PULLMAN, Wash. – Senior Micaela Castain scored a pair of goals and Washington State defeated visiting UNLV 2-0 in nonconference women’s soccer, Friday.
With the victory, the Cougars (5-0-1) are unbeaten through six matches for the first time in school history. The clean sheet was a school-record, fifth-straight shutout for Washington State.
“Our backline had done a good job all season,” Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We have some depth at that position this year and that has been a big part of it.”
In the 31st minute, Kayla Johnson played a ball wide to Korynn Blanksma. A cross from the left off the foot of Blanksma was headed home by Castain.
The Cougars’ second goal came in the 49th minute on a similar play. Jocelyn Jeffers played the ball wide to Delaney Zalud. After beating a defender, Zalud sent in a cross from the left that Castain finished inside the near post past UNLV (4-2-1) goalkeeper Kylie Wassell.
Washington State controlled tempo for much of the match with the majority of UNLV’s nine shots coming in a pair of flurries. The Cougars finished with 10 shots, including a 7-3 advantage in the second half.
The Cougars will travel to Oklahoma State for a 1 p.m. Central/11 a.m. Pacific match, Sunday.
Washington State recorded its five-straight shutout at home dating back to last season and their 14th in the last-16 matches in Pullman dating back to 2011…Cougars have not given up a goal overall in the last 439.35…Washington State won for the 37th-straight time at home when leading at halftime (led 1-0)…Micaela Castain moved past Katrina Stroh and Rachel Rodrick into fourth place on the Cougars’ career list for points with 62...Stroh and Rodrick were both members of Washington State’s 2000 and 2002 NCAA postseason teams.