Sept. 10, 2008
THIS WEEK: Washington State travels to California for matches at UC Santa Barbara, Friday at 7 p.m. and Pepperdine, Sunday at 1 p.m.
COUGARS ON THE ROAD: Washington State is playing away from home for the fourth-straight weekend...Cougars have played three neutral site matches and two others on the road...longest stretch of consecutive matches away from home since 2001 when WSU played eight-straight on the road.
ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT: After playing No. 11 Illinois and No. 13 West Virginia last weekend, the Cougars battle No. 21 (Soccer Buzz) UC Santa Barbara this week...dating back to last season, the Gauchos are the seventh nationally-ranked opponent in WSU's last 10 matches.
ABOUT UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos are 4-1-0...have won three straight, including home victories over San Diego and Pepperdine...ranked 21st by Soccer Buzz and receiving votes in the Soccer Times and NSCAA polls...ranked in the West Region by Soccer Buzz (sixth) and the NSCAA (seventh).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: The Waves are 1-3-1 and host Tennessee prior to playing the Cougars...Pepperdine has played all of its matches at home this season.
WSU RANKED IN WEST: Washington State is seventh in the NSCAA and 13th in the Soccer Buzz West Region rankings.
BALANCED SCORING: The Cougars have scored five goals this season with five student-athletes each tallying one score each...Kiersten Dallstream, Ali Fenter, Mallory Fox, Emma Stolz and Elysse Van Leer have each found the back of the net.
COACH Matt Potter SAYS: "We want to be one of the best team and to do that, we have to play against the best. Last week we got what we feel is a good result against a nationally-ranked team in West Virginia and we hope at the end of the season the NCAA tournament committee sees it that way. We are a team that needs to share the wealth and responsibility of scoring goals and it is good to see we are doing that. That said we still need to do a better job finishing opportunities. Our team has done an incredible job of adjusting to the environment. This is our fourth road trip in a row. Our team has handled all of travel very well. This weekend provides another challenge in playing two
THE POTTER EFFECT: Prior to Matt Potter's arrival in Pullman, the Cougars posted three winning records in eight seasons as a member of the Pacific-10 Conference...under Potter, WSU has produced four winning records in five seasons.
DALLSTREAM NAMED TO U-20 SQUAD: Cougar junior Kiersten Dallstream has been named to the United State Under-20 National Team that will compete at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile, Nov. 19-Dec. 7.