PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State posted a dominating 2-0 victory over Montana in nonconference women’s soccer at Lower Soccer Field, Sunday.
The shutout was the Cougars’ school-record sixth-straight and extended the nation’s best active streak for shutout minutes to 652:47.
“We played our best defensive match of the season,” Washington State Head Coach Steve Nugent said. “We executed a pair of set pieces and that is a good sign for our offense.”
Late in the 16th minute, the Cougars (2-0-1) scored on a corner kick by Cara Wegner that was headed inside the near post by Kailiana Johnson for her second goal of the season.
Johnson also set up Washington State’s second goal when her free kick was blocked and freshman Jordan Branch blasted the rebound inside the far post from 25 yards out late in the 30th minute for her first-collegiate goal.
The Cougars registered a season-high 25 shots and limited the Grizzlies (2-2-0) to seven, the fewest by a Washington State opponent this season. The Cougars owned a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair needed to make just two saves in notching her school-record 26th-career shutout.
Washington State won its 40-consecutive match at home when leading at halftime to tie a school record…Cougars are unbeaten in their last 81 matches at home when holding an advantage at halftime…Washington State is 8-0-1 in its last nine matches played in August and has won seven-straight at home…Cougars are undefeated in their 27 matches at home against unranked, nonconference opponents.