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WSU Soccer Begins NCAA Tournament Run At Kentucky

I meant to do more with this earlier in the week, but if you're looking for a bright light in the blight that has again been this football season, the WSU soccer team has made its way to the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years, and the Cougars begin their quest for a title at Kentucky today at 4 p.m. PDT.

The game apparently is available via streaming at Kentucky's athletic site, so please use this as a game thread as you watch the game before the probable football result later in the evening.

It all starts on defense for the Cougars, who are led by their outstanding freshman goalkeeper, Gurveen Clair. She was second in the Pac-12 in goals against average, saves and save percentage. She ranked 20th nationally in goals against and 17th in save percentage. Her seven shutouts are one shy of the school record, and the 0.63 goals against by the team is the lowest in school history.

WSU's attack is led by freshman Jocelyn Jeffers (seven goals, five assists) and junior Brandi Vega (six goals, five assists). Vega is tied for ninth in school history with 13 goals. Kentucky, however, will have the best offensive weapon on the pitch in senior Kelsey Hunyadi. Hunyadi has 13 goals and 10 assists.

But if the Cougars get behind early, don't worry -- they've come from behind to win five different times this season.

Also, if WSU wins, the Cougars will face the No. 2 seed in their regional, Virginia -- the same Virginia team that WSU played to a 0-0 2OT tie in Charlottesville back in early September.