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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/07/2010
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Oct. 7, 2010

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THIS WEEK: Washington State (5-6-0) opens the Pacific-10 Conference portion of its schedule hosting Arizona State (6-2-2) and Arizona (4-5-2)...Cougars and Sun Devils meet at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8...Arizona comes to town for a noon match, Sunday, Oct. 10...Washington State is 2-1-0 at home this season.

MATCH COVERAGE: Live stats for the Washington State matches against Arizona State and Arizona as well as a recap and stats following each match will be available at wsucougars.com.

HOME SWEET HOME: After playing eight-consecutive matches away from Pullman, Washington State will play its next three at home...Cougars are 38-15-10 (68.3 winning percentage) at Lower Soccer Field in the Matt Potter era...Washington State has won 73.2 percent (18-5-5) of its matches in Pullman over the last four years, including four wins over nationally-ranked teams...losses during that span are to No. 1 UCLA (2007), No. 2 Stanford (2008), No. 1 Stanford (2009), No. 3 UCLA (2009) and No. 6 Florida State (2010)...Washington State is 10-8-5 at home in the Potter era against nationally-ranked teams...Cougars are 13-0-3 in their last 16 matches at home against nonranked opponents...in October, Washington State is 16-5-4 (72.0 winning percentage) at home in the Potter era.

PROGRAM SUCCESS: Washington State has advanced to the last two NCAA Championships, the first time in school history the Cougars have made back-to-back postseason appearances.

INJURED COUGARS: Washington State has had nine starters miss at least one match because of injury this season...overall, Cougars have missed 32 starts due to injury through 11 matches...among returnees, only defenders Ali Fenter and Ashley Johnson have started every match...Fenter, a junior, has started every match in her career...Johnson, a senior, has started each match during the last three seasons...freshman Katie Turney has started each match as midfielder/forward in place of injured student-athletes.

SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State leads 10-5-0...Sun Devils have won six of seven meetings in Pullman...Cougars have won the last two matches in the series...first time in the series Washington State has won consecutive matches...Elysse Van Leer scored in the second overtime, Nov. 9, 2008 to give Washington State a 1-0 victory at home in the fog and clinch the Cougars' first trip to the NCAA postseason since 2002...last year, Emma Stolz assisted on Melanie Johnston's game-winning goal and the Cougars defeated the Sun Devils 2-1 in Tempe.

SERIES WITH ARIZONA: Washington State leads 11-3-1, including a 6-2-0 mark at home...Cougars have won five-straight matches, their longest winning streak in school history against a Pacific-10 Conference opponent...in 2009, Mallory Fox's penalty kick was the difference during a 1-0 Washington State victory in Tucson...Elysse Van Leer scored the lone goal of the match in the 2008 meeting at Lower Soccer Field.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Five of the six losses Washington State has suffered this season have come at the hands of teams currently ranked and/or receiving votes in at least one national poll...Florida State is ranked as high as ninth, Texas A&M (10th), BYU (11th), and Denver (22nd)...Colorado is receiving votes...Cougars' other loss was to Long Beach State which is tied for sixth in the West Region according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America...Washington State has defeated Pepperdine which is receiving votes in two of the three national polls...matches remain against unanimous No. 1 Stanford, No. 13 UCLA, No. 16 California, No. 19 USC and No. 23 Oregon State...Arizona State comes town Pullman, Friday ranked 25th by the NSCAA and receiving votes in the Soccer Times poll.

HISTORIC VICTORY: Washington State's 1-0 victory over Pepperdine, Sept. 18 was the 200th in the history of the Cougar program, now in its 22nd season.

SHUTOUT STREAK: Washington State has won three-consecutive matches and has shut out its opponent each time...Cougars blanked Hawai'i 3-0 on the road, Sept. 17, defeated Pepperdine 1-0 at Hawai'i, Sept. 18 and downed Gonzaga 4-0 at home, Oct. 1.

COUGAR HAT TRICKS: Freshman Micaela Castain recorded the 12th hat trick (third on the road) in Washington State history with three goals in the Cougars' 4-1 victory at Weber State, Sept. 5...freshman Eileen Maes notched a hat trick with three-second half goals against Gonzaga, Oct. 1 in a 4-0 Washington State victory...Maes became the sixth Cougar to register at least three goals in a match and the first since 2001.

CASTAIN NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED: Washington State forward Micaela Castain is currently ranked as the fifth-best freshman in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com...Castro Valley, Calif., native leads the Cougars with six goals this season.

MAES GARNERS HONORS: Cougar freshman midfielder Eileen Maes's hat trick against Gonzaga, Oct. 1 received recognition locally, regionally and nationally...Oakland, Calif., native was named wsucougars.com Female Student-Athlete of the Week and Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week and earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: The Cougar soccer team will wear pink jerseys, Friday, Oct. 22 when it hosts Oregon State...October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the match is part of WSU Athletics' effort to raise money and awareness about the disease...jerseys from the match can be purchased for $30 each...contact Craig Lawson (509-335-0265 or craigl@wsu.edu) for more information.

COUGAR AUCTION: The Washington State women's soccer team is holding its annual banquet and auction, Oct. 9...auction items can be viewed online at wsucougars.com and bids will be accepted in advance of the banquet through 6 p.m., Oct. 8...bids can also be placed during the banquet...dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at Banyan's Restaurant located at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club...tickets may be purchased by visiting wsucougars.com.

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