2008 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Preview: Washington State
Aug. 12, 2008
Courtesy: Craig Lawson, WSU Media Relations
'I like how the team and ultimately our program continues to establish new standards and make progress. We have an ambitious and passionate group that is set on breaking new ground. We lost some key individuals last fall, but the response of the group and the way in which our players have progressed throughout the spring has me excited for a new season. It will be a fun team to watch and coach. As we grow together the sky is truly the limit. The members of our team have a great competitiveness and maturity about them and, coupled with the staff changes, the energy has been great. We have battles for playing time all over the field and that depth will be tested and needed with the schedule ahead. I've been looking forward to the start of the new season for awhile now and can't wait for it to finally get going.'
-Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter
Played in one match as a freshman, blanking Idaho in the second half.
Led Corona del Sol High to state title as a sophomore.
'This is not the first time we find ourselves replacing a record breaking goalkeeper. The battle for the new No. 1 is going to be fun to watch. Under Jason Goodson's direction and with some new training ideas I am intrigued to see how both Lindsay and Stephanie develop. Lindsay came in with great pedigree, pushed last fall for playing time, and has set a high standard for herself. It has been great to see her blossom in confidence. Stephanie joins us from an elite program and team that has performed on the biggest stages and won. You don't do that without a good goalkeeper. The options are bright for the team and I believe we have two individuals that can further the tradition of great keepers here at Washington State.'
Has made one appearance as a Cougar.
Played in nine matches last season.
Started all 19 matches and contributed three assists as a sophomore.
Started 18 matches and recorded three assists in 2007.
Sat out last season due to injury.
Started four matches and named team's top rookie last season.
Saw playing time in three matches as a freshman.
Greater Spokane League Defensive MVP as a senior at Shadle Park in Spokane.
POTTER SAYS'Every great team is built around a solid defense. We have lost a leader in Allison Scurich, but the stability provided by those returning and the freshness of our new additions will make this a group that is more than capable of setting new standards. They are going to be tested from the start and I am intrigued to see who steps forward to lead and marshal the backline. Opportunity is there and I am excited about the options and different qualities that we have in this group from great ball winners and tacklers to players capable of being dangerous in the attack.'
Played in 16 matches during each of her first two season at WSU.
Three goals, five assists, Pac-10 honorable mention as a sophomore.
Scored four goals, including a pair of game-winners, in 2007.
Part of three-time state championship program as a prep.
Three-sport athlete in high school.
Played on six club state championship teams.
'This group is going to have to be the core that sets the tone, standards and one that drives the team to new heights. We return players who have performed and tasted success and now take the reigns. I am excited to see how this pushes the team to new levels of success. We have added a variety of players who come from winning backgrounds and that will allow us to play in a variety of styles. I have been pleased with the discipline of this group and the fact that we are seeing goals from them is a great addition and great dynamic to have in our team.'
Pac-10 First Team in 2007 after registering 10 goals and four assists.
Played in 10 matches off the bench as a freshman.
Elysse Van Leer
Appeared in 12 matches last season.
Member of club teams that captured California State Cup titles.
Three-time All-KingCo First Team at Garfield High School in Seattle.
All-Greater Spokane League First Team as a senior at Mt. Spokane High School.
Received team award as best attacker all four years as Cheney High School.
'This group is going to be fun to watch. We return some great 1v1 players and have added both athleticism and players with the ability to combine and play which will only serve to help our team. Again, I like the versatility and dynamics of this group allowing us to play in a variety of styles whether with a target player or pure pace and 1v1 ability. Obviously we are looking for goals from this group and that is something any good forward knows she is going to be judged on, the ability to score and provide assists. This group truly has the potential to have a great season.'