Oct. 3, 2003
Senior forward Nicole Wilcox put away two goals to help give Washington State a 2-0 win over Idaho State Friday at Lower Soccer Field. The win marked the end of non-conference play and improved the Cougars to 3-1 at home.
The first 30 minutes of play was choppy, with neither team establishing a rhythm. Both squads came out aggressively, recording seven fouls apiece in the first half.
In the 34th minute Wilcox ran onto a header from senior forward Rachel Rodrick. Wilcox battled for the ball with an ISU defender, won it and slotted it past junior goalkeeper Shannon Boyle for the game-winning goal, and her second goal of the season.
"We had talked to Nicole about playing a little bit wider so she could take people on and it paid dividends today," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said.
ISU had a great scoring opportunity late in the second half, recording two shots in 24 seconds. WSU sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hultin helped the Cougs maintain their 1-0 lead making a sprawling save on a close-range shot by Bengal forward Shawna Park. Hultin blocked the shot into the Cougar penalty box where ISU's Jessica Bobert picked up the ball and took a shot that went left of the goal.
Sophomore defender Carmen Anderson came on in the first half after being out from an ankle injury she suffered in the Cougar's win over Montana Sept. 7. Anderson was one of four substitutions made in the first half by WSU.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead into the half, out shooting ISU 10 to five and recording one corner kick opportunity.
The Bengals' had the first opportunity of the second half when ISU junior midfielder Sarah Hobdey got on the end of a flighted ball that was served into the Cougar's 18-yard box. With Washington State defenders surrounding her, Hobdey, who was in the center of the Cougar eight-yard box, hit the ball high and wide of the goal.
At the 71:22 mark Wilcox capitalized on a great offensive build up by the Cougars to score her third goal of the match and ensure the Cougar win. WSU midfielder Kim Morgan took the ball down the left flank and crossed it into a crowded Bengal penalty box. The ball deflected off of an ISU defender to the right side of the box where senior forward Shelby Brownfield was waiting. Brownfield trapped the ball down to Wilcox, who finished the goal with a first-time blast past Boyle.
Several Cougars contributed in the match with 20 players recording minutes including freshman forward Samantha Hufford who recorded two shots for WSU.
The Cougars held strong the remainder of the game to walk away with a 2-0 shutout and their third victory at home.
"Particularly in the first half I thought the quality of the type of finishes we tried was good, " WSU head coach Matt Potter said. "There was more of a thought process going into the shots we took and more of our shots stood a chance of going in.
"Nicole (Wilcox) had a very good game today. She was smart in the runs she made and had two very good finishes that she deserved because of the hard work she put into the game.
"A positive to take away from this game is that we had players that showed they can step-up and play some valuable minutes for us and contribute.
"It is also nice to walk away with a clean sheet. Even when they broke through Katie (Hultin) came up with a wonderful save."
The Cougars start Pacific-10 play next weekend, traveling to Los Angeles to take on UCLA Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.