Cougars Storm Into Homestand With Utah, Gonzaga

Sept. 17, 2002

This Week: Washington State (5-0-0) hosts Utah Friday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m., and Gonzaga Sunday, Sept. 22 at noon...the Cougars are 5-0 for the first time in school history and have outscored their foes 16-2...WSU defeated Cal Poly and San Jose State on the road last weekend, giving up just one goal, which came on a free kick.

Scouting the Utes: Friday's match between WSU and Utah will be a battle of unbeatens, as the Utes bring a 3-0-2 record to Pullman...Utah began the season with an upset of perennial power Portland, 2-0 in Salt Lake City...Utah has also scored victories over Kentucky and Idaho State, while drawing with Northwestern and Oregon...sophomore Julie Herdic was named Mountain West Conference player of the week after recording a hat trick in the Utes' 4-1 win over Idaho State Sept. 12...the all-time series is tied at one.

Scouting the Bulldogs: The Bulldogs (2-3-0) appear to much improved in 2002 over last season's 1-12-2 record...Gonzaga surprised Oregon by defeating them 1-0 Sept. 6 and also scored a 5-0 victory over Boise State in its most recent outing...sophomore forward Annie Hawkins leads the team with four goals, while goalkeeper Ashley Haugen has 33 saves in goal...Washington State owns a 14-0-0 all-time record against the Bulldogs, and has outscored its northern neighbor 76-5.

Cougar Coaching Staff: Head Coach Dan Tobias is now in his fifth year at the helm and guided Washington State to the NCAA Tournament in 2000...Tobias has tallied 38 wins in the first four years of his tenure, putting him in second for career victories at WSU... the former Cal Poly standout player and assistant is the third coach in the 14-year history of the Cougar soccer program...assistant Curtis McAlister is in his fourth year on the Palouse and works primarily on defensive organization and with the goalkeepers...his presence was a huge factor during WSU's run to the postseason in 2000, as the Cougars allowed only 19 goals in 21 matches...Oregon native Lisa Oyen begins her second season on the staff...the four-year letterwinner at the University of Montana coordinates summer camps and brings a wealth of playing experience to the program.

Hot Start: By knocking off Cal Poly and San Jose State last weekend, the 2002 Cougars became the first team in program history to begin the season with five wins...the best 10-match start in school history belongs to Dan Tobias' 2000 team, which streaked to an 8-2 start and ended up in the NCAA Tournament.

Defense Never Rests: Though Washington State is averaging a solid 3.2 goals per game in 2002, its defensive efforts have been the cornerstone of a 5-0 start...the Cougars have given up only 12 shots on goal (2.4 per game) resulting in just two goals...WSU has also guarded closely against the corner kick, allowing just four all season...junior goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz is sporting a 0.22 goals against average in 405 minutes of play, including three shutouts...Leibowitz is tied for fifth all-time at WSU with five career shutouts.

Last Week In The Pac-10: Arizona lost to Oklahoma (2-0)...Arizona State defeated Baylor (1-0)...California upended defending national champion Santa Clara (2-1) and tied with St. Mary's (1-1)...Oregon finished in a deadlock with Utah (1-1)...eating Texas A&M 1-0...Oregon lost to Gonzaga (1-0)...Oregon State swept through its weekend, beating Hawaii (1-0) and Gonzaga (2-0)...Stanford remained unbeaten by scoring 1-0 victories over Texas and Texas A&M...UCLA defeated Virginia (4-3) in overtime and lost to Penn State (1-0) in double overtime...USC downed Penn State (1-0) and tied Virginia (0-0)...Washington outlasted Duke (4-3) and lost to No. 1 North Carolina (5-1)...The Pac-10 is 21-11-5 in non-conference play.

Class of 2000: Washington State's freshmen class of 2000 features eight players that have been significant contributors during their first two seasons at Washington State... Defenders Mariette Boyce and Shay Hobby, forward/midfielders Jessica Allen, Kim Morgan, Jenna Wirtz, and Rachel Rodrick, and goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz are all expected to be integral pieces to squad this season as WSU will be shooting for a second postseason appearance in three years.

