Cougars Slip Past Cal Poly 1-0

Sept. 13, 2002

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. --- The Washington State soccer team defeated host Cal Poly 1-0 with a late goal by senior midfielder Katrina Stroh, advancing its season record to 4-0.

'It was a good game played at a fast-pace,' WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias said. 'I thought we did a good job, but we struggled with making that final pass to spring one of our attacking players.'

After controlling the match for much of the first half, WSU was heavily pressured by Cal Poly throughout the second stanza.

'We were really happy with how we absorbed the pressure,' Tobias said. 'They had a couple of chances but we didn't give up too much.

'Shay Hobby and Mariette Boyce did their usual steady jobs,' Tobias said of his veteran defenders. 'They kept their defensive shape pretty well. They did a very steady job.'

After battling back the Mustang attack, the Cougars were able to pounce on a scoring opportunity at the 79:55 mark on a pass from sophomore Christie Spear to Stroh. The goal was Stroh's second of the year and the 18th of her career.

Tobias, a former player and assistant coach at Cal Poly under, returned to San Luis Obispo to face Mustang coach Alex Crozier for the first time.

'It is one game for our team,' Tobias said. 'I am just really thankful to the people that gave me an opportunity in San Luis Obispo and at Cal Poly. It was a good game and I am happy for our team. This was a good way to get this road trip started.'

Junior goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz recorded her third shutout of the season in the victory, which dropped Cal Poly's record to 3-2-0.

The Cougars finish the weekend trip Sunday at Noon against San Jose State.

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