Despite the football season being two weeks away, the fall sport season officially began Friday night for Washington State athletics. After a convincing 3-1 victory over U.S. Route 195 rival Eastern Washington last Sunday in an exhibition game, the Cougar women traveled to Seattle to take on the Redhawks for their season opener.
After a heartbreaking, extra-time loss to Seattle last November during the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars took revenge early Friday night, scoring two goals within the first ten minutes and adding a third before the end of the first half. Three goals proved to be plenty for the Cougs, who went on to defeat Seattle 3-1. Freshmen Grace Hancock, Tia Gavin, and redshirt junior Susie White each found the back of the net for the Cougars who start off the season with a clean record of 1-0-0.
First-year head coach Todd Shulenberger earned his first career victory after being named coach last April, replacing Steve Nugent who surprisingly resigned after the Cougars reached their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
The Cougars return to Pullman for their home opener Sunday against the Idaho Vandals, who they have outscored 13-2 in the teams' last four match-ups. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Lower Soccer Field.
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The Washington State women’s soccer team opened its 2015 season with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Redhawks at Championship Field in Seattle, Friday.