Cougar Soccer Hosts San Francisco and Montana

Sept. 27, 2005

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This Week: Washington State returns to Lower Soccer Field for its last two non-conference matches hosting San Francisco and Montana...Cougars face San Francisco (2-8-0) Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m...WSU takes on Montana (2-5-1) Sunday, Oct. 2 at Noon....Washington State is 0-3-0 against the Dons...teams last met in 1995...Cougars are 4-6-1 overall against the Grizzlies...most recent meeting was 201 Montana win in 2004.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'Both San Francisco and Montana have had challenging non-conference schedules and are two well coached talented teams that will stretch us again. We need to be at our best and will look to prepare accordingly.'

'I can't begin to explain how good it feels to be playing at home. With our schedule, we have been challenged in many environments and ways. Overall, I am pleased with how we have come through those situations. We have proven we can compete with top teams and differing styles of play. To do that on the road is an obvious bonus. With a more balanced schedule and more opportunities to play at home, I am excited to see how the team reacts. I am sure the team will be inspired to show our home supporters a quality performance that demonstrates the efforts of the performances on the road.'

Last Week: The Cougars had a weekend of mixed results recording a tie and a loss in their last non-conference road trip....Washington State battled No. 19 Cal Poly to a 1-1 2OT tie Sept. 23 at Mustang Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif...Carmen Anderson scored the lone Cougar goal of the contest, her second of the season....Katie Hultin had seven saves in the match including three key stops in overtime play...Cougars dropped a 3-0 shut out to Nevada Sept. 25 at Reno, Nev...Hultin had six saves in the loss.

Scouting the Dons: Washington State faces San Francisco (2-8-0) Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. at Lower Soccer Field...Dons come off a weekend of mixed results recording a 2-0 win over San Jose State Sept. 23 and a 1-0 loss to Cal State Northridge Sept. 25...USF returns 16 letterwinners and five starters from a 2004 squad that had 10-7-3 overall record and finished fourth in the West Coast Conference...Head Coach Pamela Kalinoski enters her fifth year at San Francisco and has 33-41-5 overall record at the school...Dons return top scorers Chelsea Hunt and Stephanie Gray...Hunt had nine goals last season and was named to the All-WCC second team...Hunt leads the team with four goals and two assists in 2005...Gray had four goals and six assists for the Dons in 2004 and has two goals in 2005.

Scouting the Grizzlies: The Cougars take on Montana (2-5-1) Sunday, Oct. 2 at Noon...Grizzlies come off a bye week...last saw action Sept. 18 in a 2-0 win over Idaho...Montana had a 8-8-2 overall in 2004 and finished third on the Big Sky Conference...Head Coach Neil Sedgwick enters his second season with the Grizzlies...Sedgwick has a 8-8-2 Montana record and a 27-23-2 overall career record....Grizzlies return 14 letterwinners and 12 starters including seniors Lindsay Winans and MacKenzie Murphy...Winans led Montana with 10 goals in 2004 and was named Big Sky Offensive MVP...Winans has four goals so far this season...Murphy earned 2004 All-Big Sky first team honors and started 18 games in the Montana defense.

Scurich Honored: Defender Allison Scurich was named to Soccer America's Women's Team of the Week the week of Sept. 12-18...Scurich assisted on a goal and helped the Cougars to two shutout victories at the OSU Nike Invitational Tournament that week...earned OSU tournament Defensive MVP honors.

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