Sept. 27, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougar soccer team is off to its best start in the program's history at 6-2-0, and the team is looking to continue a three-game win streak and increase a 2-0 home record this weekend.
In their final weekend of non-conference play the Cougars will take on last year's Big Sky Champions, Montana and a strong UNLV team. Washington State's soccer team scored a combined 13 goals in last weekend's home opener against Gonzaga and Portland State.
"It's been kind of a build up, we've had a lot of close games and I think that's going to help us later on in the season. When you get to Pac-10 play the margin for error is almost nothing," head coach Dan Tobias said in a press conference Tuesday. "I think the key was our flank play, we moved the ball around and changed the point of attack really effectively and that caused our opponents to have to chase and they got stretched quite a bit so there were a lot of seams and gaps for us to play."
The Cougars had no trouble finishing on Sunday when they scored nine against the Vikings including career firsts for freshmen Rachel Rodrick (University Place, Wash.) and Kim Morgan (Seattle, Wash.). Freshman Danielle Sass (Vancouver, Wash.) grabbed her first career points as well with two assists.
Although she hasn't seen a lot of action lately, 1999 Academic All-American Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) has been key for the Cougars in goal.
"I really think Lindsey is a very unique student athlete. I think every practice she gets better," Tobias said. "A lot of it is her work ethic, her approach and her work with our assistant coach Curtis McAlister. He works a lot with her about save what you can and then come up with a few extras, and you saw a few of the extras on Friday when she needed to make a big save."
WSU soccer is no longer dependant on one or two goal scorers as 10 players have accumulated points this season, including three players with four goals: sophomore Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash.), senior Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) and junior Natalie Kehl (Spokane, Wash.).
The Cougs take on Montana Friday at 3 p.m. and UNLV Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.