Oct. 13, 2005
This was our last weekend before entering the PAC-10 conference games and only our second weekend at home. We have been traveling all over the country the last month and a half, so it was really nice to finally play on our home field in front of fans that were rooting for us!
Our first game on Friday was against the University of San Francisco, a team that historically WSU had never beaten. We had had a good week of practice and the team had regrouped after our loss to Nevada Reno, therefore we were ready for a good challenging team where we would again have the opportunity to prove ourselves. Despite the fact that it rained the entire game, we played one of the best games we have all season. Everything was clicking, people were playing hard, and the goals just kept coming. We scored two goals in the first half, two in the second, and defended well for 90 minutes to get a shutout. The goals came from different people (Alix Rustrum had two, Carmen Anderson had one, and Haley Thompson-Miller had one) which we view as a positive because it shows the ability of our team to score in different ways. We were happy with our result, but knew that a win means nothings unless we can perform again on the Sunday game.
Sunday was an important game to all of us because the University of Montana beat us last fall and was one of the reasons we did not make the National Tournament. We were determined on Sunday not to let the past repeat itself and to come out with a win. However, the game did not start very well, with Montana scoring early in the first half. We were struggling to stick to the game plan, but we managed to score a goal (from Megan Hyte) about six minutes before half time. We entered the half tied at 1-1, but clearly not satisfied with how we were playing. The second half was better, we had more opportunities and did not give up too many to them, but still we did not play to the level we are capable of. Thankfully, we managed to win the game when Haley Thompson-Miller scored a goal in the last minute and a half of the game, giving us the end result that we had wanted coming into the game.
All in all, we have had a positive first half of the season. We accomplished one of our season goals which was to win seven games going into the Pac-10 play. However, like Matt says, half of a season gets us nowhere in the long run. We have encountered many different opponents, styles of play, and challenges, all of which have educated us so that we are prepared for anything that conference play can throw at us! We look forward to traveling to California to play Stanford and Cal Berkeley.