Oct. 21, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. --- The Washington State women's soccer team has allowed 11 of the 13 goals they have given up this season in the second half. Against No. 10 California Sunday, it was the Cougars doing the damage in the final 45 minutes of play in a 2-0 win over the Golden Bears.
The victory puts an end to a string of eight-consecutive matches on the road for WSU, the longest stretch in Cougar soccer history. Washington State went 5-3-0 in that span, with its only losses coming against nationally ranked Portland, Washington, and Stanford.
"We feel good about this because California is an outstanding team," Cougar head coach Dan Tobias said.
Junior Katrina Stroh began the scoring for Washington State, taking passes from Beth Childs and Mariette Boyce and using a header to knock it in at the 60:36 mark. It was Stroh's fourth goal of the season.
The Cougars' second goal came just eight minutes later when California's Ashley Valenzuela accidentally put one in her own goal. WSU senior Liz Duncan hit a crossing shot that Valenzuela tried to clear, but instead scored for the wrong team, digging a hole for the Golden Bears that would prove to be too much to climb out of.
"After we went up 2-0 with 21 minutes left, we tried to do a good job defensively and keep the game in front of us because Cal has so many outstanding attacking players," Tobias said. "We did a good job. We were actually unfortunate not to score another goal on a shot by Cailan McCutchan."
The win advances Washington State's record to 6-5-0 overall, 1-2-0 in Pac-10 play, and gave the Cougars their first win over the Golden Bears since 1996. California All-American Laura Schott was forced to sit out the second half due to an injury sustained against Washington Friday.
"This is a good way to finish off our trip," Tobias said. "Especially with two home matches coming up this week against Arizona and Arizona State."
The Cougars face the Arizona State Sun Devils Friday at 3 p.m. and the Wildcats of Arizona Sunday at noon. The pair of Pac-10 contests will be the first matches in Pullman since Sept. 7.