August 27, 1997
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women's program begins its ninth season of competition this Saturday, August 30, when the Cougars host regional opponent Gonzaga.
The 11 a.m. PDT match, held at the Cougar Soccer Field, is sandwiched between a packed athletic weekend for Washington State. The Cougars' seventh-ranked volleyball team hosts the second day of the Baskin-Robbins Cougar Challenge at Bohler Gym beginning with a 10 a.m. match vs. Wichita State (and a 5 p.m. contest vs. Gonzaga). WSU's football team hosts Pac-10 rival UCLA in its season opener at Martin Stadium. Kick-off for the ABC televised game is set for 12:30 p.m.
"Gonzaga has improved every year under Ric Grenell's direction and we expect a very competitive match," said Lisa Gozley, who begins her fourth season as Cougar head coach. "And we hope to get a better indication of where the team is related to match play."
Gozley added, "I think we're going to have scoring punch this year with the addition of talented newcomers like freshman Deka DeWitt and Karlie Silveira as well as improved play by Amy Chippendale (junior) and Shalli DeWitt (senior)."
Deka DeWitt, a freshman striker, and Shalli DeWitt, a senior center midfielder, are the first set of sisters to ever play soccer together for the Cougars. The pair were denied the opportunity to play together at Fife High School (Auburn, Wash.) after a knee injury sidelined Shalli for her senior prep year.
Washington State's soccer squad has dominated the all-time series with Gonzaga. The Cougars have won all ten meetings and have outscored the Bulldogs by a lopsided 64-3 margin. The Cougars finished the 1996 season with an 8-7-2 overall record, including a 3-4-0 Pacific-10 Conference mark.
Soccer Schedule August 25-30 (all practice sessions at the Cougar Soccer Field) August 25 Monday No practice - first day of classes August 26 Tuesday 3-5 p.m. (goalkeepers begin at 2 p.m.) August 27 Wednesday 3-5 p.m. August 28 Thursday 3-5 p.m. (goalkeepers begin at 2 p.m.) August 29 Friday 3-5 p.m. (goalkeepers begin at 2 p.m.) August 30 Saturday 11 a.m. Washington State hosts Gonzaga