The Washington State women's soccer team clinched a second place finish in the Pac-12 with a 1-0 victory over cross-state rival Washington on Friday in Seattle. The Cougs, ranked 24th in the country, finish the season with a 14-3-3 (7-3-1) record.
The 14 wins are tied for the most in school history, and WSU will be selected to yet another NCAA tournament on Monday. The only questions are what the seed is and whether WSU will get to host a game.
The Huskies battled hard against the Cougs, and the match went into the half with the score tied at zero. For WSU, the break came when freshmen Kaitlyn Johnson knocked in the game winner in the 81st minute. It was Johnson's the first goal of her career, and boy was it a big one.
This comes on the heels of a tremendous sweep to finish the home season.
The Cougs moved into second place in the Pac-12 when they upset No. 6 Stanford 1-0 on Nov. 3 after beating No. 21 Cal 3-1 on Nov. 1.
Cal led 1-0 until Nicole Setterlund tied the match in the first half. Setterlund also scored game winner after the half, and it was her second two-goal performance in the last couple of weeks. Washington State scored its third goal of the match after Cal goal keeper Kathleen Messinger was issued a red card; Micaela Castain fed the ball to Kourtney Guetlein on a breakaway, and she tapped it into the empty net for the final goal of the match.
Washington State will be hosting an NCAA selection day party on Monday at Paradise Creek Brewery in downtown Pullman at 1:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Stay tuned to CougCenter to find out where the Cougs land in the tournament.
The Cougs opened up the 2013-2014 season with heartbreaking 69-65 loss against the Syracuse Orange at Beasley Coliseum on Sunday. Washington State looked good defensively, but some bad passes down the stretch proved to be costly.
Washington State scored exactly zero points in the first eight minutes of the game. Those offensive issues continued after the first bucket, and at one point Syracuse led 21-14. At that point coach June Daugherty called a timeout and Washington State came roaring back to tie the game at 24 a piece after a couple of free throws. Despite the early issues, the Cougs led the game 33-30 at the half.
Syracuse came out firing at the beginning of the second half, but WSU wasn't going to go away easily. Both teams struggled to pull away from the each other and the game went right down to the wire, as Lia Galdeira hit a three pointer to bring the Cougs within one with just 1.7 seconds left on the game clock. The Cougs then fouled Shakeya Leary, who missed the first free throw but hit the second. A hurried down court pass by the Cougs was intercepted and the Cougs were again forced to foul a Syracuse player; she hit both her free throws to provide the final margin.
Daynelle Awa looked pretty good starting at point guard. Awa's emergence at point last season has freed up Tia Presley do what she does best, and that is score - Presley scored 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
Once the three guards - Galdeira, Presley and Awa - start to figure out the flow between them, the Cougs are going to put up a lot of points. It's going to be a fun season for women's basketball at WSU.
The Cougs traveled to Tuscon, Ariz., this past weekend to take on the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona swept the match in three sets as the Cougs' offensive struggles reared their ugly head again. Of the three sets, only the third and final one was really competitive - the scores were 25-18, 26-14, and 26-24. WSU is now 16-11 (3-11) on the season and in need of a couple of upset victories to keep their tournament hopes alive.
On Wednesday, the Cougs traveled to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State. The Sun Devils swept the Cougs (and got revenge for their upset loss in Pullman during Dad's Weekend) in three sets to win the match - the scores were 25-22, 25-22, 25-17. Washington State's offense struggled as the Cougs hit .144 for the match, and never got over the .200 mark in individual sets. Holt again led the team with kills with 11.
Washington State's cross country team started to enter its post season on Saturday Nov. 2 at the Pac-12 Championship meet at the Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville, Colo. The men's team finished sixth and the women's team finished 10th.
On the men's side, Andrew Gonzalez was the first Coug to cross the finish line with a time of 25:33 in the 8k race. After Gonzalez's 15th place finish, the Cougs had Todd Wakefield (in 19th place), John Whelan (30th), Lee George (45th), Forrest Shaffer (47th), Jack Haselnus (66th), and Conner Johnsen (70th). Washington State posted a team score of 151, which was 123 points behind Pac-12 champion Colorado (28).
For the women's side of the meet, the Cougar women's team finished the meet with a score of 260 points. The first racer wearing crimson and gray to cross the finish line was Ruby Roberts with a time of 22:09 in her 6k race. Roberts finished in 15th place, after her the Cougs had Abby Regan (50th), CharLee Linton (55th), Courtney Zalud (81st), Kiah Condos (82nd), Steffie Pavey (94th), and Abby Knight (96th). Washington State was 191 points behind the Pac-12 champion Arizona.
The women's and men's cross country teams will be traveling to Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 15 to take part in the West Regional Championships meet.
The men's golf team headed to Greensboro, N.C in its fall season in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. As a team, the Cougs finished 11 strokes over par and in eighth place. Michael Anderson and Sang Lee both finished even with par, and in the top-10. Washington State will resume its golf season in Feb. 2014 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii.
Washington State's women's golf team finished its fall season at the Pac-12 Preview. The team finished tied for ninth place. The Cougs were 46 strokes over par, and were led by junior Kristen Rue - she finished the Preview with eight strokes over par. For the Cougs, the spring season kicks off at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. from Feb. 23-24th.
Washington State picked up its second win on the season - the Cougs are now 2-3 on the season - by dominating Seattle University in a dual meet; the final score was 176-80. The Cougs won nine out of the 12 individual events; and their 400 medley relay team won its race as well. Freshmen Elise Locke put on an impressive performance by winning the 1000 free with a time of 10:29.72 and the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.09.
The Cougs next meet is the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa; which is scheduled for Dec. 6-8.
The rowing team finished its fall season in the Head of the Lake regatta in Seattle, Wash. last Sunday. Washington State raced three varsity eight boats and two varsity four boats. Washington State had the varsity four boat - that was crewed by Carter Marks, Kendall Boliba, Isabella Watt, Kayla Wakulich, and coxswain Sara Wu - win the three mile course. As for the varsity eight boats, the boat -- that was crewed by Mickey Aylard, Jordan Wastson, Teodora Berindei, Nicle Hare, Mollie McCabe, Ieva Adomaviciute, Morgan Cathrea, Elise Jones, and coxswain Emily Boquet -- finished in second behind cross-state rival Washington.
The Cougs next event will be on March 22 against Gonzaga, Portland State and Loyla Marymount in Silver Lake, Wash.
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