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WSU drops to No.14 Stanford, beats California at home

FRANKIE BEER

The WSU women’s football team exits the tunnel before a game against Stanford on October 7, 2021, in Pullman.

WSU lost its losing streak before rebounding quickly to a win last week. The Cougars lost 1-0 to Stanford on Thursday and won 2-0 over California on Sunday at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman. The games consolidated the Cougars’ record at 10-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in conference.

With the win, Stanford improved to 9-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in conference. The first shot of the evening was aimed by the Cardinal’s defender Sierra Enge. The Cougars quickly regained control of the ball and shot twice, but neither attempt found the back of the net.

After that, the Cardinal dominated. Stanford took three shots before a fourth turned into a goal in the 29th minute when Cardinal senior midfielder Naomi Girma was assisted by second defender Julia Leontini. It was Girma’s third goal this season.

This shot would be the decisive goal. After Stanford’s goal, the Cougars regained control of the ball and tried a few shots but none succeeded. A Cardinals shot marked the end of the first period.

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WSU midfielder Sydney Pulver takes a corner kick on October 7, 2021, at Pullman.

The second half of the game began with Stanford controlling the ball and attempting to score. The Cougars quickly regained control of the ball and attempted two shots before the Cardinals took control of the ball.

The Cougars and Cardinals traded possession for the remainder of the game, but no shot was turned into a goal. The loss ended a strong winning streak for the Cougs and a record 578: 45 shutout minutes.

“Defense at all levels was doing a great job there. And keep moving forward defensively, ”said head coach Todd Shulenberger.

Despite the loss, first-year goaltender Nadia Cooper became the program record holder for consecutive shutout minutes with 532:56 to start her career before relinquishing her first career goal.

The Cougars bounced back quickly from that tough loss and beat another conference contender, California. With the loss, California’s records fell to 5-4-3 overall and 1-3-1 in conference. The Cougars ended California’s offense during the game, allowing just six shots total during the game.

The victory marked the third consecutive time against California and the second consecutive shutout. The Cougars maintained ball control early in the game before the first goal came from a 34th-minute penalty kick by senior midfielder Sydney Studer.

The second half started with fouls against WSU and California. The Cougars kept control of the ball and scored their second and final goal of the night less than ten minutes into the second half.

FRANKIE BEER
WSU group turns the crowd up during a soccer match against Stanford University on October 7, 2021 in Pullman.

Fifth-year striker Elyse Bennett, assisted by Studer, scored her eighth goal of the season. His eight goals are tied for third in the Pac-12. It was his 85th career game, tying Morgan Weaver for the third all-time at the WSU.

The Bears regained control of the ball after the goal but failed to get the ball into the net. The Cougars got the ball back and lined up several shots, but none hit the net. The end of the game was full of fouls from WSU and California until the end of the period.

“I’m glad to have a little shutout here,” said Shulenberger. “You know, quite frankly, Thursday was a disappointment. I know it was Stanford, but we were in this game, we could have at least equalized if we hadn’t won this game.

The Cougars’ next game is on the road at 7 pm Friday against Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. The match can be watched on the Pac-12 network.

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