Sept. 20, 2005
This Week: The Cougars (5-2-0) continue non-conference play, taking on No. 19 Cal Poly and Nevada...Cougars travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., facing the Mustangs (6-0-2) Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m...WSU heads to Reno, Nev., taking on the Wolf Pack (2-3-1) Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. in its last non-conference road game of the season...Washington State is 1-3-0 overall against Cal Poly and won the last meeting (2002) 1-0 ...Cougars meet Nevada for the first time.
Head Coach Matt Potter Says: "We continue to be excited as to what the season puts in front of us and this weekend we have another difficult road trip. Cal Poly has yet to lose and by all reports is playing with great confidence. Nevada is yet to lose at home and has out shot teams 66-31. Both teams are very difficult to play on the road and use their environment to challenge you. We will be prepared and looking forward to seeing how we can perform on Friday against another ranked opponent in Cal Poly. It is always fun to put yourself in a position to see how you fair against a top team and I'm sure the team is looking forward to the challenge."
Last Week: Washington State grabbed two shutout wins at the OSU Nike Invitational Tournament in Corvallis, Ore., pushing its overall record to 5-2-0...Cougars downed Virginia Commonwealth 1-0 Friday, Sept. 16...Megan Hyte score the game winner, her fourth of the season...Long Island fell to WSU 1-0 Sunday, Sept.18 as the Cougar wrapped up tournament play... Alix Rustrum scored the lone goal, her first of the season...WSU finished second in the tournament behind host Oregon State...both Pac-10 teams recorded two wins in with Oregon State edging WSU in goals scored to claim the overall title... Allison Scurich earned tournament Defensive MVP honors...Rustrum, Carmen Anderson and Ashley Lara were named to the all-tournament team.
Potter Says: "To go on the road and get two wins is always a good weekend. The challenges of the weekend taught us much about character and resilience and the necessary ability to adapt and play in differing environments. To have Allison named as Defensive MVP with the talent in the tournament was a credit to her and her teammates. The assist was well deserved and to score from a set piece after having highlighted the improvements we needed to make was a nice bonus. Having a combination of defenders, midfielders and forwards named to the all tournament team serves as recognition of the all around team effort that went into getting these results. I'm pleased Carmen, Allison and Ashley were recognized and pleased with the improvements we are showing signs of, as a team."
Scouting the Mustangs: Washington State faces No. 19 Cal Poly (6-0-2) Friday at 5 p.m. at Mustang Stadium...Cal Poly comes off a weekend of mixed results recording a 1-1 tie against Western Kentucky Sept. 16 and a 1-0 win against Missouri Sept. 18...Mustangs return 18 letterwinners and six starters from a 2004 squad that had 11-3-6 overall record, won the Big West Conference tournament and made a first round NCAA tournament appearance...Head Coach Alex Crozier enters his 14th year at Cal Poly boasting a 165-75-23 overall record at the school...Mustangs return top scorers juniors Sharon Day and Kelsey Carroll...Day earned Big West Freshman of the Year honors in 2003 and leads the team with five goals and two assists in 2005...Carroll has started six games for the Mustangs and recorded two goals.
Scouting the Wolf Pack: The Cougars take on Nevada (2-3-1) Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. at Mackay Stadium...Wolf Pack come off a Friday, Sept. 16 3-1 loss to Northern Arizona... ...Nevada finished 2-15-1 overall in 2004... Head Coach Terri Patraw enters her second season with the Wolf Pack...Patraw has a 2-15-1 Nevada record and a 52-57-4 overall career record....Wolf Pack returns 15 letterwinners and nine starters including senior keeper Megan Tarpenning and redshirt senior Annie Baxter...Tarpenning leads several Wolf Pack career categories including saves (365) and shutouts (5)...Baxter led the team last season with five goals and was named to the Western Atheletic Conference All-Academic team.
Notable Notes: Sophomore Brynn Bemis made her first start in the Cougar net, recording two saves and notching her first career shutout against Long Island Sept. 18...senior Alix Rustrum found the back of the net for the first time this season against Long Island Sept. 18...Rustrum lead the Cougars last season with nine goals...WSU Sophomore Anna Miller recorded her first collegiate goal Sept. 9 against Wake Forest...senior Jennie Kunc scored the first goal of her Cougar career against Tennessee Sept. 2.
In The Books: Freshman Megan Hyte recorded her fourth game winning goal of the season against Virginia Commonwealth Sept. 16...Hyte is now tied for fourth in the Cougar record books for game winning goals in a season and sixth on the career list...redshirt senior keeper Katie Hultin has recorded 20 saves in 2005, bringing her career total to 184 and placing her third on the career saves list...Hultin has recorded two shutout in 2005 to bring her career total to 16...Hultin is just two shy of the Cougar career record of 18 held by current assistant coach and former Cougar keeper Lindsey Jorgensen... Rustrum's goal against LIU Sept. 18 brings her career total to 15 tying her for the fifth spot on the WSU career goals list.
Washington State In The Polls: WSU's 5-2-0 record has begun to get noticed in the national polls...Cougars look to crack the Top-25, receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times Sept. 19 polls.
Cougars Hit the Road: Washington State plays 13-of-20 games on the road in 2005 with trips to Idaho, Tennessee, Oregon, California and Nevada...the Cougars hit the road for eight non-conference and five Pac-10 matches...WSU has not had 13 road contests since the 1991 season when Cougars soccer still belonged to the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference...WSU went 6-6-1 on the road that year...Cougars are 5-2-0 in 2005 and 52-73-10 overall when away from Lower Soccer Field.