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2009 SOCCER BLOG

NOVEMBER 15, 2009 (SECOND HALF-MARYLAND)

Washington State started the second half with the same 11 that started the match with the exception of Emma Stolz in for Mel Johnston.

48:15 - A WSU throw-in deep in Maryland's end led to a corner kick.

55:24 - The Cougars earned a corner kick and a GOOOO COOOUGS chant broke out among the WSU fans in attendance. Ali Fenter's shot was blocked and Mallory Fox's header on the rebound was saved by the Maryland goalkeeper Mary Casey.

59:34 - Caitlin Mooney checked in to replace Danielle Hubka for Maryland.

61:30 - Mariah Cameron's good run up the left side created an opportunity and Kiersten Dallstream's shot from 20 yards was low and handled by Casey.

62:55 - Megan Chapin entered the match and replaced Cameron.

63:02 - Johnston and Elysse Van Leer back in for WSU replacing Stolz and Brandi Vega. Ashley Grove and Megan Gibbons in for Maryland replacing Caitlin McDowell and Lydia Hastings.

65:35 - Meghan Berlingo made a save on a header by Maryland's Jasmyne Spencer after a free kick near midfield.

69:39 - Cameron replaced Chapin.

70:21 - Maryland created a chance and recorded two shots, but the Cougars escaped without damage.

73:50 - A free kick by Cameron led to a corner kick for WSU, but Johnston's shot was blocked out of bounds.

76:24 - Dallstream was whistled for being offside in the Maryland box.

77:20 - Dallstream received a through ball on the right side and Casey came out of the net. Dallstream got off a shot in the box and Casey made the save. Dallstream went down and had to be replaced by Vega for precautionary reasons. McDowell also came back in for Gibbons.

78:10 - Stolz came back in and replaced Maggie Dougher.

80:38 - Maryland earned a corner kick and Hastings came back off the bench for Grove.

81:18 - WSU earned a corner kick, but did not manage a shot.

83:12 - Hard work by Van Leer resulted in a WSU corner kick, but Maryland cleared the ball without giving up a shot.

84:20 - Hubka came back in to replace Mooney for Maryland.

90:00 - Final Score, Maryland 1, Washington State 0. The Cougars will head home tonight with a 14-6-2 final record. WSU tied a school record for victories and set a school record with 11 shutouts.


NOVEMBER 15, 2009 (HALFTIME-MARYLAND)

In other NCAA scores:
Boston College 1, Connecticut 0 (Halftime)
Virginia Tech 1, Dayton 0 (Halftime)
Penn State 2, Virginia 0 (Halftime)
North Carolina 2, Georgia 0 (Halftime)
Wake Forest 3, West Virginia 0 (Halftime)
South Carolina 1, Rutgers 0 (Halftime)
Notre Dame 3, Central Michigan (Halftime)
Oregon State 0, Florida 0 (Halftime)
Florida State 2, California 0 (41st Minute)


NOVEMBER 15, 2009 (FIRST HALF-MARYLAND)

It is No. 14 Washington State at No. 19 Maryland in the second round. The Cougars have a familiar starting lineup with junior Meghan Berlingo in goal, senior Maggie Dougher, junior Ashley Johnson, sophomore Ali Fenter and freshman Mariah Cameron on the backline, senior Carly Dobratz, redshirt-junior Mallory Fox, sophomore Jacquelyn Roth and freshman Mel Johnston in the midfield and senior Kiersten Dallstream and freshman Brandi Vega at forward. The Maryland student-run radio station that was supposed to broadcasting the match has not had anyone show up yet and Maryland is having trouble with live stats, so this may be on the only source for updates.

3:15 - Cameron made a nice play and created a foul against Maryland that resulted in a free kick just inside Cougar territory. Live stats are now working.

6:22 - Vega's work resulted in a Cougar corner kick, but Cameron's shot from outside the 18-yard box was wide left.

10:00 - Dallstream's effort on 1v1 gave WSU a second corner kick and Vega's shot was blocked by a defender.

19:05 - The Cougars continue to have the run of play and Elysse Van Leer just checked in for Vega.

21:55 - Maryland's first corner kick of the day was headed out of the box by Dobratz, then cleared by Dougher.

25:56 - Dobratz's received a pass outside the box, turned and fired from 20-yards out, but Maryland goalkeeper Mary Casey made a diving save at the near post. On the ensuing corner kick, Dobratz's header forced Casey to make another save.

29:02 - Colleen Deegan's shot on a free kick from 35 yards out for Maryland was high. The Terrapins sub in Caitlin Mooney and Ashley Grove to replace Danielle Hubka and Lydia Hastings.

32:04 - The Terrapins earned a corner kick off a set piece. The Cougars cleared the initial shot off the line, but Jasmyne Spencer's follow gave Maryland a 1-0 lead. The assists were credited to Molly Dreska and Megan Watson.

35:42 - A corner kick for the Terrapins did not create a serious threat.

