PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior Jocelyn Jeffers scored in the second half and host Washington State knocked off No. 6 Stanford 1-0 in Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer, Sunday at Lower Soccer Field.
With the victory and Utah’s loss to Arizona State, the Cougars (13-3-3, 6-3-1 Pac-12) moved into second place in the conference standings. The Cardinal (13-4-1, 6-4-0), which saw its 42-match road unbeaten streak and 26-match Pac-12 road winning streak end, dropped to third place, one point behind Washington State and one ahead of the Utes.
“This is a fantastic win for our team, our seniors and our program” Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. “I told our team that we did not play our best game, but we played well enough to be one goal better than our opponent and that’s what matters at this time of year.”
The Cougars defeated Stanford for the first time since 2003 to break a nine-match winless streak and eight-match losing streak against the Cardinal. The victory also snapped a nine-match winless streak at home against the Cardinal that dated back to 1993. Coupled with Friday’s win over No. 21 California, the Cougars defeated nationally-ranked opponents in back-to-back matches for the first time since 2004 (No. 8 UCLA/No. 22 USC).
The goal by Jeffers came at 57:51 and was her fourth of the season. Sophomore Kourtney Guetlein started the play with a throw-in and junior Nicole Setterlund got a touch on the ball before Jeffers found a spot just inside the near post from the right edge of the box.
Washington State wraps up its regular season at Washington, Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in a match slate to be televised by Pac-12 Washington.
The attendance of 936 is the eighth-largest home crowd in Washington State history…largest crowd in Pullman to witness a Cougar victory over a nationally-ranked opponent…Washington State recorded its 13th shutout of the season, a school record…junior Jocelyn Jeffers tallied her 16th goal to tie for 10th on the Cougar all-time list…redshirt junior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair notched her 22nd-career shutout to set a Washington State record…earned her 13th victory of the season to equal the Washington State record…sophomore Kourtney Guetlein moved into a tie for second place on the Cougar single-season list with her eighth assist...her 13-career assists are tied for ninth all-time at Washington State…final regular season home match for Cougar seniors Micaela Castain (forward), Rachael Doyle (defender), Kayla Johnson (midfielder), Katie Turney (defender) and Delaney Zalud (defender).