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Cougar soccer, football victories highlight the weekend

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It was an up-and-down weekend for the Washington State athletic teams with a couple of teams notching big victories while the volleyball team was unable to keep its momentum rolling.

Let’s start with the good. The football team recorded its first Pac-12 victory of the season with a 21-6 win against California. If you missed it, catch up on the Good, Bad and Ugly from the game.

The Cougars will return home this week to host Oregon State. The Beavers knocked off the Huskies on Saturday and are seeking the state of Washington sweep in back-to-back weeks.

The Cougar soccer team was in Colorado on Sunday and rode a pair of second-half goals to a 2-0 victory against the Buffs. Elyse Bennett put the Cougs on top early in the second half.

Alyssa Gray added a goal 14 minutes later to seal the victory.

With the win, the Cougs improved to 3-0-0 in Pac-12 play. They have a very large game on Thursday when they will host No. 7 Stanford in Pullman.

The WSU swimming team got their season started on Saturday with a convincing 166-128 victory against Idaho on Saturday. Matt Leach’s team will compete in the Chick-Fil-A Invite this weekend.

Last weekend the WSU volleyball team capped Sunday with a thrilling five-set victory against the Huskies. This weekend did not go as well. On Friday the Cougs lost 3-1 to USC. They followed that up with a 3-2 loss to No. 15 UCLA. After opening the Pac-12 season with wins against No. 24 Colorado and No. 6 Washington, the Cougs are now 2-2 in conference play on the season.

WSU will head to the desert this weekend to play the Arizona schools.

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Football

WSU Cougars rewind: Calvin Jackson Jr. goes viral and the defense stands tall | The Seattle Times
BERKELEY, California — The best version of this Washington State team shined through more often than it had at any point this year.

Washington State vs. Oregon State: what to know | Sports | lmtribune.com
Washington State will return to Gesa Field at 1 p.m. Saturday to play a Pac-12 game against Oregon State.

Soccer

Colorado Falls to Washington State - University of Colorado Athletics
The Colorado Buffaloes played a tight first half, but it was the Washington State Cougars that broke free in the second half at Prentup Field on Sunday. WSU scored two goals in the final 45 minutes to net its seventh consecutive win, 2-0.

Second half surge - Washington State University Athletics
A second half surge by Washington State (9-1-1, 3-0-0) lifted the Cougars to a 2-0 win over host Colorado (6-4-1, 1-1-1) Sunday afternoon at Prentup Field in Boulder, Colo.

Area roundup: WSU wins sixth consecutive match | Sports | lmtribune.com
Scoreless at halftime, the Washington State women's soccer team turned it on in the final 45 minutes.