WSU Opens Pac-10 Play With Trip To Beaver State

Oct. 8, 2002

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This Week: Washington State (6-4-0) begins the 2002 Pac-10 campaign with matches on the road against Oregon State and Oregon...the Cougars are looking to rebound from a string of four losses in five matches after starting the season 5-0-0...WSU Head Coach Dan Tobias' career record against the Beavers and Ducks is 4-3-1...the Cougars have already played 10 matches this season, including four in Pullman...last season, WSU only played one home match in its first 11, going 45 days without a game in Pullman.

Scouting the Beavers: Oregon State (7-2-2) pieced together a solid non-conference record, relying heavily on its 10 returning starters from a year Washington State, the Beavers have a balanced attack, featuring four players with 10 or more points...junior Courtney Carter leads the team with five goals and three assists, while veteran Lindsey Beem is second with 11 points...goalkeeper Jo Fletcher, a native of England, has thrown up five shutouts this season and is carrying a 0.72 goals against average...WSU and OSU share a common opponent in Gonzaga...both teams defeated the Bulldogs, the Beavers with a 2-0 win Sept. 8, and the Cougars with an 8-0 success Sept. 22...Washington State leads the all-time series 5-4-2...last year's match was a 2-2 tie completed in near darkness on Fox Sports Northwest in Pullman.

Scouting the Ducks: After tying No. 8 Texas A&M to start the season, Oregon (1-7-1) has dropped seven of eight matches, but is hoping a tough schedule that included the Aggies, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 Portland, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 20 Florida State, and No. 24 Utah prepared them well for Pac-10 play...senior Amanda Orand leads the team with five points this season...goalkeeper Sarah Peters has faced 105 shots this season and has 38 saves...of the 19 goals UO has given up this season, 12 have come against ranked opponents...the Ducks defeated WSU 4-0 to conclude the season for both teams in 2001...WSU leads the all-time series 4-2-0.

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 39 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.

Wilcox, Rustrum Add Firepower: Washington State has benefited greatly on the offensive end from the addition of Iowa State transfer Nicole Wilcox and freshman Alix Rustrum of Wilsonville, Ore...Wilcox leads the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists...the Battle Ground, Wash., native has taken 32 shots and started all 10 matches...Rustrum leads the team with 32 shots, including 13 on goal, and has 13 points on the season.

Last Week In The Pac-10: Arizona blanked Youngstown State (7-0) and lost to St. Louis (5-1)...Arizona State defeated Northern Arizona (4-1)...California defeated No. 10 Wake Forest (1-0)...Oregon lost to Portland State (3-1) and No. 3 Portland (3-0)...Oregon State defeated New Mexico (5-2)...No. 2 Stanford lost to No. 1 North Carolina (1-0), but rebounded to shutout Tulane (3-0)...UCLA swept Santa Clara (2-1) and Loyola Marymount (3-2)...USC ended in a tie with Loyola Marymount (2-2) and defeated Santa Clara (1-0)...Washington was shutout by No. 3 Portland (4-0)...The Pac-10 is 60-30-12 in non-conference play this season, with a record of 7-7-1 last week.

Class of 2000: Washington State's freshmen class of 2000 features eight players that have been significant contributors during their first two-and- a half 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 183 matches and score 71 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 20 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 54.

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 a goal against Brigham Young Oct. 3, the Curtis High School graduate moved to fourth in career goals with 16, and is fifth in points with 41...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 loss to No. 19 Pepperdine Sept. 27 marked the programs 55th match against a top 25 opponent all-time...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.

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