Sept. 28, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Carly Dobratz scored a pair of goals to lead Washington State past UC Santa Barbara 3-0 in nonconference women's soccer Friday.
The match at Lower Soccer Field was played under scattered showers with cold and windy conditions. With the win No. 18 (Soccer America)/No. 23 (Soccer Buzz) Washington State improved to 6-1-1, its best start in school history through eight matches. The Gauchos dropped to 3-4-2.
All three of Washington State's goals came in the second half after neither team broke through in the first stanza. At 60:49, Dobratz's header beat Gaucho goalkeeper Katie Wright just inside the left post after a cross from outside the box by sophomore Maggie Dougher. Just 4:04 later, redshirt-freshman Mallory Fox made a pretty move to beat a defender in the middle of the field and feed the ball to Dobratz. The Gilbert, Ariz., native converted inside the box on the right side for her second goal of the match and season. Dobratz became the first Cougar to score two goals in a match since Carmen Anderson had a pair against Arizona Oct. 16, 2005.
Fox capped the scoring at 75:19 with her team-leading fourth goal of the season when she found the back of the net from inside the box on the right side. With the three second half tallies, the Cougars have recorded 12 of their 14 goals this season after intermission.
"The second half performance has been good because our players are listening to the adjustments our staff asks them to make at halftime and applying them," WSU Head Coach Matt Potters said. "I was very pleased with our defense. We handled everything an opponent threw at us for 90 minutes and we hadn't done that this season."
The Cougars outshot the Gauchos 17-7, including a pair of near goals in the first half by sophomore Kiersten Dallstream. In the 33rd minute, Dallstream's shot was deflected by Wright and the ball trickled toward the goal line. It hit the left post before a UCSB defender cleared the ball. In the 38th minute, Dallstream beat Wright and fired a shot from the top of the box that hit the cross bar.
WSU goalkeeper Brynn Bemis registered her second straight shutout and 11th of her career. The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho native moved past Jessica Glazer (1995-96) into sole possession of third place on the Cougar all-time list.
Washington State hosts Idaho State Sunday, Sept. 30 at noon. The Bengals enter the match with a 4-3-2 mark after tying Gonzaga Friday.