Cougars Face Huskies Saturday In Pullman

Oct. 16, 2002

This Week: Washington State (7-4-1, 1-0-1) tests Washington in soccer's version of the Apple Cup...the Cougars opened Pac-10 play with a 1-0, overtime win over Oregon State in Corvallis and finished the weekend by playing to a tie with Oregon...WSU's 1-0-1 start in conference is the best since 1997, when the Cougars knocked off the Beavers and Ducks to go 2-0-0...the victory over Oregon State marked Dan Tobias' 40th win as head coach at WSU.

Scouting the Huskies: Washington (7-4-2, 2-0-0) joined Washington State as two of the four Pac-10 teams to escape the first weekend of play without a loss along with Stanford and Arizona State...UW managed a difficult non-conference schedule this season, taking on top 25 teams in Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, and Portland, going 1-3-1...Melissa Bennett leads the team with four goals and 13 assists for 21 points, while Tina Frimpong has knocked in seven goals...the Huskies' third-leading scorer, redshirt freshman Kim Taylor is the sister of Cougar first-year football tight end Jesse Taylor...Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo will be in net for UW, carrying a 1.12 goals against average and making 50 saves through 13 matches...UW leads the all-time series 6-4-1, but Cougar Head Coach Dan Tobias is 2-0 in Pullman against the Huskies...both wins came in double overtime.

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 40 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 a team-high 37 shots and started all 12 matches...Rustrum has added 34 shots, including 13 on goal, and has 13 points on the season.

Last Week In The Pac-10:Friday
Arizona 3 Arizona State 1
Stanford 2 USC 0
UCLA 1 California 0
Washington 2 Oregon 1
Washington State 1 Oregon State 0 (2OT)

Stanford 1 UCLA 0
USC 2 California 0
Washington 3 Oregon State 1
Washington State 1 Oregon 1

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 191 matches and score 73 points.

Senior 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 21 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 56.

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 Oregon Oct. 13, the Curtis High School graduate moved to fourth in career goals with 17, and is fifth in points with 43...Rodrick is also tied for third in multiple goal matches with four, and recorded her first career hat trick against Eastern Washington in 2001.

Junior Goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz: With four shutouts under her belt in 2002 and six for her career, junior goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz is establishing herself as one of the conference's top netminders...Leibowitz posted her first solo shutout as a freshman in 2000 against UNLV, and blanked her first Pac-10 opponent last weekend in a double overtime win over Oregon State...the Simi Valley, Calif., native ranks fifth on WSU's all-time list in shutouts and ninth in saves.

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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