PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State split a pair of spring soccer matches on the Grimes Way Field last Saturday.
The Cougars dropped a 2-1 decision to Gonzaga in a 90-minute match broken into three equal periods before a 2-0 victory over Idaho during a three 25-minute period format.
“We definitely needed to play someone else,” Cougar Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “We were frantic at the start of the Gonzaga match and looked like a team learning a new system playing a team that had been playing together for an extended period of time.”
Kailiana Johnson scored the goal for the Cougars against the Bulldogs while Cara Wegner and Mariah Powers notched goals in the win over the Vandals.
“Our goal in the spring is to bring our tactical level up and reach a standard for Cougar soccer,” Nugent said. “We have very smart players and our technical ability is very good. We have to learn to play a style and not a system. After we gave up the first goal to Gonzaga, we did a great job of closing down space all over the field for the rest of the day.”
The Cougars travel to Boise, Idaho for matches with Boise State and Utah State, Saturday.