Oct. 6, 2003
The Cougars (4-6-0) will start Pacific-10 Conference play this week in Los Angles against No. 3 UCLA Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. before playing a noon match at USC Saturday, Oct. 11.
"We are thrilled to get started with conference play," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "The growth the team has shown will help us moving into Pac-10 play.
"We are getting back to full health and competition for playing time is heating up. That competitive edge will help us in the next few weeks.
"Testing ourselves, especially on the road has allowed us to grow battle hardened and smart," Potter said in reference to Washington State's challenging non-conference schedule. "Now we have to apply what we have learned and find ways to gain positive results.
"There are no easy games in the Pac-10 and with the seasons most of the teams in conference are having, you can see that any given team is capable of winning. That's what makes this conference so great.
"We can't wait to get started in conference play and what better place to start than against two of the best in No. 3 UCLA and USC. It should be a great weekend."
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA (6-1-2) is ranked third nationally...the Bruins are coming off of a 1-0 win over UNLV Friday, Oct. 3...UCLA outshot the Rebels 31-3 but didn't put away a goal until the 89:57 mark... Sarah-Gayle Swanson's game-winning goal against UNLV was her fourth of the season...before taking on the Cougars UCLA will play at San Diego Tuesday...senior midfielder Whitney Jones leads the Bruins with points on four goals and two assists...in her junior season Jones earned First Team All-Pac 10 and Third Team NSCAA/ adidas All-Far West Region accolades...sophomore forward Iris Mora is second on the team in points with nine...Mora, who is also a member of the Mexican national team has two goals and five assists including the assist for Swanson's goal against UNLV...the Bruins have a 19-9 edge in goals scored and 183-49 shot advantage over their opponents this season...UCLA's defense has allowed limited scoring opportunities with its goalkeepers recording 12 saves over nine matches compared to 69 saves for its opponent...in 2002 the Bruins finished second in the Pac-10 with a 18-4-0 overall record and 8-1-0 conference record...WSU was edged out 2-1 last year in Pullman with a goal in the 64th minute by Swanson. ...the Cougars are 1-8-1 in their series with UCLA
Scouting the Trojans: USC was ranked 20th nationally before losing 2-1 at BYU Friday, Oct. 3 in Provo, Utah...the Women of Troy are 4-4-3 heading into their opening conference match against Washington Oct. 9...freshman forward Rosa Anna Tantillo leads the Women of Troy in points recording five goals and two assists in 11 games...Tantillo scored two goals and had one assist in USC's 3-0 upset over No. 13 Santa Clara to earn Pac-10 player of the week honors for Sept. 23-29...the Women of Troy will be without senior forward Jessica Edwards who is out with a fractured right leg...Edwards is second in points for the Women of Troy with four goals and two assists for 10 points...USC is 16-135 in goals-shot attempts...junior goalkeeper Julie Peterson has recorded 33 saves in 11 complete games, allowing 16 goals for a 1.37 goals against average...USC finished 11-8-3 overall and 5-4-0 in Pac-10 play in 2002...Washington State beat USC 4-1 in 2002...the Cougars are 2-6 against the Trojans.
Last Week's Recap: Washington State beat Idaho State 2-0 at Lower Soccer Field to record its fourth win of the season...senior forward Nicole Wilcox recorded her second and third goals of the season in the match... in the 34th minute Wilcox ran onto a header from senior forward Rachel Rodrick...Wilcox battled for the ball with an ISU defender, won it and slotted it past junior goalkeeper Shannon Boyle for the game-winning goal...at the 71:22 mark Wilcox capitalized on a great offensive build up by the Cougars to score her third goal of the match...several WSU players contributed to the win...20 players recorded minutes including freshman forward Samantha Hufford who recorded two shots for WSU.
"We set a standard for what we wanted to do in non-conference and we've learned some good things," Potter said. "Now we have to piece those things together and come up with positive results in Pac-10 play."
UCLA and WSU Even Against Similar Opponents: Against No. 1 North Carolina both UCLA and Washington State lost by three goals...UCLA lost 5-2 and WSU lost 3-0..both teams also beat Duke by a one goal margin, with UCLA beating out the Blue Devils 2-1 and Washington State winning 1-0...both squads have played four nationally ranked teams...UCLA has a 1-2-1 record against ranked opponents...WSU is 1-3-0.
Wilcox and Rodrick Lead in Scoring for the Cougs: Wilcox and Rodrick are tied in points with seven...both have three goals and one assist...Rodrick has two game-winning goals...Wilcox recorded one...the pair have combined for 50 shots in 10 games...in 2002 Wilcox led the Cougars with 24 points scoring eight goals an tallying eight assists...Rodrick followed with 17 points...she recorded six goals and five assists.
Rachel Rodrick Moving Up The Record Books: Senior forward Rachel Rodrick is close to moving up in multiple WSU career records...Rodrick has 21 goals to date...she needs just two more to move past Katrina Stroh into third place in career goals...Rodrick is tied for fifth place in career assists with 13...she is five points shy of moving past Stroh in career points...Rodrick currently has 55 points.
Cougars Face Challenging Non-Conference Schedule: Washington State is taking on its most difficult non-conference schedule in program history this season...WSU played No. 1/2 North Carolina and No.14 Maryland in the Pac-10/ACC Tournament... both matches resulted in losses...Sept. 12 the Cougs played Wake Forest, who are ranked sixth in the Southeast region, and lost 2-1...WSU upset No.10 Duke at the adidas Wake Forest Tournament 1-0, Sunday, Sept. 14...the weekend of Sept. 26-28 WSU lost to No. 16 Texas and No. 3 Texas A&M...the score in both matches was 2-0...the Cougars beat defending Big Sky champions Idaho State 2-0 at Lower Soccer Field Friday, Oct. 2...Washington State plays its first conference match Oct. 9 in Los Angeles against No. 3 UCLA...three teams in the Pac-10 are currently ranked nationally with USC just falling out of the standings after a loss to BYU.