Ed Deocampo / The Daily Evergreen
The Cougars continued their dominance at home after a pair of victories over the weekend, improving their record to 6-1-0. The team has yet to allow a goal at home this season.
Junior forward Micaela Castain scored for the seventh time this season in the Cougars 2-0 win Friday against Hawaii at Lower Soccer Field.
A cross from sophomore forward and midfielder Beau Bremer set up the game-winning goal, which came off the head of Castain in the 62nd minute of a scoreless bout.
“I try to get my team up the field,” Castain said. “I try to keep my energy up so everyone else gets their energy up.”
WSU outshot the Rainbow Wahine 7-1 in a slow first half of play. Hawaii senior goalkeeper Kanani Taaca saved the four shots on goal from the Cougars, leading to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first half.
Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said the team was out of sync during the first half of play.
“We talked about trying to get into our rhythm and being more assertive in the final third,” McAlpine said.
WSU added to their lead when sophomore forward Jocelyn Jeffers scored from 20 yards out. Jeffers' first goal of the season came in the 80th minute off a pass from sophomore midfielder Korynn Blanksma.
“She’s been very close in a lot of games and today was finally good to get her on the score board,” McApline said. “Hopefully that will get her going and give her confidence going forward.”
Jeffers added two more goals for the weekend in a WSU 5-1 victory Sunday against the UI Vandals.
The Cougars opened scoring in the 23rd second of play after Jeffers intercepted a pass and connected a shot from 20 yards out. Jeffers’ goal was the earliest scored in WSU soccer history.
The final goal of the game came in the 83rd minute with another deep goal from Jeffers.
“I’ve just decided to go into a goal-scoring mindset,” Jeffers said. “I still play for the team, but with more of a selfish attacking mindset up top.”
Idaho sophomore midfielder Katie Baran scored the equalizer in the 19th minute.
The Cougars quickly regained the advantage when Castain scored the game-winning goal off a long pass from junior defender Delaney Zalud. Castain continues to lead the Pac-12 in goals with her eighth of the season.
“We started off really well,” McAlpine said. “I was a little disappointed in the letdown when we gave up the goal, but we settled down in the second half and claimed the game.”
A close match gradually turned into a blowout as the Cougars scored three goals and shutout the Vandals in the second half.
Senior defender Mariah Cameron assisted senior forward Brandi Vega in the 51st minute for her fourth goal of the season.
Idaho added another point against themselves with an own goal off a failed clearance inside their own box.
WSU opens its Pac-12 schedule Thursday with a road match against No. 3 UCLA.