Darren Zemanek/ The Daily Evergreen
Junior forward Micaela Castain scored two goals Sunday as WSU defeated Boise State 6-0 at Lower Soccer Field.
Castain scored her first goal with a penalty kick in the 11th minute. In the 89th minute, Castain beat the goal keeper from 12 yards out to score her third goal of the season, which came off an assist from freshman forward Kourtney Guetlein.
The Cougars (2-0-0) recorded their second straight shutout of the season against the Broncos (2-1-0), who were coming off of a 4-1 victory against North Dakota State from the previous weekend.
“We played Boise in the spring; they jumped out really intense and really electric with the way they wanted to play,” Head Coach Keidane McAlpine said. "Today we wanted to make sure we matched that intensity, and if not, beat it.”
In a game where the Cougars ruled offensively and defensively, junior defender Rachael Doyle stood out. The game-winning goal came early in the third minute when Doyle headed the ball into the back of the net off a corner kick from senior forward Brandi Vega.
“It was a great ball in by Brandi, so (I) pretty much just had to put my head on it and it went in,” said Doyle.
The Broncos began to put pressure on the Cougars when a battle in midfield toward the end of the first half resulted in neither side conceding a goal.
Leading 2-0, the Cougars started the second half with a goal by Vega, who scored in the right-side of the box off a through ball from Doyle.
“I was just trying to put the ball in the back corner and get it away from the keeper,” Vega said.
Vega is tied for eighth all-time in career goals at WSU with her second goal of the season marking her 15th career goal.
WSU continued dominating the Broncos on attack throughout the second half. Sophomore forward and midfielder Beau Bremer and Guetlein scored their first goals of the season.
In the 64th minute, redshirt junior Kayla Johnson set up the chance for Bremer to beat the goal keeper from 15-yards-out on a diagonal pass.
“We have been working on finishing a lot,” Bremer said. “I just saw the corner and aimed for it.”
Guetlein picked up her first career goal in the 88th minute with a header off a free kick from senior midfielder Shannon McFadden.
McAlpine said a couple of practices during the week focused on taking control for the full 90 minutes and setting the tempo for the match. He said he was pleased with the improvement he saw.
The six-goal victory was the most scored by the Cougars since their 8-0 win on Sept. 22, 2002, against Gonzaga.
The Cougars travel to Los Angeles next to compete in the USC Futbol Classic starting Friday against San Diego.