Washington State soccer (3-0-0) travels to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State and Weber State…Cougars battle Broncos (2-2-0), Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific…Washington State and Weber State (2-0-1, plays at Boise State, Friday) tangle, Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon Mountain/11 a.m. Pacific…live stats for both matches against Boise State will be available at www.broncosports.com.
WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH KEIDANE McALPINE
Cougar Head Coach Keidane McAlpine is in his second year at Washington State, and his seventh year overall as a head coach...McAlpine is 15-6-2 in Pullman and 55-54-13 overall…led Cougars to NCAA First Round in 2012, Washington State’s fourth postseason appearance in the last-five years.
WASHINGTON STATE RECEIVING VOTES
Cougars are receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls.
CASTAIN LIGHTS UP THE STAT SHEET
Senior forward Micaela Castain leads Washington State’s soccer team with four goals and 10 points this season…scored at least one goal in each of the Cougars’ three matches this season…against Idaho, Aug. 30, Castain scored two goals and two assists in a 5-0 win to become the first Cougar student-athlete since 2002 and the third all-time at Washington State to have multiple goals and multiple assists in the same match, joining Alix Rustrum (twice, 2002) and Beth Childs (2001)…ranks fourth all-time at Washington State with 26 goals, including 11 game-winners (second in Cougar history)…career points (57) rank sixth all-time on the Palouse.
SERIES AGAINST BOISE STATE
Washington State leads 2-0…Cougars won 2-0 in Moscow, Idaho during the 1999 season and earned a 6-0 victory at home in 2012…last season, Micaela Castain tallied a pair of goals while Brandi Vega, Rachael Doyle and Kourtney Guetlein each recorded a goal and an assist.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Boise State is 2-2-0 and defeated Creighton in its only home match this season…Broncos lost 2-1 in overtime at Seattle, a team the Cougars defeated 3-1 in their season opener…Boise State has a win against a Pac-12 school, a 1-0 victory at Washington in its last outing.
SERIES AGAINST WEBER STATE
Washington State leads 3-0…Cougars home matches in 2009 (4-0) and 2011 (3-1) and posted a road victory in 2010 (4-1)…Micaela Castain notched a hat trick during the 2010 victory and registered a goal in the 2011 meeting.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS
Weber State is 2-0-1 (plays at Boise State, Sept. 6)…Wildcats and Cougars have played one-common opponent, with both WSU schools earning a clean sheet victory against the Vandals.
Washington State swept a pair of home matches against Idaho (5-0) and Eastern Washington (1-0)…Cougars have four-straight shutouts at home dating back to last season…against the Vandals, senior forward Micaela Castain scored two goals and added two assists…Castain also provided the game-winner against the Eagles.
COUGARS ON TELEVISION
Washington State is scheduled to make eight appearances on the Pac-12 Networks this season…Cougars play UNLV (Sept. 13), Utah (Oct. 13) and Stanford (Nov. 3) at home…Washington State takes on Oregon (Sept. 26), UCLA (Oct. 4), USC (Oct. 6), Arizona (Oct. 25) and Washington (Nov. 8) in road matches.