Nov. 5, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash.-- The Cougar soccer team earned an at-large bid into the NCAA women's college cup, announced Sunday night by the NCAA selection committee.
About 50 people including the WSU soccer team gathered around a television set in the stands of Bohler Gym to watch the NCAA College Cup selection show. With nervous anticipation the Cougars watched 45 of the 48 teams be announced before hearing Washington State would host Montana at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
This is only the second Cougar soccer team to earn a place in the NCAA tournament, the last appearance ending in a second round loss in 1994 as an independent team. Since joining the Pac-10 the Cougars have celebrated their best season in 2000 at 13-6-0, 5-4-0 in conference play.
The Cougars defeated Montana 4-2 in early season play and hold a 2-4-1 all-time record against the Grizzlies who finished the regular season 15-4-1 overall.
Seven Pac-10 teams earned a berth into the NCAA tournament and 14 of the 48-team field were from the west. The winner of Wednesday's game will go to Washington to compete in the second round on either Saturday or Sunday. On Friday the Cougs gave second seeded Washington its only Pac-10 loss to end the regular season, a 1-0 overtime upset.
WSU has already faced 10 of the 48 teams in the tournament during their regular season play and holds a 4-6 record against those teams with three of their losses coming in overtime and only one by more than a goal.
Tickets for the game will go on sale Monday at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum and at the WSU ticket office, located in the WSU Depot, North 225 Grand, downtown Pullman. Tickets will be required for the 1,000 bleacher seats as well as the east hillside, which will be fenced in as a part of the venue.
Ticket prices as determined by the NCAA will be $7 for adults and $5 for students, youth and senior citizens. WSU Student passes, Go-Cougar Cards and season tickets are not valid for NCAA events.
Tickets will be available by phone as well at either 335-9626 (WSU ticket office) or 1-800-GO-COUGS, option 3. There will also be tickets available at the gate on game day. Gates will be opened one hour prior to the 1 p.m. kick-off.