Oct. 28, 2010
THIS WEEK: The Washington State soccer team (6-11-0, 1-5-0 Pacific-10) travels to Los Angeles to face USC and UCLA...Cougars and Trojans (9-4-3, 2-1- Pac-10) meet at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29...Washington State battles UCLA (9-6-1, 2-3-0, plays Washington, Friday), Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m...USC is nationally-ranked in two of the three polls (No. 18, Soccer Times, No. 23, National Soccer Coaches Association of America)...UCLA is No. 22 according to Soccer Times.
MATCH COVERAGE: Live stats for the Washington State matches against USC and UCLA as well as a recap and stats following each match will be available at wsucougars.com.
PROGRAM SUCCESS: Washington State has advanced to the last two NCAA Championships, the first time in school history the Cougars have made back-to-back postseason appearances.
INJURED COUGARS: Washington State has had nine starters miss at least one match because of injury this season...overall, Cougars have missed 40 starts due to injury through 17 matches...only defenders Ali Fenter and Ashley Johnson have started every match...Fenter, a junior, has started every match in her career...Johnson, a senior, has started each match during the last three seasons.
SERIES WITH USC: The Trojans lead 8-4-3 and have won six of eight matches, with two ties, played in Los Angeles...three of last four matches have ended in 0-0 draw...exception was 2-1 victory for the Cougars in Pullman during the 2007 season.
SERIES WITH UCLA: The Bruins lead 13-2-2, including 7-1-1 at home...UCLA has won the last four meetings overall and is unbeaten in the last five...last Cougar victory was 1-0 at home in 2004.
HISTORIC VICTORY: Washington State's 1-0 victory over Pepperdine, Sept. 18 was the 200th in the history of the Cougar program, now in its 22nd season.
COUGAR HAT TRICKS: Freshman Micaela Castain recorded the 12th hat trick (third on the road) in Washington State history with three goals in the Cougars' 4-1 victory at Weber State, Sept. 5...freshman Eileen Maes notched a hat trick with three-second half goals against Gonzaga, Oct. 1 in a 4-0 Washington State victory...Maes became the sixth Cougar to register at least three goals in a match and the first since 2001.
CASTAIN NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED: Washington State forward Micaela Castain is currently ranked as the fifth-best freshman in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com...Castro Valley, Calif., native leads the Cougars with six goals and 13 points this season.