Sept. 2, 2002
MISSOULA, Mont. --- The Washington State soccer team capped its first weekend of play by trouncing Big Sky powerhouse Montana 8-1 in the final match of the Diadora Cup Monday afternoon.
The Cougars scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the contest, two of them coming off assists by junior midfielder Kim Morgan. Freshman Alix Rustrum scored first at the 5:25 mark. It was one of two goals on the day by the Wilsonville, Ore., native, who also added an assist on WSU's final goal of the match.
"Alix showed up really prepared for the preseason," Washington State Head Coach Dan Tobias said. "She was soccer prepared and showed up with the right attitude and focus and it earned her a spot in the top 11. We have been starting her and Rachel (Rodrick) up front and it seems to be a good combination."
Rustrum was one of three players with two goals on the day, with Rodrick and junior transfer Nicole Wilcox also having multiple-goal matches. Senior Katrina Stroh and sophomore Christie Spear provided the rest of the scoring for WSU.
"We felt like Friday we had good possessions, some quality chances, and did a good job recognizing opportunities. We were able to capitalize on that today," Tobias said.
The Cougars reeled off 26 shots on Monday, an encouraging statistic after averaging just over 13 shots per game in 2001. Rustrum led the way with eight shots, including five on goal, while Wilcox had six.
"Montana is a good team. They have a new system of play, so that might have been a bit of an adjustment for them. They have been the best program in the Big Sky and I'm sure that they will continue to be," Tobias said.
Junior Sara Leibowitz continued her rock solid play in goal, holding the Grizzlies scoreless in the first half before handing it over to redshirt freshman Katie Hultin in the second stanza. Leibowitz now owns a career record of 6-1.
"This is a good start to the season. We got to play an out of region team and scored quite a few goals today," Tobias said. "It is good for our team and we feel good about where we are." The eight goals scored by Washington State marked its best offensive output since putting the same number on the scoreboard against Eastern Washington Sept. 7, 2001.
"We are happy with the first weekend of play, both the result and the level of play," Tobias. "We are looking forward to our first match at home."
The Cougars play their first home match of the 2002 season Sunday, Sept. 8 against border rival Idaho at Noon.