September 15, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -The Washington State women's soccer team looks to get back in the win column when the Cougars return home to battle Portland State Friday, Sept. 18 and the University of Minnesota Monday, Sept. 21.
The Cougar Soccer Field will be a welcome sight for WSU as the Cougars' (1-2-2) only victory this season came in the home opener.
"We're looking forward to being at home for two games," said WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias. "Everyone feels good about our level of play and we're progressing, but we have been disappointed with the results."
Portland State (1-4-0) has lost four straight matches on the road. Last week the Vikings lost 4-0 at Utah and 3-1 at No. 16 Brigham Young University. Friday will mark the first ever meeting between Portland State and the Cougars.
Minnesota (3-1-0) won its last two games, shutting out Wisconsin-Green Bay 7-0 and defeating Purdue 4-2. Last year, Minnesota defeated the Cougars 3-2 in their first meeting. WSU will look to even that mark Monday. The Gophers captured the 1997 Big Ten Championship with an overall record of 18-3-2.
"Each game we anticipate our opponents to be good. Minnesota, despite losing some top players, will be an excellent team. Portland State has a new coach and has put a strong team together," said Tobias.
Last weekend the Cougars tied the University of Denver 2-2 in double overtime and lost to Cal State Fullerton 2-1. The match against Denver was the second 2-2 double overtime tie of the season.
Three Dot Notes - Freshman Lindsey Millspaugh (Kent, Wash.) scored her first WSU career goal against Denver and for the season has three assists, 11 shots on goal and five points Millspaugh was nominated by Coach Tobias for Pac-10 Player of the Week honorssophomore Deka Dewitt (Auburn, Wash.) continues to lead the Cougars in scoring with five goals, just one short of her season high sixDewitt leads all Cougars with 10 points and one game-winning goal.