Myers scores hat trick in exhibition against Idaho

WSU soccer grabs 3-1 win over rival Vandals without several key players



Sophomore forward Makamae Gomera-Stevens rushes downfield during the exhibition game against Idaho on Sunday at Martin Stadium. Freshman forward Molly Myers scored all three of WSU’s goals in the game.

LEXI MCGONEGLE , Evergreen reporter

Cougar soccer secured a 3-1 win over Idaho in an exhibition game at Martin Stadium on Sunday.

WSU also defeated the Vandals this past regular season 3-0 on the Lower Soccer Field.

Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said the team has come a long way as a group over the last four years and that there are no signs of them slowing down now.

“We’ve done extremely well up until this point,” Shulenberger said. “We’re not so much hunting anymore and have now become the hunted.”

Playing with a completely different active roster than they had in the fall, the Cougars came out and played almost identically to how they did this past season that saw them advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

WSU was without star forward Morgan Weaver — who is at the Thorns Invitational with the U-23 National Team — and several key players who were sidelined due to injuries.

“The injuries are still plaguing us,” Shulenberger said. “We unfortunately only had one or two starters from the fall season out there today.”

The Cougars trailed by one goal after 45 minutes of action, but quickly bounced back in the second half thanks to three goals from freshman forward Molly Myers.

Myers tied up the game 49 seconds into the second half with a strike across the field. Just a few minutes later, Myers netted her second goal off a pass from freshman forward Hailey Smith.

WSU got its third goal of the afternoon to put the game away when junior forward Katie Jones found Myers on a cross to complete the hat trick.

Shulenberger said he wants to make sure the team can come into these exhibition games, take control and get a result.

“One of our main goals is to take care of business when we need to, and we most definitely did that today,” Shulenberger said.

The Cougars will look to secure another win against University of British Colombia at noon Sunday for their final home exhibition match of the spring.