Cougar Soccer Gets Final Pac-10 Tune-up This Week
Oct. 2, 2001
This Week: Washington State (3-3-0) will play its final two non-conference matches of the season against Air Force (4-3-1) Friday, and New Mexico (1-6-1) Sunday. WSU defeated Portland State 4-2 to open up last week's trip to Oregon, and then played shorthanded for 72 minutes in a 1-0 loss to No. 3 Portland. The Cougars battled 100-degree temperatures in the UNLV Classic in early September, but will face a new, natural enemy at the outset of October on this road trip, altitude. The Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is perched 6,008 feet above sea level. Albuquerque is the home of the University of New Mexico and is at 4,958 above sea level, or 2,607 feet above Pullman.
Scouting the Falcons: The Air Force Academy (4-3-1) split a pair of matches with arch-rivals Army and Navy last weekend, beating the Black Knights and losing to the Midshipmen. The Falcons and Cougars have a common opponent in Portland State. Air Force defeated the Vikings 6-1 Sept. 23, while the Cougars struggled through a 4-2 victory last Friday. The Falcons have a dangerous offensive threat in Beth Boyer, who has scored seven goals and added three assists for 17 points in eight contests. WSU has met the Falcons on only one other occasion, a 3-1 win in 1997. Also, this will be only the second match Washington State has ever played in the state of Colorado.
Scouting the Lobos: New Mexico went winless in their first seven matches before pulling off a stunning upset of No. 12 Kentucky in Lexington, despite being outshot 19-4. The Lobos are led by Coco D'Angelo, who has two goals on the season. The Mountain West Conference school was 7-12-0 a year ago, but returns nine starters and 14 letterwinners under the direction of first-year head coach Kit Vela. Sunday's contest will be the third between WSU and UNM, with each team coming away with a victory. The last meeting was in 1994.
Cougar Coaching Staff: Dan Tobias is now in his fourth year as the head coach at Washington State after leading the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Tobias has tallied a 29-32-3 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 CONFERENCE STANDINGS CONF. OVERALLStanford 0-0-0 7-0-0UCLA 0-0-0 7-0-0Oregon State 0-0-0 7-1-1California 0-0-0 7-1-0Arizona State 0-0-0 6-2-0Oregon 0-0-0 5-1-1Washington 0-0-0 4-2-1USC 0-0-0 4-3-0Arizona 0-0-0 3-3-1Washington State0-0-0 3-3-0
2001 Season RecapUNLV Classic-vs. St. Mary's (L 3-2): Washington State opened the season with a frustrating loss after leading St. Mary's 2-0 at halftime. Rachel Rodrick and freshman Christie Spear each scored one goal in the opening stanza, but their offensive exploits gave way to a scoring burst by Gaels' freshman Katie Frattone in the second half. Frattone scored three goals in 14 minutes for her first-career hat trick and gave St. Mary's a 3-2 win in the first game of the UNLV Classic.
UNLV Classic-vs. UNLV (L 1-0): The Cougars successfully battled an aggressive offense and 101-degree desert temperatures for most of the afternoon, but UNLV's Cristyn Enea scored the games' only goal in the 85th minute to give the Rebels the win. WSU managed 11 shots, including two each by Christie Spear, Beth Childs, Kim Morgan, and Keegan Hughes, but could not get any to stick as the Cougars were sent back to Pullman winless in the UNLV Classic.vs. Eastern Washington (W 8-0): Liz Duncan's penalty kick goal just over a minute into the game would be all the Cougars needed, but not all they would get. Sophomore Rachel Rodrick recorded her first hat trick and added an assist, while senior Beth Childs notched two goals and two assists. Freshmen Sara Silver-Hill and Cailan McCutchan also added goals. The Cougars outshot the Eagles 26 to 4 as Lindsey Jorgensen and Sara Leibowitz combined for the shutout in goal.
vs. Gonzaga (W 2-1): Playing without senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen, Washington State jumped on Gonzaga early with two goals in the first 11 minutes by Liz Duncan. The Bulldogs kept it close, despite being out-shot 17 to three. It was Washington State's 14th-consecutive victory over Gonzaga.
vs. Portland State (W 4-2): Washington State got its third-straight victory by jumping on the Vikings early with goals from sophomore Rachel Rodrick and junior Katrina Stroh. Portland State staged a comeback just after halftime with a goal from Victoria Upchurch, but Stroh would respond, scoring her 12th career goal to help WSU to the 4-2 win.
vs. No. 3 Portland (L 1-0): The complexion of Washington State's match with No. 3 Portland changed dramatically just 19 minutes in, when Cougar goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz was sent off for a nasty collision with Christine Sinclair. That forced the Cougars to bring in Lindsey Jorgensen, who was recovering from an injury and not at 100 percent. That also left WSU to battle for 72 minutes with 10 players, which they did admirably, nearly taking the lead on a shot by freshman Christie Spear just before the half. The Pilots would prevail, however, winning the match in the 82nd minute on a shot by Jessica Heller.
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.
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 19, will be pushed by Liz Duncan and Katrina Stroh, who each have 12 marks in that category. Speaking of Stroh, after only two years at WSU, the Federal Way, Wash., product is fourth on the all-time points list with 36 and tied for sixth in career goals with 12. 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. Sophomore Rachel Rodrick is also rapidly climbing the points list, recording 25 points just 26 matches into her collegiate career.
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 (5568), saves (357), 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. Through six matches this season, Leibowitz has been asked to spell Jorgensen, who is recovering from an injured foot in four contests, for a total of 243 minutes. Leibowitz is 2-0 with one shutout.
Cougars vs. Top 25 Opponents: WSU's heartbreaking loss to No. 3 Portland Sept. 30 was the 48th time in the 12-year history of the program 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 No. 2 Washington in the 2000 regular season finale, 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.