Cougar Soccer Tackles Oregon State, Oregon In Pac-10 Action
Oct. 10, 2006
THIS WEEK: Washington State (6-4-2, 1-0-0) opens the road portion of its conference schedule as the Cougars travel to Oregon State (8-3-2, 1-1-0) and Oregon (8-5-0, 2-0-0)...Cougars take on the Beavers Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Paul Lorenz Field....face the Ducks Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m at Pape Field.
LIVE STATS: Cougar fans can access live stats during the Oregon match Sunday, Oct. 15...visit www.goducks.com, click on the 'Multimedia' tab at the top of the page and choose the 'Live Stats' menu option...live stats link will be available at the start of the match at 1 p.m.
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: 'Both Oregon teams are coming off a great weekend in Arizona and are having good seasons. Both have eight wins and that is an accomplishment in itself. Any road win is a good win in the Pac-10 and for the Oregon teams to get three out of four is a testament to the great work of Steve [Fennah], Tara [Erickson] and their respective staffs. They will be on a high for the games this weekend and we have to prepare accordingly.
'Both teams are organized, dangerous going forward and have special players we will have to be aware of. It is another Northwest rivalry and it seems every game is a close one. We look forward to the trip and the test of challenging ourselves against two good teams. That's what we all signed up for when we came to a Pac-10 school, to compete and play against the best.'
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars faced defending National Champion No. 4 Portland at Merlo Field and returned Pullman to open Pac-10 Conference play against intrastate rival Washington...WSU dropped a close 2-1 match to the Pilots Oct. 5... junior Allison Scurich recorded the first goal of her WSU career on a well placed header off an Anna Miller free kick...tally marked the first goal Portland had given up in 633:08 minutes of play...Cougars opened conference play with a 1-0 win over the visiting Washington Huskies Oct. 8... freshman Carly Dobratz tallied the game-winner bringing her season total to three...Miller assisted on the play...win brings WSU streak to three, the longest winning-streak against the Huskies in program history.
POTTER SAYS: 'Obviously we are delighted with a win and this team has shown some resilience to make history with a third win in a row against our cross-state rival. It wasn't pretty and the game never really fully got going but we battled, showed some character defending our home field and, in the end, took advantage of a moment to get our reward.'
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: The Cougars take on Oregon State (8-3-2, 1-1-0) Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Paul Lorenz Field...WSU is 7-5-3 overall against the Beavers earning a win the last meeting (2005) 1-0...OSU comes off a 2-0 loss at Arizona Oct. 8 and a 2-1 overtime win at Arizona State Oct. 6...Beavers have allowed just 12 goals against so far this season and have recorded five shut outs...Oregon State returns 14 letterwinners and six starters from a 2005 squad that had a 10-8-1 overall record...Steve Fennah is in his ninth season as head coach and has a 74-84-14 overall record with the program...Beavers' top players include senior Melissa Onstad and junior Jodie Taylor...Onstad owns an 0.82 goals against average in 2006 and has posted five shut outs...Taylor, OSU's first-ever two-time All-Pac-10 selection, leads the team with six goals, four game-winners, and seven assists
SCOUTING THE DUCKS: Washington State faces Oregon (8-5-0, 2-0-0) Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Pape Field...Cougars own a 6-2-2 overall record against the Ducks...Oregon comes off a 1-0 win at Arizona State Oct. 8 and a 2-1 victory at Arizona Oct. 6...2006 marks the Ducks' second campaign under head coach Tara Erickson who has a 18-14-1 record with the program and a 46-52-11 overall head coaching record...Ducks return 11 letterwinners and six starters from 2005 squad...Oregon led by senior Nicole Garbin and sophomore Allison Newton...Garbin leads Ducks with seven goals, including five game-winners, and one assist...Newton has two goal and three assists in 2006.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10: Junior Anna Miller ranks third on both the total assists (5) and assists per game (0.45) lists and is also tied for 10th in total points with nine...freshman Carly Dobratz makes appearances on five lists including assists (5th, 4), assists per game (t6th, 0.33), total shots (7th, 34), shots per game (10th, 2.83) and total points (t8th, 10)...junior Brynn Bemis cracked the top five in saves per game (t4th, 3.67) and save percentage (5th, .815) while fellow keeper Amber Wittmers ranks sixth in both goals against average (0.77) and save percentage (.808)...As a team, WSU ranks sixth in total goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.79) and total saves (44).
UP NEXT: The Cougars return to Lower Soccer Field hosting No. 25 Stanford and No. 12 California...WSU takes on the Cardinal Friday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. and faces the Golden Bears Sunday, Oct. 22 at noon.