Cougars Continue Pac-10 Play Hosting Oregon And Oregon State This Weekend

Oct. 14, 2003

Washington State (4-8-0) will take on its Pac-10 rivals from the Beaver State...Friday, Oct. 17 WSU will play Oregon (7-5-0) at Lower Soccer Field at 3 p.m...the Cougars will host Oregon State (4-7-1) Sunday, Oct. 19 at noon.

Head coach Matt Potter said, 'Both Oregon and Oregon State have traditionally been great battles.

'The last time Oregon was in Pullman, they left will a win. They will be on a high after their comeback-win against Oregon State so we will have to be at our best to defend our home field.

'Oregon State is another well coached, very capable team. The bottom line is there is no let down in the Pac-10, every game counts. We have a solid week of practice ahead of us and we will be ready to play come the weekend.'

Scouting the Ducks: Oregon is 1-0 in Pac-10 play, beating Oregon State 4-3 in overtime Friday, Oct. 10...the Ducks are 7-5-0 overall, 3-3 as the visiting team...Oregon beat Oregon State at Corvallis in overtime with the help of two penalty kicks awarded to the Ducks in the second half...Oregon's Mele French scored the game-winning goal at the 92:25 mark beating two defenders and slotting it past OSU goalkeeper Melissa Onstad...redshirt sophomore Nicole Garbin scored the game-tying penalty kick against the Beavers, recording her fifth goal of the season...she also made the assist for the game-winner in the same match...Garbin leads the team in points with 14, recording four assists and two game-winning goals...Andrea Valadez is currently second in points for the Ducks...the redshirt freshman has three goals, three assists and two game-winning goals...WSU tied Oregon 1-1 in double-overtime last year in Eugene, Ore....Washington State leads 4-2-1 in series play with the Ducks.

Scouting the Beavers: Oregon State is 4-7-1 overall...0-1 in the Pac-10...the Beavers are 1-4-1 in away matches...sophomore forward Tessa Baker is the leading scorer for OSU...she scored her sixth and seventh goals in the Oregon game...she has seven goals, one assist and two game-winning goals for 15 points...sophomore midfielder Brianna Monka is second in points for the Beavers with 10...she has four goals, two assists and two game-winning goals...Oregon State is 18-155 on goals/shot attempts...they score on average 1.47 goals per game...the Beavers have allowed 62 corner kicks and taken just 32...the Cougars beat OSU at Corvallis, Ore. in 2002...WSU leads the series at 6-4-2.

Last Week's Recap: The Cougs started off Pac-10 play in the City of Angels, taking on No. 3 UCLA and No. 25 USC...Washington State dropped both matches leaving them 0-2 after the first weekend of Pac-10 soccer.

No. 3 UCLA scored first in the Oct. 9 match...Iris Mora scored off a corner kick in the 60th minute...Mora took the corner kick, curving the ball into the goal...WSU took UCLA into overtime with a goal by Shelby Brownfield...the goal was the first by the senior this season...she scored at the 74:01 mark off a 20-yard blast...the Cougs held off the Bruins until the 93rd minute...Jill Oakes scored the game-winner...the win left UCLA 8-1-2...the Cougs lost 1-2 to the Bruins last year...WSU is 1-8-1 in series play.

Washington State lost to No. 25 USC 1-0 Saturday, Oct. 11...the Cougs defense held off the Trojans in the first half...USC recorded seven first half shots but WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin made three saves, keeping the score at 0-0 goint into halftime...the Trojans scored at the 69:30 mark...freshman Pac-10 Player of the Week Rosa Anna Tantillo scored the was Tantillo's sixth goal of the season...WSU beat then No. 12 USC last year 4-1 to clinch an NCAA tournament bid...the Cougars are 2-6 in series play with the Trojans.

'The loses this weekend hurt because we had chances to walk away from the weekend with positive results and we came up short,' Potter said. 'We have to learn how to close the game

Outcomes Against Common Opponents: Both Oregon State and WSU lost to Wake Forest in the Wake Forest adidas Tournament...OSU lost 0-1, Washington State lost the same tournament the Beavers lost to then No. 10 Duke 1-2, Washington State beat Duke 1-0...Oregon and WSU both lost to No. 4 Texas A&M, the Ducks lost 0-4, the Cougars lost 0-2.

Wilcox and Rodrick Lead in Scoring for the Cougs: Wilcox and Rodrick are tied in points with seven...both have three goals and one assist...Rodrick has two game winning goals, Wilcox recorded one...the pair have combined for 54 shots in 12 2002 Wilcox led the Cougars with 24 points in 2002 scoring eight goals an tallying eight assists...Rodrick followed with 17 points...she recorded five assists and six goals.

Rachel Rodrick Moving Up The Record Books: Senior forward Rachel Rodrick is close to moving up the latter in several all-time career records lists...Rodrick has 21 goals to date...she needs just two more to move past Katrina Stroh into third place in career goals...Rodrick is tied for fifth place in career assists with 13...she is five points shy of moving past Stroh in career points...Rodrick currently has 55 points.

Sara Leibowitz Back For Action: Senior goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz will return to the WSU playing squad this week...Leibowitz suffered a break in a metacarpal (a bone in her hand) in the Aug. 31 Maryland match...Leibowitz underwent surgery and has since been sidelined until this week...going into her senior year she was pushing several career goalkeeping records...she is fourth in career minutes 2234...seventh in saves with 74...tied for third in solo shutouts with eight.

Cougars Face Challenging Non-Conference Schedule: Washington State is taking on its most difficult non-conference schedule in program history this season...WSU played 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, and lost 2-1...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 faced No. 16 Texas and No. 3 Texas A&M...the score in both matches was 2-0...the Cougars beat defending Big Sky champions Idaho State 2-0 at Lower Soccer Field Friday, Oct. 2...Washington State played its first conference match Oct. 9 in Los Angeles against No. 3 UCLA, losing 1-2 in overtime...the Cougars lost to No. 25 USC 0-1 Oct. 11...Washington State will host Oregon Friday, Oct. 17 at Pullman, Wash.

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