Sept. 25, 2004
PROVO, Utah - The Washington State soccer team (5-2-1) beat the Brigham Young Cougars (3-6-1) 2-1 at South Stadium in Provo, Utah Saturday. WSU's Cailan McCutchan scored the game-winner with less than 15 minutes left in the match.
"We grinded out the win and showed a lot of character," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "I was very pleased with our first half performance especially coming off our Utah game. Credit to BYU for possessing the ball very well, but we stuck at it and found a way to win. We withstood a lot of pressure in the last 15 minutes and created some great habits that we will carry with us in the future."
Washington State took the early 1-0 lead when Cougar leading scorer Alix Rustrum scored her fourth goal of the season at the one-minute mark. The junior forward received a through ball from co-captain Christie Spear and finished to the left of BYU goalkeeper Erika Woodbury.
WSU maintained the one-goal advantage going into halftime. BYU out shot the Cougars 3-2, but neither team's goalkeepers recorded saves in the first period. Washington State created two corner kick opportunities compared to Brigham Young's one.
BYU's Carolyn Swenson tied the match 1-1 at the 62:42 mark with Jenavieve Phillips providing the assist.
Washington State took the lead for good when McCutchan scored at the 75:33 mark. WSU's Megan Cechini served a 35-yard free kick into the Cougar penalty box and McCutchan slotted the ball into the BYU net from six-yards out to give Washington State the 2-1 lead.
WSU held strong to shut-out the Cougars as BYU recorded 10 second half shots.
The Cougars out-fouled BYU 14-11 and WSU defender Jennie Kunc was issued a yellow card with less than two minutes left in the game.
Washington State goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded three saves as she improved her record to 4-1-1.
Washington State's next match will be at home against Loyola Marymount, Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Prior to WSU's match, BYU will take on Portland at Lower Soccer Field at noon.