Starting Experience: Head Coach Dan Tobias will rely on a wealth of experience in the starting lineup in 2002....The Cougars return 16 starters who had a combined 275 career matches started under their belts prior to the first contest of 2002...There are also still eight players who competed in the 2000 NCAA Tournament...Junior stalwarts Mariette Boyce, Shay Hobby, Kim Morgan, and Rachel Rodrick have combined to start 164 matches and score 67 points.

Senior Midfielder Katrina Stroh In The Record Books: Federal Way, Wash., native Katrina Stroh has established herself as one of the best players ever to wear a Cougar uniform during her first three years in Pullman, and is looking to add to that legacy this season...Stroh's 18 career goals is third on the WSU all-time list, while her 14 assists is third...The Decatur High School graduate is also third in career points with 50.

Junior Rachel Rodrick In The Record Books: Just past the midpoint of her Washington State career, junior forward Rachel Rodrick is climbing quickly up the school career records list...With two goals against Montana Sept. 2, the Curtis High School graduate moved to fifth in career goals with 14, and is sixth in points with 36...Rodrick is also tied for third in multiple goal matches with four, and recorded her first career hat trick against Eastern Washington in 2001.

Cougars vs. Top 25 Opponents: WSU's swing through Los Angeles in October of 2001 marked the program's 52nd and 53rd matches against top 25 teams...In those matches, WSU has come away with the win 10 times while tying on five occasions...Aside from the victory over No. 2 Washington in the 2000 regular season finale, WSU owns two other victories over top 10 teams...In 1993, under the direction of Lisa Fraser, the Cougars upset No. 6 Stanford in Pullman...In 1994, the Cougs opened what would become an NCAA Tournament season by defeating Connecticut 2-1...Fraser helped WSU achieve their highest ranking in the national polls in 1993, peaking at No. 11 on Sept. 12.

Cougs On The Tube: The Washington State soccer program is no stranger to television coverage...Cougar matches have appeared on television a total of 26 times, 19 on Prime Sports Northwest and seven on Fox Sports Northwest...WSU soccer debuted on the tube Oct. 5, 1990 with a 4-0 win over Seattle Pacific. Possibly the most memorable television appearance came in 1991 as the Cougars took 58 shots on goal en route to a 15-0 blowout of Gonzaga. Dan Tobias went 2-1 in his first season at WSU on television, including a 1-0 overtime win against Washington on Fox Sports Northwest...The most recent appearance on Fox Sports Northwest was Nov. 9 of last season, a 2-2 draw with Oregon State that ended in near darkness in Pullman...The Cougars are scheduled to play Arizona State on Fox Sports Northwest Nov. 1.

New Parking Policy: The new general event parking for soccer will be in the Yellow 1 Beasley Coliseum south lot. Paid general parking is available in the Holland Library garage for $1.50 per hour during the week day, $2.50 all night after 5 p.m. and $2.00 all day Saturday and $2.00 all day Sunday. Paid general parking up to two hours at a time would also be available at parking meters located in the vicinity of Bohler Gym. Payment of the meters would be required during the event. Spaces in the Gray 1 zone lot would be available to Crimson & Gray permit holders and those with disability permits and the elderly. Operations will be handled by Parking and Transportation Services. Attendants will not be made available for these events but directional signs will be put in place.

Soccer Times Top 25Rank	School			Record1. 	North Carolina 	        5-0-12.	Stanford		4-0-03.	UCLA			4-1-04.	Portland		5-2-05.	California		4-1-16.	Santa Clara		3-2-07.	Texas			3-2-08.	Penn State		3-1-19.	Notre Dame		4-2-010.	Texas A&M		3-3-011.	Connecticut		5-1-112.	Wake Forest		7-0-013.	Michigan		5-1-014.	Duke			4-2-015.	Nebraska		2-2-116.	Virginia		2-2-117.	Tennessee		5-1-018.	West Virginia		5-1-019.	Florida			3-3-020.	Pepperdine		5-0-121.	Washington		3-2-122.	Clemson		        4-3-023.	USC			2-3-124.	Utah			3-0-2	Auburn		        6-0-0
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