Cougar Soccer Begins Season This Weekend In Las Vegas
Aug. 28, 2001
This Week: Washington State (0-0,0-0) travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in a pair of matches at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament. Friday, the Cougars play St. Mary's and Sunday WSU takes on tournament host Nevada-Las Vegas. The Cougars have compiled a 10-1-1 record in season openers since the program's inception in 1989, including a 3-0 record under Dan Tobias.
Scouting the Gaels: St. Mary's is coming off a 12-6-2 season and a second place finish in the West Coast Conference. Head coach Paul Ratcliffe is entering his fourth year at the helm of the program with a 31-22-3 record in that span. The Moraga, Calif., school did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament in 2000 but returns 18 letterwinners, including 10 starters. Washington State trails in the series record 0-1-2. The last meeting between the two programs came in 1995 with the Gaels winning 1-0.
Scouting the Rebels: Nevada-Las Vegas head coach Dan Abelalla took his team to an 11-9-0 mark and a fourth place Mountain West Conference finish in his first year and is looking to improve upon that in 2001. Like St. Mary's, the Rebels also return 10 starters. Washington State came away with a 4-0 win Oct. 1 of last year in the first meeting between the two schools.
Cougar Coaching Staff: Dan Tobias is entering his fourth year as the head coach at Washington State after leading the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Tobias has tallied a 26-29-3 record in his tenure, including 10 conference wins, the most of any WSU coach. The former Cal Poly standout player is just the third coach in the 13-year history of the Cougar soccer program. Curtis McAlister is in his third year on the Palouse and works primarily on defensive organization and with the goalkeepers. His presence was a factor in 2000, as WSU allowed only 19 goals in 21 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Oregon native Lisa Oyen joined the Cougar coaching staff over the summer and brings a wealth of playing experience to the program. The four-year letterwinner at the University of Montana comes to WSU after a stint with the Seattle Sounders as special projects manager.
PAC-10 STANDINGSSCHOOL CONF. OVERALLArizona 0-0 0-0Arizona State 0-0 0-0California 0-0 0-0Oregon 0-0 0-0Oregon State 0-0 0-0Stanford 0-0 0-0UCLA 0-0 0-0USC 0-0 0-0Washington 0-0 0-0Washington State 0-0 0-0
2000 In Review: Washington State began the season with a win over Utah in Salt Lake City. After stumbling against nationally-ranked Brigham Young later the same weekend, the Cougars won seven of the next eight games to head into Pac-10 play with a 8-2 record. Losses to California and Stanford were offset by a monumental sweep of Arizona and Arizona State on their home fields. WSU finished the season with the first plus-.500 winning percentage since joining the Pac-10 by winning another pair of conference road games at Oregon and Oregon State, and by defeating cross-state rival and No. 2 Washington in overtime. Montana, who Washington State defeated 4-2 in September, knocked the Cougs out of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win played in the snow in Pullman.
Roster Breakdown: Dan Tobias will field a team of 28 players for the 2001 season, highlighted by deep freshmen and sophomore classes. There are four players in both the senior and junior classes, nine sophomores, and 11 freshmen. Senior Natalie Kehl, junior Brianne Carmody, and freshman Sara Sheridan will redshirt in 2001, bringing the active roster to 25.
Life After Deka: The Washington State offensive attack will be operating without its primary option for the last four years. Deka DeWitt's name is all over the school record book in almost every offensive category. In 2000, DeWitt earned second team All-Conference honors while leading the Pac-10 in shots and shots per game, and finishing seventh in the league in goals despite missing four games with an injury. The Auburn, Wash., native is WSU's career leader in shots on goal with 303, matches played with 74, second in goals (40), assists (15), points (95), game-winning goals (8), and multiple goal matches (8).
Class Of 2000: Washington State's freshmen class of 2000 featured nine players that saw significant action last season. Defenders Mariette Boyce, Shay Hobby, and Danielle Sass, midfielders Jessica Allen, Katelin Jackson, Kim Morgan, Jenna Wirtz, and Rachel Rodrick, and goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz all contributed to WSU's run to the NCAA Tournament. Hobby was named the Cougar's defensive player of the year, while Rodrick and Morgan received Pac-10 All-Conference honors.
Cougars In The Record Books: Several current Washington State players will be looking to climb higher in the career record books in 2001. Beth Childs, who owns the career assists record with 17, will be pushed by Katrina Stroh and Liz Duncan, with 10 and nine assists, respectively. Speaking of Stroh, after only two years at WSU, the Federal Way, Wash., product is sixth on the all-time points list with 30. If she continues at this pace, she will be third in that category, behind only Kim Lynass (177) and Deka DeWitt (95), by the end of the season.
Senior Goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen:Three-year returning starter Lindsey Jorgensen was named to both the Pac-10 All-Conference (second team) and Pac-10 All-Academic (first team) Teams in 2000. The North Bend, Wash., native helped WSU hold opponents to only .95 goals per game while maintaining a 4.00 GPA studying mathematics. Jorgensen was fourth in the conference in saves with 96 and shutout opponents five times. Jorgensen owns the WSU career records for minutes in goal (5272), saves (342), and solo shutouts (16).
Jorgensen, Leibowitz Have Help: When stopper Lindsey Jorgensen sat out two games with a concussion last season, it left true freshman Sara Leibowitz as the only healthy goal keeper. Though Leibowitz performed admirably in her absence, the coaching staff went to great lengths to avoid having to put a field player in goal in 2001. Freshmen Kate Hultin (Denver, Colo.) and Meghan Miller (Kent, Wash.) were brought in to join the goalkeeping corps this season.
Cougars vs. Top 25 Opponents: WSU's victory over No. 2 Washington in the 2000 regular season finale was the 47th time in the program's 12-year history that the Cougars have played a team ranked in the national top 25. In those matches, WSU has come away with the win nine times while tying on five occasions. Aside from the victory over the Huskies last year, WSU owns two other victories over top 10 teams. In 1993, under the direction of Lisa Fraser, the Cougars upset No. 6 Stanford in Pullman . In 1994, the Cougs opened what would become an NCAA Tournament season by defeating Connecticut 2-1. Fraser helped WSU achieve their highest ranking in the national polls in 1993, peaking at No. 11 on Sept. 12.
Cougs On The Tube: The Washington State soccer program is no stranger to television coverage. Cougar matches have appeared on television a total of 25 times, 19 on Prime Sports Northwest and six on Fox Sports Northwest. WSU soccer debuted on the tube Oct. 5, 1990 with a 4-0 win over Seattle Pacific. Possibly the most memorable television appearance came in 1991 as the Cougars took 58 shots on goal en route to a 15-0 blowout of Gonzaga. Dan Tobias went 2-1 in his first season at WSU on television, including a 1-0 overtime win against Washington on Fox Sports Northwest.