Oct. 12, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's soccer team will attempt to pick up its first Pac-10 win after a disappointing showing Sunday's losing 3-0 to Washington.
That task may be difficult for the Cougs, who face seventh-ranked UCLA Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 10th ranked USC on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Obviously, both teams result-wise have played tremendous non-conference schedules and got great results," head coach Dan Tobias said. "I know both started off Pac-10 weekend very strong. The are very potent offensively with lots of speed and skill."
Last weekend, UCLA (10-2, 2-0) shutout Arizona State 5-0 and crushed Arizona 6-1. The Bruins are led by Jessica Winton (8 goals-1 assist-17 points), Tracey Milburn (7-3-17), Venus James (6-3-15) and Staci Duncan (5-2-12).
"UCLA, despite having their third coach in three years is stockpiled with talent," Tobias said. "We expect that to be a difficult match. They are definitely one of the favorites to win the Pac-10 along with USC."
The Trojans (9-3, 2-0) won a pair of conference games shutting out Arizona 6-0 and Arizona State 2-0. USC is led offensively by Isabelle Harvey (6-4-14) and super-sub Jennifer Prigmore (6-2-14). Prigmore has played in 11 matches this season and has only started in one game.
"USC is very similar to UCLA," Tobias said. "They both didn't lose a lot of key players. Both had tremendous recruiting classes coming in. We definitely have our work cut out for us, but we are very excited about these two matches."
WSU (6-5, 0-1) will look to get back on track offensively as leading scorer Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash) continues to recover from a groin injury. Midfielder Jen Burrough (University Place, Wash.) injured her knee during pre-game warm ups and is likely out for the remainder of the season.
Tobias is hopeful his team will pick up first conference victory of the season against two of the top programs in the nation.
"Despite dropping our Pac-10 opener last week, we look forward to these two matches to get back on the winning track," Tobias said.