Oct. 4, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State is hoping to improve on last year's 4-4-1 mark in the Pac-10 conference beginning with this Sunday's noon contest at Washington.
The Huskies, who enter Pac-10 play with a record of 3-6, defeated UC Irvine 4-0 on Friday, but lost to Portland 2-1 in the championship game of the Husky Nike Invitational last weekend.
Washington State placed third at the tourney after dropping a match 4-0 against Portland on Friday before rebounding to beat UC Irvine 2-0 on Sunday.
Head coach Dan Tobias feels there are two keys to his team's success this weekend against UW.
"We have to be patient," he said. "That will be a key this week. Staying patient and being tight defensively are two things we have to do to win."
The Cougar defense will need to contain Washington's leading scorers Caroline Putz (3 goals-4 assists-10 points) and Theresa Wagner (4-1-9).
"They are such a disciplined team on the field," Tobias said. "They have quality players. They are just all around a solid team."
WSU's offense will receive a boost as forward Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) is expected to return to action after missing the last two games due to an injured groin. She is listed as day-to-day.
Forward/midfielder Ashley Honda (Vancouver, Wash.) will miss Sunday's game after suffering a hyperextended her knee against UC Irvine.
, Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) was named the Outstanding Goalkeeper at the Husky Nike Invitational as well as making the all-tournament team.
, Freshman forward Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash.) also made the all-tournament team.
, The all-time series between WSU-UW is tied at 5-5-1.