Cougs spear Wahine

WSU soccer has perfect weekend in Hawai’i with three wins



The women’s soccer team celebrates during a match against James Madison University on Sept. 1 at the Lower Soccer Field.

JACLYN SEIFERT, Evergreen reporter

No. 24 Washington State Cougars defeated the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Rainbow Wahine (2-5-1) 1-0 in their second to last nonconference game in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday.

With 743 in attendance, WSU (7-1-0) took the lead in the 41st minute with a header goal from redshirt senior midfielder Shayna Whieldon. Outjumping her opponents, Whieldon was in the air to get the Cougars on the board against Hawai’i.

This was Whieldon’s second goal of the season. Her first was a goal from a penalty kick against the University of Montana earlier this year. It was also the 14th first-half goal of the season for Washington State.

Junior Brianna Alger assisted the goal, chipping Whieldon the ball from a free kick from the right side of the field. Alger retook the lead for assists with five.

The last time the Cougars played the Wahine was in Waipahu, Hawaii, in 2014, winning 3-1 over the team. WSU kept its winning streak against Hawai’i with a clean 7-0 record.

Washington State had 11 total shots on goal and six corners, while the Wahine only shot two and had two corners.

It was the Wahine goalkeeper Alexis Mata who almost surpassed her career-high record in saves, just shy by two with 10 saves and 18 shots.

A shot by senior forward Morgan Weaver in the 77th minute could have put the Cougars 2-0 against the Wahine, but Mata had a big save just tipping off of her left hand to stop Weaver from her sixth goal this season.

Weaver leads her team with five goals with Stanford transfer and graduate student Averie Collins following close behind her with four.

Graduate student goalkeeper Ella Dederick had her 23rd career shutout. This put Dederick only one more spot away from the all-time record with 43 victories in the back of the net.