Soccer plays No. 1 seed Virginia in NCAA

Cougars play powerhouse team in second round of NCAA tournament



Junior defender Brianna Alger defends the ball from Memphis on Nov. 15 at the Lower Soccer Field.

JACLYN SEIFERT, Evergreen reporter

Washington State soccer will continue play in the NCAA tournament in the second round against the No. 3 University of Virginia Cavaliers at 4 p.m. PCT Friday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Cavaliers (17-1-3,6-0-3) are one of four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. This was the first time Virginia has seen the No. 1 seed since 2015 and the 10th season as a top-four seed.

Washington State (13-6-1, 5-5-1) and Virginia have played twice in the two program’s history. The last time the two teams met was also in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2011. The Cavaliers hosted in Charlottesville and beat the Cougars 3-0.

Virginia leads the nation in five different offensive top ten rankings. They are the fourth scoring offense with 2.9 goals per game, fourth in goals scored with 61, fifth in points per game with 8.19, sixth in total points with 172 and 10th in total assists with 50.

Washington State recently came off a packed-house home 1-0 win against the University of Memphis Tigers in the first round of the tournament.

Junior midfielder Makamae Gomera-Stevens scored for the Cougars in the second half to make the score 1-0. This was her first NCAA Tournament goal. The Cougars had 16 shots, seven shots on goal and 11 corner kicks during the match.

Virginia recently hosted and beat the University of Radford (16-6-0, 7-3-0) to win 3-0. They had three different players score. They had 34 shots, 18 shots on goal, and nine corner kicks.

Virginia’s senior forward Meghan McCool and freshman forward Diana Ordonez are both tied for 10th in the nation in an 11-person tie for goals scored with 14. Washington State’s senior forward Morgan Weaver is tied 14th in a 21-person tie for goals scored with 11.

McCool had six game-winning goals this season. This year she had 69 shots and 35 shots on goal. Weaver had two game-winning goals this season. This year she has had 106 shots and 45 shots on goal. Gomera-Stevens leads the Cougars in game-winning goals with three.

The winner of the match will advance to either play the University of West Virginia or Central Connecticut State. The two teams will play at 1 p.m. PCT on Friday.

Kickoff will begin at 4 p.m. PCT Friday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The match can be viewed live on the Atlantic Coast Conference Network operated by ESPN.