Aug. 29, 2006
THIS WEEK: Washington State hits the road as the Cougars travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2006 Utah Fall Classic...WSU takes on host Utah Friday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. (PST) and faces off against Utah State Sunday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. (PST)...Cougars are 1-3-0 overall against the Utah...Utes won last meeting (2004) 4-1...Utah State game marks second match between the two schools... Cougar won first meeting (1997) 2-1.
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: "Two seasons ago, Utah beat us handedly. Since then, the coaching staff has continued to do a great job and, as a team, they are coming off a great opening weekend. With their pace and athleticism, they are a tough match-up for anyone and it will be another challenge against a tournament team. We will be prepared and our group has a keen competitive spirit.
"Utah State is also coming off of a good weekend and has some dangers that we will need to prepare for and be aware of. The first road trip is always an interesting time, but with a good weekend under our belts and an attitude and sense that there is more to come, we go into the weekend confident that we can compete in this challenging environment."
LAST WEEK: Washington State hosted the 2006 Cougar Classic, welcoming then ranked No. 25 Gonzaga, Oregon State and UNLV to Lower Soccer Field...Cougars defeated UNLV 2-1 Friday, Aug. 25, in first match of 2006 season... Brooke Bemis and Anna Miller tallied goals in the contest...WSU battled Gonzaga to a 0-0 double-overtime tie Sunday, Aug. 27, to close out weekend play...In other match play: Gonzaga defeated Oregon State 2-1 Aug. 25, with Aug. 27 UNLV and OSU matching ending in a 1-1 (2OT) tie.
POTTER SAYS: "I am delighted with the success of our first Cougar Classic and would like to thank all those that attended as the atmosphere was fantastic! It was truly like having an extra player out there. I'm pleased with the early signs and to play two tournament teams and remain undefeated is a great start for our group. For our first weekend of true competition, there are a lot of positives but two traits that stood out about this group is its level headedness and willingness to work hard to achieve more. They were not content with the performances or the results and that says something when the players themselves want something more."
SCOUTING THE UTES: WSU faces Utah Friday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (PST) at Ute Field in the Cougars first road match of 2006...Utah comes off a 2-1 win over No. 19 Stanford Aug. 25 and a 2-1 loss to No. 2 Santa Clara Aug. 27...2006 Utes return 18 letterwinners and nine starters from a squad that had a 14-7-1 overall record in 2005...were the Mountain West Conference regular season champions for the second consecutive season and made an NCAA First Round appearance...Utes had a 6-0-1 record in Mountain West Conference play...head coach Rich Manning enters his fifth season Utah and has a 56-19-9 overall record with the program...among Utah's top returnees are seniors Amanda Feigt and Melissa Wayman...Feigt finished 2005 with seven goals, earning Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-league honors...Wayman earned All-MWC first team honors and was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES: WSU takes on Utah State Sunday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. (PST) at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah...Aggies are 1-0-0 in 2006, coming off a 1-0 victory over Idaho State Aug. 25...2006 marks Utah State's fourth campaign under head coach Heather Cairns who has a 23-27-7 record with the program...Aggies finished 7-9-4 overall and 4-2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference ...Utah State returns 19 letterwinners from its 2005 squad including senior Charity Weston and junior Dana Peart...Weston finished 2005 with seven goals, earning All-WAC first team honors...Peart was second on the team with five goals, also recording one assist for 11 points.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Three Cougars were named to the 2006 Cougar Classic All-Tournament Team, with junior Brynn Bemis and Kim Bonnes and freshman Mallory Fox earning the honor...Cougars were 1-0-1 in tournament play.
CROWDED COUGARLAND: Lower Soccer Field was brimming with enthusiastic Cougar fans as WSU's opening weekend games drew a total attendance of 1353...games versus Gonzaga and UNLV drew 631 and 722 respectively...UNLV vs. WSU crowd was largest at a Lower Soccer Field match since the Cougars battled Tennessee to a double-overtime tie Sept. 5, 2004, in front of 723 Washington State fans.
UP NEXT: The Cougars return to Lower Soccer Field, hosting Nevada Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. and Sacramento State Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon.