Sept. 30, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. - Washington State women's soccer recorded its first conference win, downing Colorado 1-0 in Boulder, Sunday.
The Cougars' win at Prentup Field puts their season record at 7-3-1, and they are now 1-1-1 in Pac-12 play.
The only tally of the game came in the 73rd minute off a seamlessly executed set piece. Washington State senior Brandi Vega was awarded a corner kick, which she placed directly in the box in a perfect position for sophomore Jocelyn Jeffers to make contact with the ball. Jeffers' header flew right by Colorado's keeper and into the back of the net. The goal was Jeffers fourth of the season.
"Brandi put a great service in," stated Cougar head coach Keidane McAlpine when asked about the goal. "And Jocelyn did all the rest; she got up and headed it home quite nicely."
The corner kick that setup the game-winning goal was the result of a string of shots taken by WSU. The first attempt was taken by redshirt-junior Kayla Johnson, whose shot was deflected by the opposition. Freshman Kourtney Guetlein was there to take a second go at the goal. Guetlein's shot was also blocked by Colorado, only this time the contact left the ball out-of-bounds and the Cougars with a corner kick.
Washington State goalkeeper, redshirt-sophomore Gurveen Clair was vital to the Cougars' victory. Clair recorded five saves on the day, including an impressive one-handed deflection that stopped a Colorado header off a free kick in the 30th minute.
In a moment too reminiscent of Friday's match, in the waning minutes of the game it appeared as if the Buffaloes were going to score a tying goal. Colorado took a shot towards the upper-left corner of the goal which Clair was able to get a hand on. However, Clair then dropped the ball, and for a heart stopping moment it appeared to cross the line. To the Cougars' elation the Surrey, British Columbia native gained control in the nick-of-time to complete the save and seal the win.
McAlpine added, "Today feels great, especially the energy level they brought in the second half. I thought we deserved to win. We brought much more intensity to the game and made some breaks for ourselves."
Cougars lead the all-time series 2-1...Cougars' fifth shutout of the season...WSU returns to Pullman to host Arizona State, Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.