PULLMAN, Wash. – Mother Nature did her part to help the Washington State women’s soccer program make history, Friday.
Due to a 2 hour, 49 minute delay due to lighting, the Cougars’ season-opening match with TCU did not begin until nearly 8 p.m. The delay enabled Washington State’s 3-0 victory to come in the first night match in the history of Lower Soccer Field and the debut of first-year head coach Steve Nugent.
“Our kids played with a lot of energy tonight,” Nugent said. “We did a great job offensively converting a penalty kick and scoring on a set piece. My favorite goal of the night was the last one because it was such an unselfish play.”
Kailiana Johnson put the Cougars on top in the 28th minute when she converted a penalty kick. Mesa Owsley extended the lead to 2-0 in the 39th minute when she buried a header off a corner kick by Cara Wegner.
Washington State waited until the 74th minute to provide the prettiest goal of the match. Beau Bremer play a ball to the far post from the left side. Wegner headed the ball back to the 6-yard spot where Jocelyn Jeffers was there for the finish that provide the final goal of the night.
Defensively, the Cougars picked up where they left off a year ago when they recorded a school-record 15 shutouts. Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair was required to make just four saves in the match while earning her 35th victory and 25th shutout, both Washington State career records.
The Cougars play at No. 17 BYU, Monday.
Senior Jocelyn Jeffers moved into a tied for ninth at Washington State with her 17th-career goal…her 44 points are tied for 10th all-time for the Cougars…redshirt junior Beau Bremer recorded a point in her first match after missing 2012 due to injury…junior Cara Wegner notched the first two assists of her Cougar career…freshmen Sofia Anker-Kofoed (start), Jordan Branch, Kelsee Crenshaw and Chelsea Harkins, as well as senior Abby Frenkel each made their collegiate debut off the bench for Washington State.