Aug. 18, 2004
Freshman Brooke Bemis scored for the Washington State soccer team in the first two minutes of play as the Cougars went on to beat Idaho 1-0 in an evening exhibition game Tuesday. Bemis, who was one of three freshmen to start for the Cougs, ran onto a through ball from defender Angela Fajardo and slotted the ball into the far-post netting from just inside the 18-yard box to give WSU the early 1-0 lead. "I was really excited to get in there and score right away," Bemis said. "I was very pleased with the goal." WSU maintained possession throughout much of the match despite never having a chance to establish a rhythm due to several different line-up changes made by head coach Matt Potter. Twenty-eight players, including 11 of 12 newcomers, saw playing time for the Cougars in the match that consisted of three 35-minute periods. "We wanted to see what we could put together," Potter said. "There is definitely room for growth and improvement, but we were able to see players in game situations that are hard to simulate in practice and several players had positive performances. As a squad we discovered a lot about what we need to work on and there was much to be taken away from this game that we can now address in practice." Although WSU was only able to capitalize once, several Cougars had some great looks at goal including Alix Rustrum, Sara Silver-Hill, and freshman Kim Bonnes. In the first period Rustrum had two quality opportunities including a rocket-shot from 25-yards out that required a diving save by the Vandal keeper. Thirty minutes into the second period freshman Jessica Martinez served a flighted ball from 50-yards out and Silver-Hill took a first-time touch from 20-yards out that went just wide of the far post. Two-minutes later Silver-Hill almost scored again after hitting the left-post from 19-yards out. Bonnes, who started the second period, made an impact in the forward line from the get-go forcing the Vandal keeper to make two tough saves including a diving grab on a 15-yard shot she took after out-running an Idaho defender. All three WSU goalkeepers saw action with Katie Hultin playing the first period, Brynn Bemis, the second and Megan Miller playing in the net for the final 35-minute period. The Cougars will play their first game Friday, Aug. 27 against Denver in Missoula, Mont.