For the first time in school history, the Washington State soccer team is headed to the Elite Eight. Morgan Weaver scored twice, and Makamae Gomera-Stevens had the game-winner as WSU downed West Virginia 3-0.
The Cougs now travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the no. 2 seeded South Carolina Gamecocks. Time and date are TBD, it seems.
The win gives WSU 15 for the season, which is a school record.
Gomera-Stevens scored to open things up in the 15th minute:
The Cougs have the lead!!— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 24, 2019
Gomera-Stevens finds the top of the net and Washington State is up in the first half.#NCAASoccer | @wsucougarsoccer pic.twitter.com/CpPASA7w7h
The Cougs took a 1-0 lead into halftime and Weaver scored her first of the game in the 64th minute to give WSU a big 2-0 lead:
MORGAN WEAVER— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 24, 2019
The lead is 2-0 for Washington State after this far-post snipe!#NCAASoccer | @wsucougarsoccer pic.twitter.com/VcKcD8bRa0
From that point on, you could tell West Virginia knew it was doomed. WSU controlled possession and Weaver put the icing on the cake in the 71st minute:
MORE MORGAN!— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) November 24, 2019
Morgan Weaver nets goal #42 in her career with a beauty from distance... Washington State leads 3-0.#NCAASoccer | @wsucougarsoccer pic.twitter.com/ETvgS3HAi9
As of this writing, WSU is one of three Pac-12 schools in the Elite Eight, and UCLA holds a 2-0 lead in the second half over Wisconsin. Having four teams in the Elite Eight shows how powerful the Pac-12 is in women’s soccer. It’s nice to have WSU at the party alongside Stanford, USC and UCLA.
Here’s the full bracket, which will probably be updated at some point with the time and date of WSU’s match against South Carolina.
UPDATE: The Cougs will play at South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. PST. And UCLA did win, which means half of the Elite Eight is made up of Pac-12 teams.