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The Washington State soccer team entered the 2008 season with a chip on its shoulder. The Cougars won 11 matches during the previous campaign, including a victory over 2007 national champion USC, but were not invited to the NCAA postseason.
The opening match of 2008 was Aug. 22 at Montana and Washington State posted a 1-0 victory. Junior Kiersten Dallstream scored the game-winner in the 41st minute after receiving a long lead pass from freshman Megan Chapin.
It was the 14th-career goal for Dallstream, who was named to the United States U-20 national team just weeks before the season began. While Dallstream went on to win a gold medal, Washington State used its victory in Missoula as a springboard to its first postseason since 2002.
The shutout was the first for the Cougars in a season opener since 2004 when Washington State beat Denver 2-0 in Missoula and the first road shutout to open a season in school history.
The Cougars outshot the Grizzlies 11-10 and sophomore Lindsay Parlee made three saves in her first-career start at goalkeeper for Washington State.
"The first 20 minutes we kept possession and started well," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "We created a chance and it was great pass from Megan and a great shot from Kiersten. Up a goal at halftime, we knew the adjustments we needed to make and we executed well in the second half."
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