Aug. 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Washington State women's soccer gathered its first road victory, downing San Diego 2-1 in its first match of the USC Futbol Classic, Friday.
The Cougars fell behind early in the game and went into halftime down 1-0. Led by Washington State standout, junior Micaela Castain, the Cougars used the second half to their advantage by out-shooting the Toreros 9-3 and scoring twice in 11 minutes to claim the game.
Castain, who has scored in each match this season, tied the game in the 65th minute. The game-winning goal for Washington State came in the 76th minute when senior Brandi Vega passed the ball to Castain, who secured the win by putting it in the right side of the net.
"Today was a great come from behind win and a great team win," commented first year Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine. "Brandi Vega showed her class today and Micaela Castain stepped up for us in a big way."
Washington State goalkeeper, redshirt-sophomore Gurveen Clair, who played all 90 minutes in the box, is credited with the win and tallied two saves. Overall, the Cougars held the advantage in shots (12-7) and tied the Toreros in corner kicks, with one apiece.
Washington State remains undefeated as it goes into its final match of the USC Futbol Classic where the Cougars will face Duke, who is currently ranked No. 4, Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Cougars improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2005 season...Micaela Castain recorded her second straight two-goal game...Castain's five goals this season ranks her second in the Pac-12...Washington State concludes the USC Futbol Classic with No. 4 Duke on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.