For the fourth consecutive year and sixth in the last seven, the WSU women's soccer team has earned a birth in the NCAA Tournament. Washington State gets to host again this year, facing the Seattle Redhawks at home this Friday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. No word yet on where the game will be broadcast.
WSU (10-4-4) and SU (14-4-2) have met 10 times previously with the Cougs winning each match-up. In fact, WSU has outscored the Redhawks 9-0 in the five matches in Pullman. WSU won the last meeting by a 3-1 score in Seattle during the 2013 season. WSU has been eliminated in the first round of the last two tournaments on penalty kicks, including last year's heartbreaker to the Illinois Fighting Illini. A win will send them to a second round match-up with the Clemson Tigers or third-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.
The success WSU is enjoying this year is remarkable when you consider the program is on their third coach in the last four years. It's even more remarkable when you remember WSU lost the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Micaela Castain, to graduation. First year head coach Steve Nugent has transferred his head coaching experience at UNC-Greensboro seamlessly to WSU, guiding the team to a fifth place finish in a tough conference. How tough? The Pac-12 sent a record nine schools to this year's College Cup.
An incredible run by an incredible program. Congrats to all the student-athletes and staff on another postseason appearance.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Looks like the first time the NCAA had on their site was incorrect. We've updated to reflect the new kick off time.