April 15, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University soccer team was defeated 5-1 by the Cougar men's club team in a spring exhibition match, Sunday.
"You play this caliber of team so that you can be exposed by your mistakes," stated Washington State Head Coach Keidane McAlpine. "If we can build on the level of competition and intensity we will be much improved in the fall."
The match, which was played on the WSU campus, started with the men's club team taking control of the first half by blasting in the first goal from 40 yards out. The second goal for the club came after a 20 yard shot was saved by Cougar keeper Gurveen Clair that was then rebounded in to give the men a 2-0 led at the half.
The second half saw WSU controlling the tempo at times, better pressure from the defense and multiple chances for the Cougars to get on the board. Midfielder Beau Bremer forced the club keeper into a quality save with one shot and midfielder Micaela Castain had an opportunity on a free kick, but it sailed just wide.
Washington State's only goal of the day came off the foot of Castain. Following a Cougar corner, Castain seized control of a loose ball at the top of the box and slipped it past the keeper to the far post.
Overall, WSU tallied seven corners and keeper Alexis Thode, who redshirted last season, saw some playing time. Thode played the final 15 minutes of the match and did not allow a goal.
McAlpine continued, "I love the competiveness of our team. We did some really good things in our build-up and attack and we didn't shy away from the competition. It was a great growth day for us."