Washington State soccer thought they probably needed a win in their regular season finale against Washington to make the NCAA Tournament. Instead, they played the Huskies in a 0-0 draw, putting their Tournament future in doubt.
As it turned out, the Cougs were able to sneak into the tournament, and they proved that they belong. They beat two top-20 teams, including 8th ranked UCF and 20th ranked Florida, on their way to the first Sweet 16 appearance in program history.
In the end, the run ended in double overtime against 16th ranked Florida. But the Cougs made an impact and showed that they belonged on the big stage.
Now, they’re rewarding the man who put the team together.
Washington State announced today that they have signed head coach Todd Shulenberger to an extension that will keep him under contract through 2023.
Under Shulenberger, the Cougs made the tournament two of his three seasons. The postseason win was the first for the program since the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The regular season also included an upset win over previously undefeated UCLA, who hadn’t lost in nearly a full year.
"Todd has progressively developed the program and has provided outstanding leadership as the head coach of the soccer program,” Interim Athletic Director John Johnson said in a release. “We are pleased to recognize his hard work and dedication to Washington State with this extension and look forward to future success."
The Cougs are looking to repeat that success next year, as they return 9 of their 11 starters, graduating just four players.
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