Washington State soccer hosts Montana (1-1-0, plays at Gonzaga, Friday), Sunday, Aug. 31 at noon…match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks…Brian Webber and Krista Blunk call the action…live stats will be available at www.wsucougars.com.
Washington State battled No. 17 BYU to a 0-0 draw on the road...redshirt senior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair made nine saves…visiting Cougars fired 16 shots and earned eight corner kicks…
WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH STEVE NUGENT
Cougar Head Coach Steve Nugent is in his first year at Washington State, and his fourth year overall as a head coach...owns 1-0-1 record with the Cougars and 31-23-7 overall…Nugent was the mentor at UNC Greensboro from 2011-13.
Washington State has recorded two-straight shutouts this season and a school-record tying five-consecutive clean sheets dating back to last season…Cougars have not given up a goal in a school-record 562:47…shutout minutes, all with redshirt senior Gurveen Clair at goalkeeper, is the longest active streak in the nation.
HOT IN AUGUST
The Cougars are 7-0-1 in their last eight matches played in August…at home, Washington State has won six-straight…all-time, Cougars are 10-1-1 at home in the summer month (lost 1-0 to No. 6 Florida State in 2010 season opener).
PROTECT THE LEAD
Washington State has won 39-straight matches at home when leading at halftime…Cougars won 40-straight matches at home from 1989-2002 when holding an advantage at intermission…Washington State is unbeaten in its last 80 and 80-1-1 all-time at home when having a halftime edge.
COUGARS SEEK RETURN TO POSTSEASON
Washington State has made three-straight NCAA Championship appearances, a first for the program…Cougars have made five trips to the NCAA postseason in the last six years, one of 28 schools nationally to accomplish the feat…Cougars have advanced to the second round twice in that span…last year, Washington State was eliminated by Illinois in the first round on penalty kicks to finish 14-3-4.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Gurveen Clair, junior Kourtney Guetlein and senior forward Jocelyn Jeffers are each ranked in career categories at Washington State…Clair is first in goals against average (0.69), save percentage (83.2), shutouts (26), wins (35)…also ranked in goalkeeper matches played (second, 62), goalkeeper matches started (second, 59), goalkeeper minutes (second, 5,467), saves (fourth, 208)…Guetlein is the school record holder for assists per game (0.32) and tied for ninth in assists (13)…Jeffers is tied for eighth in game-winning goals (6), tied for ninth in goals (17) and tied for 10th with 44 points.
Cougars leads the series with the Grizzlies 8-6-1…Washington State is 5-2-1 at home…Cougars have won four straight, including two in Pullman…Montana is 1-1-0 with a win at Air Force and a loss at Wyoming.
Washington State plays Pepperdine, Sept. 5 and Hawaii, Sept. 7 at the Outrigger Resorts Soccer Classic in Waipahu, Hawaii.