Oct. 9, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Jocelyn Jeffers scored two goals and added an assist on the game-winning tally as Washington State routed Colorado 4-0 in Pac-12 women's soccer at Lower Soccer Field, Sunday.
With the victory, the Cougars (10-4-1, 4-1-0 Pac-12) completed a weekend sweep of Utah and Colorado in which Jeffers contributed three goals and a pair of assists.
"We were really excited about how we performed in the first half because we weren't satisfied with how we performed Friday," Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter said. "Jocelyn (Jeffers) had a great weekend. The more comfortable she gets with her surroundings, the more she is going to improve. I honestly think the sky is the limit for her."
Washington State scored first on Brandi Vega's fifth goal of the season which came in the 16th minute. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair played a ball deep and to the left of the Colorado (3-8-2, 0-4-1 Pac-12) goal. Jeffers ran it down and passed to Vega at the top of the box. Vega blasted a shot that was deflected by Buffaloes' goalkeeper Annie Brunner before crossing the line inside the left post.
In the 26th minute, Jeffers took a throw in on the left side from freshman Beau Bremer and beat Brunner to the far post for a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Colorado was forced to play down a player when Hayley Hughes was issued a red card in the 53rd minute. Just over six minutes later, sophomore Rachael Doyle sent a long through ball from the left side to Jeffers, who dribbled around Brunner before tapping in her second goal of the match.
The Cougars capped the scoring in the 72nd minute. This time, Doyle found senior Tiara Pittman on the left side. Pittman beat a pair of defenders and Brunner in the box to notch her second goal of the season.
Washington State wraps up its regular season home schedule, Friday, Oct. 14 when nationally-ranked UCLA comes to Lower Soccer Field for a 3 p.m. match.
Washington State swept a home conference weekend for the first time since Nov. 7/9, 2008 against Arizona and Arizona State...Cougars equaled their best start in conference at 4-1-0 tying the 1990 squad that finished 4-1-0 in the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference...Washington State scored four goals in a conference match for the first time since a 4-1 victory over USC, Nov. 8, 2002...Gurveen Clair's assist was the second by a goalkeeper in school history (Lindsay Parlee at UCLA, Oct. 10, 2008)...Brandi Vega moved into a tie for third on the Washington State's all-time list for game-winning goals with seven.