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In this installment of the Cougar Soccer Blog, Washington State Head Coach talks about the weekend ahead in Los Angeles and we can an update from Gurveen Clair. The freshman goalkeeper is with the Canadian National Team in its quest to qualify for the World Cup.
First, here are some thoughts from coach Potter.
(on facing USC and UCLA)
"We look forward to the challenge and the trip. It's a chance to show what we are capable of doing and finish strong."
(on dealing with injuries)
"Our job is to put the best product we can on the field. We have been challenged with injuries. Players not being able to practice has created an unkown. The rewarding thing is we have not been in an environment where we haven't competed."
(on goals for the rest of the season)
"We're in the final phase of our goals for the season. Our battle plan doesn't change. The vision and the foundation of the program doesn't change. In the short term, we've asked questions of ourselves more than we ask questions about others."
Get an update from Gurveen Clair after the jump.
Congratulations to Eileen Maes who was named Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week, wsucougars.com Female Student-Athlete of the Week and a member of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.
Cougar freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is traveling next week to join the Canadian National Team as it attempts to qualify for the next World Cup.
The soccer team will holds its annual banquet, Saturday, Oct. 9. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. and you can register online at https://www.athletics.wsu.edu/soccerbanquet/. There will be auction items available at the event and advanced bids can be made. A list of items is available at wsucougars.com on the front page of women's soccer.
Jerseys for sale and quotes from Matt Potter after the jump.
Washington State forward Micaela Castain is ranked fifth nationally amont Top Freshmen according to TopDrawerSoccer.com's latest rankings, released today.
A native of Castro Valley, Calif., Castain leads the Cougars with six goals this season, including a pair of game-winners.
Four members of the Washington State soccer team were named all-tournament at the Outriggers Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic hosted by the University of Hawai'i, Sept. 17-19.
In addition, Emma Stolz was named Most Valuable Player in the tournament. A senior forward, Stolz scored three goals in two matches, including two game-winners, as Washington State captured the tournament title with victories over Hawai'i and Pepperdine.
Selected to the all-tournament team were senior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo, junior defender Ali Fenter, redshirt-senior midfielder Mallory Fox and sophomore defender Shannon McFadden.
A pair of Washington State University soccer student-athletes were named to the all-tournament team for their play at the Gonzaga Tournament in Spokane, Sept. 10/12.
Freshman forward Micaela Castain and sophomore defender Mariah Cameron were each honored. Castain scored a goal in each of Washington State's two matches and has five goals in her last three matches.
Washington State freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is training with the Canadian National Team. You can follow her experience here.
By Gurveen Clair (Diary Day 14)
Rome is a beautiful city! The buildings were both new and old. There were ruins in the middle of the city, statues and sculptures all over the place, so many people walking the streets. We drove past the Coliseum which we may get to see on our next outing, but even from an outside view, you could see the history; its worn down walls. We toured an area called the Vatican. It is walled off from the rest of Rome and contains a very famous church, St. Peters Church. The inside was absolutely gorgeous, designs on the roof and pillars, famous art pieces inside. The one rule to get into the church was you had to cover up. Your shirt must have sleeves and pants or shorts have to be at least knee length. They had a couple of guards standing around wearing the old fashioned suits which was interesting. After our tour we split up to wander the streets and do some shopping. The girls I was with wanted to have some real Italian gelatos so we went on a search. We found this tiny little cafe, and the gelato was delicious! I don't know what flavor I had because I couldn't read Italian. I just looked at it and if the presentation looked good through the glass, I tried it. We walked the streets some more, popping into shops here and there. This was a bit of a tourist location so a lot of things were overpriced, so really, not much shopping took place. We head out to town again, Thursday.
More from Gurveen after the jump.
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.
As Washington State soccer prepares for its match at No. 12 BYU (tonight at 6 Pacific), here a couple of quick notes about the program.
Cougar senior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo is listed this week among TopDrawerSoccer's top 100 upperclass collegiate women players. Berlingo is the 10th-highest ranked goalkeeper nationally and the top-ranked at her position in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Tonight's match against BYU will be televised live on BYUtv which is avaiable on DirecTV and on Time Warner Cable in Pullman/Moscow.
Washington State freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is training with the Canadian National Team. You can follow her journey here on the wsucougars.com blog.
By Gurveen Clair
So I thought taking a little break between write up would give me a little more time to do things worth writing about, and it worked. I've been here for a week now and it actually feels like it has been a month. The food is still the same, just new ways of cooking it. The heats cooled off...for now. The weather is actually so perfect for soccer so I can't complain. We had to do a lot of different kinds of tests over the week. Today our feet and posture were checked and the other day we had to send in urine tests for analysis. I hadn't done something like that since I was a little kid.
Read more from Gurveen after the jump.
In my weekly visit with Matt Potter, the Cougar head soccer coach has this to say about the state of his program and college soccer across the country.
(on visiting Texas A&M last weekend)
"We found out a lot of things that can help us going forward. We had the challenge of the environment and that is life on the road. That is not an excuse. That being said, we saw again what we can potentially do, but it wasn't consistent enough so we ended up on the losing end of two very close matches."
(on Ariana Byrd's play)
"Ariana Byrd had a fantastic game and should be applauded for her effort considering the circumstances."
More from coach Potter after the jump.
Washington State soccer freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is currently training with the Canadian National Team.
By Gurveen Clair (Day Two)
Today started off pretty well. We had squat jump and long jump testing. Hopefully my results have improved since last camp. Our goalkeeper coach did a light session with us afterwards working on handling and technique. It wasn't very strenuous, but oh boy did it every make you sweat.
Read more about Gurveen's day after the jump.
It was an early day for the Cougar soccer team as the student-athletes, coaches and support staff had a flight out of Spokane at 6:20 a.m.
There was some practical joking back and forth between student-athletes and head coach Matt Potter and the team and everyone arrived safely in Houston around 2 p.m. Central.
The rest of the day can be found after the jump.
Cougar soccer freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is in training with the Canadian National Team. She will keeping a diary and you can find her entries here. The following is the first installment.
DAY ONE-TRAVEL DAY (By Gurveen Clair)
Being so anxious and excited to go on the trip, getting up wasn't the problem, staying awake was. Boarding my plane in Pullman, I met WSU President Floyd who was flying to Seattle. We chatted for a bit before taking our seats. The minute we got off the ground I was out like a light. I didn't wake up until our plane hit the Seattle runway and the passenger next to me gave a little nudge. I had about three hours to kill in the airport before the ridiculously long flight began. The flight wasn't as bad as I thought. I sat in a middle seat which I absolutely hate! And my two neighbours took a little more space than they should have so I was fairly cramped. I slept and watched The Last Song so time flew by pretty quickly.
More of Gurveen's diary after the jump.
Washington State Head Women's Soccer Coach Matt Potter talks about the upcoming weekend.
(on freshman starting last weekend)
"We as a coaching staff picked the team that we think can win the game for us. We look at it if a person is capable of contributing, we are going to play her."
(on improving the offense)
"I think some time we are a little individual. Sometimes we need a little more patience to build more numbers in our attack. But, first weekend of the season if that is what we are nitpicking, that is a good thing.
More from Matt Potter after the jump
After opening the season 1-1-0 last weekend at home, the Washington State soccer team makes its first road trip of the season. The Cougars will travel to College Station, Texas for the Aggieland Invitational, Aug. 27 and 29.
Last weekend, Washington State lost 1-0 to No. 6 Florida State and blanked Utah 1-0 during the WSU Invitational presented by Nike. The Cougars' home matches drew a combined 1,583 fans, the largest attendance in school history for a WSU home weekend.
See Cougars on the all-tournament team and more after the jump.
A visit from Florida State, thoughts from Cougar Soccer Head Coach Matt Potter and videos on YouTube highlight this week's soccer blog.
Fresh off back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances, Washington State is No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The Cougars open their season tomorrow (Aug. 20) at 3 p.m. against Florida State in the inaugural WSU Invitational. The Seminoles are ranked sixth by the NSCAA. Gonzaga and Utah will open the tournament at noon, tomorrow.
The invitational concludes, Sunday with Florida State and Gonzaga playing at 11 a.m. and Utah meeting Washington State at 1:30 p.m.
To see video and read thoughts from Matt Potter, read more by clicking the link below.