May 15, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Washington State soccer team's quest for a second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three years begins Aug. 30 at the Montana Diadora Cup, head coach Dan Tobias announced Wednesday.
"We feel we have put together a very competitive non-conference schedule," Tobias said. "We are very excited and focused on the 2002 season."
The 19-match slate is preceded by an exhibition with Eastern Washington in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Aug. 24, then officially begins with a pair of contests at the Diadora Cup against Minnesota and Montana in Missoula, Mont., Aug. 30 and Sept. 2.
In other non-conference action, the Cougars host Idaho, Utah, Gonzaga, and Brigham Young, and travel to face Cal Poly, San Jose State, Pepperdine, and Loyola Marymount.
Pac-10 play begins Oct. 11 and 13, with matches against Oregon State and Oregon on the road. The following week, WSU will play a rare Saturday contest against Washington in Pullman. The home team has won the last five meetings between the in-state rivals.
California powers Stanford, California, USC, and UCLA will all come to the Palouse, while WSU travels to the desert to face Arizona and Arizona State.
The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 13.