Oct. 18, 2000
The Cougar soccer team is breaking records in 2000. With No. 7 UCLA and No. 10 USC next on the schedule, Washington State University is looking to continue the upswing.
The Cougars upset No.18 Arizona State University last weekend while sweeping the Arizona schools with two shutout performances: a 4-0 win over Arizona and a 1-0 win at Arizona State.
Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) scored her first career hat trick with three goals against Arizona last Friday. She now has 11 goals on the season, one short of her best set in 1998. DeWitt's 82 shots on goal this season are the third most in school history, she is 20 short of tying Kim Lynass' record of 102 set in 1990. DeWitt is also just 15 shots short of tying Kim Lynass' career shots record of 279 set in 1993.
DeWitt and Beth Childs (Snoqualmie, Wash.) are currently tied for the lead in career assists with 15 apiece, both surpassing Vicki Day's record of 14 set in 1991 this season.
Liz Duncan (Richland, Wash.) is one assist away from tying DeWitt's single season assist record of eight set last season, while Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash.) is just two back. Duncan and Stroh have already combined for more assists this season (13) than any pair previously in school history (Lynass/Amy Wilson in 1991 and DeWitt/Christina Pallan in 1999 both had 12).
Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.), the Cougars' goalkeeper, holds nearly every school record in net, including minutes in goal (4,662), saves (311) and solo shutouts (14). The only career goalkeeper record Jorgensen has not yet broken is goals against average, she sits at sixth with a 1.78 career GAA.
The Cougars have also broken a number of team records this season, including most wins by a Cougar team since WSU soccer has been a member of the Pac-10. At 10-4-0 WSU has broken its previous best season of 8-7-2 in 1996.
"The theme continues to be, `Can we play better, can we play at a higher level?'" head coach Dan Tobias said in a press conference Tuesday, "and the answer's typically been yes. I think that's good motivation when you're playing against good competition. As long as you're not in awe of those people, then on any given day your chances of being successful remain high."
The Cougars return home this weekend at 2-2-0 in the conference taking on UCLA Friday, October 20 at 3 p.m. PT and USC Sunday, October 22 at 12 p.m. PT.
"I think it would be great to get some results this weekend and be a team that joins the elite teams in the conference and more so the elite teams in the region and the country," Tobias said. "The thing that motivates us is the performance and if we continue to perform better, I believe and the team believes we're going to get results."