Aug. 6, 2008
Washington State University's other football team began practice today...that's right, the Cougar women's soccer squad.
Technically, the season got underway last night when Sixth-Year Head Coach Matt Potter and his wife, Olga, hosted the team and some members of the support staff at their home for the annual kickoff dinner.
In case you are wondering what was served, it was chicken, pasta, corn, rice, and rolls with margarine. Gatorade and water were the beverage options.
With that, I officially welcome you to the first installment of the Cougar Soccer Blog. Throughout the season, I will be giving you periodic updates about the team that you might not find in my weekly gamenotes or match recaps. In the winter, I will help with the swimming blog and in the spring, I will turn my attention to baseball.
To find this blog in the future, you can simply click the button on the front page of soccer on wsucougars.com or follow these instructions: At the top of the front page of wsucougars.com, there is a scroll down menu entitled "Multimedia." Scroll over that and click on "Cougar Blogs." This will navigate you to a page where a plethora of blogs about WSU Athletics are located. Find the one that says, "2008 Cougar Soccer Blog," click that, and read my latest ramblings.
One key member of the team was missing at last night's meal, junior forward Kiersten Dallstream. She had a good excuse; she flies back from England today. She was playing with the United States Under-20 Women's National Team against some English clubs in preparation for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Chile, Nov. 19-Dec. 7. Dallstream has not officially been named to the team, but the fact she is starting in the majority of the Americans' competitions is a good sign if you ask me.
As for the team's practice, there are plenty of new faces, nine to be exact. As I mentioned, Dallstream will be back tonight, but I am not sure when she will hit the practice field.
The rest of the team worked out for a couple of hours this morning on some basic drills. One of the best competitions for playing time will be in the goalkeeper spot. Lindsay Parlee is a sophomore from Tualatin, Ore., who played 45 minutes last season (blanking Idaho for a half). Stephanie Phillips is a freshman from Tempe, Ariz., and will challenge for the starting job.
The Cougars return 13 letterwinners from 2007, when they won 11 matches, including a victory over last season's national champion USC, and posted their third-straight .500 or better record in the Pacific-10, the toughest soccer conference in the country.
The team is currently in its second session of the day. There will be two practices a day through Saturday with a 3 p.m. intrasquad scrimmage set for Sunday. My next update will come following the scrimmage.
Until then, as always, GO COUGS!
Craig Lawson, WSU Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director