Good afternoon, Coug fans! It’s a big Friday night for your favorite soccer team, as the Washington State Cougars head west to Seattle to face off against University of Washington for their portion of the Apple Cup series. Let’s take a look at UW’s performance so far this season, shall we?
The Dawgs are coming to the table with a 6-7-4 record, conference record sitting at 4-3-3. I did a little double take at that first number, probably because I’m used to seeing double digits with the Cougs season, sitting at 12-2-4.
Both Washington teams are coming off a road trip at the Oregon schools, and both teams handled business down south. UW beat Oregon 3-1, and beat Oregon State 2-1.
Against Oregon State specifically, you’ll notice that the Cougs had a slightly harder time getting things done, as our win was secured during overtime, with an ending score of 3-2, and was another example of a well-timed game winning shot from the Cougs.
As for the Huskies, their lead against the Beavs began during minute 38, but they weren’t able to re-secure it until minute 79, and wound up having their season high shots with 23 shots.
So what are some names you might hear tonight from UWs sideline? Start with their goalkeeper Olivia Sekany. Sekany has a .742 save percentage, and has secured 11 shutouts this season. Her career high for saves is 9 against Utah, where the game this season ended in a 1-1 tie. However, her season saves percentage is less than our very own Nadia Cooper, who currently has .889 under her belt.
Another likely name is Olivia Van der Jagt. She had a big game against Oregon State, with 4 shots, 3 shots on goal, and 1 actual goal. She was also responsible for the game winner. The Oregon State game contains her season highs so far, however she also performed well against Stanford, with 3 shots, 2 on goal.
Ruby Hellstrom is also one to watch. The forward was responsible for the other goal against the Beavs, and took 3 shots on them during that game. Hellstrom also had a great game against Stanford, where she earned her season high of game shots (4).
I would also advise keeping an eye on Summer Yates, who is gaining a lot of school records this season with 56 career points, 20 career goals, and 8 career game winning goals. She also leads the team in assists this season, with 4, and leads in points with 14.
Overall, since there is never any shortage of Apple Cup trickery, I’d say this will be a fun game. Don’t forget to watch the game tonight, 6pm PST on Pac 12 Networks! I know some of my friends here at CougCenter are heading over to watch the game, so go say hi if you see a familiar face! Go Cougs!
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