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Cougars top Huskies in women's soccer season finale
PULLMAN — Washington State's women's soccer team earned a big boost to its NCAA tournament chances with a 1-0 win over Washington on Friday. Junior Micaela Castain gave the Cougars the lead in the 43rd minute, knocking in a cross from Kourtney Guetlein after a run to the near post, and WSU held on in the second half despite getting outshot 8-3 in the half.
With the win, Washington State finished the regular season 12-6-1 (6-4-1 Pac-12) and clinched fourth place in the Pac-12.
Washington dropped to 10-7-3 (3-6-2 Pac-12) and a seventh-place conference finish. Both teams will wait for the NCAA Selection show, which will be streamed live on NCAA.com Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The Cougars were the early aggressors, forcing UW goalkeeper Kari Davidson to make three saves in the first half and hitting the cross bar once before scoring.
The momentum shifted in the second half, and Washington nearly tied the game with less than a minute to play when Jaclyn Softli got behind the WSU defense and was in one-on-one with Cougar goalkeeper Clair Gurveen, but Gurveen made a foot save to preserve the lead.
Graham Black scored two goals to help lead the Swift Current Broncos to a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Seattle (7-7-1-0) had leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Broncos scored two short-handed goals on the same Thunderbirds power play in the third period to take the lead for good.
Tri-City 3, Everett 2
The Tri-City Americans scored three third-period goals in a comeback win over the Everett Silvertips at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
League-leading San Diego took advantage of a Gonzaga red-card ejection to earn a 1-0 West Coast Conference victory at Gonzaga Soccer Field. Gonzaga (4-12-0, 0-9-0 WCC) defender James Partee received his second yellow card and thus an automatic ejection when he spiked the ball to the ground in frustration with 23 minutes remaining. Connor Brandt scored for USD five minutes later off a cross from Dan Delgado.
Seattle University (9-9-2) fell to tournament host Utah State (12-2-6) in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals, 2-1. Utah State advanced to the championship game Sunday, when it will face Denver.
UW sophomore SooBin Kim won Pac-12 Golfer of the Month, the second straight month a Husky has claimed the award, after a month that saw her ascend to No. 2 in the national individual rankings. Teammate Charlotte Thomas won the award for September.
No. 8 Washington earned a quick straight-sets victory over visiting Colorado, winning 25-19, 25-15, 25-15. Washington (18-4, 9-4) was led by Krista Vansant, who had 15 kills.
• Washington State pulled out a five-set win at home over Utah. Led by Jaicee Harris' 17 kills, the Cougars (11-14, 1-12) overcame a 2-1 deficit to win its first conference match (10-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 16-14).
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