Cougar Soccer Travels To Montana for Season Opener

Aug. 28, 2007

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THIS WEEK: Washington State travels to Missoula, Mont., to play time is 5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific.

COUGARS-GRIZZLIES: Each team has won six games and there has been one tie in 13 previous meetings...Washington State has won the last two matches, including a 2-1 victory in Pullman, Sept. 15, 2006...Elysse Van Leer scored in the game's second minute and Kim Bonnes snapped a 1-1 tie with the game-winner in the 51st minute last season...Cougars are 1-4 at Montana with the lone win coming 8-1 in 2002...last trip to Missoula resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss, Aug. 29, 2004.

WASHINGTON STATE IN MISSOULA: In addition to their 1-4 mark at Montana, the Cougars own a 3-2 record in five neutral site matches on the Grizzlies' field...defeated Air Force 3-1 in 1997, Minnesota 2-0 in 2002, and Denver 2-0 in 2004...lost to Colorado College 2-1 in 1995 and Utah 3-1 in 1999.

COUGARS IN SEASON OPENERS: Washington State is 14-3-1 all-time in season openers has won its last three...under Matt Potter, Cougars are 3-1...WSU is 3-0-1 when opening on the road...tied Wisconsin 2-2 in 1995...knocked off Gonzaga (4-1) in 1996, Utah (3-2 in 2OT) in 2000, and Idaho State (2-1) in 2005...Cougars are 2-0 when playing their season-opener in Missoula having defeated Minnesota (2-0) in 2002 and Denver (2-0) in 2004...last year, WSU beat UNLV 2-1 in Pullman on goals by Anna Miller and Brooke Bemis.

WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE BIG SKY: The Cougars are 16-6-1 all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference...only Big Sky member to defeated WSU is Montana.

COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: Washington State is among the teams receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz preseason top 30...Cougars are ranked ninth in the West Region, their highest mark since 2002, the last time WSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

WASHINGTON STATE DEFENSE: Last year, the Cougars recorded 10 shutouts to equal the school record set in 1994...Brynn Bemis recorded seven solo shutouts last a team, Washington State allowed 15 goals, the fewest single-season total in school history.

COUGARS A VETERAN TEAM: Washington State returns 18 letterwinners off its 2006 squad...WSU returns 88.9 percent of its goal-scoring (16 of 18) and 92.3 percent of its points (48 of 52) from a year ago.

HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: 'We're definitely into fine tuning some things right now. It's a long season and we're far from complete. We are piecing together the details to match up with Montana and prepare for the road environment. Our athletes are very focused and energized. The intensity has been there. The work ethic is there. If those things continue, good things will happen. Anytime you play a Northwest rivalry game, it brings out a different emotion in players and the event. This year is no different.'

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