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HCA: Cougar soccer finishes tough in exhibition win over the weekend

The Cougar women’s soccer team will start the season ranked 21st


The 21st ranked Cougar women’s soccer team had their first match against someone in a different uniform this past weekend and came out on top thanks to two late goals. Trailing by a goal in the 80th minute to the University of San Diego, Maddy Haro and Morgan Weaver scored the Cougar’s first two goals of the year in the 82nd and 84th minute to lead the Cougars to the exhibition match victory.

Both Haro and Weaver picked up where they left off last season as the duo finished one and two in goals scored. Weaver with 7, and Haro with 4 combined to score just under half of the teams 26 goals last year.

After allowing Summer Mason net a goal in the 28th minute, Cougar goalkeeper Ella Dederick tallied 5 saves and shut out the Toreros in the second half. Dederick was a force in the net last year as she allowed just 18 goals all season and was the reason behind 11 shutouts including the 1-0 victory against #8 Tennessee in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The Cougars will look to start off the regular season in the same way on Friday when they host Seattle University at 7:00 pm and then play again on Sunday the 19th against Grand Canyon University at 1:00 pm. Both games will be played at the Lower Soccer Field in Pullman.



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