Sept. 2, 2003
This Week: Washington State will host its first official home games of the 2003 season this weekend...the first game will be Friday at 3 p.m. against Cal Poly and the second match is against Montana, Sunday at noon...both games will be played on the Lower Soccer Field. "We are looking forward to being at home," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "It will be great to play in front of Cougar fans.
"Both Cal Poly and Montana are coming off successful weekends and they will present a challenge for us. We need to be at our best this weekend. We are looking to build on the positives we saw from this past week's games and carry those forward into the weekend." Last Week's Summary: This weekend the Cougars are home coming off of a challenging weekend of play in Seattle, against No.2 North Carolina and No.14 Maryland for the Pac-10/ACC Challenge Tournament hosted by Washington.
The Cougars lost to No.2 North Carolina 4-0 in a physical game that had 41 recorded fouls...UNC outshot the Cougs 22 to 11...both teams had five corner kicks...the Tar Heels scored in the first 30 seconds of the match when forward Alyssa Ramsey took a shot 12 yards out off of a Maggie Tomecka assist...the Tar Heels never let up, scoring three goals in the first half... Lindsey Tarpley scored three goals against the Cougs...the first two goals of her hat trick came at the 11:09 and 28:47 marks in the first half...she scored her third 67 minutes in, just beating WSU goalkeeper Sarah Leibowitz by sliding into a forward ball and slotting it into the lower right hand corner of the goal.
Washington State and No.14 Maryland played an evenly matched game Sunday with similar statistics in all categories except the goals category...the Terrapins beat WSU 3-0 in Husky Soccer Stadium to send the Cougars home winless in the Pac-10/ACC Challenge...the Terps scored in the 25th minute off of a penalty kick, following a hand ball violation in the penalty box called on WSU senior defender, Mariette Boyce... Maryland scored one minute later when Kimmy Francis scored her second goal of the match, finishing a low cross from the left-hand side... in the 40th minute Simone Dekker scored the final Maryland goal on a quick counter attack, taking a 15-yard blast past starting goalkeeper Sarah Leibowitz...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded 45 scoreless minutes coming on at the half for Leibowitz who suffered an injury to her left hand.
Scouting the Mustangs: Cal Poly is heading into Friday's match coming off of a very successful weekend, beating Nevada 3-0 and Loyola Marymount 1-0...the Mustangs have yet to concede a goal this season with sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hill earning her first career start and shutout in the win against Nevada...Hill recorded two saves in 90 minutes of play...four different players have scored for the Mustangs, Jennifer Wesser, Kelsy Carroll and Sharon Day recording goals in the Nevada match, and Becky Clark scoring the game-winner against Loyola Marymount...Cal Poly's defense posted 10 shutouts last year, and is working on continuing their strong defensive tradition...in their match against Loyola the Mustang's were outshot 13-11, including a 7-6 edge in shots on goal...the Mustangs were 14-7 in 2002 returning 18 letterwinners and six starters including junior forwards Alexa Jontulovich and Stephanie Hediend. "They had a few more shots than we did, but I felt we had more shots on goal," Cal Poly Head Coach Alex Crozier said about Loyola. "This is a good result against a very good team from the West Coast Conference."
Scouting the Grizzlies: The Montana Grizzlies are coming off of a loss and a tie, losing to St. Mary's 1-0 and tying No.16 California 1-1, in the California Invitational hosted by the Golden Bears this past weekend...Grizzly goalkeeper Sarah Braseth had a tremendous weekend recording nine saves against St. Mary's and eight against California... freshman Lindsey Winans knocked in the rebound of teammate Tara Schwager's shot to tie the Golden Bears... Montana finished 8-10-1 last year, returning 12 letterwinners and nine starters...key players to watch are junior forward Tara Schwager and sophomore midfield/forward Kate Sloan. "Not bad for an 18-year-old playing in her second college match," Montana coach Betsy Duerksen said about Winans. "Sarah Braseth in goal was amazing. She had two huge games for us this weekend, and Wendy Stuker was the leader of the central defense."
Cougar Players Riddled with Injuries: Starting goalkeeper Sarah Leibowitz injured her right hand in Sunday's match against Maryland...she is expected to be back in four to six weeks...sophomore forward Alix Rustrum and freshman Jessica Gerstmann both came into preseason with ankle injuries...Rustrum had surgery over the summer, but had problems with her ankle during preseason camp...Gerstmann came into camp with a high-ankle sprain...both are expected out for four to six weeks.
WSU Depth is Showing: Washington State's depth is proving very helpful so far with four players coming off the bench in the North Carolina match, and eight players contributing in the Maryland game...junior forward Sara Silver-Hill played in both matches, recording one shot against UNC that was just high of the post and two against Maryland...senior Jenna Wirtz also saw playing time in both matches...sophomore defender Jennie Kunc came on as a sub in the North Carolina match...Kunc started for the injured midfielder Kim Morgan in the Maryland game and was issued a yellowcard...sophomore Haley Miller recorded a shot against both North Carolina and Maryland...freshmen Samantha Hufford and Angela Fajardo came on in the second half against the Terps...juniors Keegan Hughes and Kara Jordan also contributed valuable minutes against the Terrapins...Jordan recorded one shot...goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded 45 shutout minutes...Hultin came on for injured goalkeeper Sarah Leibowitz in the second half and had two saves.
Cougars Face a Challenging Non-Conference Schedule: Washington State is taking on its most difficult non-conference schedule in program history this season...taking on No. 1/2 North Carolina and No.14 Maryland in the Pac-10/ACC Tournament... both matches resulted in losses...Sept. 12 the Cougs play Wake Forest, who were ranked 19th at the end of the 2002 season and Duke on Sept.14 in the Adidas Wake Forest Tournament...the weekend of Sept. 26-28 WSU will face No. 4 Texas and No. 16 Texas A&M in the Lone Star State...defending Big Sky champions Idaho State trek to the Palouse for an Oct. 3 contest...the Cougars play their first conference match Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. against No. 7 UCLA...five Pac-10 foes are ranked in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll.