September 29, 1997
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women's soccer team (3-4-0 overall) looks to get over the .500 mark this week as the Cougars take to the road for the second week in a row to tackle hosts Louisville Oct. 3 and Kentucky Oct. 5.
These are the final two non-league contests of the season for WSU. The Cougars open Pacific-10 Conference play at home Oct. 10 in a match with Oregon State.
And as always, fourth-year head coach Lisa Gozley realizes the importance of the upcoming out-of-region matches.
"We can really help ourselves in the national picture with two wins this weekend," said Gozley. "We've been struggling on the road with consistency. We need two wins."
Louisville (5-5-0 overall) has lost its last four matches while playing its last five on the road. The Cardinals, already 2-3-0 in the Conference USA standings, are undefeated at home with wins over DePaul and Marquette.
Kentucky (4-5-1 overall), an NCAA Tournament team the last two seasons, is in the midst of a six-game homestand. The SEC Wildcats, 2-4-0 at home, have won their last two matches at the UK Soccer Complex. Last week Kentucky defeated Tennessee 3-2 and Georgia 4-1.
Last weekend the Cougars split a pair of matches in Missoula, Mont. WSU lost a physical 4-0 match to host Montana Sept. 26, then rebounded with a 3-1 win over Air Force Sept. 27.
Three Dot Notes - Junior Amy Chippendale (Kearny, N.J.), WSU's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week, took over the team's scoring honors with seven points (three goals, one assist)...Chippendale scored the game-winning goal vs. Air Force, her ninth career goal, to move into WSU's top ten list in goals scored...senior Tina Walsh (Boise, Idaho) made an impact in her first action of the season as she scored the first goal of the Air Force match...Walsh has 12 career goals, fourth on WSU's list.
Additional Quotes From Head Coach Lisa Gozley - "Louisville will be competitive and we need to keep our focus. Kentucky is a good, young team. They had a good recruiting class and they've gone to the NCAA tournament the last two years."