Aug. 20, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Amanda DaCosta's second half goal lifted No. 6 Florida State past No. 18 Washington State 1-0 in the WSU Invitational, Friday at Lower Soccer Field.
It was the opener for both schools and the second match of the tournament. Earlier in the day, Gonzaga knocked off Utah 2-1. Sunday's schedule pits Florida State and Gonzaga at 11 a.m. with Utah and Washington State meeting at 1:30 p.m.
DaCosta's goal came on an assist from Rachel Lim who kept the play alive in the box after a cross from the right. DaCosta charged from about 12 yards out and connected just inside the six-yard mark to beat Cougar goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo high for the game-winner.
Washington State had a chance to tie in the 76th minute when freshman Morgan Castain played a ball through on the right side to her twin sister Micaela Castain. Seminoles' goalkeeper Kelsey Wyn came out to make a sprawling save 15 yards out.
In the 77th minute, junior Tiara Pittman won a battle for a loose ball in the left corner, got past a pair of Florida State defenders, but was thwarted by Wyn at the near post on a shot from a tight angle 12 yards out.
"There was a lot to be pleased with in our performance," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We did not get the result we wanted, but we created chances and played even for most of the match against an outstanding Florida State team."
In the first half, Berlingo kept the match 0-0 with a pair of spectacular saves. Early in the seventh minute, she tipped a shot over the crossbar that came off the foot of Tori Huster from 25 yards out. Late in the 17th minute, DaCosta's bid for a goal was denied by Berlingo with a diving save near the far post on the right side.
Washington State freshman Micaela Castain, Morgan Castain and Katie Turney each started in their collegiate debut...redshirt-freshman Kayla Johnson came off the bench in the first half to make her collegiate debut...Cougars lost their season opener for the first time since 2003 (4-0 to No. 1 North Carolina in Seattle).