After winning two games of the NCAA Women’s College Cup in dramatic fashion, Washington State will get its toughest test yet when the Cougars face third-seeded Florida in the third round at 11 a.m. Sunday in Gainesville, Florida.
WSU (10-7-4) opened the tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against second-seeded Central Florida, before defeating Tennessee 3-1 in a penalty shootout Friday to earn the first round-of-16 berth in program history.
The Gators (16-6-0) on the other hand have had a less-stressful road to the third round, beating South Alabama 3-1 in their opener before earning a 1-0 shutout win over South Florida in the second round.
Florida, ranked 16th in the country, comes into Sunday’s matchup with experience knocking off Pac-12 foes. The Gators reached a season-high ranking of No. 2 in August after defeating Stanford 3-2 – the lone loss of the season so far for the Cardinal.
The Gators have also made Donald R. Dizney a fortress this season, going 4-1 in matches played on the team’s secondary field.
Washington State has shown this season they’re not afraid to take on top teams, defeating five top-25 teams this season – including a 1-0 win over second-ranked UCLA on Oct. 19.
The Cougars are also one of only three Pac-12 representatives left in the tournament, joining the Cardinal and Bruins. Stanford will take on Florida State on Sunday, while UCLA will face Virginia.
After allowing only two goals in the first two matches of the tournament, the Cougars will be tasked with slowing down a potent Florida offense, which has scored 37 goals, led by Deanne Rose’s eight scores.
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