Nov. 17, 2011
11-17-11 Virginia Preview
Washington State (12-6-4, 6-3-2 Pac-12) plays at Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia (15-4-2, 7-2-1 ACC) in the NCAA Championship Second Round, Friday, Nov. 18...match scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific...teams tied 0-0 at Virginia, Sept. 9...follow the Cougars during the postseason at the following link:
WASHINGTON STATE SLIPS PAST KENTUCKY
The Cougars moved past host Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Championship...Washington State trailed 1-0 at intermission...tied the match in the 57th minute on Ali Fenter's first goal of the season...after neither team scored in overtime, Cougars converted four of five penalty kicks to advance.
COUGARS FAMILIAR WITH THE POSTSEASON
For the third time in the last-four years, Washington State is appearing in the NCAA Championship...Cougar senior class of defender Ali Fenter, midfielder Jacquelyn Roth and forward Tiara Pittman is the first in school history to make three NCAA postseason appearances.
WASHINGTON STATE TURNAROUND
Last season, the Cougars won seven matches...Washington State has 12 victories and four ties this year for an improvement of seven wins...only Penn State (7.5 wins) entered the 2011 NCAA Championship with a better improvement over last season.
COUGARS IN THE POSTSEASON
Washington State is making its sixth NCAA postseason appearances...here is a look at the previous results.
1994-Won 3-1 at Wisconsin; Lost 4-0 vs. William & Mary (at Notre Dame)-Field of 24
2000-Lost 1-0 to Montana at home-Field of 48
2002-Lost 2-1 vs. Arizona State (at Santa Clara)-Field of 64
2008-Lost 1-0 vs. Texas (at Portland)-Field of 64
2009-Won 1-0 vs. Villanova (at Maryland); Lost 1-0 at Maryland-Field of 64
2011-Tied 1-1 at Kentucky, advanced with 4-2 advantage in PKs-Field of 64
WASHINGTON STATE HEAD COACH Matt Potter
Currently in his ninth season, Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter has amassed a school-record 88 victories...only Washington State mentor to guide the program to back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances (2008 and 2009) and three overall (2008-09 and 2011).
COUGARS AGAINST THE ACC
Washington State is 1-7-1 all-time against current members of the ACC...Cougars are 1-0-0 vs. Duke, 0-2-0 vs. Florida State, 0-2-0 vs. Maryland, 0-1-0 vs. North Carolina, 0-0-1 vs. Virginia, 0-2-0 vs. Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers are 15-4-2, 7-2-1 ACC...Virginia finished second in the conference before losing 2-1 to Florida State in a quarterfinal match of the ACC Tournament...Caroline Miller leads Virginia with 14 goals and 32 points...Cavaliers are 13-1-1 at home this season, including a 0-0 tie with Washington State, Sept. 9.
Washington State has won four matches on the road this season despite trailing at halftime (Hawaii, Gonzaga, Idaho, USC)...also won at Arizona State after trailing 1-0 in the second half...trailed 1-0 heading into the locker room at Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Championship and came back to advance with a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks...prior to this season, the last time the Cougars won on the road when they were behind at intermission was Sept. 2, 2005 at No. 11 Tennessee (trailed 1-0, won 3-2 in overtime).
