Sept. 21, 1999
After a short stint on the road, the WSU women's soccer team will return home this weekend to face Eastern Washington and Gonzaga.
"Obviously we are looking forward to two home matches," said WSU coach Dan Tobias. "It's a big weekend because there are other events going on (football) and I think that always creates a good environment in a college town like Pullman. We're going to be meeting two teams that are very well coached and we respect both programs very much. We expect two tough matches this weekend."
The Cougars, who are 2-0 at home, will conclude their non-conference home schedule Friday against Eastern Washington (0-6) at 3 p.m. and Sunday versus Gonzaga (2-5) at 1 p.m.
The Eagles compete in the Big Sky Conference and are relatively young with 14 players on their roster listed as freshmen and sophomores. Eastern Washington lost seven letterwinners from last year's squad and boasts only two seniors this year.
"We are looking forward to Friday's game against Eastern Washington and playing against a program that is run by a Coug alum in Jennifer Martin," Tobias said. "She's a quality coach and I know she will have her team prepared."
Against Gonzaga, the Cougars must contain Sara Streufert, who has seven goals in seven games this year. She has taken 37 shots and has accounted for 70 percent of Gonzaga's goals.
"Sunday's match against Gonzaga is always a definite rivalry because of the proximity, as is Eastern Washington," Tobias said. "They have a first-year coach in Shannon Stiles. She's worked very hard in a short period of time to get her team organized."
Washington State is coming off a disappointing weekend at the Montana Diadora Cup where the Cougs dropped both their matches. The Cougar defense suffered many let-downs in both the 3-1 loss to Utah and the 4-0 loss to Montana.
Natalie Kehl (Colbert, Wash.) scored the lone goal for the Cougars this past weekend against Utah, while redshirt freshman goalie Naomi Allan (Tacoma, Wash.) played in her first career match, 18 scoreless minutes against Montana.