Sept. 7, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State received goals from five different players, including three by sophomore Rachel Rodrick, in a lopsided 8-0 victory over Eastern Washington Friday.
It was the first hat trick of Rodrick's Cougar career and brought her goal total to four in only three games this season.
"It was nice to get the hat trick," Rodrick said. "It was a lot of fun. I was getting set up by my teammates all day and I think that win will really help our confidence."
The win was the first of the season for Washington State, who suffered a pair of disappointing losses at the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas last weekend.
"I was surprised we scored that many goals, honestly," WSU head coach Dan Tobias said. "There are games like when the balls you are hitting are not only on target, but they are finding their way to the back of the net. Then there are games when you are hitting those same types of shots and they are hitting the post and bounce away or are saved. Fortunately today we were on the other end."
Senior Beth Childs added a pair of goals and two assists for the Cougars, while Liz Duncan, Cailan McCutchan, and Sara Silver-Hill all put one past Eagle goalkeeper Jonna Melton. Melton was busy all day as Washington State fired 26 shots, including 18 on goal.
After suffering several defensive breakdowns last weekend, Tobias was happy with what he saw out of his team on that end of the field against Eastern Washington.
"We wanted a little more defensive compactness. We don't want to get stretched out from top to bottom, and I thought we did a good job with that," Tobias said. "There was much less of a gap between our backs and our midfield, and even between our midfield and forwards. That was good to see."
The Cougars were scheduled to play Mercer Sunday, but the small Georgia school backed out of an agreement to play in Pullman, leaving WSU without an opponent.
"We are going to use Sunday as a time to get into an intra-squad game and get 90 minutes in of good, hard work in. We are doing that to try and stick with our schedule. It makes sense for us to do that now, take Monday off, and then have three days to train for the matches next weekend," Tobias said.
Washington State plays Tobias' alma mater, Cal Poly, on Friday at 3 p.m., and squares off against Idaho State on Sunday at noon.