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Micaela Castain Records Hat Trick in Soccer Victory
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/05/2010
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Sept. 5, 2010

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OGDEN, Utah - Freshman Micaela Castain scored three goals to lead Washington State past Weber State 4-1 in nonconference women's soccer, Sunday.

After Washington State (2-4-0) went down 1-0 in the first half, Castain's tallied a pair of goals to put the Cougars on top 2-1 at halftime. She added a goal in 70th minute to complete the hat trick.

Late in the 29th minute, junior Tiara Pittman had a breakaway down the left side before sending a cross into the box where Castain found the open net from six yards out for her first-collegiate goal.

In the 38th minute, Castain converted a turnover into an unassisted goal with a blast from 20 yards out to give the Cougars the lead.

The match remained 2-1 until the 67th minute when junior Jacquelyn Roth's corner kick was played by redshirt-senior Mallory Fox from the deep left wing to sophomore Mariah Cameron who fired inside the far post from 22 yards out to put Washington State on top 3-1. Castain closed the scoring with a header off a corner kick from sophomore Shannon McFadden.

"After a tough loss, Friday (at BYU), I felt we responded well," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We possessed the ball well at times and showed character to come back after going down a goal. Overall I am pleased with our performance."

Next up for the Cougars is Denver, Friday at 1 p.m. in Spokane at the Gonzaga Tournament.

Micaela Castain became the fifth Cougar to score at least three goals in a match and the second freshman (Kim Lynass in 1990) was the 12th time in school history a player has scored three or more goals and the third time on the road (Lynass at Gonzaga in 1990 and Deka DeWitt at Arizona in 2000)...first hat trick since Rachel Rodrick, Sept. 7, 2001 against Eastern Washington...first Cougar with six or more points in a match since Alix Rustrum had seven against Gonzaga, Sept. 22, 2002...goal by sophomore Mariah Cameron was the first of her career...Washington State won for the 13th straight time overall and the eighth-straight time on the road when leading at intermission...redshirt-freshman Megan Garrity and freshman Roslyn Pontius each made their collegiate debut.

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