PULLMAN, Wash. – A pair of goals by junior Nicole Setterlund and three assists from senior Micaela Castain powered Washington State past No. 21 California 3-1 in Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer, Friday.
Setterlund netted the equalizer in the first half and the game-winner after intermission to record her second, two-goal performance in the last-three matches. Castain’s assists tied a Washington State (12-3-3, 5-3-1 Pac-12), single-match record and raised her season total to a Cougar school-record 11.
“Many of the things we worked on during our preparation this week showed up in the match,” Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We had a great response to their goal and showed great intensity in the second half.”
California (9-4-5, 2-4-3 Pac-12) controlled the run of play early and converted on one of its four, first half corner kicks at 17:13 when Sandra Ley chipped a ball inside the far post.
The Cougars tied the score in the 35th minute on a play started with a through ball up the left side. Junior Jamie Schnieders received the pass and sent a cross into the box for Castain. A shot by Castain hit the crossbar, but Setterlund was there to finish on the rebound for her seventh goal of the season.
In the 53rd minute, Setterlund put Washington State on top when she sent a laser inside the near post from 12 yards out after receiving a pass from Castain.
The Cougar defense took over from there, preventing each of the Golden Bears’ five shots from finding their target. In the 84th minute, California goalkeeper Kathleen Messinger was issued a red card. Just over a minute later, Castain fed sophomore Kourtney Guetlein in the box on a breakaway for a tap in goal and the 3-1 margin.
On the strength of 13 shots after intermission, the Cougars tied their season high with 23 in the match. Redshirt-junior Gurveen Clair made five saves.
Washington State welcomes No. 6 Stanford to Lower Soccer Field, Sunday at 11 a.m. The match will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Washington State defeated California for the fifth-straight time at home, with each time the Golden Bears being a nationally-ranked team…senior Micaela Castain moved into a tied for third place on the Cougars’ single-season points list with 33…Castain is tied for the sixth on the Washington State career list for assists with 14…junior Jamie Schnieders earned a first-career point.