BOTHELL, Wash. – Washington State was edged 2-1 by the Sounders Women in the Cougars’ final spring match of the season, April 27 at Pop Keeney Stadium.
Washington State applied pressure early and missed three tremendous scoring opportunities in the first 13 minutes of the match.
In the 35th minute, the Cougars mismanaged a set piece defensively and the Sounders scored inside the back post for a 1-0 lead. Washington State missed a chance to net the equalizer in the 41st minute when Kailiana Johnson’s free kick from the top of the box was tipped over the crossbar.
The Sounders stretched their lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute before the Cougars responded with a flurry of pressure in the final 25 minutes.
A combination in the box in the 74th minute resulted in Kaitlyn Johnson scoring off an assist from Kailiana Johnson to trim Washington State’s deficit to 2-1.
Just three minutes later, the Cougars nearly tied the match when Kaitlyn Johnson fed a pass to the far post where Cara Wegner slide attempt to poke the ball home went inches wide.
“I loved our creativity and passion,” Washington State Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “I thought we deserved more out of the game. They were better in what they are good at than we were and that was the difference.”
Nugent added, “I am really pleased with where we finished the spring based on where we started. Our players feel good about our style and our confident about it.”
The Cougars open their fall 2014 exhibition season, Aug. 14 against Seattle in Pullman.