WSU Soccer To Take On Texas And No. 3 Texas A&M

Sept. 23, 2003

This Week: The Cougars (3-4-0) head to the Lone Star State to play Texas Friday, Sept. 26 and No. 3 Texas A&M Sunday, Sept. 28.

'This weekend will be a real test to see how far we have come this season,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'I have been pleased with the growth of the team on a game to game basis, and we are beginning to play with more consistency and style.

'We can take a lot of positives away from our 1-0 win this weekend that will help prepare us for the trip to Texas.

'Both Texas and Texas A&M are elite programs in women's college soccer. Both are continually ranked in the top 20 for a reason; they are talented teams. We are looking forward to battle in two challenging enviroments. It should be a great weekend of soccer.'

Scouting the Longhorns: Washington State will play Texas at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 at the Mike A Meyers Track & Soccer Stadium, Austin, Texas...Texas is 4-4-0 coming off of two losses last weekend to defending national champion No. 20 Portland and No. 14 Washington ...the Longhorns were ranked No. 15 before the losses to Portland and Washington...junior forward Kelly McDonald leads the Longhorns in scoring this season with 12 points...she has five goals, one game-winning and two assists...senior midfielder Nikki Thaden is tied for second in points with junior forward Kelly Wilson with three goals and two assists...both Thaden and Wilson received NSCAA Third-Team All-American honors in 2002...starting freshman goalkeeper Dana Hall posts a 1.46 goals against average in six games played...Hall has a 3-3 record...this is the first time Texas and WSU will have played each other...the Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 and made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Scouting the Aggies: No. 3 Texas A&M is 6-1-0 coming into Sunday's match against the Cougs...the Aggies host WSU at Aggie Soccer Complex at 5 p.m. PDT Sept. 28 at College Station, Texas...the only loss the Aggies have suffered has been to No. 1 North Carolina...they lost 1-0 in overtime...Texas A&M is 4-0 at home...they post a 2.54 goals per game scoring average and only allow .42 goals per game...junior forward Emma Smith is the fastest player on the Aggie roster and the current points leader...she has five goals, one game-winning and two assists...senior midfielder Kristen Strutz is second in points with four goals, one game-winning and three assists...Strutz earned Soccer Buzz All-American honorable mention and First-Team All-Central Region accolades in 2002...6-2 sophomore goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak has only allowed three goals in seven games posting a .43 goals against average...the Cougars are 1-0 in series play against the Aggies, beating A&M 2-0 in 1993...Texas A&M won the Big 12 championship last year and made it to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

Last Week's Summary: The Cougars posted their third win of the season Friday, Sept. 19 against the University of New Mexico...WSU beat the Lobos 1-0...Washington State out shot UNM 15-1 and recorded three corner kicks while not allowing the Lobos a single corner kick opportunity...senior forward Nicole Wilcox took a team-high five shots, hitting the crossbar and side netting on two attempts...senior Rachel Rodrick looked like she was going to have her fourth-consecutive goal in a game three minutes before halftime...Rodrick beat an offside trap and took a shot from 19 yards that went just wide of the far-left post...junior midfielder Cailan McCutchan scored the winning goal at the 78:04 mark for her third career goal...Wilcox passed the ball to Christie Spear who laid the ball of to McCutchan...McCutchan teed up the ball and made a 30-yard rocket into the top left-hand corner of the goal...the shutout leaves the Cougars with 180 minutes of consecutive play without conceding a goal.'We've learned from our mistakes,' Potter said. 'Now we've played 180 minutes without conceding a goal. This is important heading into next weekend's games against two very strong teams.'

WSU Takes on Coaching Legends: Both Texas and Texas A&M have coaches ranked among the top 10 winingest active Division I coaches ...the Longhorns are coached by Chris Petrucelli who is third on the All-Time Division I Winingest Soccer Coaches list...Petrucelli has a 224-49-13 (.806) overall record in 13 years of Texas he is 49-27-3 (.639) in his four years...he was honored by the NSCAA as Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995, and region Coach of the year in 2002...he coached Notre Dame to a National Championship in 1995...G Guerrieri is ranked ninth in winning percentage among active Division I head 11 seasons he is 171-48-7 (.733)...with nine seasons at A&M Guerrieri is 139-47-7 (.720)...he was the NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002 he was the Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year...Guerrieri took the Aggies to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in 2001 and 2002...Texas A&M finished in the top three of the Big 12 from 1996 to present, winning the Big 12 Championship in 1997 and 2002.

Cougs Tough it Out: Two of the players that put stats on the board against New Mexico also suffered injuries that they played through in the game...Wilcox, who assisted McCutchan, tore her ulnar collateral ligament (ucl) in her left thumb against the Lobos...Wilcox had surgery Sunday, Sept. 21 and will have a hard cast for six to eight weeks but will likely be able to play...McCutchan, who scored the game winner, suffered a rib contusion and sprain of her rib cartilage...she will most likely play this weekend in Texas...freshman Jessica Gerstmann is back from a high-ankle sprain that took her out of the lineup since preseason...Carmen Anderson and Sara Leibowitz are both still out with injury, but should be back in the defense in one to two weeks.

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