WSU women's soccer continued to be the star of the fall sports season as the Cougars notched two victories to stay undefeated on the year. Friday, they took down the Cowgirls of Oklahoma State, and Sunday the Call State Fullerton Titans became the next victims of the Cougs.
Both wins finished with a 2-1 final score and came down to the final moments of play. Against OSU, the Cougars needed a goal with just a couple of minutes to play to come out on top, and WSU waited until the second period of OT to close out the Titans.
I made it out to my first soccer game Friday and honestly couldn't have been more impressed with the atmosphere at Lower Soccer Field. The bleachers were close to filled, people covered the grassy hill behind the east goal, and there were a bevy of onlookers gathered on the patio of the new Global Scholar Hall.
It was the soccer team's third most attended game in school history with 1,271 fans, and it was probably helped by the wonderful weather we had that night. It's not that just a lot of people were there either; people were into it, cheering on the good plays and complaining about missed calls.
If you haven't made it out to a game yet, I highly suggest you make getting down to the Lower Soccer Field a priority. For those of you who only make it over for football games, your next shot will be homecoming weekend; the Cougs take on Arizona the night before the football team faces Oregon State.
As for Friday's game itself, it was a tale of two halves. The first was a fun, quick-paced back and forth match that featured a goal 85 seconds into the match. The second had a much slower pace with lots of physical play. The physicality seemed to increase as the ref appeared to lose his whistle the first 20 minutes of the second half, despite plenty of iffy challenges.
The Cougs next play Thursday against Gonzaga at 7:00 p.m. It's another home game and it will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network if you aren't lucky enough to make it.
WSU volleyball continued its winning streak this weekend, as the Cougars won three matches on their way to winning the Cougar Challenge. The Cougs beat Ball St, Morehead, St, and Utah Valley, losing one set over the course of the weekend.
Junior outside hitter Kyra Holt continued to carry the Cougs' attack and reached a milestone along the way: She now has 1,000 kills in her career and is now at 1,012, surpassing her head coach Jen Greeny along the way. Greeny recorded 1,006 kills when she played for WSU from 1995-98.
The volleyball team will next be in action Sept. 18-19 in Lubbock, Texas for the Lone Star Showdown.
Cougar tennis started its season this weekend as the team hosted the Cougar Challenge in Pullman. Sophomore Donika Bashota came out on top of the singles bracket and also won the doubles draw with senior Lize Leenknecht. Bashota is coming off a strong freshman season and she will be one of the better (if not best) players for the Cougs for the rest of her career.