Cougars Focused On Making This Trip To The Postseason A Different Experience
Nov. 14, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --- The Washington State soccer team arrived in the Bay Area Thursday morning slightly behind schedule, but still determined to notch the program's second postseason win when NCAA Tournament play kicks off Friday evening.
The Cougars sat through a one-hour flight delay at the Spokane Airport before arriving in San Jose shortly after 11:30 a.m. From there, the team took the 10-minute bus ride to Santa Clara, where they will meet Pac-10 foe Arizona State in the first round of the 2002 Women's Soccer Championships.
The two teams played just two weeks ago in Tempe, where the Cougars escaped with a 1-0 win. This time around, Washington State is expecting a different look from ASU.
'I'm very excited that we are going (to the NCAA Tournament). We are going to have to play our game and not adjust to our opponent,' junior forward Shelby Brownfield said. 'They have been known to play a certain way all season and then throw in some new formations in the postseason. I think as long as we play our game and our defense stays strong, our offense will adjust and we will play very well.'
WSU features 10 players that competed in the 2000 tournament and who remember dropping a heartbreaking decision to Montana in Pullman. The Cougars are looking to make this appearance in the postseason a different experience.
'I think it feels different because we are a much more experienced team. My freshman year we were excited and felt lucky to be in the tournament,' junior midfielder Kim Morgan said. 'This year, we expected to get in, so it is a different feeling.'
Washington State and Arizona State meet Friday at 5 p.m. That match will be followed by defending national champion Santa Clara taking on Creighton at 7:30 p.m. Both contests will be played at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Live Stats: Washington State fans that can't make the trip to Santa Clara can follow the team's progress Friday against Arizona State by going to www.wsucougars.com and following the live stats link on the right-hand side of the page.
Thursday At A Glance: After checking in at the team hotel, the Cougs bused to Santa Clara's athletic complex and Buck Shaw Stadium, the site of Friday's match...WSU held a short training session from 1 to 2 p.m. before eating at Quiznos...the team's bus driver, Phillip, also served as the driver for the Cougars when they played Cal Poly and San Jose State Sept. 13 and 15 earlier this season, and is a popular figure with the team.