Oct. 17, 2003
Washington State senior Rachel Rodrick scored two goals to give the Cougars a 2-0 victory over Oregon (7-6-0, 0-2-0) at Lower Soccer Field Friday, Oct. 17. This win was the first Pacific-10 victory for the Cougs and for WSU first-year Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter. It raised the Cougars record to5-8-0 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play.
Rodrick scored the game-winner in the 64th-minute off of a penalty kick awarded to the Cougars following a foul by Duck senior defender Lindsey Werdell in the penalty box. Werdell received a red-card on the play for clipping Shelby Brownfield who was on a break-away.
In the 90th-minute Cougar forward Nicole Wilcox beat a pair of Oregon defenders up the right-side flank and crossed the ball to Rodrick who was waiting at the top of the 8-yard box. Rodrick sealed the victory by heading the ball into the lower right-hand corner. The goal was Rodrick's fifth of the season and 23rd career goal, which moved her into third in the all-time career goals list.
"This win was so important for us," Rodrick said. "We were at a point that we couldn't lose anymore. We were losing close games to hard teams, so it feels good to go out and win 2-0 in conference."
"We always want to set a standard for winning home games and today is no different" Potter added. "We had some moments early on that with a little composure the scoring could have been a little different, but we made hard work of it and the bottom line is we found a way to hit the back of the net."
The match was full of opportunities created by both sides. The Cougar offense started off the match aggressively, creating a great scoring opportunity in the third minute when senior midfielder Kim Morgan passed a through ball to Rodrick. Rodrick beat one defender and took a left-footed shot that went wide-right of the goal.
At the 12:43 mark WSU almost scored off a Rodrick corner kick. The ball was kicked to the far post to Cougar midfielder Cailan McCutchan who headed the ball back into the 18-yard box to who Morgan bodied the ball to WSU forward Shelby Brownfield. With the ball at her feet, Brownfield turned to shoot, but Oregon goalkeeper Domenique Lainez smothered the ball before Brownfield could get a shot off.
Six minutes later McCutchan took a shot that sailed just wide of the goal after running onto a ball served in from Rodrick off of a great set-play taken by the Cougars.
The Ducks created chances on their quick counter-attacks. In the 27th minute Nicole Garbin took a point-blank shot from 18-yards out, but Washington State goalkeeper Katie Hultin covered it up to make one of four first-half save.
WSU out-shot the Ducks 14-6 in the first half, and created two corner kick opportunities while Oregon took one corner kick.
Oregon nearly took a 1-0 lead in the 54th-minute when sophomore midfielder Cristan Higa took a volley-attempt that hit the left post.
Oregon continued to attack and in the 80th minute forced a crucial save by senior defender Shay Hobby. Hultin was caught off her line and Oregon took a chip shot over Hultin, but Hobby cleared the ball off the line to keep the lead.
Rodrick sealed the victory with her fifth goal assisted by Wilcox at the 88:59 mark
"Credit to Oregon for continuing to plug-away and creating chances. We could have found ourselves in a hole, but we kept at it, we kept up the attack and walked away with a clean slate."
The Cougars take on Oregon State Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon at Lower Soccer Field.