PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State soccer team is looking to leave its mark in history by reaching the NCAA Championship for the third-straight season.
If the Cougars are successful, it will be their fifth trip to postseason in the last-six years and the first time the program is invited to three-consecutive tournaments.
Wednesday, Washington State begins its fall practice season with workouts at Lower Soccer Field. The Cougars have 15 returnees, including 13 letterwinners, and 11 newcomers to make up its 26-member roster.
Under second-year head coach Keidane McAlpine, the Cougars are seeking to not only get back to the postseason, but exceed the 2012 squad’s postseason stay. Last year, Washington State tied Portland on the road in the first round, but the Pilots advanced on penalty kicks.
In both 2009 and 2011, the Cougars reached the second round in the 64-team field. Washington State qualified for the round of 16 in 1994, its first NCAA postseason trip, when the tournament was a 24-team championship.
The Cougars begin their quest for the postseason, Aug. 23 at Seattle. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m.