September 23, 1997
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women's soccer team (2-3-0 overall) takes a crack at its first road victory of the season as the Cougars travel to Missoula, Mont., for the Diadora Cup, a three-team tournament hosted by the University of Montana Sept. 26-28.
First, the Cougars face the host Grizzlies (3-4-0) Friday at 3 p.m. PDT. The next day Washington State squares off with visiting Air Force (4-4-0) at 1 p.m. PDT in the first meeting between the two squads. Montana and Air Force meet Sunday at noon PDT. All matches will be played at the UM South Campus Soccer Field.
"No question we will have to play our best soccer to get two wins this weekend," said head coach Lisa Gozley. "The bench will play a critical role for us (with back-to-back matches) and we'll have to play with a lot of heart."
The Cougars and Grizzlies are tied 1-1-1 in the all-time series with each school gaining victory on its home turf. Last fall in Pullman, the two teams played to a 0-0 tie - just the second scoreless draw in WSU history. The 1994 NCAA Tournament Cougars defeated Montana by a 6-0 margin in Pullman. Shalli DeWitt scored the lone goal during the 2-1 loss at Missoula in 1995.
Last weekend Washington State halted its three-match losing streak Sept. 21 with a 2-0 victory over Utah State in Pullman. "We created a lot of scoring opportunities and attacked with numbers," Gozley said. The Cougars attempted a season-high 21 shots during the victory over the Aggies.
Three Dot Notes - Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Wilson (Las Vegas, Nevada) has already prevented opponent goals on two penalty kick attempts as she denied Santa Clara's Nikki Serlenga Sept. 12 and Utah State's Heather Cox Sept. 21...junior Randi Glas (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored her first goal in 26 matches and first game winner of her career vs. Utah State...freshman forward Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) took over the team scoring lead (5 points) with a goal and assist vs. Utah State...her sister, senior Shalli DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) will move into Washington State's career top ten list for matches played this weekend...Shalli has played in 59 matches entering the Montana contest...if she plays in all 18 matches this fall, Shalli will finish one match behind career leaders Kim Lynass (1990-93) and Robyn Smith (1991-94), who set the mark of 73.
Additional Quotes From Head Coach Lisa Gozley - "Montana has dangerous forwards and speed on the outside. It's an important match for both our programs. Air Force is a very hard working team. They tend to pressure all over the field. We have to maintain possession and compete for everything because they certainly will."