Sept. 9, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State (3-2-0) dropped its home opener Friday as the Cougars fell 2-1 to No. 8 Wake Forest (4-0-1) at Lower Soccer Field. Sophomore Anna Miller scored the first goal of her WSU career in the loss.
"I thought we matched them player for player," said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. "Our bright moments were as good as their bright moments. In the end, the reason they are where they are in terms of the national polls is because when they get their opportunities, they take them. That's exactly what they did today and that was the difference in the game."
Wake Forest was first on the scoreboard in the 16th minute when Melanie Schneider blasted a shot from 15 yards out, beating Cougar keeper Katie Hultin in the upper right corner of the net. Elizabeth Remy provided the assist on the play.
WSU struck back 10 minutes later as Anna Miller launched a free kick from 20 yards out. Wake Forest keeper Kaitlyn Doe initially corralled the shot but lost control of the ball as it slip behind the goal line at the 26:19 mark. The tally marked Miller's first collegiate goal.
Both teams had a scare early in the second half when WSU's Alix Rustrum collided with Doe on a breakaway attempt. Both players were shaken up and left the game with Doe being assisted off the field. Heather Currie manned the Wake Forest goal for the remainder of the contest and Rustrum returned to action later in the game.
The Demon Deacons put away the game in 69th minute as Sarah Kozey found the back of the net with a far post shot from the right side. Remy picked up her second assist of the game on the play, pushing her season total to seven.
"Wake Forest is a disciplined and organized team," Potter said. "They've got dangerous players and they can hurt you. They play a nice style of soccer and its fun to be in these environments. You only get better by playing the best and this is definitely one of them. It was wonderful to be home and we put on a performance today that we can be proud of. Ultimately, the things we learned today will help us turn these moments into a win."
Washington State out shot Wake Forest 12-to-9 with Rustrum and Megan Hyte each contributing three. Keepers Hultin and Doe each had three saves in the contest. The match was a hard fought affair with WSU (23) and Wake Forest (17) combing for 40 fouls. Rustrum, Hyte and Wake Forest's Nichole Lecznar where given yellow cards in the match as the teams grappled for the win.
The Cougars hit the road next week, traveling to Corvallis, Ore., for the OSU Nike Invitational Tournament. Washington State faces Virginia Commonwealth Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. and Long Island Sunday, Sept. 18 at Noon.