Cougar Soccer Still in the Running for Post-Season Play
Oct. 30, 2000
Cougars at Their BestAt 12-6-0 the Cougar soccer team is celebrating its best season since joining the Pac-10 in 1995. The previous best was in 1996 when WSU went 8-7-2. The most wins any WSU soccer team has had is 14 in 1990 when the team competed in the NCSC. The last time the Cougars had 12 wins was the 12-7-1 team in 1994 that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Cougars Versus Ranked TeamsThe Cougars have played six ranked teams in 2000 and will make it seven when they take on Washington Friday. Since joining the Pac-10 the most ranked opponents WSU has had in a season is five in 1995 and 1996. Although the Cougars are 1-5 against ranked opponents this year with their only upset coming at No. 18 Arizona State, five of the six games were decided by one point. The Cougars have scored three goals and given up eight to ranked teams this season, including three to No. 11 BYU. Two of the losses came in double overtime matches with Stanford and USC, currently ranked 16th and 18th respectively.
WSU is in Postseason RaceThe Cougars are still in the race for post season play receiving votes in the national polls for the last two weeks and remaining a tough competitor in the Pac-10 which has been said to be the best conference in the country for women's soccer. WSU has only made one NCAA appearance in its 11-year soccer history, a 1994 run that landed the Cougs in the second round.
Cougars in the RanksWSU is currently ninth in the west and received votes in the SoccerBuzz top 25 national poll for the last two weeks. The Cougars have been among the top 10 in the west for most of the season.
DeWitt Breaks Shot RecordsDeka DeWitt is breaking records in her senior season. DeWitt moved up from fifth in single season shots to first with 106 and she surpasses Kim Lynass' career shot record from 1993 with 288. DeWitt also matched her single season goal record with her 12th goal for the game-winner at Oregon State. The game against Washington will be her 73rd, which ties for the career record at WSU.
Childs Takes Career Assist RecordJunior co-captain Beth Childs surpassed her previous mark of 15 career assists, which tied DeWitt for the record set earlier this season. Childs dished out two at Oregon last weekend, both off corner kicks, and now holds the record alone with 17 assists.
Cougs Dish the AssistsLiz Duncan, Childs and Katrina Stroh are all one assist away from tying DeWitt's single season assist record of eight set last season. However you put them together, the three have combined for more assists this season than any pair previously in school history (Kim Lynass/Amy Wilson in 1991 and DeWitt/Christina Pallan in 1999 both had 12).
Jorgensen Nets RecordsLindsey Jorgensen is breaking away from the competition in the record books. She now holds every career goalkeeper record at WSU with the exception of career GAA. She broke minutes in goal this season (5,062), saves (335) and increased her lead at career solo shutouts with 15. Jorgensen's 0.95 GAA this season is tied fourth and her career 1.71 GAA is sixth in school history.
Cougs Celebrate Youth MovementWith nine freshmen and only one senior on the 2000 WSU soccer team, the Cougars are young. Of the eight freshmen field players, four have started every game this season, and six have tallied points in either goals or assists for the Cougars.
A Solid BackfieldIn addition to the outstanding work of Jorgensen in the net, WSU is strong on defense. With freshman Shay Hobby anchoring the backfield along with Beth Childs, Mariette Boyce and Niki Ironside, the Cougs are averaging only one goal against them per game.
Cougs Loose TwoThe Cougars are short two players during the tail end of the season due to injury. Junior forward Natalie Kehl is out with a broken bone in her foot and sophomore defender Erin Cook is out with a torn ACL. Cook had played in 12 games for the Cougs and was a strong defensive force off the bench. Kehl put away five goals and dished out two assists while starting the first 16 games of the season.
Rodrick Gets Two at OregonFreshman Rachel Rodrick scored both the Cougars goals at Oregon for the 2-1 win. Both goals came off of corner kicks, they were her fourth and fifth of the season. The five goals are tied for second on the team and her 12 points (five goals, two assists) tie for third. Rodrick leads all freshmen in goals and points.
Overtime All the TimeThe Cougars have played six overtime games this season, four of them double overtime efforts. They are 3-3 in overtime games. The six overtimes are the most by any WSU team in a season. Four in 1998 was the previous record.
Pac-10 PresenceThe Cougs are currently 4-4-0 in the Pac-10, which sits them in the middle of the pack at fifth place. The four Pac-10 wins tie for the most by any WSU team. The only other season in school history that WSU had four Pac-10 wins was 1998'' 4-4-1 conference record.
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