The term “biggest win in program history” can get thrown around a bit willy-nilly at times. But that’s not so when it comes to the women’s soccer team’s victory over the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va on Friday night.
COUGS WIN!!!!!!!!— Washington State Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) November 23, 2019
The biggest win in program history sends the Cougs to the Sweet 16!!#CougsVsEverybody | #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/uSyJVvsOLq
This is the first time the team has ever beaten a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and it’s the second time in the last three years they’ve advanced to the Sweet 16.
The Cougs got out to a quick lead with a goal from Averie Collins in the 13th minute but Virginia would tie it up just six minutes later. In the 31st minute though, who else could have given the Cougs the lead than arguably their greatest all time player, Morgan Weaver? No one else, that’s who.
AGAIN. WASHINGTON STATE.— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 23, 2019
The Cougars get another one to lead 2-1 in the opening half at Virginia!#NCAASoccer | @wsucougarsoccer pic.twitter.com/yM9OP1mOZB
The team would head to the locker rooms with that score but, once again, Virginia would come back to tie things up just eight minutes into the second half.
The Cougs would go on to pepper the Virginia goal until, mercifully, it finally paid off with under ten minutes to play thanks to freshman MacKenzie Frimpong-Ellertson as she cleaned up a loose ball inside the six yard box for the game winning score.
WASHINGTON STATE TAKE THE LATE LEAD IN CHARLOTTESVILLE— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 23, 2019
The Cougars roll it in for the 3-2 edge over Virginia!#NCAASoccer | @wsucougarsoccer pic.twitter.com/QDK93rZDUa
The Cougs will go on to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville. WVU needed extra time to get past Central Connecticut State earlier in the eventing.