38:23 - Spencer had a good chance on a header in the box, but missed wide. Sade Ayinde and Olivia Wagner entered for Maryland replacing Spencer and Dreska. Tiara Pittman and Emma Stolz came in for WSU while Dobratz and Fox exited.

39:23 - Dallstream had a decent look from 20 yards on the left and missed high.

45:00 - Halftime with Maryland leading 1-0.


NOVEMBER 15, 2009 (PREGAME-MARYLAND)

What a difference a day, or two, makes in terms of weather. It is mostly clear skies with the temperature in the upper 60s-low 70s. Both teams are warming up and we are about 20 minutes from the start of the NCAA Second Round match between Washington State and Maryland. One Pacific-10 Conference team has already advanced to next weekend as Stanford defeated BYU 2-0 yesterday. The tournament has 10 matches, including the Cougars/Terrapins, scheduled for a 1 p.m. Eastern start. WSU is looking to advanced beyond the second round for the first time in school history.


NOVEMBER 14, 2009

It was business day for the Cougars with a little bit of pleasure sprinkled in the mix. After practice, the student-athletes had a couple hours of free time and many took the opportunity to see family members that are in town for the weekend.

A short recovery session followed in the mid-afternoon. The team went to dinner while some members of the support staff took in the tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. A team meeting complete with a scouting report closed out the evening.

Sunday's match against Maryland will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific. For live stats, Click Here

Maryland's student station will broadcast the match. To hear the broadcast, Click Here

The WSU soccer blog will also be updated throughout the match and can be found right here.

The Pacific-10 Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference each sent eight teams to the 2009 NCAA Championship, the most of any conference. In the first round, the Pac-10 was 6-0-2 with both USC and Arizona State being eliminated on penalty kicks. The ACC was 6-1-1 in the first round with Duke losing and Virginia advancing on penalty kicks.

Pac-10 champion Stanford defeated BYU 2-0 in the second round, Saturday. The Pac-10 and ACC will meet head-to-head with WSU at Maryland and California visiting Florida State.

Washington is at Portland, UCLA hosts San Diego State and Oregon State meets Florida at Ohio State. In other matches involving ACC teams, North Carolina hosts Georgia (winner plays the WSU/Maryland winner), Boston College hosts Connecticut, Virginia Tech is at Dayton, Virginia is at Penn State, and Wake Forest is home against West Virginia.


NOVEMBER 13, 2009 (SECOND HALF-VILLANOVA)

Washington State has the wind at its back in the second half and the rain has subsided. Carly Dobratz is back in the match for Emma Stolz.

56:41 - Villanova was awarded a free kick from about 35 yards out and Rachel Schuyler's shot sailed a couple feet over the crossbar.

59:57 - Erin Brynes put a shot on goal that was an easy save for Cougar goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo.

62:41 - Katie Ryan received a through ball and her shot in the box from the right side resulted in the first corner kick of the match.

66:50 - Mel Johnston picked up a loose ball and fired a shot over the crossbar from 27 yards out.

66:58 - Brandi Vega came back into the match and replaced Elysse Van Leer.

70:53 - A good individual effort by Kiersten Dallstream resulted in the Cougars' first corner kick of the night.

71:31 - The ball deflected off a Villanova team member and WSU picked up another corner kick.

72:12 - Dobratz blasted a shot from 25 yards out and Villanova's Molly Williams made the save.

74:00 - GOAL WSU! Maggie Dougher played a ball into the box from the right side that was headed by Dobartz, then headed again by Mallory Fox off the hands of Williams and across the goal line for a 1-0 Cougar lead. It was the second goal of the season for Fox and the ninth of her career.

75:53 - Tiara Pittman entered the match replacing Dobratz.

79:06 - Stolz came back in the match replacing Fox.

81:19 - Villanova's hustle paid off with a corner kick.

82:34 - Dobratz and Fox came back off the bench to replace Stolz and Vega.

85:58 - Villanova put together three-straight passes, but Grace Hawkins's shot from just inside the 18-yard box was smothered by Berlingo.

86:41 - Megan Verdeur's shot for Villanova from the top of the 18-yard box rolled wide left.

89:04 - Byrnes had an open net on the left after a cross, but could not get a solid shot off and the ball went wide left.

89:43 - Villanova earns a late corner, but in a scramble does not mount a huge threat off the kick.

90:00 - WSU wins 1-0 and advances to play Maryland, Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific. It is the first time the Cougars have moved to the second round since 1994 and the second time in school history. Check wsucougars.com later tonight for a full recap.


NOVEMBER 13, 2009 (HALFTIME-VILLANOVA)

In other NCAA scores involving Pac-10 teams, California is tied 1-1 with Auburn at the end of regulation at Florida State; Washington defeated Mississippi 1-0 at Dayton; Oregon State leads 3-1 at Ohio State in the 61st minute; USC is tied 0-0 in the 19th minute with Oklahoma State at Santa Clara; Arizona State trails 1-0 at Wisconsin in the 25th minute; UCLA leads 3-1 in the 24th minute at home against Boise State.