Washington State is 3-0-4 in overtime this season...tied 0-0 at Virginia, won 2-1 at Gonzaga, won 2-1 at Idaho, tied 0-0 vs. UCLA, won 2-1 at Arizona State, tied 0-0 at Washington, tied 1-1 (advanced on PKs, 4-2) at Kentucky...all matches except Idaho went to double overtime.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Last week, Washington State traveled the most miles of any team in this season's NCAA Championship for its first round match at Kentucky...this week, the Cougars are one of two teams traveling three times zones for a road match in the second round (South Carolina at Stanford)...Washington State has logged over 400 miles by bus and over 6,000 miles by airplane during the NCAA postseason.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-12 STATISTICS
Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair
90 Saves (First)
86.5 Save Percentage (Second)
0.64 Goals Against Average (Third)
Forward Jocelyn Jeffers
5 Assists (T-Eighth)
7 Goals (T-Ninth)
19 Points (T-Ninth)
0.90 Points Per Game (10th)
Forward Brandi Vega
5 Assists (T-Eighth)
COUGARS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Goalkeeper Gurveen Clair
86.5 Save Percentage (17th, Second among freshmen)
1,978 Minutes Played (20th, Third among freshmen)
0.64 Goals Against Average (24th, Second among freshmen)
86.0 Save Percentage (17th)
0.64 Goals Against Average (21st)
Washington State has nine shutouts this season...Cougars have posted a 0.64 goals against average and posted an 86.0 save percentage, both currently the best in school history...Washington State has allowed 15 goals, tied for the fewest in school history.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-12
Washington State posted six Pac-12 victories this season, the most in school history during conference play...Cougars finished fourth in the conference standings.
Washington State set a single-match home attendance record with 1,273 against Seattle, Aug. 28...Cougars broke the record with 1,652 in their regular season home finale, Oct. 14 against UCLA...set single-season home records for total attendance (6,850) and average attendance (856).
#0 Matisse Hemingway (GK)-Redshirt season.
#1 Gurveen Clair (GK)-Seven shutouts and 12 wins are each one shy of school record...minutes in goal (1,978) are a Cougar single-season record...recorded 90 saves, ninth on Cougar single-season list and 10th-best all time at Washington State.
#2 Brandi Vega (F)-Tied for ninth in school history with 13-career goals...tied for third all-time at Washington State with seven game-winning goals...All-Pac-12 First Team.
#3 Jamie Schnieders (F)-Made 10 appearances off the bench.
#4 Rachael Doyle (D)-Started all 22 matches...assisted on game-tying goal at Kentucky...All-Pac-12 Second Team.
#5 Mesa Owsley (M)-Played in 15 matches off the bench...converted to seal 4-2 PK outcome against Kentucky in NCAA First Round
#7 Jacquelyn Roth (M)-Tied for 11th all-time at Washington State with 11 assists...converted in PKs at Kentucky in NCAA First Round.
#8 Micaela Castain (F)-Three goals, including two-game winners...limited to 12 matches due to injury...five game-winning goals in career tied for eighth all-time at Washington State.
#9 Bethanie Skelton (M)-Eights starts...limited to 12 matches due to injury...converted during PKs at Kentucky in NCAA First Round.
#10 Eileen Maes (M)-Hat trick in season opener at Hawaii to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week.
#11 Zoe Jeffers (D)-Played in 12 matches off the bench.
#12 Ali Fenter (D)-Started every match (85) in her career, a school record...scored game-tying goal in second half at Kentucky...all five career goals have tied the match or given Washington State the lead.
#13 Mariah Cameron (D)-Seven starts...limited to 13 matches due to injury.
#14 Beau Bremer (D)-Started all 22 matches...two goals at Idaho to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week.
#16 Korynn Blanksma (M)-Played in nine matches.
#17 Kayla Johnson (M)-Two assists in 19 matches, all but one off the bench.
#18 Katie Turney (M)-One assist in 15 matches, all off the bench.
#19 Tiara Pittman (F)-Four goals, 11 starts.
#20 Jocelyn Jeffers (F)-All-Pac-12 Freshman Team...all-conference honorable mention...team-leader in goals (seven) and points (19)...converted during PKs at Kentucky in NCAA First Round.
#21 Nicole Setterlund (M)-Started all 22 matches...All-Pac-12 Freshman Team.
#22 Delaney Zalud (D)-Three assists in 19 matches, 12 starts.
#25 Shannon McFadden (D)-Played in 20 of 22 matches, including four starts.
#28 Ariana Byrd (GK)-Logged 121 minutes and posted 0.74 goals against average.