Aug. 18, 2010
THIS WEEK: Washington State opens its 2010 women's soccer season at home in the WSU Invitational at Lower Soccer Field...Florida State, Gonzaga and Utah will travel to Pullman for the tournament.
WSU INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE: Gonzaga and Utah will meet at noon with Florida State visiting Washington State at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20...Bulldogs and Seminoles play at 11 a.m. with Utes and Cougars squaring off at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22...admission is free.
ABOUT THE FIELD:: Florida State from the Atlantic Coast Conference is No. 6 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll and No. 9 in the Soccer America rankings...Seminoles were 19-5-1 in 2009 and advanced to a NCAA Regional Final...Gonzaga from the West Coast Conference was 8-12-0 last season...Utah is a member of the Mountain West Conference and was 10-9-2 a year ago.
COUGARS NATIONALLY RANKED:: Washington State is No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll...third time in school history (1995, 2009) WSU has been ranked in the preseason.
PROGRAM SUCCESS:: Washington State has advanced to the last two NCAA Championships, the first time in school history the Cougars have made back-to-back postseason appearances.
EARLY BEGINNING TO THE SEASON:: Friday's match against Florida State marks the earliest date to open a season in Cougar history...tenth-straight season WSU has played in August and 12th overall...WSU is 11-5-3 in August matches all-time, including 4-0-1 at home...under Matt Potter, the Cougars are 8-4-3, including 2-0-1 at Lower Soccer Field.
COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS:: Washington State is 17-3-1 in season openers and has won six straight...Cougars are 13-6-2 in home openers and 7-1-0 when opening the season at home.
HOME COOKING:: The Cougars are 11-0-3 in their last 14 matches at home against nonranked teams...under Matt Potter, Washington State is 18-4-5 at home against nonconference opponents...against top 25 teams at home in the Potter era, the Cougars are 10-7-5...in the last three years, Washington State is 14-4-5 at home overall, including four wins over top 25 teams...losses are to No. 1 UCLA (2007), No. 2 Stanford (2008), No. 1 Stanford (2009) and No. 3 UCLA (2009).
TOUGH SCHEDULE:: Florida State is the first of seven preseason nationally-ranked teams Washington State will face this season...at No. 6, the Seminoles are the highest ranked nonconference opponent to visit Pullman since No. 6 Portland, Oct. 3, 2004...first time the Cougars will open their season against a top 25 team since 2003 when No. 1 North Carolina defeated Washington State 4-0 in Seattle during Matt Potter's first match as the Cougars' head coach...following the WSU Invitational, the Cougars will play eight-straight matches away from home before returning to Lower Soccer Field, Oct. 1 against Gonzaga...other matches against teams in the preseason top 25, all on the road, include No. 8/8 (Soccer America/NSCAA) Texas A&M, Aug. 29, No. 14/22 BYU, Sept. 3, No. 1/2 Stanford, Oct. 15, No. 25/14 California, Oct. 17, No. 20/19 USC, Oct. 29 and No. 5/3 UCLA, Oct. 31.
SERIES WITH FLORIDA STATE:: The Seminoles won 4-1 last season in Tallahassee, Fla., in the first meeting between the schools.
SERIES WITH UTAH:: The Utes hold a 4-1-1 advantage...last meeting was a 3-3 draw in 2007 at Lower Soccer Field...only other meeting in Pullman resulted in a 3-0 Utah victory during the 2002 season.