Aug. 29, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - After two weeks of training, the Cougar soccer team will take to the road. WSU will open on Labor Day weekend with Utah and then BYU.
"Both Utah and BYU are very good teams," head coach Dan Tobias said in a Tuesday press conference. "We set up our schedule to compete against the finest schools in the country. You have to do that to prepare for the rigors of the Pacific-10."
With nine new players donning the Crimson and Gray this season, the Cougars will sport fresh legs on the field early in the season.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and the 2000 newcomers," Tobias said. "Four of the nine will start."
Already earning starting roles for the Cougs are defenders Shay Hobby (Danville, Calif.) and Mariette Boyce (West Linn, Oreg.) as well as Kim Morgan (Seattle, Wash.) and Rachel Rodrick (University Place, Wash.) in the midfield.
Tobias says the 2000 team's strengths will be broad based. "We will be a good defensive team, more efficient than last year. We feel we have one of the finest offensive players on the West Coast in Deka DeWitt. The sooner we can make the transition from defense to offense, the better we will be."
DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) was the Cougars leading scorer in 1999 (10 goals, 8 assists) and is the second all-time scorer at WSU (28 goals, 13 assists.)
The Cougars will also be bolstered by the play of returning goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.). Jorgensen, a 1999 Academic All-American, is the Cougars all-time leader in shutouts (11) after only two seasons and is second all-time in saves (247.)
The Cougars take on Utah September 2 and BYU September 4, both at 12 p.m. WSU wil take on state rival Gonzaga September 22 at 3 p.m. to open their home play.