Aug. 10, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - For the second-straight season, the Washington State University women's soccer team will play its season-opener as a nationally-ranked team. The Cougars are No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll, released Wednesday.
It is the third time the Cougars have appeared in at least one preseason poll. The Cougars were No. 20 entering the 1995 season and as high as No. 21 a year ago.
Washington State is seeking its third-straight NCAA postseason appearance under the guidance of eighth-year head coach Matt Potter. Prior to Potter's arrival, the Cougars made three NCAA postseason appearances in school history.
Coming off a 14-6-2 campaign, including a victory over Villanova in the NCAA First Round a year ago, Washington State will face seven teams ranked in the NSCAA preseason poll.
The first test comes in the season opener against No. 6 Florida State in Pullman, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. It marks the first time since 1992 that the Cougars will play their season opener at home against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Other nonconference matches against preseason top 25 teams include at Texas A&M (Aug. 29) and at BYU (Sept. 3). In Pacific-10 Conference play, Washington State will travel to No. 2 Stanford (Oct. 15), No. 14 California (Oct. 17), No. 19 USC (Oct. 29) and No. 3 UCLA (Oct. 31).
The Washington State women's soccer and volleyball teams, both 2009 NCAA postseason participants, will clash in a five-inning softball game at Bailey-Brayton Field, Wednesday, Aug. 11. Game time is 6 p.m. Cougar Head Baseball Coach Donnie Marbut will umpire the game. Fans can see the new baseball scoreboard, pick up schedule posters for soccer and volleyball and support Washington State student-athletes.