Having the game delayed a day due to the smoky conditions in the area didn’t do Idaho any favors Monday night.
Washington State (2-0) was able to handle the Vandals (1-1) easily in Pullman 3-1 after a shaky first half by Idaho.
Still, Idaho head coach Derek Pittman was still pleased with how the team played in its second game of the season, which was against a Pac-12 school.
“(The game) was good and WSU is a fantastic team,” Pittman said. “I give them a lot of credit. They moved the ball well in the first half.”
Idaho’s one goal came in the 36th minute from Kayleigh Fredrick on an assist from Clara Gomez. It was the last goal of the match.
“I’m very proud of our kids, of their effort how they stood up for themselves,” Pittman said. “We will take a lot of confidence from this into next Friday.”
The Vandals play former conference-foe New Mexico State 5 p.m. Friday at Guy Wicks Field.
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