PULLMAN, Wash. – Seattle University women’s soccer scored first, but eventually dropped a 3-1 decision at No. 21 Washington State Friday night. Jessie Ray scored in the first half of the 2018 season opener at Lower Soccer Field.

“I thought we started a bit nervous,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “We played ourselves into the game and we played well defensively, especially in the first half. There were good things to focus on moving forward and this was a great experience to play such an athletic team.”

SU (0-1) started slowly, but quickly settled in against an athletic Pac-12 squad. After a foul, Laura Hooper took a free kick from 25 yards out. The sophomore placed a strong ball into the box, where Ray headed the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead at the 12:01 mark of the first half.

After Mackenzie Curry made her second save of the night to keep the Redhawks up, the Cougars (1-0) tied the game in the 36th minute with a header goal of their own. Another Curry stop sent the game to the half even at a goal apiece.

The hosts struck quickly in the second half, taking the lead and then expanding it 10 minutes later. The Redhawks worked to get back into the contest, but the Cougars held on to get the season-opener win.

Curry finished with six saves in net.

Seattle U returns to action on Sunday, as it heads to Eastern Washington for a 1 p.m. kickoff.