Aug. 24, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's soccer posted its second shutout in as many games, defeating Boise State 6-0 at Lower Soccer Field, Friday.
In an impressive team performance, five-different Cougars connected with the back of the net. Junior Micaela Castain led Washington State with two goals - the first coming in the 11th minute and the second in the 89th. Castain, the current wsucougars.com Student-Athlete of the Week, is leading Washington State in goals this season with three.
The Cougars' game-winning goal came early in the game; when, in the third minute of play, junior Rachael Doyle headed the ball past the goal keeper off of a corner kick by senior Brandi Vega. During the second minute of the second half the Washington State veterans scored again. In a role-reversal, Vega took a through ball from Doyle and put it in from the right side of the box.
The action of the second half continued for the Cougars when sophomore Beau Bremer picked up her first official goal of the season in the 64th minute. Bremer beat the goal keeper from 15 yards out after a diagonal pass from redshirt-junior Kayla Johnson.
Washington State freshman Kourtney Guetlein made her presence on the field known by picking up her first-career goal and assist. In the 88th minute, Guetlein converted a header set up off a free kick by senior Shannon McFadden. The assist came when Guetlein passed the ball to Castain, setting her up for the sixth and final Washington State goal.
In a dominating display, the Cougars not only picked up their second-consecutive shutout, they also had the advantage over the Broncos in shots (18-5) and corners (8-1).
Goalkeeping duties for Washington State were split by redshirt-sophomore Gurveen Clair and senior Ariana Byrd. Clair, who racked up over 61 minutes in the box, was only forced to make one save; while Byrd played the remaining 28-plus minutes without having to make any saves in goal.
First-year Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine talked about his team's physicality, stating "We had a couple practices where we just focused on competing and then settling the game down and downing the things we wanted to do and I thought we did a much better job of doing that today."
Washington State takes to the road for the first time this season when it travels to Los Angeles, where it will take part in the USC Fὐtbol Classic. The Cougars will take on San Diego Aug. 31, at 1 p.m., and Duke Sept. 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Washington State recorded its sixth-straight shutout at home, dating back to last season...six goals most by the Cougars since 8-0 victory over Gonzaga, Sept. 22, 2002...Gurveen Clair lowered her career goals against average to a school-best 0.69...Brandi Vega scored her 15th-career goal, tied for eight all-time at WSU...Vega's 39 points are ninth-best in Cougar history...Micaela Castain scored her 14th-career goal, 10th in WSU history...Rachael Doyle registered her first three-point match of her career.