NOVEMBER 13, 2009 (FIRST HALF-VILLANOVA)

A steady heavy mist is falling at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., and we are getting ready for the starting line-ups to be introduced. This truly is a neutral field as there are enough people in the stands to favor either team.

0:44 - Kiersten Dallstream received a pass from Mariah Cameron across midfield and tried to slip a pass to Brandi Vega, but the Cougars were whistled for an offside call.

6:10 - Carly Dobratz received a pass in Villanova territory, turned on a defender and delivered a through ball on the right side to Dallstream. Dallstream poked a ball past a defender, then fired a shot high.

9:02 - The Cougars failed to clear a cross from the right and Villanova's Erin Byrnes put a shot over the top of the crossbar.

13:15 - Dobratz sent a long pass into the left corner. Brandi Vega tracked it down and fed Jacquleyn Roth just outside the 18-yard box on the left side, but Roth's shot was wide left.

15:27 - Vega created a turnover in the Wildcats' half, but could not connect on a pass for Dallstream and the ball ended up in the hands of Villanova goalkeeper Molly Williams.

18:45 - Villanova created its first serious threat when Megan Verdeur had a 1v1 with WSU goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo on the right side. Berlingo cut down the angle and Verdeur's shot toward the far post trickled wide.

20:15 - Melanie Johnston intercepted a pass, beat two defenders and put a shot on goal from 20 yards out that was saved by Williams.

24:15 - Elysse Van Leer replaced Vega for the Cougars.

26:40 - Villanova's Katie Ryan had her shot in the box blocked and Heidi Sabatura's shot on the rebound just missed the right post.

40:45 - Emma Stolz entered the match for Dobratz.

44:52 - Van Leer sent a cross from the left into toward the far post and Dallstream's header was wide right.

45:00 - Halftime.


NOVEMBER 13, 2009 (ENTRY ONE)

It is a little over three hours until the scheduled start time of tonight's match against Villanova. A half dozen NCAA matches are already underway today. West Virginia, out of the Big East Conference like Villanova, is up 2-0 with about 10 minutes to play against Loyola (Md.). Florida State, a No. 1 national seed and a team that defeated the Cougars earlier this season, has an early goal against Southeastern Louisiana to lead 1-0.

Today, the Cougars went to a nearby park and had about a 20 minute workout. Several student-athletes will have family in attendance tonight, including Meghan Berlingo, Caitlin Bresnahan, Ariana Byrd, Jenny Christoph, Kiersten Dallstream, Carly Dobratz, Maggie Dougher, Ali Fenter and Mallory Fox.

Check back tonight for updates during the match.


NOVEMBER 12, 2009 (ENTRY THREE)

The NCAA Championship got underway today at Stanford. In the first match of the tournament, BYU, a team Washington State defeated in Pullman this season, knocked off UC Santa Barbara 2-0. The Pacific-10 Conference, which sent eight schools to the postseason, the most in conference history, picked up its first victory as top-ranked Stanford beat Northern Arizona 2-0.

As for the Cougars, it is less than 24 hours until WSU plays Villanova in the first round. Tonight, WSU did a walk through at Ludwig Field where it will play Villanova at 5 p.m. Pacific, Friday. A short workout followed at a practice field on campus and the team headed back to the hotel prior to going out for dinner. Here is some information regarding the tournament.

To view pictures of Ludwig Field, Click Here.

Maryland plays Monmouth at 2 p.m. Pacific and the winner will play the victor of the WSU/Villanova match. To follow live stats of the Maryland/Monmouth match, Click Here.

Live stats for the WSU/Villanova match are available if you Click Here.

If you would like to follow the entire 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, Click Here.


NOVEMBER 12, 2009 (ENTRY TWO)

Today has been quiet so far. The team members had breakfast at the hotel followed by studying and/or down time in their rooms. It is about 4 p.m. and practice is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Maryland.

Due to the rain of the last few days, Ludwig Field, the site for tomorrow's match against Villanova, is not available for practice. The team will have a chance to walk through the facility, then will be taken somewhere else on campus for practice.

Scott Heath, a WSU alum respresentating the Washington D.C., area Cougs, is organizing an informal gathering at the Thirsty Turtle, Friday prior to WSU's match with Villanova. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. and the address is 7416 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Md.

Cougar alumni in the Washington, D.C., area who are interested in attending Friday's match can contact Chris Walker, WSU Associate Athletics Director for Development at walkerc@wsu.edu.

Senior forward Kiersten Dallstream received honorable mention on the TopDrawerSoccer.com 2009 Women's College Soccer Team of the Season.


NOVEMBER 12, 2009 (ENTRY ONE)

Greetings from the East Coast! After about an 11 hour travel day, we have arrived at our hotel. We left Pullman on a bus around 11 a.m., Wedneday headed for Spokane. We flew to Denver, had enough time to grab dinner before making our connection to Dulles Airport in the Washington, D.C., area. Sleep and homework seemed to be the most popular activiities during the flights.

