Sept. 12, 2006
THIS WEEK: Washington State (3-2-1) continues its home schedule hosting Montana (3-3-0) and Idaho (0-6-0) at Lower Soccer Field...WSU take on Montana Friday, Sept. 15, at noon...Cougars face Idaho Sunday, Sept. 17, at noon...WSU has an 5-6-1 overall record against Montana with the Cougars winning the last match (2005) 2-1...Sunday's match marks the third meeting between the Cougars and the Vandals...Washington State won last meeting (2005) 1-0 in overtime.
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: "Montana is coming off a good weekend and, by all accounts, is athletic, good going forward, as the 15 shots a game would suggest, and hard to break down. We expect a feisty game. In Idaho, although the results have not gone their way, they will be organized and dangerous. Being only eight miles down the road, I'm sure this will be a game they are looking forward, as are we! I know they were disappointed to come away with the loss last year and, knowing the coach, they'll be ready to make amends.
"We now look forward to the weekend whereby both Montana and Idaho present similar challenges as last weekend and we will be ready to play. We addressed some aspects in training and responded in an encouraging manner and as long as we keep that spirit about us we will continue to get positive results."
LAST WEEK: The Cougars welcomed Nevada and Sacramento State to Lower Soccer Field...Washington State fell 2-1 to Nevada Sept. 8...freshman Kiersten Dallstream recorded the first goal of her Cougar career in the contest, assisted by Carly Dobratz...WSU shut out Sacramento State 1-0 Sept. 10... Anna Miller scored the game-winner recording her second goal of the season.
POTTER SAYS: "In putting together this year's schedule, we wanted to prepare our team to cope with different stresses in order to prepare us for not only Pac-10 play, but also with the want of being part of the NCAA Tournament. With the consistency needed to achieve that goal you could see we still have work to do in becoming a group that finishes opportunities and plays in a manner that matches our talent and depth.
"With the changes and injuries we have had some new obstacles to conquer. We didn't get out of the hole we put ourselves in on Friday (Sept. 8) but showed some character and gained momentum Sunday (Sept. 10). The enthusiasm of the two teams and the competitiveness of both Nevada and Sacramento State made for new learning for some of our group, but that's going to happen as we find out more about our team. If we are to achieve our goals we need to handle these environments and in many ways perform, trust and invest in each other. We are off to a solid start and we need to take that next step towards consistency."
SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES: The Cougars take on Montana (3-3-0) Friday, Sept. 15 at noon... Grizzlies come off a 2-1 victory against Lehigh Sept. 8 and a 1-0 loss to Yale Sept. 10 ...2006 Grizzlies return 15 letterwinners and 13 starters from a squad that had a 3-13-1 overall record in 2005...head coach Neil Sedgwick enters his third season with Montana...Sedgwick has a 11-21-3 record with the program and a 30-36-3 overall career record... among the Grizzlies' top players are seniors Lindsay Winans and Katie Fullerton...Winans was named the 2004 Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year and currently leads Montana with three goals in 2006...Fullerton was a 2005 All-BSC first team selection and has started 54-of-56 career games.
SCOUTING THE VANDALS: Washington State faces intrastate rival Idaho Sunday, Sept. 17 at noon...Vandals are 0-6-0 in 2006, coming off 4-0 loss to Sacramento State Sept. 8 and 3-0 loss at San Diego Sept. 10...Vandals face Cal State Northridge Sept. 12...2006 marks Idaho's second campaign under head coach Pete Showler who has a 3-16-0 record with the program...Vandals return 12 letterwinners from their 2005 squad including senior Jenny Springer...Springer led the team last season recording four goals.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10: Freshman Carly Dobratz currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in both total shots (21) and shots per game (3.50) ...Dobratz is also tied for third in total assists (3) and tied for fourth in assists per game (0.50)...junior keeper Brynn Bemis is tied for fourth in the saves per game (4.00) category...as a team, the Cougars are tied for first in corner kick opportunities (34).
UP NEXT: The Cougars travel to Seattle for the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge Tournament hosted by Washington...Washington State faces New Mexico Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. and takes on BYU Friday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m.