Cougars Open With Exhibition Against Ghana National Team

Aug. 15, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State soccer team will tune-up for the 2003 season with an exhibition against the Ghana National Team Monday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. on the Lower Soccer Field.

Head coach Matt Potter, who is in his first season with the Cougars, is excited and confident heading into his Washington State coaching debut.

'Preseason has gone tremendously well thanks to the hard work of the team. They have obviously used the off season wisely and have made a great start to our fall preparation,' Potter said. 'We are looking to see the application of the sessions in the game, so our plan is to get everyone involved.'

The Cougars return nine starters and 21 letterwinners from the 2002 NCAA tournament squad. Among the returnees are seniors Nicole Wilcox and captains Rachel Rodrick, Shay Hobby and Kim Morgan.

Wilcox is coming off of a tremendous junior season in which she earned second team All Pac-10 and Soccer Buzz Second-Team All-West Region accolades. She was also the team's most valuable offensive player.

Rodrick, a three-time team captain, is heading into her senior season sitting third in WSU's all-time points category (46), fourth in goals (18), tied for sixth in assists (12) and tied for third in multiple goal matches (4).

Hobby and Morgan earned the team's co-MVP awards last year. Hobby was named Soccer Buzz Third-Team All-West Region and was voted defensive MVP by her teammates in 2001 and 2002.

'It's an honor and privilege to play a Ghana team that is headed to the World Cup,' Potter said. 'Playing that level of competition allows us to challenge ourselves but also helps them (Ghana) in their preparation. It should be an entertaining game to watch.'

Admission is free and there is parking in the dorm parking lot east of the Cougar Soccer Field and in the library parking lot across the street.

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