Cougars Host No. 1 Stanford, No. 7 California

Oct. 22, 2002

This Week: Washington State (7-4-2, 1-0-2) hosts a pair of national powers in Stanford and California...the Cougars are coming off three-consecutive double overtime matches against their Northwest rivals and are still undefeated in conference play...WSU has never been unbeaten after three conference matches...junior goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz is expected to be back in the Cougar lineup after missing last week's contest against Washington with an injured shoulder.

Scouting the Cardinal: Stanford (13-1-0) is the Pac-10's early leader, as well as the nation's top-ranked team...the Cardinal outshot Oregon State and Oregon 51-4 last weekend in a pair of shutout victories...goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has 10 shutouts on the season, including a streak of five-straight coming into Pullman...Marcie Ward leads the team with 20 points, coming on seven goals and six assists...she is the third leading scorer in the Pac-10, while teammate Marcia Wallis is tied for fifth with 16 points...the Cougars will be looking for their second win over Stanford, having last beat them in 1993...Stanford has won eight-straight matches over WSU, with three of the last five coming in overtime.

Scouting the Golden Bears: California (9-4-1) received a big boost from a fully healthy Laura Schott last weekend, as the senior All-American tallied six points in a pair of wins over Oregon State and Oregon...the No. 7/11 Golden Bears are battle-tested after taking on a non-conference schedule that included Texas, Texas A&M, defending national champion Santa Clara, and Wake Forest...freshman Tracy Hamm leads Cal with 16 points and is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in that category...goalkeeper Sani Post is posting a 0.77 goals against average, including three shutouts, in eight matches this season...California leads the all-time series 2-8-2, with one of WSU's wins coming last year in a 2-0 shutout in Berkeley.

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 15 points on five goals and five assists...the Battle Ground, Wash., native has taken a team-high 37 shots and started all 13 matches...Rustrum has added 35 shots, including 15 on goal, and has 13 points on the season.

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

Washington 2 Washington State 2 (2OT)

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

Free Soccer: Prior to Washington State's Oct. 13 match with Oregon State, the Cougars had played 11-consecutive contests, dating back to last season, without going into overtime...WSU has now played three-straight double overtime matches to start the Pac-10 schedule against OSU, Oregon, and team in school history has gone to overtime three outings in a row, let alone three double overtimes...WSU is 5-3-2 in overtime under current Head Coach Dan Tobias, and has not lost in the last five...the Cougars are 9-7-2 all-time outside of regulation.

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 195 matches and score 76 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 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 tied for fourth in points with 44...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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