Women's Soccer Falls 3-0 At Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. - Despite holding possession for a good portion of the match, and holding the 14-11 edge in shots, the Gonzaga University women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Pacific-12 Conference member Washington State University Sunday afternoon at Lowes Field in Pullman, Wash. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1-0 with the loss, while the Cougars won their opening match of 2012.
"The score by no means shows the competitiveness of this game," explained Gonzaga head coach Amy Edwards. "Today's match was a great arena for us to gain some growth for our younger players. I was really happy with the veteran's energy, intensity and competitiveness; they drove that for us today."
It was a slight Gonzaga breakdown in the defense that led to Washington State's lone goal in the first half. A Cougar long ball played deep into the Bulldogs defensive territory was left for keeper Susan Brown to scoop up. Brown, pressured by Coug Micaela Castain, wasn't able to secure it. Castain picked up the loose ball and hit a shot past the sliding defense of senior Morgan Manchester to give WSU the 1-0 advantage at the 23:24 mark.
Early in the first half, Gonzaga's defense came up big to stop a goal from happening. WSU's Jocelyn Jeffers cut her way around Brown to a seemingly open net but sophomore Kasey Rubosky had a sliding save off the goal line for the Bulldogs. The ball didn't clear the box though and Jeffers hit the ball back at goal, between two Zag defenders, but Brown was there to make the huge save.
"I was proud of our defense's and Susan's efforts today," said Edwards.
Gonzaga did have a few good scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes and even held the 7-5 lead in shots. Sophomore Cricket Harber had the best shot as she was found open on a corner kick taken brilliantly by classmate Tori Lee. She wasn't able to muster enough strength on the shot and WSU keeper Gurveen Clair gobbled it up.
Despite the offensive pressure of Gonzaga in the second - which produced shots by Heather Johnson, Jessica Bennett and Harber, Washington State was the one who again found the back of the net. Jamie Schnieders hit a blast from 20-yards out to give the Cougars the 2-0 advantage with 21 minutes to play in the game.
The Zags almost got one goal back four minutes later when Rubosky cracked a shot off the crossbar.
With Gonzaga pushing all players up in the final minute of play, Washington State was able to tack on a third goal. Brandi Vega was credited with the goal with 28 seconds left.
The Bulldogs will be back in action when it plays at the University of Idaho Friday, Aug. 24. Match time is set for 4 p.m.