Aug. 25, 2010
THIS WEEK: Washington State begins a stretch of eight-straight matches away from home with a visit to College Station, Texas for the Aggieland Invitational...Cougars will be joined by Long Beach State, Virginia Tech and tournament host Texas A&M.
AGGIELAND INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE: Washington State will open the tournament against Long Beach State, Friday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. Pacific...Texas A&M and Virginia Tech are scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific, Friday...Long Beach State and Virginia Tech will square off at 8:30 a.m. Pacific, Sunday, Aug. 29 with the Cougars and Aggies meeting at 11:30 a.m. Pacific.
ABOUT THE FIELD: Texas A&M is 1-1-0 having lost 3-0 to North Carolina and defeated St. John's 3-0 at home last weekend...Aggies from the Big 12 Conference are No. 9 in the Soccer America poll, No. 10 according to Soccer Times and No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings...Long Beach State is from the Big West and also opened 1-1-0 last weekend...49ers dropped their opener to BYU 2-0 at home before knocking off Fresno State 1-0 on the road...Virginia Tech from the Atlantic Coast Conference is 2-0-0 after defeating Elon 2-1 on the road and American 3-0 at home.
WEEKEND COVERAGE: Live stats for both of Washington State's matches at the Aggieland Invitational will be available at wsucougars.com on the women's soccer schedule/results page...Sunday's match at Texas A&M will have live video at aggieathletics.com on the soccer schedule/results page...Cougar women's soccer blog entries will be available at wsucougars.com/blog.
COUGARS NATIONALLY RANKED: Washington State is No. 21 in the Soccer Times poll and sits at No. 24 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason rankings.
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.
SERIES WITH LONG BEACH STATE: This in the first meeting in women's soccer between the 49ers and Cougars.
SERIES WITH TEXAS A&M: The series is tied 1-1-0...Cougars won 2-0 in Dallas, Sept. 7, 1993...third-ranked Aggies posted a 2-0 victory in College Station, Texas, Sept. 28, 2003.
COUGARS IN THE LONE STAR STATE: The upcoming weekend marks the fourth time in school history Washington State will play in Texas, and the third time under Matt Potter...Cougars opened the 1993 season with a 3-2 overtime victory over Arkansas in Plano, won 1-0 at No. 13 SMU and defeated Texas A&M 2-0 in Dallas...in 2003, Washington State lost 2-0 at No. 16 Texas and 2-0 at No. 3 Texas A&M...last season, the Cougars won 4-0 at Texas and 5-0 at Stephen F. Austin and recorded the most goals (nine) in school history during a road weekend.
WASHINGTON STATE AWAY FROM HOME: The Cougars won both their matches on a neutral field last season, including a 1-0 victory over Villanova in College Park, Md., during the NCAA Championship First Round...in 2009, Washington State set a school record with eight road victories...under Matt Potter, the Cougars are 11-5-3 (.658) on a neutral field...over the last five seasons, Washington State is 22-19-6 (.532) in road matches.
COUGARS IN AUGUST: Over the last five seasons, Washington State is 7-1-3 in August, including 1-0-1 on a neutral field and 4-1-1 in road matches.