Oct. 30, 2001
This Week: Washington State (7-6-0) hits the road for the final time in the regular season to face No. 23 USC Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 3 UCLA at noon Sunday. The Cougars played their first set of home matches in 49 days last weekend, losing 2-1 to Arizona State and defeating Arizona 3-1. After three weeks of conference play, WSU is tied for sixth with California. The final four matches of the season, which consists of the Trojans and Bruins this weekend and Oregon State and Oregon in Pullman Nov. 9 and 11, will determine whether or not the Cougars make their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Scouting the Trojans: USC (9-4-1, 4-1-0), No. 23 in the latest SoccerTimes.com Top 25 poll, is one of three conference teams with one loss, along with UCLA and Washington. The Trojans only Pac-10 defeat came at the hands of rival UCLA. Head coach Jim Millinder's squad faced a challenging non-conference slate that included Brigham Young, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Saint Mary's. Millinder is 82-31-5 in six years at USC. Shannon Cross leads a very balanced Trojan attack with 10 points on four goals, while seven other players have four or more points.
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA (13-2-0), No. 5 in the latest SoccerTimes.com Top 25 poll and last season's national runner-up, was upset by Oregon State Sunday and will be looking to get back on track with a sweep this weekend against the Washington schools. The Bruins began the season with 11-straight wins, including victories over powerhouses Portland and Princeton, but have dropped two of their last four matches. The Cougars have not beaten UCLA since the two schools' first meeting in 1993. Jillian Ellis is in her third season in Westwood, compiling a 47-11-2 record in that span. Stephanie Rigamat and Mary-Frances Monroe pace the Bruins with 23 and 21 points, respectively.
Cougar Coaching Staff: Dan Tobias is now in his fourth year as the head coach at Washington State after leading the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Tobias has tallied a 33-35-3 record in his tenure, including 12 conference wins, the most of any WSU coach. The former Cal Poly standout player is just the third coach in the 13-year history of the Cougar soccer program. Curtis McAlister is in his third year on the Palouse and works primarily on defensive organization and with the goalkeepers. His presence was a factor in 2000, as WSU allowed only 19 goals in 21 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Oregon native Lisa Oyen joined the Cougar coaching staff over the summer and brings a wealth of playing experience to the program. The four-year letterwinner at the University of Montana comes to WSU after a stint with the Seattle Sounders as special projects manager.
PAC-10 CONFERENCE STANDINGS CONF. OVERALL Stanford 5-0-0 12-1-1 UCLA 4-1-0 13-2-0 Washington 4-1-0 10-3-1 USC 4-1-0 9-4-1 California 2-3-0 10-5-1 Washington State2-3-0 7-6-0 Arizona State 2-4-0 8-8-0 Arizona 2-4-0 5-9-1 Oregon State 1-5-0 8-7-1 Oregon 1-5-0 7-7-1
2001 Season Recap
UNLV Classic-vs. St. Mary's (L 3-2): Washington State opened the season with a frustrating loss after leading St. Mary's 2-0 at halftime. Rachel Rodrick and freshman Christie Spear each scored one goal in the opening stanza, but their offensive exploits gave way to a scoring burst by Gaels' freshman Katie Frattone in the second half. Frattone scored three goals in 14 minutes for her first-career hat trick and gave St. Mary's a 3-2 win in the first game of the UNLV Classic.
UNLV Classic-vs. UNLV (L 1-0): The Cougars successfully battled an aggressive offense and 101-degree desert temperatures for most of the afternoon, but UNLV's Cristyn Enea scored the games' only goal in the 85th minute to give the Rebels the win. WSU managed 11 shots, including two each by Christie Spear, Beth Childs, Kim Morgan, and Keegan Hughes, but could not get any to stick as the Cougars were sent back to Pullman winless in the UNLV Classic.
vs. Eastern Washington (W 8-0): Liz Duncan's penalty kick goal just over a minute into the game would be all the Cougars needed, but not all they would get. Sophomore Rachel Rodrick recorded her first hat trick and added an assist, while senior Beth Childs notched two goals and two assists. Freshmen Sara Silver-Hill and Cailan McCutchan also added goals. The Cougars outshot the Eagles 26 to 4 as Lindsey Jorgensen and Sara Leibowitz combined for the shutout in goal.
at Gonzaga (W 2-1): Playing without senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen, Washington State jumped on Gonzaga early with two goals in the first 11 minutes by Liz Duncan. The Bulldogs kept it close, despite being out-shot 17 to three. It was Washington State's 14th-consecutive victory over Gonzaga.
