Oct. 3, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougar soccer team heads into Pac-10 play undefeated at home (4-0), holding on to a five-game win streak. The 8-2-0 start is the best yet in the program's history.
After a 4-2 victory over Montana and a 4-0 shutout of UNLV, the Cougars will wrap-up their six-game home stand this weekend with No. 8 California Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 13 Stanford Sunday at 1 p.m.
Starting goalie Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.) who did not suit up for Sunday's match will sit out one more when the Cougs take on California due to a concussion suffered in the Montana game.
Freshman Sara Leibowitz (Simi Valley, Calif.), who posted her first solo shutout in her first career start against UNLV, will be in net again for the Cougs in their Pac-10 kick-off Friday. Jorgensen is expected to be cleared for Sunday's match-up with Stanford.
After not starting either game last weekend WSU's leading scorer Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) scored three goals and added an assist. A minor surgery a couple days earlier influenced the coaches' decision to play DeWitt off the bench. DeWitt who has seven goals and two assists on the season is expected to be back in good health this weekend.
"Friday the goal that she (DeWitt) scored on her first touch of the game was one of the better college goals I've seen and one of the better individual efforts I've seen," head coach Dan Tobias said about DeWitt's first goal in the Montana game. "That definitely ignited us. She continues to do what she's done her whole career here, which is to produce goals and assists and she did a good job of that at some key times this weekend."
The Cougars have four players with 10 or more points and have seen goals from four of their freshmen this season. The depth is one element Tobias said he is counting on to help push this team past some Pac-10 opponents.
"We do need to take it game by game and if we keep improving and keep fixing the things that need to get fixed then we are going to get better and hopefully we'll keep getting better quicker," Tobias said.