Cougars Face Familiar Foe In First Round NCAA Action

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Nov. 12, 2002

This Week: Washington State (11-6-2, 5-2-2) will make its third NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, facing Pac-10 rival Arizona State Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif...the winner of the WSU/ASU match will meet the winner between defending national champion Santa Clara and Creighton Sunday at 1 p.m...the Cougars are 1-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament...WSU faced 10 teams during the regular season that are competing the 64-team NCAA field, including four of the top eight...WSU is prominent in this weeks national polls, coming in at No. 16 in the Soccer America poll, and No. 24 in the Soccer Buzz top 25...this week marks the first time this season the Cougars have appeared in more than one top 25 poll.

Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased through Santa Clara University's official athletic department website,, or by calling (408) 554-4660. All tickets are general admission and are available in adult or youth/senior. Adult tickets are $8.00, while youth/senior is $6.00.

WSU In The NCAA Tournament: WSU has participated in the NCAA Tournament on two other occasions, 1994 and 1994, Head Coach Lisa Gozley led the Cougars to a first round win over Wisconsin in Madison, before losing to William & 2000, Dan Tobias guided the Cougars to 13 regular season wins, including a school record five conference victories, before losing to Montana in the first round of the tournament.

Scouting the Sun Devils: Arizona State (11-6-2) finished sixth in the Pac-10 and join Washington State as two of the six conference teams in the 64-team field...the Sun Devils are in the tournament partly on the strength of a seven-match midseason win streak that included victories over San Diego and Auburn...ASU's top three scorers are all freshman, led by Elizabeth Bogus with 21 points, while Manya Makoski and Brittany Cooper have combined for goal, the Sun Devils will lean on sophomore Kelly Fitzgerald, who owns a 0.97 goals against average...ASU owns a 4-3-0 series lead over the Cougars.

Scouting the Blue Jays: Creighton (12-7-2) won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament title this season...the Blue Jays allowed only two goals in seven conference games and shutout Northern Iowa and Illinois State in the conference tournament...Franny Hylok led the team with 16 points on seven goals and two assists...goalkeeper Jaimie Thompson has seven shutouts on the season and a 0.92 goals against average...Creighton and Washington State have never met.

Scouting the Broncos: Defending national champion Santa Clara (15-4-1) started the season 3-2-1, before rattling off 12 wins in 14 matches to close the season...the Broncos earned a No.6 seed and a share of the West Coast Conference title this season, along with Pepperdine, who is the tournament's No. 3 seed...2002 marks the 14th-straight postseason appearance for Santa Clara...sophomore Leslie Osborne led the team with 26 points this season, while USC transfer Megan Kakadelas had 24...junior Kristi Candau led the Broncos in goals with 10...goalkeeper Alyssa Sobolik played in 15 matches, recording a 0.69 goals against average...Santa Clara has a 5-0-1 advantage in the all-time series, with the last meeting coming in 1998.

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 44 wins in the first five 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, Brownfield Add Firepower: Washington State benefited greatly on the offensive end from the addition of Iowa State transfer Nicole Wilcox, Connecticut transfer Shelby Brownfield and true freshman Alix Rustrum this season...Wilcox led the team with 24 points, which is 10th on WSU's single season list, eight goals and eight assists...her eight assists ties the single season school record...Rustrum has used her speed and 5-10 frame to score five goals and rack up seven assists...Brownfield didn't play until Oct. 11 because of a knee injury, but has sparked the Cougar offense with 11 points in eight conference games, including the game-winner Nov. 1 at Arizona State.

Elite Feet: Cougar junior Shelby Brownfield sat out of the first 10 matches of the 2002 season, but returned just in time for the grueling Pac-10 schedule and made a major impact...Brownfield was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for the week of Nov. 5 after knocking in the game-winner against Arizona State and adding a goal and an assist in a victory over Arizona to take the weekend sweep.

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...starting with the OSU match, the Cougars played three-straight double overtime matches to start the Pac-10 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 relied on a wealth of experience in the starting lineup in 2002....The Cougars returned 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 219 matches and score 84 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 22 career goals is third on the WSU all-time list, while her 16 assists is second...The Decatur High School graduate is also third in career points with 60.

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 fourth in points with 45...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 six shutouts under her belt in 2002 and eight 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 this season in a double overtime win over Oregon State...the Simi Valley, Calif., native ranks fourth on WSU's all-time list in shutouts and ninth in saves and has a 0.83 goals against average this season.

Cougars vs. Top 25 Opponents: WSU's split with USC and UCLA Nov. 8 and 10 marked the programs 58th and 59th matches against top 25 opponents all-time...In those matches, WSU has come away with the win 12 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 27 times, 19 on Prime Sports Northwest and eight 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 Washington State's 1-0 win over Arizona State Nov. 1.

LAST WEEK IN THE PAC-10FridayCalifornia 4 Arizona 1Stanford 2 Arizona State 1Oregon State 2 Washington 1Washington State 4 USC 1

SundayStanford 6 Arizona 0California 2 Arizona State 1UCLA 2 Washington State 1Washington 5 USC 0

SOCCER BUZZ REGIONAL RANKINGS (Nov. 11)1. Stanford2. UCLA3. Pepperdine4. Santa Clara5. Portland6. Brigham Young7. Washington State8. California9. USC10. Arizona State10. Washington

NSCAA/ADIDAS REGIONAL RANKINGS (Nov. 11)1. Stanford2. Pepperdine3. UCLA4. Santa Clara5. Portland6. Brigham Young7. California8. Washington State9. Washington10. Arizona State10. USC
SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25 (Nov. 11)1. Stanford (18-1-0)2. North Carolina (17-1-4)3. UCLA (16-3-0)4. Santa Clara (15-4-1)5. Pepperdine (16-1-2)6. Connecticut (18-2-1)7. Portland (14-4-2)8. West Virginia (17-2-1)9. Texas A&M (15-3-1)10. Nebraska (14-5-3)11. Texas (15-4-1)12. Tennessee (16-5-1)13. Penn State (15-3-1)14. Clemson (14-7-0)15. Denver (17-1-2)16. Washington State (11-6-2)17. Brigham Young (16-5-0)18. California (11-7-1)19. Maryland (12-7-2)20. Villanova (14-2-4)21. Duke (9-9-2)22. Cincinnati (16-3-3)23. Charlotte (16-1-2)24. Virginia (11-6-2)25. Arizona State (11-6-2)

SOCCER BUZZ TOP 25 (Nov. 11)1. Stanford2. North Carolina3. UCLA4. Connecticut5. Pepperdine6. Santa Clara7. West Virginia8. Portland9. Texas A&M10. Texas11. Tennessee12. Charlotte13. Denver14. Penn State15. BYU16. Clemson17. Nebraska18. Purdue19. Maryland20. Villanova21. Florida State22. Virginia23. Notre Dame24. Washington State25. California 
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