Following a third-round departure from the NCAA tournament last season, the WSU women’s soccer team enters this season with a chip on their shoulder and a desire for success.
“They’re experienced and hungry enough to get further than before,” said Craig Lawson, assistant director of communications for the athletic department. “The team as a whole is more fit than they were last year, and they have a lot more people that can score goals for us.”
The team kicks off their season today in Seattle against the Redhawks.
The Cougars return starters Micaela Castain and Rachael Doyle. Gurveen Clair and Nicole Setterlund represent the nucleus of the returning upperclassmen.
The Cougars face a Seattle team viewed as favorite to win the conference title this season.
Seattle returns Stephanie Verdoia, who was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Julia Besagno, who was named the WAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
“Everyone is going to see a very competitive team,” said Head Coach Keidane McAlpine. “We’re excited for the fans to see the games.”
Last season, the Cougars finished in the top 16 teams in the country and made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament. They hope to get even further in the post season this year.
History is on the Cougars side as they have a 19-4-1 all-time record in season openers, including a 6-0-1 record when playing their first match on the road.
The Cougars are slated to start their season against the Redhawks at 5 p.m. today.