October 27, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's soccer squad looks to climb back into the win column this weekend as the Cougars host Stanford and California in their final home stand of the season.
The Cougars (5-8-3 overall, 3-2-1 Pacific-10), coming off a 2-1 loss to Arizona State and a 0-0 double overtime tie with Arizona last weekend, battle Stanford (7-6-2 overall, 1-4-0 Pacific-10) Friday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. and California (10-6-0 overall, 4-1-0 Pacific-10) Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. WSU is third in the Pacific-10 Conference standings.
"We're excited about being home for the last three Pac-10 games," said WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias. "Our challenge this weekend is that we dictate the pace and rhythm of the game, and respond to our opponents' physical play."
Stanford arrives in Pullman on the heels of a three-game losing streak and having lost five of its last seven matches. Last Sunday, the Cardinal was defeated by Cal 1-0 in overtime. Stanford is tied for eighth with Oregon in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. Tracye Lawyer leads the team with 19 points, nine goals and one assist. Lawyer also has three of the Stanford's game-winning scores.
Last season, Stanford dropped the Cougars 1-0 in overtime for the second straight time. The Cardinal has outscored WSU 17-2 through the all-time series, and has an overall record of 6-1-0 versus the Cougs.
The California Golden Bears come to town Sunday afternoon, after facing Washington (9-6-1 overall, 5-1-0 Pacific-10) Friday. Cal has won two straight and seven of its last nine matches. Ashlee Hunt scored the game-winner in the overtime victory versus Stanford to give the Golden Bears their latest Pac-10 win. Cal is tied for second in the conference with USC, behind league leaders UCLA and Washington. Cal has outscored its opponents 34-17 this season and goalie Maite Zabala ranks third in the Pac-10 with a 1.03 goals against average and second with seven shutouts.
The Bears defeated WSU 1-0 last season, handing the Cougars their fifth all-time series loss. The Cougars have only beaten Cal once, while tying the Bears twice to round out the series record.
Three Dot Notes - Junior defender Meagin Donovan (Noblesville, Ind) scored the second goal of her career following a corner kick by Beth Childs (Snoqualmie, Wash.) in the 2-1 loss to ASUDonovan also helped contribute to a Cougar defense which held Arizona scoreless through double overtime despite 27 shots on goalFreshman goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) earned her fifth shut out and allowed one goal through two matches in which ASU and Arizona combined for 61 shots.