Cougar Soccer Loses Two Players for Final Three Games

Oct. 25, 2000

In two close matches last weekend, the Cougar soccer team lost two strong players to injury.

Junior Natalie Kehl (Spokane, Wash.) suffered a broken bone in her left foot in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to USC, she will have surgery on Halloween.

Sophomore Erin Cook (Portland, Ore.) went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Friday's 1-0 loss to UCLA. Her surgery is scheduled for November 14th.

Kehl has been an integral part of the Cougar's turn-around season. She started all 16 games before her injury last weekend, and is one of the Cougars leading scorers as a forward. She is currently third on the team in points with 12 (five goals, two assists).

Her five goals this season are as many as she had in her first two seasons combined. She has also scored two game-winners this season, including a 9-0 win over Portland State and a 4-2 win against Montana.

'Natalie Kehl has been starting the entire year up front and scored some big goals for us,' head coach Dan Tobias said. 'She's been battling this problem with her foot for the last six months and it's unfortunate for her and for the team. We'll miss her play.'

Cook has been a strong force off the bench for the Cougars, playing in 12 games and starting one this season at defense. She has scored one goal this season, the first of her career.

'Erin's been playing some of the best soccer in her WSU career and earning a lot of minutes in these past five games and it's very sad,' Tobias said. 'It makes us a little bit thin in the back, but it also opens up new opportunities for the young players who have been very strong in training.'

The Cougars also had two players suffer minor ankle sprains last weekend, Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) and Katrina Stroh (Federal Way, Wash.). Both played reentered the game in the second half of Sunday's game and are day-to-day, but should play this weekend.

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