Aug. 19, 2011
WAIPAHU, Hawaii - Sophomore Eileen Maes scored three goals in the second half and Washington State opened its 2011 soccer season with a 3-1 victory at Hawaii, Friday.
The hat trick for Maes came in less than 22 minutes and the Cougars (1-0-0) improved to 6-0-1 all-time in season openers on the road.
"We waited a long time for tonight to come and against a tough and resilient Hawaii team we found out more about the potential of our team," Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter said.
The Rainbow Wahine (0-1-0) took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when Brittani Lum put a header past Washington State redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair after a free kick from 35 yards out.
The Cougars tied the match in the 51st minute as Maes put home a rebound of a shot by freshman Jocelyn Jeffers. In the 65th minute, Washington State was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box.
Maes beat the Hawaii wall of defenders with a rocket to the back of the net that gave the Cougars a 2-1 advantage and quieted a crowd of 2,850, the second-largest in Hawaii history.
The Washington State midfielder completed her hat trick in the 73rd minute with a hard shot inside the near post after a cross from senior midfielder Jacquelyn Roth.
"Even after giving up a goal we showed maturity and patience in our play," Potter said. "Halftime gave us an opportunity to change tactically and the product spoke for itself. The willingness of the team to adapt the game plan to the situation bodes well for the future."
The hat trick was the second of Maes's career, making her the second Cougar in school history to have multiple matches with three or more goals. Cougar legend Kim Lynass had eight-such outings, including four matches with four goals. The other hat trick of Maes's career came last year in a victory over Gonzaga at home. Coincidentally, all three of her goals in that match came in the second half.
The Cougars travel to nationally-ranked Portland, Friday, Aug. 26 before opening their home slate, Sunday, Aug. 28 against Seattle at 1 p.m.
Washington State redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair as well as true freshmen Beau Bremer, Jocelyn Jeffers, Nicole Setterlund and Bethanie Skelton each started in their collegiate debut...freshman Jamie Schnieders came off the bench in her collegiate debut...junior transfer Zoe Jeffers appeared off the bench in her first match as a Cougar...Washington State improved to 4-0-0 all-time against Hawaii.