Sept. 30, 2003
The Cougars (3-6-0) take on Idaho State at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 for Homecoming weekend action.
"The Idaho State game is an important fixture for a number of reasons," WSU head coach Matt Potter said. "We have an opportunity to imprint good habits in our game against a good, organized and disciplined team.
"This game is about building a reputation at home, continuing to develop our style and build some momentum going into Pac-10 play.
"We are putting in solid team performances but are not getting positive results. That means we need to make adjustments and develop our game to turn these games into wins. We are all committed to that goal and look forward to Friday's match."
Scouting the Bengals: Washington State will play two-time defending Big Sky Conference champions Idaho State (4-3-1)...ISU returns 16 letterwinners and eight starters from its 2002 NCAA tournament squad...Idaho State is 3-1 playing away from home...the Bengals' are coming off a 2-0 loss at No. 24 Utah...the Bengals current leading scorer is junior Shawna Park...Park has four goals and two assists for 10 points on the season...ISU recently suffered injuries to key veteran players... all-time leading goals and points scorer Stacey Allen is out for the season due to a knee injury...senior midfielder Janel Smith and sophomore midfielder Stephanie Anderson, both starters for the Bengals will not be able to play in Friday's match...this is the first meeting between Washington State and ISU.
Last Week's Recap: Washington State came away from the Lone Star State 0-2, playing No. 16 Texas and No. 3 Texas A&M.
The Cougars started off the match against Texas in front of a season-high crowd of 2,289, Friday, Sept. 26...neither team posted many opportunities in the first 20 minutes...in the 21st minute Texas put away the first goal of the match...UT freshman Carrie Schmit headed a cross from Amy Burlington for what would turn out to be the winning goal...WSU picked up the pressure out shooting the Longhorns 10-6 in the second half, but was unable to score...in the 69th minute Texas received a penalty kick from a foul called in the Cougar penalty box...Kelly McDonald finished the penalty for her sixth goal of the year to put UT up 2-0...Texas goalkeeper Dana Hall registered six saves in the match helped the Longhorns keep the Cougs out of the back of the net...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded four saves...Cougar forward Shelby Brownfield led WSU with four shots coming off the bench...Carmen Anderson did not see playing time, and is still out with an ankle injury.
"The environment was fantastic," WSU head coach Matt Potter said. "With over 2,000 people it was a great atmosphere.
"We started off slow and it was hard to dictate the pace of the game once Texas got in their stride. We had some periods of positive play but credit to Texas; they started well and built from there.
"I've got to believe that Texas is a tough place for anyone to come and play. The crowd was really fantastic."
The Cougars played No. 3 Texas A&M Sunday, Sept. 28...the Cougars played in front of a crowd of 1,976 in College Station, Texas...A&M went into the match with a 7-1-0 record, losing only to No. 1 North Carolina...in the 35th minute Aggie forward Kat Krambeer scored her fourth goal of the season, beating WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin in the low left-hand corner of the goal...Texas A&M scored the second goal of the match with 3:41 left in the first half...Becky Olson scored from a left-footed shot taken from the top of the 18-yard box...the Cougars forced five saves out of A&M goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak including two within 20 seconds of each other...67:36 in Megan Cecchini took a corner kick opportunity for WSU...19 seconds later senior midfielder Kim Morgan took a shot that required Spisak to make a save...A&M improved to 8-1-0 and improved their consecutive home unbeaten streak to 21.
"I felt our second half performance should have been rewarded," Potter said. "Credit to Texas A&M for getting ahead and closing out the game.
"The positive is that we know why and how to turn these games into a positive result by focusing on the game plan and staying in-tune both individually and with each other."
Rachel Rodrick Moving Up The Record Books: Senior forward Rachel Rodrick is close to moving up in multiple all-time career records...Rodrick has 21 goals to date...she needs just two more to move past Katrina Stroh into third place in career goals...Rodrick is tied for fifth place in career assists with 13...she is five points shy of moving past Stroh in career points...Rodrick currently has 55 points.
Washington State Opens Conference Play against No.3/ 4 UCLA: The Cougars begin Pac-10 play next week against No. 3/4 UCLA...the game was will be played at Los Angeles Friday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m...after the Bruins, WSU will take on USC Saturday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m.
Cougars Creating Opportunities: Washington State has created many offensive opportunities throughout the season...the Cougs average 4.33 corner kicks a game...while holding their opponents to only 1.77 corner kicks per game...WSU averages 13 shots a game...the Cougar goalkeeping is averaging 3.11 saves per game...Washington State is also a feisty team averaging 11 fouls per game..
Cougars Face Challenging Non-Conference Schedule: Washington State is taking on its most difficult non-conference schedule in program history this season...WSU played No. 1/2 North Carolina and No.14 Maryland in the Pac-10/ACC Tournament... both matches resulted in losses...Sept. 12 the Cougs played Wake Forest, who are ranked sixth in the Southeast region, and lost 2-1...WSU upset No.10 Duke on the final day of the adidas Wake Forest Tournament 1-0, Sunday, Sept. 14...the weekend of Sept. 26-28 WSU faced No. 16 Texas and No. 3 Texas A&M...the score in both matches was 2-0...defending Big Sky champions Idaho State treks to the Palouse for an Oct. 3 contest...the Cougars play their first conference match Oct. 9 in Los Angeles against No. 7 UCLA...five Pac-10 foes are ranked in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll.