Aug. 20, 2008
THIS WEEK: Washington State travels to Missoula, Mont., to play Montana, Friday, Aug. 22...game time is 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific.
COUGARS-GRIZZLIES: Washington State holds a 7-6-1 advantage in the previous 14 meetings...Cougars have won the last three matches, including a 2-1 victory at Montana in the 2007 season opener...After falling behind 1-0, WSU came back to win on goals from Mallory Fox and Brooke Bemis in a span of 3:17...Cougars are 2-4 at Montana with the other victory an 8-1 decision in 2002...WSU is 4-1 against Montana under head coach Matt Potter.
WASHINGTON STATE IN MISSOULA: In addition to their 2-4 mark at Montana, the Cougars own a 3-2 record in five neutral site matches on the Grizzlies' field...defeated Air Force 3-1 in 1997, Minnesota 2-0 in 2002, and Denver 2-0 in 2004...lost to Colorado College 2-1 in 1995 and Utah 3-1 in 1999.
COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS: Washington State is 15-3-1 all-time in season openers has won its last four...under Matt Potter, Cougars are 4-1...WSU has won four-straight season-openers under Potter...Cougars are 4-0-1 when opening on the road...tied Wisconsin 2-2 in 1995...knocked off Gonzaga (4-1) in 1996, Utah (3-2 in 2OT) in 2000, Idaho State (2-1) in 2005 and Montana (2-1) last season...Cougars are 3-0 when playing their season-opener in Missoula having defeated Minnesota (2-0) in 2002, Denver (2-0) in 2004, and Montana (2-1) last season.
WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE BIG SKY: The Cougars are 17-6-2 all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference...WSU is 7-1-1 under Matt Potter against the Big Sky...only Big Sky member to defeat WSU is Montana.
THE POTTER EFFECT: Prior to Matt Potter's arrival in Pullman, the Cougars posted three winning records in eight seasons as a member of the Pacific-10 Conference...under Potter, WSU has produced four winning records in five seasons.
DALLSTREAM NAMED TO U-20 SQUAD: Cougar junior Kiersten Dallstream has been named to the United State Under-20 National Team that will compete at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile, Nov. 19-Dec. 7.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Washington State is scheduled to play six matches against teams ranked in the preseason top 25 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America...Cougars play No. 19 Illinois (Sept. 5) and No. 12 West Virginia (Sept. 7) in Knoxville, Tenn., at No. 2 UCLA (Oct. 10), at No. 1 USC (Oct. 12), and at home against No. 17 California (Oct. 17) and No. 10 Stanford (Oct. 19).
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: "Player-for-player, we are probably more talented than we have been in previous years, but how that talent meshes together remains to be seen. If I had to go on the early indications, we have the talent to compete with anybody."