Cougars Travel To Los Angeles, Face No. 20 USC and No. 3 UCLA
Oct. 24, 2006
THIS WEEK: Washington State (8-5-3, 3-1-1) wraps up the road portion of its Pacific-10 Conference schedule in Los Angeles where the Cougars tackle No. 20 USC and No. 3 UCLA...Cougars face the Trojans (8-3-4, 1-1-3) Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., and take on the Bruins (14-2-0, 5-0-0) Sunday, Oct. 29 at noon.
HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: 'The road trip to Southern California is a tough assignment. Both USC and UCLA are blessed with great individual talent and have a history and tradition of success. USC is a tough environment to play in and they attack with numbers and with great pace. In UCLA, Jill [Ellis] has created a tradition as one of the best and credit to her and her staff the for the manner in which they play in their possession and their depth of talent. In both scenarios, we know the magnitude of the challenge but will prepare accordingly. With the bonus of the TV game, I'm sure we will be excited and ready to perform in both games starting with USC.'
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars welcomed No. 19 Stanford and No. 18 California to Lower Soccer Field...the Cardinal handed WSU its first loss in conference play as Stanford slipped past the Cougars 1-0 Oct. 20...Brynn Bemis recorded a career-high nine saves in the match as Stanford tallied the first goal against WSU in conference play...Washington State upset No. 18 California Oct. 22, as the Cougars blanked the Bears 2-0...Allison Scurich scored her second goal of the season, sending in a blistering shot from 45 yards out to net the game-winner...Kiersten Dallstream scored seconds later notching her second goal of the season from 18 yards...just 19 seconds separated the two Cougar tallies marking the shortest elapsed time between WSU goals in school history...victory is fourth shutout in five conference matches and eighth of the season.
POTTER SAYS: 'We were delighted to get the win against a quality team in California and the disappointment of the loss to Stanford is somewhat diluted by the performance of the team. I am pleased with the improvements of the team as we reach the final quarter of the regular season. We are very much in the thick of things in regards to extending the season but we have four tough games to go!'
SCOUTING THE TROJANS: The Cougars take on No. 20 USC (8-3-4, 1-1-3) Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at McAlister Field....WSU is 3-8-0 overall against the Women of Troy...WSU dropped a 2-0 decision in the last meeting (2005)...USC comes off a double-overtime 0-0 tie at Arizona Oct. 20 and 1-0 victory at Arizona State Oct. 22...Trojans return 16 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2005 squad that had a 13-6-2 overall record, finished third in the Pac-10 and made an NCAA Tournament second round appearance...Jim Millinder is in his 11th season as head coach and has a 125-65-16 record with the program...Millinder has 133-92-20 overall record as head coach ...USC top players include senior Rosa Anna Tantillo and junior Veronica Simonton...Tantillo, and 2005 All-Pac-10 first team selection, leads the Trojans with four goals, including two game-winners, and a Pac-10 leading eight assists...Simonton has recorded eight solo shutouts in 2006, grabbing 35 saves and posting a Pac-10 leading 0.47 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: Washington State faces No. 3 UCLA (14-2-0, 5-0-0) Sunday, Oct. 29 at noon at Marshall Field...Cougars are 2-9-2 overall against the Bruins and recorded a 0-0 double-overtime tie against then No. 4 ranked UCLA last season...Bruins come off a 2-1 win at Arizona State Oct. 22 and 1-0 win at Arizona Oct. 20...2006 marks the Bruins eighth campaign under head coach Jillian Ellis who has a 132-27-7 record with the program...UCLA returns 20 letterwinners and nine starters from a squad that finished first in the Pac-10 and finished second in the nation at the 2005 NCAA Tournament...Bruins are led by freshman Lauren Cheney and junior Danesha Adams...Cheney leads UCLA and the Pac-10 with 16 goals, six game-winners...Adams, a 2005 All-Pac-10 first team selection, has posted six goals and four assists for the Bruins in 2006.
COUGARS IN THE PAC-10: Junior Brynn Bemis leads the conference in save percentage (.878) and ranks second in goals against average (0.58)...Bemis is also tied for second in shutouts per game (0.50) and ranks third in saves per game (4.30)....junior Anna Miller and freshman Carly Dobratz sit tied at fourth on the assists per game (0.33) and total assists (5) lists....as a team, WSU ranks fourth in both goals against average (0.66), total goals allowed (11), saves (4.06, 65 total) and is tied for fourth in shutouts (0.50, 8 total).
UP NEXT: Washington State closes out the regular season at Lower Soccer Field where they host Arizona State and Arizona...WSU takes on the Sun Devils Friday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., and face the Wildcats Sunday, Nov. 5 at noon.