Aug. 19, 2003
Washington State's first-year head soccer coach Matt Potter left the Lower Soccer Field with his first victory under his belt Monday evening. The Cougars beat the World Cup-qualifying Ghana National Team 2-1 in front of a home crowd of 363 in an exhibition match.
Ghana scored the first goal of the match 13 minutes into the second stanza. Yaa Ovoe took advantage of a transitioning WSU defense to chip Cougar goalkeeper, Megan Miller from 43 yards out.
Washington State answered at the 68:56 mark when junior midfielder Christie Spear won the ball in a defensive scramble in front of the Ghana net and passed to senior forward Shelby Brownfield at the eight yard line. Brownfield finished in the lower right-hand side of the net to tie the match.
Senior forward Rachel Rodrick scored the game-winner six minutes later. Junior, Megan Cecchini ran down a flighted cross to the left flank, headed it to Rodrick who finished with a left-footed bender to the far-post.
"It was great that everyone played a role and recieved valuable time on the field," Potter said after the match.
"The most important thing is we adapted throughout the game and saw some positive apects in our play. Now we can move forward and continue to grow in our preparation for the upcoming season," Potter said. "Overall we have a great foundation to build on."
"I thought it was an entertaining game. The atmosphere and support from the crowd was terrific," Potter said. "We would like to thank the fans for their support and look forward to seeing them at future games."
The Cougars next match is against No.2 North Carolina in Seattle, Wash. Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m.