A stop at baggage claim and a 45-minute bus ride in a steady rain capped our day. With the time difference, we arrived just before 1 a.m. Eastern, Thursday. The team will have the chance to sleep in before breakfast. Thursday will also bring a trip to the Maryland campus and a practice session.

The Pacific-10 released its 2009 all-conference teams, Wednesday. Senior midfielder Carly Dobratz was named to the first team while senior forward Kiersten Dallstream and junior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo garnered second team honors. Midfielder Mel Johnston and defender Mariah Cameron were selected for the all-freshman team.


NOVEMBER 10, 2009

The Cougars are back in the NCAA Championship, the first time in school history the program has gone o the postseason in consecutive seasons. WSU will depart Pullman at 11 a.m. tomorrow and arrive at the hotel in the Washington, D.C., area around 10 p.m. Pacific. The Cougars will play Villanova in the first round, Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific. The blog will be updated daily and you can follow WSU's quest for a national championship.

The soccer team will be featured on FSN's Cougars All-Access this week. The show will air at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Wednesday as well as noon, Thursday and 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday.

Graham Hays of ESPN.com named Cougar senior forward Kiersten Dallstream among the "Others to Watch" in preparation for the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer Draft.


NOVEMBER 5, 2009

If it was March instead of November, ESPN would be showing games every night as part of Championship Week and viewers could tune in to watch teams earn their way to the NCAA Tournament in men's basketball. In women's soccer, for the most part, we are relegated to online video streaming and live stats to find out what is going on around the country. In an effort to bring the information to a central location, here is a breakdown, complete with opinions about which teams may or may not be going to the postseason, of what is going on around the nation.

There are 30 automatic bids that are earned by conference champions and 34 at-large bids handed out by the NCAA. The process for determing an automatic bid is left up to the individual conference. Some crown the regular season champion while others have a conference tournament. Through yesterday, three schools have earned an automatic bid, Stanford in the Pacific-10, Loyola (Md.) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic and Harvard in the Ivy League. That leaves 27 automatic bids and the 34 at-large selections up for grabs.

Several factors determine the at-large bids, including but not limited to, record, conference finish, record late in the season and NCAA Ratings Power Index (RPI). A team must be .500 or better to be considered for an at-large bid.

Conference tournaments are continuing or beginning today and run through Sunday while other leagues will wrap up their regular season over the weekend. The NCAA will announce the field of 64 at 5 p.m., Monday on ESPNews.

America East - Binghamton and Boston will play for the conference's automatic bid, Saturday. This is a one bid league, meaning no other team has the credentials to earn an at-large bid based on the information we have available.

Atlantic Coast - The conference tournament semifinals are Friday with the championship scheduled for Sunday. Florida State and Virginia Tech meet in one match, Friday and North Carolina takes on Boston College in the other. Florida State and North Carolina both have a chance to be a top seed in a region. Boston College will be among the top 16 teams, thus earning a national seed and Virginia Tech is contention for the same. Other teams that will make the field include Wake Forest and Maryland. Virginia is 9-5-5 and had a RPI of 30 coming to the week. Duke at 8-8-4 and a RPI of 38 is probably out.

Atlantic Sun - Steton plays Belmont and Jacksonville meets Kennesaw State in the conference tournament semifinals today. The championship match is Sunday and will determine the only bid here.

Atlantic 10 - The six-team conference tournament begins today with Fordham against Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure taking on Saint Louis. The top two seeds, Dayton and Charlotte have a bye into Friday's semifinals. The championship is Sunday. Dayton is 14-0-5 and is No. 40 in the RPI while Charlotte is 15-2-2 and No. 51 in the RPI. It is tough to imagine Dayton not receiving an at-large bid, but if the Flyers win the conference tournament, this is a one bid league.

Big East - West Virginia and Marquette square off in one semifinal, Friday and St. John's plays Notre Dame in the other. The championship is Sunday. Notre Dame will be a national No. 1 or No. 2 in the NCAA Championship and the other three are locks for the postseason. Villanova at 11-5-5 and a RPI of 44 is on the bubble.

Big Sky - Portland State is the top seed and will play Northern Arizona in one semifinal, Friday. Eastern Washington and Idaho State meet in the other and the championship is Sunday for the conference's only bid.

Big South - Eight teams are alive in this one bid league. The quarterfinals are today with the following match-ups: Coastal Carolina/VMI, Liberty/Wintrhop, Gardner-Webb/High Point, Charleston Southern/Raford. Liberty is the top seed.

Big Ten - There is no conference tournament here and the regular season champion will receive the automatic bid. Ohio State and Penn State are tied for the conference lead. The Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes and own the tiebreaker. Ohio State plays at Michigan State, Friday and Penn State visits Michigan, Sunday. Both teams are locks for the NCAA Tournament and should receive a national seed. Wisconsin at 9-5-5 and No. 31 in the RPI is proably in while Indiana at 10-5-2 and No. 36 in the RPI, Purdue at 10-5-3 and No. 39 in the RPI and Minnesota at 11-5-3 and No. 42 in the RPI could all use another win. The Hoosiers and Golden Gophers meet, Friday in would could be an elimination match and Purdue hosts Iowa, Saturday. Michigan State at 10-4-4 and No. 56 in the RPI could make a case with a victory over Ohio State.

Big 12 -The conference semifinals are Friday with Oklahoma State meeting regular season champion Missouri and Texas taking on Texas A&M. The Aggies are in at 13-5-2 and a RPI of 28. Missouri came into the week at No. 47 in the RPI, but at 13-5-3 should be rewarded for the regular season championship. Oklahoma State and Texas need to win the automatic bid.

Big West - The semfinals are today on campus sites with UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine traveling to Cal Poly. The winners play Sunday for the conference's only bid.

Colonial Athletic Association - Hofstra meets UNC Wilmington and top seed Northeastern plays James Madison in the semifinals, Friday. The conference champion will be determined, Sunday. It should be a one bid league, but at 12-3-3 and a RPI of 50, Northeastern has an outside chance.

Conference USA - UCF and UAB play in one semifinal, Friday and Colorado College plays Memphis in the other. The championship is Sunday. UCF is No. 8 in the RPI and will garner a national seed. Colorado College at 12-5-2 and No. 32 in the RPI should be selected. Memphis has 14 wins and a RPI of 51, but probably stills needs to earn the automatic bid. UAB definitely needs to win the tournament to earn a NCAA bid.

Horizon League - Wright State and Valparaiso meet while Milwaukee plays Loyola (Ill.) in Friday's semifinals. The championship is Sunday in this one bid league.

Ivy League - Harvard has clinched the league's only bid.

Metro Atlantic Athletic - Loyola (Md.) will be the lone representative.

Mid-American - Top-seeded Central Michigan plays Toledo and Eastern Michigan takes on Miami (Ohio) in Friday's semifinals. The league's one bid will be decided, Sunday.

Missouri Valley - Illinois State/Drake and Missouri State/Creighton are the Friday semifinals match-ups. The championship is Sunday in this one bid league.

Mountain West - San Diego State plays Utah and New Mexico takes on top seed BYU in today's semifinals. The championship is Saturday. BYU is in with a 16-2-2 record and No. 28 RPI. San Diego State is probably in at 12-3-5 and No. 41 RPI, but can all but assure that with a victory today.

Northeast - The semifnal match-ups are Long Island/Central Connecticut State and Monmouth/Quinnipiac and will take place, Friday. The championship is Sunday for the league's only bid.

Ohio Valley - The six-team tournament begins today with Tennessee Tech playing Eastern Illinois and Murray State meeting Eastern Kentucky. Top seed Morehead State and No. 2 seed Tennessee-Martin each have a bye into Friday's semifinals. The championship in this one bid league is Sunday.

Pacific-10 - Stanford has earned the automatic bid and the undisputed overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA is a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington State and USC play, Friday in a match that could determine a NCAA national seed. Oregon State, Washington and California are in the field and Arizona State could earn its way in, or least put itself back in the discussion, with a sweep of Oregon State and Oregon over the weekend.

Patriot League - Friday's semifinals pit Colgate against Navy and American against Bucknell. Sunday's championship will determine the league's one bid.

Southeastern - Friday's semifinals will match LSU against Auburn and Florida against South Carolina. Florida is a top 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and South Carolina and LSU could earn the same if either can win the tournament. South Carolina might be able to do it just be reaching the championship match, Sunday. Georgia and Mississippi are in for sure. Auburn may have done enough by beating Mississippi in a quarterfinal, but could erase all doubt with a win over LSU. Vanderbilt at 11-8-1 is a bubble team.

Southern - College of Charleston plays Samford and UNC Greensboro plays Davidson in Friday's semifinals. UNC Greensboro is the top seed and has 13 wins and Samford is 12-1-4. However, the schools own a RPI of 55 and 59, respectively, so this is probably still a one bid league.

Southland - The six-team tournament begins today with Stephen F. Austin playing McNeese State and Sam Houston State taking on Texas-San Antonio. The top two seeds, Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana each have a bye into Friday's semifinals and the champiohship to determine the league's one bid is Sunday.

Southwestern Athletic - The quarterfinals get underway today. The match-ups are Alabama A&M/Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Prairie View A&M/Mississippi Valley State, Alcorn State/Grambling State and Southern/Jackson State. The semifinals are Friday and the championship is Sunday. No school has a RPI higher than 236, so this is certainly a one bid league.

Summit League - Friday's semifinals have South Dakota State playing Western Illinois and IUPUI taking on North Dakota State. The championship is Sunday and will be the only bid here.

Sun Belt - After some upsets in the quarterfinals yesterday, No. 8 seed Arkansas-Little Rock plays No. 4 seed North Texas while No. 6 seed Arkansas State takes on No. 2 seed Denver in today's semifinals. The championship is Saturday for the league's only bid.

West Coast - The league's automatic bid goes to the regular season champion. That will be on the line, Friday when Portland plays San Diego. Portland is in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. San Diego is 12-5-2 and came into the week at No. 43 in the RPI. Santa Clara is at No. 14 in the RPI and could garner a top 16 seed.

Western Athletic - The six-team tournament begins today. Nevada plays New Mexico State and Boise State meets Fresno State. Top seed San Jose State and No. 2 seed Utah State each have a bye into Friday's semifinals. The championship is Sunday for this one bid league.


NOVEMBER 4, 2009

With one weekend left in the Pac-10 season, the Cougars can finish anywhere from second through fourth in the conference race. A team earns three points for a win and one for a tie. Here is a look at the current standings, remaining matches and possible scenarios that pertain to WSU.

1) Stanford-24 points (California)
2) UCLA-18 points (at Washington, at Washington State)
3) Washington State-16 points (USC, UCLA)
4) USC-12 points (at Washington State, at Washington)
4) California-12 points (at Stanford)
6) Washington-11 points (UCLA, USC)

The Cougars cannot catch Stanford for the conference title because the best WSU can do is 22 points.

WSU can finish second if it A) sweeps USC and UCLA, B) beats UCLA and the Bruins lose to Washington, C) ties USC and beats UCLA and the Bruins tie or lose to Washington, or D) beats USC and ties UCLA and the Bruins lose to Washington.

WSU ties for second if it A) ties USC and UCLA and the Bruins lose to Washington or B) beat USC and ties UCLA and the Bruins tie Washington.

WSU finishes third if it A) ties USC and UCLA and the Bruins tie or beat Washington, B) beats USC and loses to UCLA, C) loses to USC and beats UCLA and the Bruins beat Washington, D) ties USC and ties or loses to UCLA and the Trojans tie or beat Washington, E) loses to USC and ties UCLA and USC ties Washington, or F) loses to USC and ties UCLA and Washington ties or loses to UCLA and ties or beats USC.

WSU ties for third if it A) loses to USC and UCLA and the Trojans tie Washington, B) ties USC and loses to UCLA and Washington beats UCLA and USC or C) loses to USC and ties UCLA and Washington beats UCLA and USC.

WSU finishes fourth if it A) loses to USC and UCLA and USC beats Washington or B) loses to USC and UCLA and Washington beats UCLA and USC.

In the Pac-10 rankings, senior Kiersten Dallstream is among the conference leaders in points (third, 33), points per match (fourth, 1.83), goals (fourth, 13), goals per match (fourth, 0.72), assists (tied-fourth, 7), assists per match (tied-fourth, 0.39), shots (seventh, 61) and shots per match (eighth, 3.39). Her points per match are tied for 16th nationally and her goals per match are 21st in the country.

Sophomore Jacquelyn Roth is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with seven assists and 0.39 assists per match. Freshman Brandi Vega is tied for fourth in the conference with four game-winning goals.

Washington State has 13 wins this season, one shy of the school record, and has tied the school record with five Pac-10 wins. The last three times USC and UCLA have come to Pullman, both the Trojans and Bruins have been nationally-ranked. The Cougars have gone 4-2 in those three weekends.


NOVEMBER 3, 2009

All three national polls are out this week. The Cougars are No. 13 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 17 according to Soccer America and No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25. Washington State is No. 3 in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings. The Cougars are also No. 13 in the NCAA Ratings Power Index (RPI).

Friday's opponent, USC is No. 15 (RPI), No. 19 (Soccer Times), No. 20 (Soccer America), No. 21 (NSCAA) and No. 4 in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings. UCLA, the Cougars' foe, Sunday, is No. 3 (Soccer Times and NSCAA), No. 5 (RPI and Soccer America) and No. 2 in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings.


NOVEMBER 2, 2009

The first national poll of the week is out and Soccer America has the Cougars at No. 17. The final regular season NCAA Ratings Power Index (RPI) is also out and Washington State is No. 13. The Soccer Times national poll comes out tonight and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25 is announced tomorrow.

The Cougars conclude their regular season at home against USC, Friday and UCLA, Sunday. The Women of Troy are No. 20 in the Soccer America poll and No. 15 in the RPI. The Bruins are No. 5 in both the Soccer America top 25 and the RPI.

Friday's match is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start. This is a change from the original 2 p.m. start time. Sunday's match will begin at 11 a.m.

WSU is guaranteed no worse than a fourth place finish in the Pac-10 this season. The Cougars can clinch at least third place with a win Friday which would also set up a showdown for second place with the Bruins.

Be sure to check back often this week as news will be posted daily leading up to the match with USC.


OCTOBER 28, 2009

For the second-straight week, Washington State is nationally-ranked in all three polls. The Cougars are No. 19 in Soccer Times, and No. 21 according to Soccer America and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). WSU is also No. 3 in the NSCAA Pacific Region.


OCTOBER 26, 2009

The new Soccer America poll came out today and the Cougars held their No. 21 position in the national rankings. Washington State is 11-4-1 with losses to No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Portland and No. 3 Florida State. The Cougars also own a victory over No. 9 BYU, one of only two losses this season for the blue and white clad Cougars. Three of WSU's four remaining regular season matches are against teams in the top 25, No. 25 Oregon State, No. 18 USC and No. 5 UCLA.