at Portland State (W 4-2): Washington State got its third-straight victory by jumping on the Vikings early with goals from sophomore Rachel Rodrick and junior Katrina Stroh. Portland State staged a comeback just after halftime with a goal from Victoria Upchurch, but Stroh would respond, scoring her 12th career goal to help WSU to the 4-2 win.
at Portland (L 1-0): The complexion of Washington State's match with No. 3 Portland changed dramatically just 19 minutes in, when Cougar goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz was sent off for a nasty collision with Christine Sinclair. That forced the Cougars to bring in Lindsey Jorgensen, who was recovering from an injury and not at 100 percent. That also left WSU to battle for 72 minutes with 10 players, which they did admirably, nearly taking the lead on a shot by freshman Christie Spear just before the half. The Pilots would prevail, however, winning the match in the 82nd minute on a shot by Jessica Heller.
at Air Force (W 1-0): True freshman Regina McGee notched her first career goal in the 51st minute to give the Cougars all they would need in a 1-0 win over the Falcons. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen made her first start in three matches and made seven saves for her 17th career solo shutout.
at New Mexico (W 2-1): The Cougars won their fifth match in six tries when sophomore Kim Morgan scored off a Rachel Rodrick assist 98:00 minutes in to beat New Mexico. It was Washington State's first overtime contest since beating Washington 1-0 Nov. 3, 2000. Katrina Stroh opened the scoring in the match at the 31:40 mark, but the Lobos responded with a goal by Michelle Nowfel just minutes into the second stanza.
at Washington (L 2-1): Washington jumped on the Cougars just six minutes into the match with a goal by Jaime Carstensen. The two teams battled back-and-forth scoreless for the next 51 minutes until the Huskies Erin Otagaki extended the lead with an unassisted shot from 12 yards out. WSU responded just over a minute later with a goal by freshman Keegan Hughes, the first of her career. Despite constant pressure on the UW defense over the final 32 minutes, the Cougars could not find the tying goal, dropping a 2-1 decision in front of 2,490 fans in Seattle.
at Stanford ( L 2-0): The Cardinal remained unbeaten in Pac-10 play with a big match by Marcie Ward, who knocked in her eighth goal of the season at the 25:55 mark and later assisted on a score by Becky Myers. The Cougars stayed with Stanford for most of the evening, equaling the Cardinal shots on goal total with five, but could not stick their chances and dropped to 0-2-0 in conference play.
at California (W 2-0): Washington State defeated California, who were ranked as high as No. 10 in some polls, for the first time since 1996. Junior Katrina Stroh knocked in passes from Mariette Boyce and Beth Childs to take a 1-0 lead at the 60:36 mark. Just eight minutes later, Golden Bear defender Ashley Valenzuela knocked the ball into her own net, sealing the victory for WSU. vs. Arizona State (L 2-1): Playing its first home match in 49 days, the Cougars jumped on the Sun Devils in the third minute but were unable to seal the victory, eventually succumbing to Arizona State 2-1. Katrina Stroh knocked in her fourth goal of the season at the 2:58 mark, but ASU's Stacey Tullock took over and assisted on one goal and scored another to steal a 2-1 victory for the Sun Devils.
vs. Arizona (W 3-1): The Cougars hit up Arizona goalkeeper Shannon Monti for three goals in a nine-minute span in the second half to tie, take the lead, and put away the Wildcats. Statistically, the Cougars dominated, outshooting Arizona 26-7 and taking a school record 16 corner kicks. In the nine-minute flurry that gave the Cougars the bounce back win, Rachel Rodrick, Cailan McCutchan, and Katrina Stroh provided the goals, while Rodrick, Beth Childs, and freshman Megan Cecchini were credited with assists.
2000 In Review: Washington State began the season with a win over Utah in Salt Lake City. After stumbling against nationally-ranked Brigham Young later the same weekend, the Cougars won seven of the next eight games to head into Pac-10 play with a 8-2 record. Losses to California and Stanford were offset by a monumental sweep of Arizona and Arizona State on their home fields. WSU finished the season with the first plus-.500 winning percentage since joining the Pac-10 by winning another pair of conference road games at Oregon and Oregon State, and by defeating cross-state rival and No. 2 Washington in overtime. Montana, who Washington State defeated 4-2 in September, knocked the Cougs out of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win played in the snow in Pullman.
Home Sweet Home: The Washington State soccer team is beginning to cherish every match it plays at the Lower Soccer field. The Cougars' 49-day span without a home match in the middle of this season is probably the longest streak of its kind in the Pac-10. Oregon went 43 days between home matches in 1997. The Cougars' streak finally ended Oct. 26 against Arizona. Prior to that, WSU's only home match of the season was Sept. 7 against Eastern Washington. Dan Tobias has recorded a 14-13 home record since arriving in Pullman in 1998.
