Aug. 5, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - With all 11 starters back from last season's NCAA Tournament squad, there is plenty of reason for optimism surrounding the Washington State University soccer program. Couple that with the fact it is the 20th Anniversary season for the Cougars and you definitely have something to celebrate.
"The unique situation of not graduating any players from our NCAA campaign last year, coupled with the addition of 10 freshmen and one transfer, it is no wonder we are eager to get started," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "Competition, depth, experience you really could make a case for us having all the tools in place to build on the successes of last year. However, we are aware that being good on paper does not guarantee performance on the field. Last fall, in some ways we did not feel we were at our best or that we performed in a manner which we had become accustom to. Having addressed these issues through the spring and now adding the incoming players we have every reason to be excited for the start of the season. As a staff we have the challenge of selecting the correct team, balancing the talent, and gelling the group. I like what I have seen in terms of growth, commitment and ambition. This group wants to prove it is no `one hit wonder'."
The Cougars opened practice, Wednesday at the Lower Soccer Field in preparation for their season opener at home, Friday, Aug. 21 against Idaho at 3 p.m.
Throughout the season, Washington State will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary campaign. The signature event will be a dinner at Palouse Ridge Country Club, Friday, Sept. 25 following the Cougars' match against Weber State.
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