Nov. 2, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State faces two difficult tasks when it faces California on Friday and No. 7 Stanford on Sunday.
"We are in a position where we have a chance to help determine the outcome of who wins the Pac-10," said WSU head coach Dan Tobias. "It's a familiar position since we were in a similar situation last year with our final game against UW."
California (11-6-1, 4-3-0), who is coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Stanford, uses a ball control offense that forces opponents to play disciplined defense. A direct result of the ball control offense is Golden Bear goalie Maite Zabala leads the conference in goals against average with a 0.92 GAA.
"They have a very deep and talented team with a ton of weapons on both sides of the ball," Tobias said. "They have one of the best goalies in the Pac-10 in Matie Zabala. They have a ton of people that can put the ball in the back of the net."
Stanford 13-4-0, 6-1-0) has a potent offense which has allowed the Cardinal to avoid being shutout all season. Midfielder Ronnie Fair leads Stanford in scoring with nine goals and two assists, giving her 20 points in the season. Fair has a knack for scoring from set plays. Teammates Kelly Adamson, Becky Myers and Marcia Wallis each have seven goals this season.
"It's funny because one of their most potent players is freshman Marcia Wallis," Tobias said. "She is a very good striker. She is very good one-on-one. When she is one-on-one we need to provide cover. She is one of many goal scorers for them."
The Cougars (7-10-0, 1-6) are hoping to spoil Stanford's chances at winning the Pac-10. The Cardinal are one and a half games behind leading USC, who must beat UCLA on Sunday to capture the title, heading into this weekend.
With her next point, forward Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) will tie the WSU school record for points scored as a junior. DeWitt has scored 10 goals on the season to go with 27 points. All-time leading scorer Kim Lynass currently holds the junior scoring record with 28 points.
Goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) leads the conference in saves with 105 on the season.
Midfielder Natalie Kehl (Spokane, Wash.) suffered a second-degree strain of her right MCL during Sunday's game against Arizona State. She will not make the trip to California, leaving the Cougars with 16 healthy players.
This weekend will mark the final time that seniors Kristin Mak (Redmond, Wash.), Meagin Donovan (Noblesville, Ind.) and Christina Pallan (Las Vegas, Nev.) will don the Cougar crimson road jerseys.