Washington State Hosts No. 8 Wake Forest In Soccer Home Opener

Sept. 6, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars (3-1-0) return to Pullman for their home opener at Lower Soccer Field where they host No. 21 Wake Forest (3-0-1) Friday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m...WSU and Wake Forest met for the first time in 2003 in Winston-Salem, N.C., with the Deacons claiming a 2-1 victory.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'In Wake Forest, we have a home game that brings one of the nation's best teams to Pullman. The Deacons are one of the best soccer playing teams we will come across this year. They are very well coached and full of talent. They got off to a great start this year and will come out West full of confidence. There is no place like home, though, and I know the Cougars will be excited and looking forward to the challenge of playing a top 10 team in front of our own supporters at Cougarland!'

Last Week: Washington State improved its record to 3-1-0 in non-conference plays with a victory against then 11th-ranked Tennessee (0-3-0) and a loss to Vanderbilt (3-1-0)...WSU upset the Lady Vols 3-2 in sudden victory overtime Friday...Cougars came back from 2-0 deficit to clinch the win... Carmen Anderson, Jennie Kunc and Megan Hyte each had a goal in the victory...Washington State suffered its first loss of the season Sunday, falling 1-0 to Vanderbilt as the Cougars wrapped up their SEC road trip.

Potter Says: 'In both Tennessee and Vanderbilt we experienced exactly what we prepared for...two well coached, talented teams that stretched us to our limits. The manner of the win at Tennessee was a testament to what we are capable of, especially with the environment we played in and going down two goals. We left Vanderbilt asking questions of ourselves, which I take full responsibility for. Anytime we can put ourselves in these types of environments and have a lot of positives, we only learn and improve.'

Scouting the Deacons: The Cougars face No. 8 Wake Forest (3-0-1) Friday in the Washington State 2005 home opener...Wake Forest comes off a 5-1 win against San Diego and a 0-0 tie with No. 6 Santa Clara...the Deacons return 22 letterwinners and 10 starters from a 2004 squad that had 10-7-2 overall record and a first round NCAA tournament appearance...Wake Forest is coached by Tony da Luz who enters has a 93-60-14 record in eight seasons with the Deacons...da Luz boasts a 139-102-18 record in 13 seasons as a head coach...Deacons top returners are seniors Sara Kozey and Melanie Schneider...Kozey notched the 29th goal of her career against San Diego Sunday, tying her atop the Wake Forest career goal list...Schneider scored 14 goals in 2004 while serving as the Deacon's co-captian.

Cougars vs. the ACC: WSU has faced four Atlantic Coast Conference opponents in program history, compiling a 1-3-0 record...the Cougars faced North Carolina and Maryland in 2003 at the Pac-10/ACC Challenge in Seattle... Washington State dropped both matches, falling 4-0 to the Tar Heels and 3-0 to the Terps...Cougars also faced Duke and Wake Forest in 2003 at the Adidas Wake Forest Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C...Cougars blanked the Blue Devils 1-0 and battled the Deacons in a 1-0 loss...WSU hosts Wake Forest in their second meeting Friday.

Notable Notes: Freshman Megan Hyte recorded her third game winning goal of the season against Tennessee Sept. 2...Hyte is now tied for 6th in the Cougar record books for game winning goals in a season...Senior Jennie Kunc scored the first goal of her Cougar career against Tennessee...redshirt senior keeper Katie Hultin has recorded 13 saves in 2005, bringing her career total to 177 and placing her third on the career saves list...Hultin has recorded one shut out in 2005 to bring her career total to 15...Hultin is just three shy of the Cougar career record of 18 held by current assistant coach and former Cougar keeper Lindsey Jorgensen.

WSU Takes On Nationally-Ranked Opponents: Washington State's 2005 schedule features eight teams that are or were ranked in the national polls...Cougars face four ranked opponents in non-conference play... met then 11th-ranked Tennessee Sept. 2 at Knoxville, Tenn., in a 3-2 overtime win and met then unranked No. 25* Vanderbilt in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1-0 loss...will host No. 8/9* Wake Forest Sept. 9 in the WSU home opener and face No. 21 Cal Poly Sept. 23 at San Luis Obispo, Calif...five teams in the Pac-10 conference earned preseason rankings, with four ranked in this week's polls...WSU faces No. 23 Stanford, No. 10 California, No. 3 UCLA and No. 25* USC...Arizona (18th) and Washington (20th) were ranked in preseason polls...*denotes Soccer Buzz ranking, all other rankings NSCAA.

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 3-1-0 in 2005 and 50-73-10 overall when away from Lower Soccer Field.

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