Sept. 30, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State soccer picked up its third shutout of the season Friday blanking San Francisco 4-0 at Lower Soccer Field. Haley Thompson-Miller notched a goal and recorded two assists in the match.
"This is as good a team and solid all-around performance that we've seen all year," said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. "A lot of good things happened today and the most pleasing thing was that it was in front of our home crowd. It's just exciting to be home and put out a good product like we did tonight."
The heavy rain couldn't dampen the Cougar offense with WSU grabbing its first tally at the 13:06 mark as Haley Thompson-Miller poked in an errant save by Dons keeper Kelly Pohle. Carmen Anderson fired a hard shot at the USF net and the ball rolled free after a bobbled save. Thompson-Miller finished the play recording her first goal of the season.
The Cougars struck again four minutes later as Alix Rustrum headed in an Angela Fajardo cross in front of the San Francisco net in the 17th minute. Rustrum tallied her second goal of the day nine minutes into the second half knocking a deflected Thompson-Miller shot past Dons second half keeper Katie Hodgson at the 56:06 mark
The final Cougar tally came just 73 seconds later as Carmen Anderson collected a Thompson-Miller cross and found the back of the net past the out of position USF keeper. Thompson-Miller picked up her second assist of contest on the play and Anderson picked up her third goal of the year.
"All the team," Rustrum said of her two goal performance. "It's finally starting to click. Everyone is starting to fit into their roles. Now that we've got that going for us, we are moving forward."
The WSU offense dominated the contest out shooting the Dons 17-to-5. Anderson and Rustrum led the Cougar attack combining for seven shots with Thompson-Miller, Shaye Harrel and Natalie D'Amico each contributing two. WSU keeper Katie Hultin made four stops in the match and picked up her third shutout of the year.
"The hard work by the offense was certainly rewarded today," Potter said. "They've been threatening all season and it was nice to see them piece things together in a variety of ways. Now we'll enjoy the day because it was a good team performance. Come tomorrow we'll put it back in perspective and start to prepare again for the challenge of Montana."
The Cougars continue their first full weekend at home taking on Montana Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon.