In my weekly visit with Washington State Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter, the Cougar mentor had these thoughts about the program.
(on last week)
"We were disappointed with the outcome at BYU. To go a goal down against a very good team on the road in a challenging environment is tough for anybody. I was pleased that we found our way back into the game. To give up a goal later made it very difficult. (At Weber State), We disappointed to go a goal down. To come back and respond with four goals is a positive."
(on Micaela Castain's hat trick at Weber State)
"I am sure it was a relief for her. She has been in opportunties to score and it is the hardest thing to do in the game. She has been disappointed with herself and frustrated with herself. Hopefully, this leads to better days and more goals."
More from Matt Potter after the jump.
(on this week's matches)
"Traveling to Gonzaga is a home away from home. We face two teams who are coached well who are in the higher end of their conferences and want to compete in the NCAA Tournament. It is more of the same. Our whole nonconference schedule is challenging for us and it's our job to rise to the challenge as a team."
(on the health of the team)
"We've got five, six, maybe seven players who are building minutes as we go. We are hanging our hat on the fact that we are going to get better as the season goes."
In other news, freshman Micaela Castain, a forward from Castro Valley, Calif., is No. 48 on this week's TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 Freshmen nationally. The forward became the fifth Cougar to score three or more goals in a match when she registered a hat trick at Weber State, Sept. 5.