Nov. 10, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS - For the first time in six seasons, the Washington State University women's soccer program will take part in the NCAA Championship.
The Cougars (10-5-5, 4-3-2 Pacific-10) received an at-large bid, Monday, and will travel to Portland, Ore., to take on Texas (12-3-4, 5-2-3 Big 12). Washington State finished fifth in the Pac-10 while the Longhorns tied for fifth in the Big 12. The first round match is scheduled for 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 on Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. This will be the second meeting between the Cougars and Longhorns. Texas captured the previous battle 2-0 at home in 2003.
Friday's other first round match at the site will pit host Portland (17-1-0, 7-0-0 West Coast), the WCC champion, against Big Sky tournament champion Northern Arizona (12-6-3, 4-1-2 Big Sky) at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the doubleheader will go on sale at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 503-224-4400 or in person at the Pilot Box Office. Reserved seats are $12 and $10 and general admission seats are $8. For more information on the tournament, visit www.portlandpilots.com/sports/2008/11/10/WSOC_1110081205.aspx?id=36.
"I am very proud of this group and they deserve this moment, but there is a part of me that thinks about those that have come before them and the work they have put in. This moment is for them as well," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "I was confident in this team at the beginning of the year and it has given me reason to continue to be confident. I felt we should be announced, but there is always that little of piece of me that had doubt because of years past. We are very thankful for all those who have supported us."
Junior tri-captain Carly Dobratz added, "I was waiting and just wanted our name to be announced. We came together (Saturday) and we are all on the same page. Everybody just wanted this so badly."
The Cougars are coming off their first Pac-10 home weekend sweep since 2005 with a 1-0 victory in regulation over Arizona and a 1-0 double-overtime win against Arizona State.
"We focused on getting through the weekend," redshirt-sophomore tri-captain Mallory Fox said. "We wanted to do it for each other and for everyone who has supported us."
The Cougars are 2-3-5 against teams in this season's NCAA Championship. The Cougars won at UC Santa Barbara and defeated California at home, lost to Illinois on a neutral field, at UCLA and at home to Stanford, and tied at James Madison, on a neutral field against William & Mary and West Virginia, at USC and at home against Washington.
WASHINGTON STATE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
1994-Won 3-1 at Wisconsin (First Round)
1994-Lost 4-0 vs. William & Mary at Notre Dame (Second Round)
2000-Lost 1-0 at home to Montana (First Round)
2002-Lost 2-1 vs. Arizona State at Santa Clara (First Round)