Soccer Travels to OSU Nike Invitational Tournament

Sept. 13, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars (3-2-0) travel to Corvallis, Ore., for the OSU Nike Invitational tournament...WSU faces Virginia Commonwealth (1-1-3)Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. and Long Island (3-2-0) Sunday, Sept. 18 at Noon...Cougars match-up with both schools for the first time in program history.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'Looking towards this weekend, we have another tough road trip. There will be no surprises though as we have faced similar situations already this season. Virginia Commonwealth is an experienced tournament team that has a great tradition and plays an attractive style of soccer. It will be a tough match up, but if we apply ourselves, we can contribute to the game in a positive manner. Long Island is also a difficult opponent, but being on the road, they face the same challenges as us. A challenging weekend but one we look forward to.'

Last Week: Washington State fell to No. 8 Wake Forest in a physical match at Lower Soccer Field Friday, Sept. 9...WSU moves to 3-2-0 in non-conference play... Anna Miller scored the lone WSU goal in the contest...teams combined for 40 fouls in the match...WSU was responsible for 23 fouls, tying a school record for fouls committed in a game... Haley Thompson-Miller made her first start of the season against Wake Forest after sitting-out the beginning of the season due to injury.

Potter Says: 'We have lots of positives to take from our Wake Forest game, but the biggest lesson is that for all our efforts, we did not get a positive result. Wake Forest is a very good team and in the moments when it had to be, was clinical with its opportunities. I like the direction we are moving though. As a team, I thought our possession, at times, was a lot better and our group defending was super. The fact remains that for all the good work we still came away with a loss when we know, if we keep focused, we can get something more.'

Scouting the Rams: The Cougars face Virginia Commonwealth (1-1-3) Friday at 11 a.m. to open the OSU Nike Invitational...VCU comes off a weekend of mixed results notching a 2-1 2OT win against Florida Atlantic Sept. 9 and a 0-0 2OT tie against UNLV Sept. 11...Rams return 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2004 squad that had 15-7-0 overall record and a first round NCAA tournament appearance...Virginia Commonwealth is coached by Denise Schilte-Brown and Chris Brown...fifth-year co-head coaches have a 53-40-9 record at VCU...Schilte-Brown and Brown have 71-57-10 and 44-33-8 career records respectively...Rams top returners are senior Sandra Anger and sophomore Shelly Lyle...Anger led the Rams with nine goals in 2004 and was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year...Lyle added seven goals for the Rams and was named to the 2004 CAA All-Rookie team.

Scouting the Blackbirds: Washington State takes on Long Island (3-2-0) Sunday, Sept. 18 at Noon...Blackbirds come to OSU Nike Invitational after suffering their second defeat of the season against in a 2-1 loss to Northeastern Sept. 11...LIU finished 9-7-2 overall in 2004...Blackbirds are coached by Tracey Bartholomew who enters her sixth season with Long Island with a 35-52-4 record at the school...Blackbirds return 15 letterwinners and eight starters including senior Jackie McCormick and junior Selima Berisha ...McCormick had six goals for the LIU in 2004 and was a first-team all Northeast Conference...Berisha started 18 games for the Blackbirds in 2004 and has two goals under her belt in 2005.

Notable Notes: WSU Sophomore Anna Miller recorded her first collegiate goal Sept. 9 against Wake Forest...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 16 saves in 2005, bringing her career total to 180 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. 24* Vanderbilt in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1-0 loss...hosted the ranked No. 8/9* Wake Forest Sept. 9 in 2-1 loss in WSU home opener...faces No. 17 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. 8/19* California, No. 22 Arizona, No. 6/6* UCLA and No. 22* USC...Stanford has ranked as high as No. 23 (Sept. 6) in the weekly polls...Washington (20th) was ranked in the 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 3-2-1 in 2005 and 50-73-10 overall when away from Lower Soccer Field.

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