Oct. 20, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State women's soccer team hosts Stanford and California in battles of top 25 teams...Cougars host Stanford, Friday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. and California, Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.
MATCH COVERAGE: WSU fans can view live stats of both matches at www.wsucougars.com.
COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: Washington State is in the top 25 nationally in all three polls and the current NCAA Ratings Power Index (RPI)...Cougars are No. 20 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 21 according to Soccer America, No. 22 in the RPI and No. 23 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings...WSU is No. 4 in the NSCAA Pacific Region poll.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Using the current RPI, WSU has posted victories at No. 25 Arizona State and at home against No. 27 BYU this season...Cougars tied No. 31 Washington on the road and have losses to No. 3 Portland, No. 5 Florida State and No. 35 Colorado College, all on the road...WSU's remaining matches are against No. 1 Stanford and No. 24 California at home, at No. 26 Oregon State and No. 34 Oregon and at home against No. 14 USC and No. 6 UCLA.
ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE: The record attendance for a WSU home soccer match is 1,085 set in 1993...Cougars had 1,007 in attendance in the season opener (Idaho)...wear your Crimson and be part of a record-setting crowd against Stanford, Friday.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country owning the top spot in all three national polls and the current RPI...Stanford is 15-0-0 overall, including 7-0-0 on the road...Cardinal has the only unblemished mark in the Pac-10 at 4-0-0...six wins over teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the match...averaging 3.6 goals and 24.2 shots per match...Kelley O'Hara leads the team with 17 goals and 41 points...Christen Press has a team-leading 10 assists.
SERIES WITH THE CARDINAL: Stanford leads 15-2-1 and has won the last four...Cardinal is 6-1-1 in Pullman and has won the last two...won 3-0 in Pullman last season.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are 8-5-1, 2-2-0 in the Pac-10...California is 3-1-1 on the road, including a pair of wins in conference play...ranked 23rd-nationally in the Soccer Times poll and sits No. 24 in the RPI...receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings...Alex Morgan leads the team with 11 goals, five assists and 27 points.
SERIES WITH THE GOLDEN BEARS: California leads 11-5-3...each team has won four matches with one tie in Pullman...Cougars lead 5-3-2, including 4-1-1 at home when the Golden Bears are ranked in at least one national poll...last three times California has come to Pullman as a nationally-ranked team, it has left town with a loss...last year, junior Kiersten Dallstream scored in the 18th minute for the first goal of the match freshman and Tiara Pittman netted the game-winner with 1:11 left in regulation for a 2-1 Cougar victory.