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Cougs handle Redhawks on the road
Published 8/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Women’s soccer began its season with a win over the weekend, showcasing the talents of Kourtney Guetlein.

The WSU women’s soccer team defeated the Seattle University Redhawks 3-1 in front of 673 spectators Friday night in a nonconference match.

For the first time in her career, sophomore forward Guetlein recorded a multi-assist match, the first since 2011 recorded by current senior defender Rachael Doyle.

The scoring started in the 21st minute, when Redhawks senior midfielder Julia Besagno netted a goal on a penalty kick and put the Redhawks up 1-0.

Before long, WSU answered back.

Freshman forward Kailiana Johnson put in the equalizer off of an assisted rebound from junior midfielder Mesa Owsley after a scramble in front of the net nine minutes later.

Both teams went into halftime notched at 1-1, but the Cougs came out firing in the second half and scored in the 46th minute. Junior forward Jocelyn Jeffers scored off a cross from Guetlein five yards out, putting WSU up 2-1.

The Cougs were not finished yet. In the 49th minute, senior forward Micaela Castain gave WSU more breathing room when she netted a goal off of a cross from Guetlein, putting the Cougs up 3-1.

The Redhawks were seemingly overmatched in this game, totaling only four shots compared to WSU’s 12.

The number of corner kicks was equal for both teams with three apiece.

According to Washington State Athletics, Castain moved into a fourth place tie for the all-time scoring record with 23 goals.

A few players made their Cougar debuts Friday, including redshirt freshman defender Susie White, sophomore defender Mariah Powers and sophomore midfielder Cara Wegner.

With the win Friday, the Cougars ran their season opener all-time record to 20-4-1, as well as added to their undefeated record against the Redhawks with their 10th straight win.

WSU’s next match will be at home with a 3 p.m. start time against rival Idaho in the battle of the Palouse, Aug. 30.

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