Sept. 4, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Washington State soccer (3-1-0) suffered its first loss of the season Sunday as host Vanderbilt (3-1-0) defeated the Cougars 1-0 at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
"Credit goes to Vanderbilt for finding a way to get a goal," said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. "But we also leave this one knowing as a group, we could have applied ourselves better than we did."
The Cougars battled the Commodores through a scoreless first half, recording five shots to Vanderbilt's three. Washington State's best scoring chance came in the 37th minute as Alix Rustrum directed a header at the Commodore goal forcing keeper Tyler Griffin to make the save.
Vanderbilt broke into the score column in the 62nd minute as Meghan Habig got her head on a deflected Katie Shulz shot, finding the back net for the game winner.
Washington State had six shots in the contest while Vanderbilt recorded 12. Rustrum led the Cougar offense with two shots with Carmen Anderson, Natalie Elkind, Anna Miller and Megan Hyte each contributing one.
"We head home from this weekend after seeing pretty much each extreme," Potter concluded. "We saw when we could be at our best and the challenges we still need to address. We leave a trip like this holding our heads held high and looking forward to a great match-up at home this weekend."
The Cougars return to Lower Soccer Field for their home opener Friday, Sept. 9, taking on No. 21 Wake Forest at 3 p.m.