WSU Closes Out Regular Season Hosting UCLA and USC
Nov. 6, 2007
THIS WEEK: Washington State hosts UCLA and USC in its final two regular season matches of the season...Cougars host Bruins Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. and Trojans Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon.
SENIOR DAY: Sunday's match will be the final home regular season outing for seven Cougar seniors...Molly Alexander, Brooke Bemis, Brynn Bemis, Kim Bonnes, Natalie Elkind, Anna Miller and Allison Scurich will be honored prior to kickoff.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are ranked eighth in the West region by Soccer Buzz...ranked ninth in the West region and by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America...receiving votes in the NSCAA, Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times national polls.
STINGY DEFENSE: Washington State is 22-11-8 (.634) dating back to the last four matches of the 2005 season...during that span, Cougars have given up 32 goals (0.78 per match).
OVERTIME SESSIONS: The Cougars have played seven overtimes matches this season (WSU 2-2-3)...equals school record (1998 and 2000) for overtime matches in a season.
HOME UNBEATEN STREAK ON THE LINE: Washington State is undefeated in its last six homes matches (3-0-3) dating back to last season...longest stretch since 1994 when the Cougars put together a seven-match winning streak...school record is 15 from 1989-91.
ABOUT UCLA: The Bruins (14-1-2, 7-0-0 in the Pacific-10) are the country's unanimous No. 1 team...Bruins own a 16-match unbeaten streak after dropping their season opener 2-1 to Texas in Houston...loss to the Longhorns is the only match UCLA has played outside of California this season...Lauren Cheney has 19 goals and eight assists to rank second nationally with 2.71 points per game.
SERIES WITH THE BRUINS: UCLA leads 10-2-2, including 4-1-0 in Pullman...last season, the Bruins posted a 2-0 win in Los Angeles...last meeting in Pullman resulted in 1-0 Cougar victory during 2004 campaign.
ABOUT USC: The Trojans are 13-2-2, 5-1-1 in the Pacific-10 (play at Washington, Friday, Nov. 9)...USC is ranked by Soccer Buzz (third in West, fourth nationally), Soccer Times (sixth nationally), Soccer America (eighth nationally) and the NSCAA (third in West, ninth nationally)...Amy Rodriguez and Megan Ohai share the team lead with six goals and 15 points.
SERIES WITH THE TROJANS: USC leads 8-3-1...Cougars have won three of four meetings in Pullman, including the last two (2002 and 2004)...teams battled to a 0-0 draw in Los Angeles last season.
COUGARS LOOK TO REPEAT HISTORY: The last two times UCLA and USC travel to Pullman as nationally-ranked teams in the same season, the Cougars have found success...WSU posted a sweep in 2004 and split the weekend with a win over USC in 2002.