Cougar soccer makes history in upset fashion


OLIVER McKENNA | Daily Evergreen file

Utah junior forward Max Flom moves the ball toward the WSU goal as Cougar freshman defender Aaqila McLyn attempts a steal during the Oct. 1 match.

JACOB MOORE, Former Evergreen sports editor

Cougar soccer’s season continues as the team upset No. 20 University of Tennessee in a shootout after two overtime periods Friday. WSU was down by a goal with just over 11 minutes to play in the regular period until a shot by senior defender Kelsee Crenshaw evened up the score.

The Vols got the penalty shootout period under way with a goal by redshirt sophomore defender Katie Cousins. WSU immediately responded with a shot by junior midfielder Maegan O’Neill. The next two goals were made by Cougar athletes while Tennessee was unable to score again, ending the game.

This is the first time in program history WSU will compete in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars have two postseason wins in the previous week after not winning a playoff game since 2009.

Both wins have come in upset fashion as WSU took down No. 8 University of Central Florida on Nov. 11.

“Here’s this little old team from Washington State, Pullman, Washington that comes to Orlando and beats an unbelievable UCF team, knocks them out,” WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said, according to WSU Athletic Communications. “Then, comes down here and plays a fantastic Tennessee team.”

The Knights scored a goal on themselves and the Cougars’ defense held UCF from adding any points on offense.

WSU is one of 16 teams remaining in the tourney. The team will stay put to compete against a Florida school in the quarterfinals.

“When we packed two weeks ago I told the team we’re coming here to win and we’re coming here to stay,” Shulenberger said. “Pack your bags and we’re going to go out on this journey.”

Reporting by Jacob Moore