Senior Kiersten Dallstream has been named a Primetime Performer of the Week by Collegesoccer360.com. The Cougar forward assisted on Elysse Van Leer's goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 1 Stanford, then scored the game-winner on her first-career penalty kick attempt in overtime to defeat No. 23 California 2-1.


OCTOBER 21, 2009

Freshman goalkeeper Ariana Byrd has been named the wsucougars.com women's student-athlete of the week. For the complete release, Click Here


OCTOBER 20, 2009

The Cougars are back in the top 25 in all three national polls! WSU is No. 20 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 21 according to Soccer America and No. 23 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. In addition, the Cougars are No. 22 in the current NCAA Ratings Power Index (RPI).

The upcoming weekend in Pullman is a big one for the WSU soccer program. Friday, the consensus No. 1 team in the land, Stanford, is in town. The Cardinal are No. 1 in all three polls and the RPI. The Cougars and Cardinal will tangle at 3 p.m.

Sunday at 11 a.m., WSU plays California. The Golden Bears are No. 23 in the Soccer Times poll, receiving votes in the NSCAA poll and No. 24 in the RPI. The last three times California has played at Lower Soccer Field as a top 25 team, it has left town with a loss.

With six matches remaining this season, the Cougars are 10-3-1 and do not play a team currently outside the top 34 in the NCAA RPI the rest of the way. Four of those six matches are at home. In addition to the battles with Stanford and California, WSU hosts USC, Nov. 6 and UCLA, Nov. 8.

The Cougars have averaged over 750 fans per match at home this season and the WSU student-athletes and coaches would appreciate crowds this weekend that will help up that average.

You can make a day out of Cougar Athletics, Friday with the soccer match, the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational swim meet at 5 p.m. (Gibb Pool) and volleyball hosting No. 4 Washington at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym.


OCTOBER 19, 2009

Washington State is coming off win at Arizona State and Arizona, its first road sweep of the Desert Schools since 2001. The Cougars moved into the top 25 this week in the Soccer America poll at No. 21. Last week, WSU was No. 24 in the Soccer Times poll and receiving in the National Soccer Coaches Association of the America (NSCAA) poll and hope to be ranked in the top 25 of both when the new rankings come out tomorrow.

In the win over the Sun Devils, Arizona State announced a season-high crowd of 800-plus fans. WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said it seemed like half of those in attendance were there to support the Cougars.

"On behalf of our student-athletes and staff, thank you to our fans who came out and supported us over the weekend," Potter said. "We definitely fed off the energy provided by the Cougar faithful. They gave us a tremendous lift and were especially loud when we scored goals. Their presence was a difference maker for us."


OCTOBER 13, 2009

The Cougars are in the national spotlight this week. Washington State is back into the top 25 at No. 24 in the Soccer Times poll. The Cougars are receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll and are No. 5 in the Pacific Region.

Individually, senior Elysse Van Leer is one of 21 student-athletes selected to this week's CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week. The Cougar forward netted the equalizer in the 84th minute of WSU's 1-1 tie at Washington in the Pac-10 opener last Friday, then picked up an assist in the Cougars' 3-2 victory at Seatlte, Sunday.


OCTOBER 9, 2009

The Cougar soccer team is in the Emerald City for a Pac-10 opening match with Washington (tonight, 7) and a nonconference tilt with Seattle (Sunday, noon).

For free live video/audio of the match against the Huskies, Click Here, and create a login and password (no fee required).

There will be live stats of the match against Seattle if you Click Here


OCTOBER 6, 2009

The first Ratings Power Index (RPI) of the season came out yesterday and the Cougars are No. 22. The Pacific-10 Conference has nine teams in the top 40, more than any other conference in the nation.

Tune into Cougars All-Access on FSN Northwest this week. Seniors Maggie Dougher and Elysse Van Leer were interviewed for a segment previewing the upcoming matches in Seattle against Washington (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Seattle (Sunday at noon). You can see the show at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday with replays at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, noon, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Thursday and 1 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday. Plan on catching the show early, so you can check out the Cougars in action at the Huskies, Friday night.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2009

A reminder that the WSU 20th Anniversary Season Auction will take advance bids until 5 p.m. today. You can call Craig Lawson at 509-335-0265 for more information or to view the items, Click Here


SEPTEMBER 23, 2009

There is a lot of big news surrounding the Cougar soccer program this week. First and foremost, the much anticipated dinner to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary Season is just two days away. In conjuction with that, you can bid until 5 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 24 on several auction items. To view the items, Click Here

The Cougars host Weber State in a 3 p.m. match, Friday at Lower Soccer Field. Washington State is coming off a weekend sweep of Texas and Stephen F. Austin where the Cougars set a school record for goals scored (nine) in a road weekend.

