Sept. 10, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's soccer squad recorded its third win of the season Sunday as the Cougars shut out Sacramento State 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field. WSU moves to 3-2-1 overall.
"The effort we showed today was much more positive than Friday's," said head coach Matt Potter. "As a result, better things happened and we showed the character to come through and get a win. Sacramento State was a feisty team and we talked about that. Any time you face an opponent coming off a big win full of confidence, you have to be able to weather that and I though we did that very well."
The two teams battled aggressively through the first half of play with both squads firing six shots in the opening period as they traded possession and scoring chances.
The match remained scoreless until late in the second half as Washington State was awarded a penalty kick opportunity in the 87th minute. Anna Miller fired the penalty shot to the left of Hornets' keeper Mandy Trojan who deflected the ball back into play. Miller collected the rebound and buried the game-winner in the right corner of the net.
The Cougars recorded 12 shots in the match with Sacramento State posting 13. Miller paced the WSU offense with five, including three on goal, with Carly Dobratz adding four. The two teams combined for 45 fouls in the match (Washington State 21, Sacramento State 24) with WSU's Natalie Elkind and the Hornets' Katie McCoy receiving yellow cards.
"It was difficult for either team to get into the flow of the game and get some type of rhythm," Potter said of the high foul count. "That meant the game was very disjointed for long periods. Its tough that a referee decision became the difference in the game because I thought we were beginning to build some momentum and would have finally put one away."
Washington State freshman keeper Amber Wittmers earned the first win and shut out of her Cougar career making three saves in the contest. Trojan also had three stops in the match.
The Cougars welcome Montana and Idaho to Lower Soccer Field as they continue their non-conference schedule facing the Grizzlies Friday, Sept. 15 at noon and the Vandals Sunday, Sept. 17 at noon.