Sept. 19, 2012
Washington State (6-1-0) takes to the road to face a pair of dynamic adversaries...Cougars first face No. 2 UCLA, Thursday, at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles...kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks...WSU then squares off with Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., at 1 p.m., Sunday...live stats for Thursday's match will be run by UCLA but can be accessed at wsucougars.com...live stats for Sunday's game will be available at santaclarabroncos.com.
Washington State, in its first appearance on the Pac-12 Networks, downed Hawaii 2-0 at Lower Soccer Field...recorded its third shutout at home this season...sophomore Jocelyn Jeffers scored for the first time in 2012...Sunday, the Cougars dominated Idaho in a 5-1 victory at Guy Wicks Field led by Jeffers's two goals...Micaela Castain picked up her Pac-12 leading eighth goal of the season...senior Brandi Vega tallied her fourth goal of the season.
WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH Keidane McAlpine
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine is in his first year as head coach at Washington State, and his sixth year overall as a head coach...McAlpine is 6-1-0 in Pullman and 46-49-11 overall.
COUGARS RECEIVING VOTES
Washington State is receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA and Soccer Times Top 25 polls...Cougars are No. 5 in the NSCAA Pacific Region poll.
The Bruins (7-0-1) are currently ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times Top 25 polls...ranked No. 3 by Soccer America...have outscored and outshot their opponents 21-2 and 164-50, respectively...senior Zakiya Bywaters is the team leader in goals this season with six.
SERIES WITH THE BRUINS
UCLA leads 14-2-3 including a record of 8-1-1 at home...Bruins are unbeaten in the last seven meetings (5-0-2)...last year, teams played to a 0-0 draw in Pullman.
ABOUT SANTA CLARAbr> The Broncos are 4-2-3 on the season, including a mark of 3-0-1 at home...are ranked No. 23 in Soccer Times poll, No. 24 by Soccer America and receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25...sophomore defender Sofia Heurta leads the team with three goals.
SERIES WITH THE BRONCOS
Santa Clara leads the series 6-0-1, including a record of 3-0-1 in Santa Clara...Broncos won 1-0 last season, the first meeting between the schools since 1998.
WASHINGTON STATE IN THE STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Junior Micaela Castain and senior Brandi Vega are among the statistical leaders in the Pac-12 Conference...Castain leads the Pac-12 in goals (8), goals per game (1.14), points per games per game (2.29) and game-winning goals (4)...her 16 points are tied for the conference lead...Vega is seventh in goals per game (0.57), tied for seventh with four goals and 1.43 points per game and tied for eight with ten points... Castain is tied for third nationally in goals per game, tied for fourth in game-winning goals, tied for eight in goals and tied for 11th in points per game.
JEFFERS RECEIVES HONOR
Jocelyn Jeffers was named the Madness Women's Soccer Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness after scoring three goals last weekend as Washington State defeated Hawaii and Idaho.