Aug. 14, 2010
MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Washington State women's soccer team, ranked No. 21 in the preseason rankings, defeated Idaho 5-1 Saturday in an exhibition match at Guy Wicks Field in Moscow.
Washington State freshman Micaela Castain (Castro Valley, Calif.) scored three goals in the match, with two in the first half. Her first goal came only four minutes into the contest, on a penalty kick. Castain's next goal was a scramble around the six-yard box at 11:42 in the first half. Cougar sophomore Shannon McFadden (Ventura, Calif.) scored on a left-footed shot from the right flank to the far post for WSU's third goal in the 19th minute to give the visitors a 3-0 lead at intermission. Castain scored again on a one-on-one breakaway from the right side in the second half. The Cougars' final goal was scored by freshman Roslyn Pontius (Hillsborough, Calif.) with a cross from the right side.
Senior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo (Massapequa, N.Y.), blanked Idaho in the first half and was forced to make just one save. Sopohomore Ariana Byrd (Phoenix) played the second half in net for the Cougars.
"In an exhibition game it's hard to play exactly how we want to play and we're still a work in progress," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "Today was about trying out some different things that we have been doing in practice and seeing what individuals we do have and what we need to obviously consider working on.
"For Micaela Castain to get her collegiate career started with a goal after four minutes is a great accomplishment and I thought she was dangerous all day," Potter said. "At times I thought our back four played well and were composed and limited Idaho's opportunities. And we rotated players all over the place. There were a lot of very solid performances but there is also a lot where we need to work a little bit more. Today was about finding out our product and now it is about fine-tuning the pieces together that will allow us to compete on the stages that we want to, starting with Florida State."
Next weekend the Cougars host the WSU Invitational Soccer Tournament at Lower Field on the Pullman campus. WSU's season-opener is against No. 6 and perennial power Florida State, Friday, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m., following the Gonzaga versus Utah which begins at noon. The tournament concludes Sunday, Aug. 22, with the Seminoles and Bulldogs meeting at 11 a.m., followed by Utah and Washington State at 1:30 p.m.