Soccer Opens Conference Play At No. 19 Stanford and No. 13 California

Oct. 4, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars (7-3-1) begin their conference schedule traveling to No. 19 Stanford and No. 13 California ...Washington State faces No. 19 Stanford (6-3-1) Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m...WSU takes on No. 13 California (7-2-1) Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m...Cougars are 2-11-1 overall against the Cardinal...2004 meeting ended in a 0-0 tie...WSU has a 3-9-3 record against the Golden Bears...WSU lost the last meeting 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'Seeing the success of other Pac-10 schools so far this season is again a testament to how great our conference is. I truly believe on any given day any team is capable of challenging another. We have another tough road trip this weekend, but the lessons we have faced on the road so far give us all the answers as to how to cope. Both Stanford and Cal are exceptional teams with wonderful coaching staffs and a great deal of talent. They have both been part of the country's best all year for a reason. It should be a great test for us and one we go into with our eyes wide open. These are the times you love to challenge yourself. If the work rate we have had this week continues into the games this weekend, I am excited to see how we do.'

Last Week: Washington State wrapped up its non-conference schedule with two wins in front of the home crowd at Lower Soccer Field....Cougars blanked San Francisco 4-0 Friday, Sept. 30... Alix Rustrum tallied two goals in the match with Haley Thompson-Miller and Carmen Anderson adding one...Thompson-Miller was credited with the game winner and added two assists...Katie Hultin earned her third shutout of the season making four stops in the contest...Washington State slipped past Montana 2-1 Sunday, Oct. 2... Megan Hyte tallied her team-leading fifth goal of the year in the match...Thompson-Miller scored the game winner in her second consecutive game.

Potter Says: 'I am both proud and pleased with the way the team has come through our non-conference schedule. To close it out with two wins in two varying situations shows the maturity and professionalism and how much we have grown as a team. The challenge now becomes putting those lessons into practice on a consistent level now that we enter Pac-10 play.'

Scouting the Cardinal: Washington State faces No. 19 Stanford (6-3-1) Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Maloney Field...Cardinal comes off a two-win weekend notching a 1-0 victory over No. 5 Santa Clara Sept. 30 and a 2-0 win over Colorado College Oct. 2...Stanford returns 13 letterwinners and five starters from a 2004 squad that boasted a 13-6-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament...Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe enters his third year at Stanford and has 23-15-5 overall record with the Cardinal...Ratcliffe has a 78-49-12 career record in seven seasons as head coach...Stanford return top scores Leah Tapscott and Lizzy George...Tapscott earned All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2004 and leads the Cardinal this season with five goals and one assist...George had five goals last season and has tallied three so far in 2005.

Scouting the Golden Bears: The Cougars take on No. 13 California Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at Goldman Field...California comes of a bye week...last saw action Sept. 25 in a 1-0 win over Utah...Golden Bears were 11-6-3 overall in 2004 and made a first round appearance in the NCAA Tournament...Head Coach Kevin Boyd enters his ninth season with California...Boyd has a 95-54-13 California and career record...Golden Bears return 26 letterwinners and 11 starters including seniors Liz Eisenberg and Dania Cabello...Eisenberg led California with nine goals and three assists in 2004...Eisenberg has six goal in 2005 including four game winners...Cabello tallied three goals last season and has recorded four goals and three assist this season.

Cougars vs. The Pac-10: Washington State has complied a 28-50-8 overall record in ten seasons of Pac-10 Cougar conference finish was third in 2002...WSU had a 3-4-2 record in the Pac-10 last season and finished eighth overall...Nine Pac-10 teams have winning records in 2005...four teams are currently ranked in the NSCAA poll and seven teams have received votes in polls this season.