Roster Breakdown: Dan Tobias will field a team of 28 players for the 2001 season, highlighted by deep freshmen and sophomore classes. There are four players in both the senior and junior classes, nine sophomores, and 11 freshmen. Senior Natalie Kehl, junior Brianne Carmody, and freshman Sara Sheridan will redshirt in 2001, bringing the active roster to 25.
Class Of 2000: Washington State's freshmen class of 2000 featured nine players that saw significant action last season. Defenders Mariette Boyce, Shay Hobby, and Danielle Sass, midfielders Jessica Allen, Katelin Jackson, Kim Morgan, Jenna Wirtz, and Rachel Rodrick, and goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz all contributed to WSU's run to the NCAA Tournament. Hobby was named the Cougar's defensive player of the year, while Rodrick and Morgan received Pac-10 All-Conference honors.
Stroh Moves To Third: With two goals over the weekend against Arizona State and Arizona, junior Katrina Stroh reached 45 career points, good for third all-time at Washington State University. Her 16 career goals is also third-best in school history, leaving her behind only Kim Lynass and Deka DeWitt in both categories. Lynass recorded an astronomical 83 goals and 177 points, while DeWitt racked up 40 goals and 95 points. The Federal Way, Wash., native is also moving up the charts in assists, tallying 13 in her now almost three-year career, good for fourth.
Childs Play: With every assist she dishes out this season, senior Beth Childs will be adding to her school record in that category. Childs began the season with 17, and has been credited with six assists through 13 matches this season. Deka DeWitt is closest to Childs' career record of 23 with 15. The Snoqualmie, Wash., native could challenge DeWitt and Liz Duncan's single season record of eight assists established in 1999 by DeWitt and 2000 by Duncan.
Rodrick Climbing: Sophomore Rachel Rodrick is rapidly climbing her way up the all-time points list, recording 29 points just 32 matches into her collegiate career. That puts the Curtis High School graduate in a tie for eighth all-time. Her 11 goals is tied for the seventh-best career mark in WSU history. Rodrick could break into the single season top 10 in goals, assists, and points in 2001.
Senior Goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen: Three-year returning starter Lindsey Jorgensen was named to both the Pac-10 All-Conference (second team) and Pac-10 All-Academic (first team) Teams in 2000. The North Bend, Wash., native helped WSU hold opponents to only .95 goals per game while maintaining a 4.00 GPA studying mathematics. Jorgensen was fourth in the conference in saves with 96 and shutout opponents five times. Jorgensen owns the WSU career records for minutes in goal (6,108), saves (376), and solo shutouts (18).
Jorgensen, Leibowitz Have Help: When stopper Lindsey Jorgensen sat out two games with a concussion last season, it left true freshman Sara Leibowitz as the only healthy goal keeper. Though Leibowitz performed admirably in her absence, the coaching staff went to great lengths to avoid having to put a field player in goal in 2001. Freshmen Kate Hultin (Denver, Colo.) and Meghan Miller (Kent, Wash.) were brought in to join the goalkeeping corps this season. Through six matches this season, Leibowitz has been asked to spell Jorgensen, who is recovering from an injured foot in four contests, for a total of 243 minutes. Leibowitz is 2-0 with one shutout.
Cougars vs. Top 25 Opponents: WSU's victory over California Oct. 21 was the 51st time in the 12-year history of the program that the Cougars have played a team ranked in the national top 25. In those matches, WSU has come away with the win 10 times while tying on five occasions. Aside from the victory over No. 2 Washington in the 2000 regular season finale, WSU owns two other victories over top 10 teams. In 1993, under the direction of Lisa Fraser, the Cougars upset No. 6 Stanford in Pullman. In 1994, the Cougs opened what would become an NCAA Tournament season by defeating Connecticut 2-1. Fraser helped WSU achieve their highest ranking in the national polls in 1993, peaking at No. 11 on Sept. 12.
Cougs On The Tube: The Washington State soccer program is no stranger to television coverage. Cougar matches have appeared on television a total of 25 times, 19 on Prime Sports Northwest and six on Fox Sports Northwest. WSU soccer debuted on the tube Oct. 5, 1990 with a 4-0 win over Seattle Pacific. Possibly the most memorable television appearance came in 1991 as the Cougars took 58 shots on goal en route to a 15-0 blowout of Gonzaga. Dan Tobias went 2-1 in his first season at WSU on television, including a 1-0 overtime win against Washington on Fox Sports Northwest.