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Second Half Surge Pushes Cougars Past Golden Bears
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/02/2011
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Oct. 2, 2011

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State scored two goals in the second half and upset No. 21 California in Pac-12 women's soccer at Lower Soccer Field, Sunday.

The Cougars (8-4-1, 2-1-0 Pac-12) have surpassed their win 2010 win total and have defeated at least one nationally-ranked opponent in 11 of the last 12 seasons. Washington State knocked off California (8-3-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12) for the fourth time in the last five meetings at home. All four victories were over a nationally-ranked Golden Bears' squad.

After neither team registered a goal in the first half, junior Brandi Vega gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead at 56:17. Sophomore Delaney Zalud started the sequence with a thrown-in from the right side. Freshman Jocelyn Jeffers then sent a cross into the box that Vega headed home for her third goal of the season.

Less than four minutes later, redshirt-sophomore Kayla Johnson's corner kick into the box was sent toward the net by Vega before being redirected by freshman Nicole Setterlund for her first-career goal.

"It was two equal teams," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We made a formation change at halftime that I think spurred us on a bit at the start of the second half."

Washington State continues its homestand with a match against Utah, Friday at 3 p.m.

Junior Brandi Vega's goal was the 10th of her career, nine of which have tied the match or given the Cougars the lead...sixth-career game-winning goal for Vega, tied for sixth on Washington State's all-time list...Nicole Setterlund became the ninth Cougar, including the fourth freshman, to score a goal this season.

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