Cougar Soccer Faces SEC Foes No. 11 Tennessee and Vanderbilt

Aug. 30, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars continue their non-conference schedule, traveling to Tennessee and taking on SEC opponents No. 11 Tennessee and Vanderbilt...WSU opens the weekend at Knoxville where it faces No. 11 Tennessee at the Tennessee Soccer Complex at 4 p.m. (PDT)...Washington State heads to Nashville Sunday, taking on Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. (PDT) at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex...WSU faces No. 11 Tennessee for the second time in school history after recording a 0-0 (2OT) tie at Lower Soccer Field in their first meeting in 2004...Vanderbilt and Washington State clash for the first time.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'Tennessee and Vanderbilt are two powerhouse teams and, being their first home games, I am sure they want to make a positive first impression with their fans. It's a tough road trip but with the lessons and experiences we have already had, one we look forward to.'

Last Week: Washington State began its season 2-0-0, defeating Idaho State and Idaho in non-conference action...the Bengals fell to 2-1 to the Cougars Friday's match-up...sophomore Molly Alexander and freshman Megan Hyte scored their first collegiate goals in the contest...Washington State notched a 1-0 overtime victory against Idaho Sunday...Hyte recorded the second goal of her WSU career to clinch the Cougar win.

Potter Says: 'We started out on the road, playing two local Northwest teams in both differing but challenging environments. To come out of the weekend with two wins is wonderful. It opens our eyes to the weekend ahead and the challenges from nationally-ranked Tennessee and a great Vanderbilt team we will face.

'I like the maturity and atmosphere of our team. We have a long way to go but, for the first weekend, we have seen a lot of positives to build on. We are young but are heeding the lessons that each challenge provides us. It's early but our enthusiasm, work ethic and competitiveness are fun to see and if we keep learning, we can only improve.'

Scouting the Lady Vols: The Cougars face No. 11 Tennessee (0-1-0) Friday in the Lady Vols home opener...Tennessee comes off a 7-1 loss to No. 2 North Carolina...the Lady Vols return 11 letterwinners and six starters from a squad that had a 17-5-2 overall record in 2004 and were the SEC regular-season champions...Tennessee finished second in the 2004 SEC tournament and made it to NCAA tournament Sweet 16....the Lady Vols are coached by Angela Kelly who enters her sixth season at Tennessee and has a 75-30-6 career record with the program...among Tennessee's top returners are sophomore Genna Gorman and senior Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart...Gorman had seven goals and eight assists last season earning her SEC Co-Rookie of the Year honors...Phillips-Bosshart was selected to the All-SEC second team after recording 11 shutouts in 24 starts and boasts a 0.69 goals against average.

Scouting the Commodores: WSU takes on Vanderbilt Sunday in at 11 a.m. at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex in the Commodores home opener...the match marks the first meeting of the two schools...the Commodores are 1-1-0 overall after a 2-1 loss to Colorado Friday and 2-0 win Sunday against Denver...2005 marks the Commodores fifth campaign under head coach Ronnie Coveleskie-Hill who has a 27-33-10 record with the program...Coveleskie-Hill has a 42-54-13 career record in six seasons as a head coach...Vanderbilt finished 7-7-5 overall last season and reached the SEC tournament semifinals...the Commodores return 16 players from their 2004 squad including senior Meghan Habig and junior Tyler Griffin...Habig earned second team All-SEC honors after leading the team with seven goals and 15 points...Griffin had 79 saves and three shutouts, earning her All- SEC first team recognition.

Cougars vs. SEC: WSU has faced three Southeastern Conference opponents in program history, compiling a 2-1-1 record...the Cougars faced Arkansas in 1991 and 1993, splitting the matches with a 3-2 loss and a 3-2 win respectively...WSU met Kentucky in 1997 and blanked the Wildcats for a 2-0 victory...most recent meeting with an SEC foe was 0-0 2OT tie against Tennessee in 2004 at Lower Soccer field...Washington State clashes with Tennessee in their second meeting Friday...Vanderbilt becomes the fourth SEC opponent faced in Cougar history.

WSU Takes On Nationally-Ranked Opponents: Washington State's 2005 schedule features seven teams that are nationally ranked in preseason polls...Cougars will face two ranked opponents in non-conference play, meeting No. 11 Tennessee Sept. 2 at Knoxville, Tenn., and hosting No. 21 Wake Forest Sept. 9 in the WSU home opener...five teams in the Pac-10 conference earned preseason rankings...WSU faces No. 14 Stanford, No. 24 California, No. 18 Arizona, No. 3 UCLA and closes out its Pac-10 schedule against No. 20 Washington.

Cougars Hit the Road: Washington State plays 13-of-20 games on the road in 2005 with trips to Idaho, Tennessee, Oregon, California and Nevada...the Cougars hit the road for eight non-conference and five Pac-10 matches...WSU has not had 13 road contests since the 1991 season when Cougars soccer still belonged to the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference...WSU went 6-6-1 on the road that year...Cougars are 49-72-10 overall when away from Lower Soccer Field.

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