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Release: 11/10/2011
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Nov. 10, 2011

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THIS WEEK
Washington State (12-6-3, 6-3-2 Pac-12) plays at Southeastern Conference member Kentucky (13-7-0, 6-5-0 SEC) in an NCAA Championship First Round match, Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific...follow the Cougars during the postseason at the following link:

http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/11-ncaa-central.html

COUGARS FAMILIAR WITH THE POSTSEASON
For the third time in the last-four years, Washington State is appearing in the NCAA Championship...Cougar senior class of defender Ali Fenter, midfielder Jacquelyn Roth and forward Tiara Pittman is the first in school history to make three NCAA postseason appearances.

WASHINGTON STATE TURNAROUND
In last season, the Cougars won seven matches...Washington State has 12 victories and three ties this year for an improvement of 6.5 wins...only team in the 2011 NCAA Championship with a better improvement over last season is Penn State (7.5 wins).

COUGARS IN THE POSTSEASON
Washington State is making its sixth NCAA postseason appearances...here is a look at the previous results.
1994-Won 3-1 at Wisconsin; Lost 4-0 vs. William & Mary (at Notre Dame)
2000-Lost 1-0 to Montana at home
2002-Lost 2-1 vs. Arizona State (at Santa Clara)
2008-Lost 1-0 vs. Texas (at Portland)
2009-Won 1-0 vs. Villanova (at Maryland); Lost 1-0 at Maryland

WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH Matt Potter
Currently in his ninth season, Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter has amassed a school-record 88 victories...only Washington State mentor to guide the program to back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances (2008 and 2009) and three overall (2008-09 and 2011).

COUGARS AGAINST THE SEC
Washington State is 3-2-1 all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference...Cougars are 1-1-0 against Arkansas, 1-0-0 vs. Kentucky, 1-0-1 vs. Tennessee and 0-1-0 vs. Vanderbilt.

ABOUT KENTUCKY
The Wildcats are 13-7-0, 6-5-0 SEC...Kentucky finished fifth in the SEC Eastern Division (six teams)...lost in 2-1 to Tennessee in the first round of the SEC Tournament...Kelsey Hunyadi leads the Wildcats with 13 goals, 10 assists and 36 points.

COMEBACK COUGARS
Washington State has won four matches on the road this season despite trailing at halftime (Hawaii, Gonzaga, Idaho, USC)...also won at Arizona State after trailing 1-0 in the second half...prior to this season, the last time the Cougars won on the road when they were behind at intermission was Sept. 2, 2005 at No. 11 Tennessee (trailed 1-0, won 3-2 in overtime.

COUGARS IN THE PAC-12 STATISTICS
Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair
0.63 Goals Against Average (Second)
87 Saves (Second)
87.0 Save Percentage (Second)

Forward Jocelyn Jeffers
19 Points (T-Seventh)
5 Assists (T-Eighth)
7 Goals (T-Ninth)

Forward Brandi Vega
5 Assists (T-Eighth)
47 Shots (T-10th)

COUGARS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair
0.63 Goals Against Average (20th, First among freshmen)
87.0 Save Percentage (17th, Second among freshmen)

STINGY DEFENSE
Washington State has eight shutouts this season...Cougars have posted a 0.63 goals against average, currently the best in school history.

COUGARS IN THE PAC-12
Washington State posted six Pac-12 victories this season, the most in school history during conference play...Cougars finished fourth in the conference standings.

ATTENDANCE RECORDS
Washington State set a single-match home attendance record with 1,273 against Seattle, Aug. 28...Cougars broke the record with 1,652 in their regular season home finale, Oct. 14 against UCLA...set single-season home records for total attendance (6,850) and average attendance (856).

STUDENT-ATHLETE NOTES
#0 Matisse Hemingway (GK)-Redshirt season.
#1 Gurveen Clair (GK)-Seven shutouts are one shy of school record.
#2 Brandi Vega (F)-Tied for ninth in school history with 13-career goals...All-Pac-12 First Team.
#3 Jamie Schnieders (F)-Made 10 appearances off the bench.
#4 Rachael Doyle (D)-All-Pac-12 Second Team.
#5 Mesa Owsley (M)-Played in 14 matches off the bench.
#7 Jacquelyn Roth (M)-Tied for 11th all-time at Washington State with 11 assists.
#8 Micaela Castain (F)-Three goals, including two-game winners...limited to 12 matches due to injury.
#9 Bethanie Skelton (M)-Eights starts...limited to 11 matches due to injury.
#10 Eileen Maes (M)-Hat trick in season opener at Hawaii to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week.
#11 Zoe Jeffers (D)-Played in 11 matches off the bench.
#12 Ali Fenter (D)-Started every match (84) in her career, a school record.
#13 Mariah Cameron (D)-Seven starts...limited to 12 matches due to injury.
#14 Beau Bremer (D)-Started every match...two goals at Idaho to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week.
#16 Korynn Blanksma (M)-Played in nine matches.
#17 Kayla Johnson (M)-Two assists in 18 matches, all but one off the bench.
#18 Katie Turney (M)-One assist in 14 matches, all off the bench.
#19 Tiara Pittman (F)-Four goals, 10 starts.
#20 Jocelyn Jeffers (F)-All-Pac-12 Freshman Team...all-conference honorable mention.
#21 Nicole Setterlund (M)-Started every match...All-Pac-12 Freshman Team.
#22 Delaney Zalud (D)-Three assists in 18 matches, 11 starts.
#25 Shannon McFadden (D)-Played in 20 of 21 matches, including four starts.
#28 Ariana Byrd (GK)-Logged 121 minutes and posted 0.74 goals against average.

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