Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services
PULLMAN – WSU’s Women’s Rugby Team faced off against Western Oregon University Saturday at noon, providing the grand opening event for the university’s newly remodeled Valley Road Playfield.
After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, the WSU Women’s Rugby Team proceeded to blast WOU both on defense and offense, blanking them 60-0.
WSU went into the game knowing that it had to defeat WOU in order to remain qualified for another berth in the regional and national title playoffs.
Alexis Bonny scored the first goal within the first minute play. Then, WSU continued driving and finding gaps in WOU defensive line.
A variety of WSU players scored in the game, inlcuding Alexis Bonny, Megan Bonny, Noehly Tzintzun, Tiffany Gaden, Renee Maddex and others.
The victory puts WSU at an overall record of 3-1 the season.
The next game will be against Eastern Washington University, noon Saturday, Feb. 12, in Martin Stadium.
Last year, the WSU Women’s Rugby Team won the national title, going in as the underdogs against Temple, which they shut out 37 to 0.
Every game is a ‘do or die’ for WSU, as it is attempting to earn a chance to battle Western Washington University for the regional title and a shot at nationals.
WSU lost to WWU 7-8 on Nov. 6. Despite this loss, however, WSU still has the chance to go to nationals if it wins the rest of its games this season.
Participating in the grand opening ceremony of the playfield were:
University Recreation Board Chair Sarah Driscoll
ASWSU President Jake Bredstrand
ASWSU Vice President Josh Meyer
GPSA President Jason McConnell
University Recreation and Wellbeing Executive Director Kathleen Hatch
Members of the UREC Board
WSU Women’s Rugby Team
UREC and Wellbeing staff
Students attending the game