Oct. 26, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - After dropping two tough home games last weekend to Oregon and Oregon State, the Washington State women's soccer team looks to the Arizona schools to send the graduating seniors out in style.
Midfielder Christina Pallan (Las Vegas, Nev.) and defenders Meagin Donovan (Noblesville, Ind.) and Kristin Mak (Redmond, Wash.) will close out their careers at as the Cougs face Arizona on Friday at 2 p.m. and Arizona State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Pallan and Donovan are both expecting to play their 70th career match at WSU this weekend. Pallan will most likely collect her 70th career start on Friday, while Donovan will make her 70th appearance on Sunday. Mak, who is a junior eligibility wise and will graduate this summer, took a two-year hiatus after her freshman year.
Both Arizona and Arizona State boast two of the leading scorers in the Pac-10 conference.
The Wildcats (6-8-1, 0-5-0) took a week off from conference play last week, taking on Colorado College. The schools played to a 0-0 draw. Washington State (6-9-0, 0-5-0) will hope to hold down the Arizona offense, which is led by junior Chrissy Sanford. Sanford is tied for second in the Pac-10 with 25 points, but is third with 10 goals.
"They are in a similar situation to us up to this point in that they haven't won a conference game," said assistant coach Curtis McAlister.
Arizona State (10-5-0, 2-3-0), who beat Colorado College 2-0 last weekend, has one of the more potent offenses in the conference, averaging 2.33 goals per game. Midfielder Stacey Tullock, who was voted the Pac-10 player of the week on Sept. 27, leads the conference in scoring. Her 14 goals and 35 points are tops, while her seven assists rank her second. Goalkeeper Erin Reinke has the third best goals against average in the Pac-10 and her 87 saves are second behind WSU's Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.), who has 91.
"We have to look to contain midfielder Stacey Tullock," McAlister said. "They look to play through her to get the ball forward."
The Cougar offense must continue to get better as it has the previous three weeks. Three different players, Donovan, Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) and Beth Childs (Snoqualmie, Wash.), scored last weekend for WSU. DeWitt, WSU's leading scorer with 21 points on eight goals and five assists, has fully recovered from the groin injury she suffered nearly three weeks ago.