Cougar Soccer Back to the NCAA Championship
Nov. 10, 2009
WASHINGTON STATE (13-5-2, 5-2-2 Pac-10)
THIS WEEK: The Washington State women's soccer team makes its second-straight NCAA Championship appearance, a first in the program's history...Cougars play Villanova, Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific in College Park, Md...Monmouth and host Maryland, a national No. 4 seed in the NCAA field, play in the site's other first round match at 5 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Pacific.
MATCH COVERAGE: Fans can follow the entire 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship by logging onto www.ncaa.com/brackets/2009/ncaa_bracket_DI_soccer_women.html.
COUGARS IN THE RANKINGS: Washington State is in the top 25 nationally in all three polls...Cougars are No. 14 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 18 according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and No. 22 in the Soccer America rankings...WSU is No. 3 in the NSCAA Pacific Region poll...fourth-straight week the Cougars are ranked in all three polls.
SENIOR MOMENTS: The current Washington State senior class tied the school record for victories (43) and road wins (18) in a four-year period...registered nine wins over nationally-ranked teams and 21 wins at home, both the most in school history during a four-year period...amassed a .721 winning percentage at home...tied the single-season school record with 10 shutouts in both 2006 and 2009 and recorded 33 during the last four years...part of back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances, the first for any women's program at WSU since rowing in 2003 and 2004...class never lost to Arizona, Oregon, USC or Washington to become the first program in school history to go undefeated against four Pac-10 opponents.
SUCCESS IN MARYLAND: Washington State has won both matches in school history played in Maryland...Cougars defeated East Carolina 2-1 and Navy 1-0 in double overtime in Annapolis during the 2000 season.
BEAST AGAINST THE BIG EAST: The Cougars are 5-0-1 all-time against current members of the Big East Conference, including 1-0-1 under head coach Matt Potter...defeated No. 9 Connecticut 2-1 and Providence 2-0 in California to open the 1994 season...won 4-1 at Louisville in 1997 and defeated the Cardinals 3-0 at home in 1999...both matches took place prior to Louisville joining the Big East...tied No. 13 West Virginia 1-1 in Harrisonburg, Va., last year...defeated Syracuse 4-0 in Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this season...WSU and Villanova have never met in women' soccer.
POTTER RECORD: Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter has amassed a school record 68 victories during his seven-year tenure...owns 68-48-22 record (.572 winning percentage).
ABOUT VILLANOVA: The Wildcats are 11-5-5 overall, 4-4-3 in the Big East Conference...tied for fourth in the Big East National Division...advanced past Connecticut on penalty kicks in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament after a 1-1 tie...lost 1-0 to Marquette in a Big East Quarterfinal...Katie Ryan leads the team with 11 goals, seven assists and 29 points.