Sept. 29, 2010
THIS WEEK: Washington State (4-6-0) returns to the Lower Soccer Field for the first time since the opening weekend of the season (Aug. 20/22)...Cougars host Gonzaga (4-6-1), Friday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m...Washington State has split a pair of matches in Pullman this season, losing 1-0 to Florida State and defeating Utah 1-0.
MATCH COVERAGE: Live stats for the Washington State match against Gonzaga as well as a recap and stats following the match will be available at wsucougars.com.
HOME SWEET HOME: After playing eight-consecutive matches away from Pullman, Washington State will play it next three at home...Cougars are 37-15-10 (67.7 winning percentage) at Lower Soccer Field in the Matt Potter era...Washington State has won 72.2 percent (17-5-5) of its matches in Pullman over the last four years...Cougars are 12-0-3 in their last 15 matches at home against nonranked opponents...under Matt Potter, Washington State is 19-5-5 at home against nonconference opponents...in October, Washington State is 15-5-4 (70.8 winning percentage) at home in the Potter era.
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.
INJURED COUGARS: Washington State has had nine starters miss at least one match because of injury this season...overall, Cougars have missed 29 starts due to injury through 10 matches...among returnees, only defenders Ali Fenter and Ashley Johnson have started every match...Fenter, a junior, has started every match in her career...Johnson, a senior, has started each match during the last three seasons...freshman Katie Turney has started each match as midfielder/forward in place of injured student-athletes.
SERIES WITH GONZAGA: Washington State leads 17-0-1...Cougars won 3-0 in Spokane last season with Kiersten Dallstream scoring a pair of goals sandwiched around a tally by Brandi Vega...Washington State owns a 9-0-1 mark against Gonzaga at home...Cougars have outscored the Bulldogs 90-6 in the series and have not given up a goal at home in the last three meetings.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: All six of the losses Washington State has suffered this season have come at the hands of teams currently ranked and/or receiving votes in at least one national poll...Florida State and Texas A&M are ranked as high as 10th), BYU (12th), Colorado (22nd) and Denver (24th)...Long Beach State is receiving votes.
HISTORIC VICTORY: Washington State's 1-0 victory over Pepperdine, Sept. 18 was the 200th in the history of the Cougar program, now in its 22nd season.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: The Cougar soccer team will wear pink jersey, Friday, Oct. 22 when it hosts Oregon State...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the match is part of WSU Athletics' effort to raise money and awareness about the disease.
CASTAIN HAT TRICK: Freshman Micaela Castain recorded the 12th hat trick (third on the road) in Washington State history with three goals in the Cougars' 4-1 victory at Weber State, Sept. 5...fifth Cougar to register at least three goals in a match and the first since 2001.
BERLINGO AND CASTAIN NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED: Washington State senior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo and freshman forward Micaela Castain both received a national ranking by TopDrawerSoccer.com this month...Berlingo was the top goalkeeper in the Pac-10 and the 10th-best keeper overall among upperclassmen...Castain was listed at No. 48 on the site's top 100 freshman watch list.