Sept. 1, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - After drubbing North Idaho College 8-0 in a scrimmage last Saturday, the Cougar women's soccer team opens its regular season schedule Saturday against Boise State.
WSU will face the Broncos at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Idaho at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in the second year of the Governor's Cup hosted by Idaho. Both schools are second-year programs competing in the Big West Conference
"I certainly have a lot of respect for both teams and that conference has quality soccer," Tobias said.
For the second consecutive year, WSU will fill its roster with plenty of new faces. The Cougar roster boasts seven freshmen, two transfers and the return of redshirt junior Kristin Mak, who took a two-year hiatus from the team, before returning last spring.
"I feel like the nucleus of the team is still younger players," head coach Dan Tobias said. "I do feel like everybody has made a lot of progress individually."
Although WSU has only two seniors and two juniors, the team doesn't lack playing experience. Three starting defenders return, including Meagin Donovan. Donovan has played in all 54 games since she arrived and has missed only one start. Sophomores Liz Duncan and Beth Childs return as starters and fellow sophomore Stacey Dunn steps into the starting role after starting one match last year.
"We're pleased and happy with how that group has progressed," Tobias said. "Having some veteran leadership back there in Meagin Donovan. She's our top marker and she will mark the top offensive threat of our opponent."
Playing behind the defense is another returning starter in sophomore Lindsey Jorgensen. Jorgensen played in every minute of every game compiling a 1.73 goals against average while collecting six shutouts.
Offensively the Cougs return a majority of the leading scorers from last season. Junior forward Deka DeWitt led the team with 12 goals. Senior Christina Pallan and sophomores Lindsey Millspaugh and Natalie Kehl each tied for second on the team with three goals. Add freshman Katrina Stroh to the mix and WSU appears to have a solid offensive team.
"We really like (Stroh)," Tobias said. "We like what she brings. She's real crafty, quick and a player that comes from a good soccer background. She is going to end up being someone who has a lot of assists and goals."
Tobias feels his team should have a better showing than the 6-10-3 overall and 4-4-1 Pac-10 records.
"I really do feel we have a chance, even though the Pac-10 continues to improve," he said. "Our goal is to join what are elite teams in the Pac-10.
Pallan, Jorgensen and Childs will be the captains for the 1999 season. Pallan, who has started in 54 consecutive matches, also captained last year's squad.
The first home game for WSU is Friday, September 10 against Louisville at 3 p.m.
Notes: Lindsey Millspaugh (back) and Valerie Whitemaine (knee) will both sit out the Governor's Cup due to injuries. Natalie Kehl (knee) and backup goalie Naomi Allan (ankle) are listed as day-to-day and will suit up for the tournament. Tobias announced that sophomores Liz Duncan and Jen Burrough are suspended for the tournament after violating team rules.