Oct. 2, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State soccer improved its record to 7-3-1 Sunday defeating Montana 2-1 in the Cougars' final non-conference match of the season.
"I think days like this sometimes happen when you come off such a solid team performance and comeback two days time and try to replicate it," said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter of the Cougars hard-fought win. "It's hard to make that happen and your mindset has to be right. We knew Montana was going to be a physical battle and ultimately we found a way to climb out of a hole we shouldn't have been in and there is a positive in that."
Montana was first on the scoreboard in the tenth as Mahlleace Tomsin bent a corner kick past WSU keeper Katie Hultin. Washington State's Megan Hyte knotted the contest 1-1 in the 40th minute, beating charging Montana keeper Sarah Braseth for the score. Hyte notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season on the play.
The teams battled late into the second half when Haley Thompson-Miller put the game away for the Cougars with just 1:12 remaining in regulation. Thompson-Miller collected a cross from Hyte and fired a far post shot from the right of the box for the game winner.
"We started out a little lethargic and maybe a little too sure of ourselves after our last win," Thompson-Miller said of the Cougars' early play. "When we went down 1-0, it was a wake-up call. We started working hard and, as a result, we won a close game and that feels good. It was one of our goals to have these seven wins going into Pac-10 play, so it feels great as a team to accomplish that goal."
"Probably would not have liked to leave it so late," Potter joked about WSU's last minute goal. "But we move on and the important thing is we found a way to get a win. We didn't panic and found a way to put one in the back of the net."
Washington State out shot the Grizzlies 8-to-1 in the second half and 10-to-8 overall. Eight Cougars contributed shots led by Thompson-Miller and Anna Miller with two each. WSU keeper Katie Hultin made three stops in the match and picked up her fifth win of the year.
"It's exciting to take a positive record into conference play," Potter added. "You can see from this year's Pac-10 results on any given day anybody can beat anybody. Our success begins and ends with hard work and if we can keep applying ourselves, good things will happen."
The Cougars begin Pac-10 conference play on the road facing Stanford Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and No. 15 California Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.