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HCA: Washington State soccer earns a top-10 ranking

The Cougars are 8-0 on the year

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The Washington State soccer team shut out UCLA this past weekend for the second year in a row and then earned a top-10 ranking on Monday by The Cougars (8-0, 1-0) are ranked 9th in the nation, their first top-10 ranking in program history.

Redshirt junior Rachel Thompson has been in the net the past three games since redshirt senior Ella Dederick went down on September 6th in a 3-0 win over Idaho. In just her third career start, Thompson has been phenomenal as she has allowed just one goal and has tallied 12 saves. This is her second shutout as her and Dederick combined for a shutout against Idaho.

In the game against UCLA on Friday, junior Morgan Weaver found the back of the net after making her way through a few defenders before going to the right and scoring in the 61st minute of play. It was her sixth goal of the season and her second game-winning goal of the year, both of which lead the team.

The Cougars now join fellow conference opponents Stanford and USC in the top-10 as they sit at #1 and #2 the rankings currently. UCLA, Colorado, and Arizona also land inside the top-25 through week 7 of this young soccer season.

Thompson, Weaver, and the Cougs will look to continue their winning streak on Thursday as they host Oregon at 7:00 pm at the Lower Soccer Field. Oregon (8-1-1) was noted in the also receiving votes section in the week 7 poll.

Head coach Todd Shulenberger will join our very own Michael Preston later today to talk about this win and the upcoming season on the CougCenter Hour. It is an interview you definitely won’t want to miss.



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