PULLMAN, Wash. – After sweeping California and Stanford in Pullman over the weekend, the Washington State soccer team moved into the national rankings. In addition, three student-athletes received recognition for their performance on the field.
The Cougars (13-3-3, 6-3-1 Pac-12), currently in second place in the Pac-12, are No. 22 in the Soccer America poll and No. 24 in the NSCAA rankings. The Soccer Times poll has yet to be released this week. It is the first time since 2011 Washington State is in a top 25 poll.
There are multiple scenarios that could result in the Cougars finishing second in the Pac-12. The most direct route is a victory at Washington (Friday, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Washington) in the regular season’s final match.
“We have had a fantastic season and it is nice to be recognized for it,” Washington State Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. “However, we do not want to get lost in the rankings. We have to focus on our rivalry match on the road this week. There is still plenty of work to be done to reach our season goals.”
After knocking off nationally-ranked opponents in consecutive matches for the first time since 2004, the Cougars swept the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. Washington State is the first school to sweep the accolades this season.
Junior midfielder Nicole Setterlund captured the offensive award with two goals and an assist. Redshirt-junior Gurveen Clair garnered the defensive honor after yielding one goal in the two victories.
In a 3-1 win over then-No. 21 California, Setterlund netted the equalizer in the 35th minute and registered the game-winner in the 53rd minute. Clair recorded five saves in the match.
Setterlund’s assist came on the only goal of the match against then-No. 6 Stanford as she set up junior Jocelyn Jeffers in the 58th minute. Clair made four saves in the match and set a school record with her 22nd-career shutout. It was her 13th victory in 2013 to equal the Cougar season mark.
The five-point weekend for Setterlund earned her a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s team of the week and she was named a Primetime Player of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com. The game-winner against the Cardinal for Jeffers resulted in her being named the Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.