Sept. 14, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's soccer picked up its fifth win of the season, downing Hawaii 2-0 on regional television, Friday.
In their inaugural appearance on the Pac-12 Networks, the Cougars displayed their talents on both sides of the ball. Washington State recorded their third shutout at Lower Soccer Field this season while dominating the run of play, holding a 15-4 shot advantage over the Rainbow Wahine.
During a hard-fought first half battle, neither team could connect with the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes and went into halftime tied 0-0.
The Cougars got on the board when junior Micaela Castain, adding to her already impressive statistics this year, tallied her seventh goal of the season. The game-winning goal came in the 62nd minute when the Castro Valley, Calif., native finished a header in the box off a cross from sophomore Beau Bremer. Castain's seven cumulative goals keep her at the forefront of Washington State and Pac-12 scoring.
In the 80th minute, sophomore Jocelyn Jeffers added to Washington State's lead when she scored for the first time in the 2012 season. Jeffers converted from 20 yards out after being set up by a pass from sophomore Korynn Blanksma.
"Anytime you can keep a team off the scoreboard and keep the shots limited, that means you're doing some good things," first-year head coach Keidane McAlpine said. "Today I thought we did it a little bit more with our possession."
For the second week in a row, senior Ariana Byrd and redshirt-sophomore Gurveen Clair halved the time in goal. This week Byrd started and recorded one save, while Clair was not forced to make any saves and was credited with the win.
Washington State leads all-time series with Hawaii 5-0-0...Cougars have recorded seven-straight shutouts at home dating back to last season...have not allowed a goal at Lower Soccer Field in the last 654:51...WSU is 6-0-1 during the stretch, its best home streak since seven-consecutive wins in 1994...record of 5-1-0 is Washington State's best start since going 6-1-0 in 2002...this season, 12 of the 16 Cougar goals have come in the second half...Micaela Castain's seven goals leads the Pac-12...Castain has recorded eight game-winning career goals, which is tied for second in school history...Castain's 18 goals and 37 points are both good enough to rank in the school record book at tied for sixth and tied for 10th, respectively.