Sept. 16, 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho - Jocelyn Jeffers scored two goals and Washington State dominated Idaho in a 5-1 victory at Guy Wicks Field, Sunday.
The Cougars (6-1-0) took a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the match when Jeffers intercepted a pass and fired a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off the far post and into the net. It was the earliest goal scored by a Cougar in Washington State history.
The Vandals (2-8-0) got even with a goal in the 19th minutes, but Washington State took the lead in the 27th minute. Micaela Castain gave the Cougars a 2-1 advantage, after receiving a long pass from Delaney Zalud, for her Pac-12 leading eighth goal of the season.
"We started off really well," Washington State Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. "I was a little disappointed in the letdown when we gave up the goal. But, we settled down in the second half and claimed the game."
The Cougars outshot the Vandals 15-6 in the second half and added three goals. In the 51st minute, Mariah Cameron fed a pass up the left sideline to Brandi Vega who finished for her fourth goal of the season.
A Washington State corner kick in the 77th minute led to a failed clear by Idaho that resulted in an own goal and a 4-1 Cougar lead. Jeffers capped the scoring with a shot from the top of the box in the 83rd minute.
"I've just decided to go into a goal scoring mindset," Jeffers said. "Our movement off the ball and our team chemistry is getting a lot better."
Washington State opens Pac-12 play with a match at nationally-ranked UCLA, Thursday, Sept. 20 on the Pac-12 Networks.
Washington State won its eighth-consecutive match against Idaho...Cougars are undefeated (11-0-1) in their last-12 road nonconference road matches against unranked teams...Washington State is 6-1-0, equaling its best record through seven games set in 2002...Micaela Castain moved into second place on the Cougar-career list with nine game-winning goals...Castain's 19 goals are sixth and her 39 points are 10th all-time at Washington State...Brandi Vega moved into a tie for eighth all-time as a Cougar with 17 goals and 44 points...newcomer Michelle Pillette made her season debut and recorded a shot off the bench.