Oct. 18, 2005
This Week: The Cougars (8-6-1, 1-3-0 Pac-10) travel to Southern California where they take on USC and No. 4 UCLA...Washington State faces USC (7-4-2, 1-1-1 Pac-10) Friday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m....WSU faces fourth-ranked UCLA (13-1-0, 3-0-0 Pac-10) Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m...Cougars are 3-7-0 overall against the Trojans...WSU shut out the then 22nd ranked Trojans 2-0 in 2004 match...Cougars have a 2-9-1 overall record against the Bruins...WSU took the last meeting 1-0 over the eighth ranked 2004 Bruin team.
Head Coach Matt Potter Says: "Both of these teams are talented beyond belief. USC has the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the nation this year and UCLA is probably not far behind and has some of their international players back. It's going to be a challenging weekend, especially going down to Southern California where it's not the easiest place to go play at the best of times. But we are up for the challenge. We've got nothing to fear and we've seen that by being on the road a lot this year and by seeing what we've faced so far in the Pac-10. There's a lot of similarities between teams and we've shown we can play with the best of them. And that's what we'll try and go do this weekend, put out a quality product."
Last Week: Washington State opened conference play at home, hosting Arizona State and No. 4 Arizona ...Washington State fell to ASU 4-2 Friday, Oct. 14... Carmen Anderson and Sasha Baines recorded goals in the match...Baines' goal was the first of her Cougar career...WSU earned its first conference win Sunday, Oct. 16, defeating No. 19 Arizona 2-1 in double overtime...Anderson had both WSU tallies in the match, including a clutch penalty kick conversion at the 89:59 mark that sent the match into overtime...Anderson leads Washington State with six goals, the highest single season goal total of her Cougar career.
Potter Says: "We knew going into it was going to be a competitive weekend against two very good teams. Arizona State has many decorated players on an international level and some very good players in that sense. Arizona is a very disciplined well organized team and we knew we would face two very contrasting styles of play. We feel that we somewhat under achieve against ASU, but credit to them. The players we identified did a good job of getting things done. With Arizona, we were obviously very excited to come away with a positive result, no question. Coming off a win is fantastic heading into another weekend of challenging teams."
Scouting the Trojans: Washington State faces Southern California (7-4-2, 1-1-1 Pac-10) Friday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m at McAlister Field...Trojans recorded a win and a tie in their weekend series with Oregon and Oregon State...USC battled Oregon State to a 0-0 tie Friday, Oct. 14 and notched a 2-1 victory over Oregon Sunday, Oct. 16...USC returns 12 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2004 squad that had 9-9-1 record overall and a 3-6-0 record in Pac-10 play...Head Coach Jim Millinder enters his tenth year at Southern California and has a 119-63-16 overall record with the Trojans ...Millinder has a 127-90-20 career record in 11 seasons as a head coach...Trojans are led by junior Rosa Anna Tantillo and sophomore keeper Veronica Simonton...Tantillo earned All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2004 and has three goals and eight assists this season...Simonton boasted a 0.83 goals against average in 2004 and has notched six shutouts in 2005.
Scouting the Bruins: The Cougars take on No. 4 UCLA (13-1-0, 3-0-0 Pac-10) Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at Marshall Field in Drake Stadium...Bruins remain undefeated in conference play coming off a 3-0 shutout victory over Oregon Friday, Oct. 14 and a 3-0 win over Oregon State Sunday, Oct. 16...UCLA had a 18-7-0 overall record and 6-3-0 record in Pac-10 play in 2004...Bruins advanced to the 2004 NCAA Championship game where they finished second behind Notre Dame...UCLA has maintained a No. 4 ranking since Sept. 20...Head Coach Jillian Ellis enters her seventh season with UCLA...Ellis has a 123-26-5 UCLA record and a career record of 142-44-5 in eight seasons as a head coach...Bruins return 17 letterwinners and seven starters and are led by sophomore Danesha Adams and freshman Kara Lang...Adams was named a 2004 Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American...Adams leads the Bruins with 12 goals, including six game -winners, and one assist...Lang is a member of the Canadian National team and has seven goals and five assists for the Bruins in 2005.
Overtime Cougars: Washington State downed No. 19 Arizona 2-1 Oct. 16 in double overtime marking the third overtime win of 2005...Cougars are 3-1-0 in overtime games this season...WSU outlasted Idaho in 1-0 overtime victory Aug. 28...Cougars upset then 20th ranked Tennessee 3-2 Sept. 20 in first overtime period...Washington State battled then 20th ranked Cal Poly to a 1-1 tie Sept. 23...Cougars are 3-2-6 overall in overtime matches under head coach Matt Potter.