougs will not play in Pullman for game days for a while. The trip to Boise is just the start of a long road trip, which will pose different challenges for the team along the way.

“This is where our real growth comes from, and we’ll have to rely on our upperclassman and their experience,” McAlpine said. “Now it’s just about execution. We have to find ways even when it might not be easy to get results.”

Boise State comes to play Thursday with a 2-2-0 record after defeating Creighton and Washington, while losing to both Seattle University and Idaho State in overtime.

WSU leads the all-time series against the Broncos 2-0 with a 2-0 win in 1999 and a 6-0 win last season.