October 13, 1997
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women's soccer team, in the midst of its longest winning streak since 1991, looks to maintain its first-place position in the Pacific-10 Conference standings this weekend as the Cougars host both Arizona State and Arizona in the final home matches of 1997.
Homecoming Week festivities for Washington State begin Friday, Oct. 17 as the Cougars battle the Sun Devils (7-4-0, 1-0-0 Pac-10) in a 3 p.m. match. WSU squares off with the Wildcats (6-5-1, 0-1-0 Pac-10) Sunday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. Fox Sports Northwest will televise the WSU-UA match on a tape delayed basis Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.
"This should be an exciting weekend, but we can't let Homecoming distract us from the task at hand," said Cougar head coach Lisa Gozley said of her team's goal to pick up two league wins this weekend. "There will be a lot energy on campus and the key is allowing the energy to be a positive force, not a distraction."
The Cougars (7-4-0, 2-0-0 Pac-10) are riding a five-game winning streak, their longest since WSU won 10 straight matches overlapping the 1990 and 1991 seasons. During the current streak, the Cougars have outscored their opponents 14-3. "We're playing with a lot of confidence," said Gozley. "The best part is that different people are stepping up and finishing off chances."
Freshman forward Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) is proving to be one of the best rookies in the conference. Last week's Pac-10 Player of the week didn't slow down vs. the Oregon schools as she collected two unassisted goals in the 2-0 win over the Beavers and assisted two goals in the 3-1 victory over the Ducks. DeWitt tops the Cougars in both goals scored (six) and assists (three). Her 15 total points represent the best single-season output by a WSU player since 1993.
Junior Amy Chippendale (Kearny, N.J.) scored a pair of goals vs. Oregon to raise her goal total to five (including a team-best two game winners) while freshman Karli Silveira (Campbell, Calif.) scored a goal and an assist in the Duck match.
The Cougars have never lost to either Arizona State or Arizona. WSU swept both schools on the road last year beating the Wildcats 3-0 and the Sun Devils 2-0. "These are probably the best teams that both programs have fielded," said Gozley. "We're going to have to play hard for 90 minutes and stay focused."
Three Dot Notes - Appropriately enough this is Homecoming Week as WSU welcomes some former Cougars - ASU head coach Terri Patraw (assistant for Gozley in 1994, 1995), Arizona head coach Lisa Fraser (started the WSU program in 1989, finished her five-year stint with 52-31-7 record), UA assistant Natalie McDowell (WSU goalkeeper from 1990-93, still owns career records for minutes in goal and saves)...for the first time at WSU, three different Cougars - Amy Chippendale (twice), Deka DeWitt and Randi Glas - have registered multiple-goal matches in a single season.