March 14, 2001
After posting the best season in school history in 2000, Cougar soccer announces a tough 2001 schedule. WSU finished the 2000 season with an NCAA berth and a 13-7-0 overall record. The Cougars finished at 5-4-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference, which sent seven teams to the NCAA tournament, the most of any conference last season.
The Cougars kick-off 2001 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Tournament August 31 through Sept. 2. WSU first plays St. Mary's College on the Friday at 5 p.m., then wraps up the tournament against hosts UNLV Sunday at noon.
Then the Cougars come home to take on local rival, Eastern Washington Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. And to finish out their home opening weekend, the Rainbows come to town for the first time since 1995. The Hawaii match will be played Sunday, Sept. 9 at noon.
On Sept. 14 Cal Poly will come to Pullman to offer head coach Dan Tobias a rematch with his alma mater from last year's 1-0 overtime loss. The Mustangs finished the season 11-7-1, winning the Big West Conference championship and making it to the first round of the NCAA's.
Then on Sept. 16 Idaho State will come to Pullman for the first match-up between the Cougs and the Bengals.
Three weeks on the road will wrap up WSU's non-conference play, taking on Gonzaga Sept. 21, Portland State Sept. 28, fourth ranked Portland Sept. 30 and New Mexico Oct. 7.
WSU then begins a tough Pac-10 schedule beginning with Washington Oct. 13 in Seattle. The Cougars were the only Pac-10 team to beat the Huskies in 2000, a 1-0 overtime win that launched WSU into the playoffs. Washington made it to the third round of the NCAA's last season before being knocked off by Portland 1-0 and finished the season ranked 6th by Soccer Buzz.
The Cougars head to California for their fifth week on the road where they take on Stanford, a top 20 team in 2000 along with California who finished the 2000 season ranked 13th by Soccer Buzz.
After five weeks on the road WSU will be ready for a homecoming when they take on Arizona State and Arizona at home Oct. 26 and 28. The Cougars swept the Arizona schools in 2000, including a 1-0 win over then ranked Arizona State.
Nov. 2 and 4 WSU heads back down to California when they take on USC who made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season along with finalist and second ranked UCLA. To wrap up regular season play the Cougars host Oregon State and Oregon Nov. 9 and 11, another series the Cougars swept last season.