Sept. 19, 2006
THIS WEEK: Washington State (5-2-1) travels to Seattle for the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge Tournament hosted by Washington at Husky Soccer Field...Cougars face New Mexico (4-3-0) Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. and take on No. 23 BYU (6-1-0) Friday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m...Washington State is 4-1-0 overall against the Lobos winning the last meeting (2004) 2-0 to bring the current Cougar winning streak to three...BYU leads the overall series 2-1-0 with WSU recording a 2-1 victory in the last clash of the Cougars in 2004.
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: "This weekend is a huge test for us. Two games within 24 hours and two teams that are off to good starts. New Mexico under Kit [Vela] and Jorge's [Vela] tutelage continue to go from strength to strength and I am sure they are looking to the weekend to build on the good win from last week and the good performances against ranked teams. They will be feisty, disciplined and possess attacking threats we need to be aware of. Returning the bulk of their squad from a run that saw them reach the conference final in a very tough conference shows the ability they have.
"In BYU we play one of the nation's best and they are consistently ranked for a reason. Undefeated on the road, they play a nice style of soccer and will look to possess the ball. They have tremendously gifted players throughout their team and are averaging over 15 shots a game. It will be a true test and we will prepare accordingly."
LAST WEEK: Washington State tallied two victories in its final non-conference home games of 2006 bringing the current Cougar winning streak to three...Cougars downed Montana 2-1 Sept. 15...freshman Elysse Van Leer and junior Kim Bonnes each recorded goals in the match...Washington State blanked intrastate rival Idaho 2-0 Sept. 17... Carly Dobratz and Bonnes each tallied their second goals of the year in the contest with Bonnes notching her second game-winning goal in as many matches.
POTTER SAYS: "I am pleased with the positive momentum we are starting to build. Both games were northwest rivalries and with that, it brings an extra competitiveness whereby previous results are somewhat out the window. To get two wins, multiple faces on the score sheet and to possess and create the number of opportunities that we did is very encouraging. The squad is starting to gel and the fact we are going 18 deep in games is a testament to the depth and quality we have at our disposal. We are not polished or consistent enough just yet but the attitude of the players has been first rate and if we continue to believe and work hard good things will happen."
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The Cougars take on New Mexico (4-3-0) Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m...Lobos come off a 4-0 victory against UTEP Sept. 17 ...New Mexico returns 15 letterwinners and five starters from a 2005 squad that had a 8-7-4 overall record and a 3-3-1 record in Mountain West Conference play...head coach Kit Vela enters her fifth season with the Lobos and has a 32-51-11 record with the program...New Mexico's top players include senior Kristine Sweat and sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adranga...Sweat leads the Lobos in 2006 with four goals and one assist...Adranga has a 0.85 goals against average recording 10 saves and one shutout in 633:08 minutes of play.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Washington State faces No. 23 BYU Friday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m...Cougars are 6-1-0 in 2006 with their only loss coming to No. 22 Fresno State Sept. 9...Cougars coming off 1-0 win over Pacific Sept. 14 and 1-0 overtime victory against Utah State Sept. 16...2006 marks BYU's 11th campaign under head coach Jennifer Rockwood who has a 189-58-14 record with the program... BYU returns 22 letterwinners and eight starters from 2005 squad that made a first round NCAA Tournament appearance...sophomore Katie Larkin leads the 2006 Cougars with three goals, two game-winning, and one assist...junior keeper Erika Woodbury has posted four shutouts in 2006 and boasts a 0.56 goals against average.
WSU vs. MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: Cougars have a 12-11-0 overall record against Mountain West Conference opponents with a .521 winning percentage...WSU is 2-2-0 in matches against MWC opponents played at neutral sites...Potter has a 3-2-0 overall record against MWC teams...Cougars have faced two MWC opponents in 2006, recording a 2-1 win over UNLV Aug. 25, and dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Utah Sept. 1.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10: Junior Kim Bonnes is currently tied for third on the game-winning goals list with two...freshman Carly Dobratz currently ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in total shots (24) and is tied for sixth in shots per game (3.00)...Dobratz is also tied for third in total assists (3) and tied for sixth in assists per game (0.38)...junior keeper Brynn Bemis is tied for sixth in the saves per game (4.00) category...as a team, the Cougars are ranked second in corner kick opportunities (45) and ranked fifth in total saves (29)...WSU is also tied for fifth in total shutouts (4).
UP NEXT: The Cougars have a weekend off before heading to Portland, Ore., to face the Pilots Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m... WSU returns to Lower Soccer Field to open conference play against Washington Sunday, Oct. 8 at noon.