Washington State Women's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 14-6-2
2009 Pac-10 Record: 5-2-2 (3rd)
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/12
Head Coach: Matt Potter
Alma Mater: West London, 1992
Record at Washington State: 69-49-22
Assistant Coaches: Jason Goodson, Graeme Abel
The Cougars, fresh off a run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a third place Pac-10 finish in 2009, will look to continue an upward trajectory in 2010. The team enters the season ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA preseason poll. The Cougars lost key players in 2009 leading scorer Kiersten Dallstream and defender Carly Dobratz, but look to be able to reload in 2010. Sophomore forward Brandi Vega, who was tied as the second-highest leading scorer last season with five, will be looked to for offensive power this season. Senior forward Emma Stolz netted three goals last season and will bring experience to the front line. Redshirt senior midfielder Mallory Fox will provide leadership after appearing in 22 games in 2009. Freshman defenders Mariah Cameron and Mel Johnston were keys to the Cougars defense last season and both players were named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team. Senior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo stepped right in as a transfer in 2009 and was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team for her stellar play in goal. She started 21 matches and tallied eight shutouts.
Aug. 29- Washington State at Texas A&M, 11:30 a.m. PT
Nov. 5 - Washington at Washington State, 1:30 p.m. PT
The Cougars will face Texas A&M, ranked eighth on the NSCAA preseason poll on Aug. 29 on the road. This will be an early-season test for Washington State, who themselves are ranked No. 21 in the poll.
On Nov. 5, the Cougars will host in-state rival Washington. After a double overtime game that resulted in 1-1 tie last season, the Cougars will hope to be able to earn a definitive win that could have implications on the Pac-10 race.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#00, Meghan Berlingo
Sr., GK, Massapequa, N.Y.
Berlingo was named to second team All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region in her first season as a Cougar in 2009. She started 21 matches and posted a 13-5-2 record with eight shutouts and 0.72 goals against average. Her 13 wins are tied for first on the Cougar single-season list and sixth on the all-time career list at WSU. With eight shutouts she set the WSU single-season record and her goals-against average of 0.72 is second. Berlingo has a knack of coming up big in important games and against then-No. 1 ranked Stanford, Berlingo had a career-high nine saves. She will be looked to as an anchor and leader of the defensive unit in 2010. In her freshman and sophomore seasons at Florida, Berlingo started in 14 matches each season.