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The Cougars lost after the Trojans scored a late goal.

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The Washington State women's soccer team suffered its first loss in Pac-12 play Thursday night against USC. The Trojans came out on top of the Cougs 1-0 after Morgan Andrews broke the scoreless tie with a goal in 78th minute.

Andrews put the ball in the back of the net after the Cougs (8-2) couldn't control the ball in front of the net. It was all the Trojans (7-3-1) would need as WSU failed to muster much of an offensive attack all night. It was the Cougs first home loss of the season.

"First, credit to USC. They're a great team," WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said. "The unfortunate part is, we had a great game plan going in to tonight and we held our own. We had some chances to tie it up or even get the first goal, but that's the way the game goes sometimes. I'm happy with our group. We'll bounce back and be ready to go on Sunday."

USC out shot WSU 20-7 and had 11 corner kicks to the Cougs 1. Ella Dederick, the Cougars goalie, had five saves in the loss.

The game was featured the return of USC Head Coach Keidane McAlpine to Pullman. McAlpine occupied the same position for the Cougars from 2012-2013 where he led the Cougars to the NCAA tournament in both seasons. McAlpine also took home Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2013.

The loss comes off a week where WSU entered the top 25 of the NSCAA rankings. They were ranked 21st after beating Arizona St in their first Pac-12 game.

WSU plays UCLA at home Sunday at 11:05 am. The morning match will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Soccer:

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Football:

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Tennis:

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Athletics:

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