WSU is receiving votes in two of the three of the national polls (the third does not do a receiving votes section). The Cougars are tied for 20th nationally in goals per game (2.88) and tied for 25th in the country in shutout percentage (.625). Individually, senior Kiersten Dallstream is tied for sixth nationally at 1.125 goals per game and tied for eighth nationally at 2.5 points per game.

We would love to see you at the match and/or banquet, Friday. GO COUGS!


SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

Today is the final day of practice before the Cougars head out of town on a road trip, their third of the season. Here are a couple of updates about this weekend.

The match against Texas, Friday at 5:30 p.m., Pacific will have free live video streaming with audio. To access the match, Click Here

Sunday's match with Stephen F. Austin has been moved from 9:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for start time.


SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

Here is an update on the television channels for Sunday's match at Florida State. The match is at 10 a.m. Pacific and will be carried by Sun Sports. If you have the alternate sports packages on DirecTV or Dish Network you can view the match live on DirecTV channel 656 or Dish Network channel 448.


SEPTEMBER 2, 2009

The team has its final practice this afternoon before beginning a two-match road trip. The Cougars will play at Gonzaga tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Spokane before boarding a plane to begin their trek to Tallahassee, Fla. WSU will play No. 5 Florida State, Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Some notes for you. The match at Florida State will be live on Sun Sports. The match will be on DirecTV channel 653 and Dish Network channel 422. Speaking of television, head coach Matt Potter will be on the first episode of the new show Cougars All-Access tonight at 7:30 on FSN Northwest. The program will replay at 9:30 tonight, 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and twice, Friday, at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.


AUGUST 28, 2009

It is GAMEDAY! The Cougars are in Colorado Springs, Colo., preparing for the CC/Fairfield Inn Invitational. WSU will take on Syracuse today and host Colorado College Sunday.

Fans who are interested in purchasing the live video of the matches can, Click Here

Free live stats of today's match are also available. Click Here


AUGUST 25, 2009

When it comes to national polls, one thing is consistent, inconsistency. As mentioned in yesterday's blog, the Cougars moved up from No. 22 to No. 19 in the Soccer America poll after defeating Idaho 3-0 last Friday in the season opener. Apparently, that domination of the Vandals was not impreissive to the voters in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. WSU opened at No. 21 in the preseaosn poll, but fell to No. 24 after a WIN! For good measure, the Cougars were not ranked in the preseason or this week's Soccer Times polls, but are among those receiving votes.

In other news, WSU Head Coach Matt Potter will take part in the Cougar Chats Series on wsucougars.com at 5 p.m., Wednesday. For more information and to participate, Click Here


AUGUST 24, 2009

The Cougars began their run to a second-straight postseason appearance with an impressive 3-0 victory over Idaho at home last Friday. Freshman Brandi Vega scored the first goal of the match in the 18th minute of her collegiate debut.

Senior Kiersten Dallstream and Tiara Pittman added goals in the 30th and 33rd minute, respectively to account for a three-goal advantage that stood up as the final score.

Washington State was rewarded in the Soccer America poll and is up three spots to No. 19 this week. The Cougars continue their nonconference schedule at the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. WSU plays Syracuse at 12:30 p.m. Pacific, Friday and takes on host Colorado College, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific.


AUGUST 20, 2009

Welcome to another season of Washington State women's soccer, and not just any season, but the 20th Anniversary campaign for the Cougars.

The Cougars are nationally-ranked in the preseason after making a NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago. They open their season tomorrow against Idaho at Lower Soccer Field. Game time is 3 p.m. Enough about the present and the future, let's talk about the past and the best place to start is at the beginning.

In history, Sept. 3, 1989 does not spark memories of historical battles or great achievements. But for the Washington State soccer program, there may not be a more important date. It was a sunny afternoon in Pullman when the Cougars played the first intercollegiate women's soccer match in school history and downed visiting Whitworth 4-1.

Vicki Day (1989-91) was the star that day. After Whitworth took a 1-0 lead, Day netted the equalizer in the 25th minute and assisted on Sara Gagnon's game-winner two minutes before intermission. Day added a pair of goals for a hat trick, one of 11 in the WSU record book, and seven points, still fifth-best in school history. How about that for a debut?

Day went on to score 10 goals and tally 25 points in 1989. Those numbers are tied for eighth and alone in ninth, respectively on WSU single-season lists. As for the Cougars, they were 10-6-1 that season with all but three matches being played against in-state opponents.

Lisa Fraser was a pioneer in the program as the first head coach for the Cougars. The 10 wins in 1989 began her trek to a then-school record 52 wins in her career. Her win total was a school record that stood until last season when current WSU mentor Matt Potter moved to the top of the list with 55 victories.

So, when you think about Cougar soccer today and where the program is going tomorrow, don't forget to take a moment and recognize the people from the past who helped make it possible.

You can be a part of Cougar Soccer's 20th Anniversary Season by attending a celebration dinner, Sept. 25 or by making a donation to Cougar soccer. For more information, Click Here or by contacting Cory McCoy at 509-335-0343 or cory_mccoy@wsu.edu.

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