The Washington State soccer team (13-3-3, 6-3-1 Pac-12), currently second in the Pac-12 standings, takes a four-match winning streak to Washington for its final regular season match…Cougars battle the Huskies (7-8-4, 3-3-4 Pac-12), Friday at 1 p.m. on Pac-12 Washington…JB Long (play-by-play) and Krista Blunk (color analyst) are slated to provide the commentary…Washington will operate live stats which will be available at www.wsucougars.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 25-9-5 in Pullman and 65-57-16 overall…led Cougars to NCAA First Round in 2012, Washington State’s fourth postseason appearance in the last-five years.
WASHINGTON STATE NATIONALLY RANKED
Cougars are ranked in all-three top 25 polls this week…Soccer America (No. 22), Soccer Times (No. 23) and NSCAA (No. 24) each have Washington State among the nation’s best…marks sixth season in the last seven Cougars have appeared in top 25 at some point during the year.
SERIES AGAINST WASHINGTON
Washington State leads 10-7-5…Cougars are 3-5-2 in Seattle…unbeaten in last-nine meetings with the Huskies (6-0-3)…last year, Micaela Castain scored in the 43rd minute with an assist from Kourtney Guetlein for a 1-0 Cougar victory in Pullman…Castain has tallied the last-three goals in the rivalry for Washington State…scored twice in 2-1 (OT) win in 2010 and teams played to a 0-0 draw in 2011.
BAY AREA SWEEP
Washington State swept No. 21 California (3-1) and No. 6 Stanford (1-0) in Pullman last week…first time Cougars have defeated top 25 teams in consecutive matches since 2004…first win over Cardinal since 2003 and first in Pullman since 1993…highest-ranked opponent defeated since 2009.
Redshirt-junior Gurveen Clair, junior Jocelyn Jeffers and junior Nicole Setterlund each earned recognition for their effort in sweeping California and Stanford last week…Clair was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine saves and giving up one goal in the two wins…shutout against Stanford was school-record 22nd in her career and earned her 13th victory of 2013 to tie the Washington State single-season mark…Jeffers scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Cardinal and was named the Madness Women’s Soccer Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness…Setterlund captured the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after a two-goal performance against the Golden Bears and an assist against the Cardinal…registered the equalizer in the 35th minute and the game-winner in the 53rd win over a 3-1 victory over California…five-point weekend earned Setterlund a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com’s team of the week and she was named a Primetime Player of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW
The 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship field of 64 teams will be announced, Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific on www.ncaa.com...Cougars can finish as high as second and no worse than fourth in the Pac-12…Washington State is No. 18 in the RPI and the Pac-12 is third as a conference behind the ACC and Big Ten…first round matches are scheduled for Nov. 15-17…if Washington State is selected to host a first round match, it would most likely take place, Saturday, Nov. 16…Cougars have hosted one NCAA postseason match in their history (2000 vs. Montana).