August 30, 1997
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Shalli DeWitt and freshman Deka DeWitt, the first sisters to play soccer together for Washington State, each scored a goal as the Cougars defeated visiting Gonzaga 2-0 in the season opener for both squads.
The Cougars (1-0-0 overall) have won all 11 matches in the all-time series with Gonzaga (0-1-0) by a combined 66-3 margin.
"We had problems with our possession play in the first half, but we made the adjustments," said WSU head coach Lisa Gozley.
Shalli (Auburn, Wash./Fife) hit the first game winner of her career less than four minutes into the match when she took a pass from Kimberly Schelpf (Ocean, N.J./Ocean) and knocked the ball inside the left post. Sophomore midfielder Christina Pallan (Las Vegas, Nevada/Bishop Gorman) also picked up an assist as she started the scoring drive with a pass to Schelpf.
Deka's (Auburn, Wash./Fife) goal came in the 68th minute when she received a cross from the right side of the field from Pallan and scored from eight yards out.
In her WSU debut, freshman goalkeeper Shannon Wilson (Las Vegas, Nevada/Bishop Gorman), a high school teammate of Pallan, made seven saves en route to earn the shutout.
Next week the Cougars travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to battle Detroit Sept. 5 and Minnesota Sept. 7.
Team 1 2 - F Gonzaga 0 0 - 0 Washington State 1 1 - 2
Scoring Summary: (First Half) - 3:38, WSU, Shalli DeWitt (Christina Pallan, Kimberly Schelpf); (Second Half) - 68:10, WSU, Deka DeWitt (Christina Pallan).
Shots on Goal: WSU 17, GU 15 Corner Kicks: WSU 2, GU 6 Goalie Saves: WSU 7 (Shannon Wilson 7), GU 8 (Sara Kinsky 6) Offsides: WSU 1, GU 2 Cautions & Ejections: None Attendance: 350