Washington State Soccer Take On Lobos Friday, Sept. 19 At Home

Sept. 16, 2003

The Cougars (2-4-0) will host New Mexico Friday, Sept. 19 at Lower Soccer Field. The game starts at 3 p.m.

'New Mexico is a well coached, tough minded team,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Although 0-3-2, all of the Lobos games have been close so we need to be at our best to continue along a positive path.

'We somewhat know how New Mexico feels so we know what to expect. They will come out hungry so it is up to us to defend our home field. It should be an entertaining game to see.'

Scouting the Lobos: UNM is 0-3-2 overall coming into Friday's game...head coach Kit Vela coached the Lobos to a third place finish in the Mountain West last year...even though New Mexico is without a win this year, they have taken three games into overtime...one overtime loss to Oklahoma and two double-overtime ties against UC Irvine and Northern Colorado...Kristine Sweat, a 5-8 freshman forward from Concord, Calif., is the only Lobo to score a goal this season...UNM returns 14 letterwinners and nine starters from their 2002 squad

Last Week's Summary: Washington State returns home after a split in the adidas Wake Forest Tournament. The Cougars are sitting at 2-4 overall, coming off a loss to Wake Forest and a victory over No.10 Duke.

'Going into the weekend, we said we would be delighted to come away with a split against two tough ACC teams,' Potter said.

'We achieved our goal of a split, but a better result from the Wake Forest game would have made it that much sweeter. We are not dissatisfied, but we know had we finished better we could have tied or won the Wake Forest game.

'Nonetheless we are beginning to put all the positives from each game together. As we move forward it is nice to play at home.'

Wake Forest beat the Cougars 2-1 in their first game of the adidas Wake Forest Tournament...sophomore forward Sarah Kozey scored the first goal of the match at the 25:33 mark...Kozey finished her second attempt, following up the ricochet off the post from her first shot...neither team created much offense until senior forward Rachel Rodrick evened up the score for WSU...Rodrick beat two Deacon defenders and cut across the box to rip a shot into the upper-left corner 55 minutes in...the goal was the first Wake Forest had surrendered in 234:20...Kozey picked up the assist on the winning goal by A.B. Robbins...63 minutes in, Kozey crossed the ball to Kaitlyn Doe who one-touched it to Robbins...the senior forward slotted it past redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Katie Hultin...the Cougars posted nine corner kicks for the match including a Mariette Boyce attempt...Boyce's header was cleared off the line by a Wake Forest defender in the last 10 seconds of the match to maintain the Demon Deacon victory.

Washington State pulled the upset over No.10 Duke...beating Duke 1-0 in its last match of the tournament...the game was played evenly with both teams posting similar statistics until the 75th minute...senior forward Rachel Rodrick scored her third goal of the season and third goal in three games for the victory over the Blue Devils...Rodrick received a pass from sophomore forward Haley Miller...she then took a crack from 30 yards out that deflected of a Blue Devil defender and slipped past Duke goalkeeper Kate Straka.Youth Soccer and Autograph Day: Friday is Youth Soccer Day at Lower Soccer Field...the Cougars will be available after the game to sign posters that will be provided...t-shirts will be thrown out to fans after every WSU goal up to the third goal.

Three WSU Players Named to adidas Wake Forest All-Tournament Team: Seniors Rachel Rodrick, Mariette Boyce and Shay Hobby made the all-tournament team...Rodrick scored in both games of the tournament including the game winner against Duke...Boyce was WSU's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 1...Wake Forest posted four to the all-tournament team including MVP A.B. Robbins...Washington State and Duke tied with three honorees each, while Oregon State had one.

Rachel Rodrick Leads WSU in Scoring: Senior forward Rachel Rodrick has a goal in each of the last three WSU games...two were game winners against Montana and No.10 Duke...Rodrick also has one assist on the season, tallying seven points...she is one goal away from moving into third on WSU's all-time goals list...she has 21 career goals...Rodrick also needs just six more points added to her 55, to rank third in all-time points

Rustrum and Morgan Return to Action: Senior midfielder Kim Morgan and sophomore forward Alix Rustrum played this past weekend after sitting out due to injury...Morgan suffered a sprain to her knee in the 2003 opener against No. 1 North Carolina...before her injury Morgan was on her way to beating the all-time games played and games started records at WSU...Rustrum started 14 matches as a freshman adding five goals and seven assists for the Cougar offense.

Cougars Face Challenging Non-Conference Schedule: Washington State is taking on its most difficult non-conference schedule in program history this season...taking on No. 1/2 North Carolina and No.14 Maryland in the Pac-10/ACC Tournament... both matches resulted in losses...Sept. 12 the Cougs played Wake Forest, who are ranked sixth in the Southeast region, to a 2-1 loss...WSU upset No.10 Duke on the final day of the adidas Wake Forest Tournament 1-0, Sunday, Sept. 14...the weekend of Sept. 26-28 WSU will face No. 4 Texas and No. 16 Texas A&M in the Lone Star State...defending Big Sky champions Idaho State trek to the Palouse for an Oct. 3 contest...the Cougars play their first conference match Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. against No. 7 UCLA...five Pac-10 foes are ranked in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll.

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