WSU Soccer Team, Including Eight Seniors Will Play Final Games

Nov. 4, 2003

The Washington State (6-9-2, 2-3-2) soccer team will play their final two games of its 2003 season...beginning Friday, Nov. 7 against Arizona (5-10-2, 1-5-1)...finishing against Arizona State (10-4-3, 4-2-1) at noon Sunday, Nov. 9... the eight WSU seniors will be honored for senior day, Sunday.

Head coach Matt Potter had this to say about the upcoming weekend, 'This weekend is going to be an emotional few days, especially on Sunday, senior day. We look forward to seeing Dan (Tobias) and Lisa (Oyen).

'Nonetheless, there are two games to be played. We will strive to be competitive and contribute to the games in a manner that reflects the attitude the game of soccer deserves and the spirit to defend our home field for the end of regular season play.'

Scouting the Wildcats: Arizona is coming to the Palouse after losing to both Oregon State and Oregon last weekend...the Beavers beat the Wildcats 2-1 at Tucson...OSU had goal in both halves... Lauren Winters scored the lone Arizona goal 56 minutes in...the Wildcats outshot OSU 20-6...they also had six corner kicks while the Beavers had none...a goal in the 51st minute gave Oregon the 1-0 win over the Wildcats, Sunday, Nov. 2...the Ducks outshot Arizona 12-9...with a 1-5-1 Pac-10 record the Wildcats are out of contention to qualify for the NCAA College Cup...they have nothing to lose being last in the Pac-10...Dan Tobias, former WSU head soccer coach, is Arizona's head coach...Tobias recruited and/or coached every player on the 2003 Cougar soccer squad...Mallory Miller and Candice Wilks lead Arizona with six goals and two assists apiece...goalkeeper Natalie Juarez allows on average 1.58 goals per game...she has a .722 save percentage and is 4-7-2 with two shutouts...WSU leads 6-1-1 in series play...beating the Wildcats each of their last four meetings.

Scouting the Sun Devils: Arizona State is second in the conference with a 4-2-1 record...they come to Pullman beating both Oregon schools last weekend by one goal margins...Oregon 3-2, Oregon State 1-0...Arizona leading scorer Brittany Cooper scored one of ASU's three goals against OSU...she leads the team with eight goals, four assists for 20 points...Elizabeth Bogus is second in points with six goals and two assists...goalkeeper, Kim Bingham started both matches for the Sun Devils last week, averaging three saves per game...ASU leads 5-3 in series play with WSU...the Sun Devils return 11 starters from it's 2002 squad...that team lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Santa Clara 5-1...ASU's 2001 and 2002 recruiting classes ranked in top-10...ASU is coached by Ray Leone...32-19-6 record at Arizona State coming into this weekend

Last Week's Recap: The Cougars tied California 0-0 and beat Stanford 1-0.

'I'm delighted for everyone associated with the TEAM,' Potter said. 'I'm especially delighted for the seniors and their parents, as it (beating Stanford) is a moment they can now cherish forever.

'It was a wonderful weekend capped off by the performance at Stanford. Both California and Stanford were well coached and well respected both in the Pac-10 and the nation. To come away without giving up a goal is great going forward to this weekend.'

Washington State pulled off the 0-0 tie with California at Berkeley Friday, Oct. 31...Sara Leibowitz started in goal for the Cougs...recorded five saves, three in overtime...Golden Bears led in shots 13-11 and corner kicks 7-3...WSU had two corner kicks in the first overtime period...Haley Miller led the Cougars with two shots, both on goal...California leads in series play 3-8-3.

For the first time since 1993 WSU beat Stanford...the victory is only the second for the Cougs in 13 game series...senior Shelby Brownfield scored the game-winner, her second goal of the season...Megan Cecchini assisted the goal after serving in the corner kick that Brownfield got a head on...the Cardinal outshot Washington State 16-3...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded 10 was the Cougs eighth shutout of the season, Hultin's seventh.

Dan Tobias Returns To Pullman: Tobias served for five years as the head soccer coach for Washington State (1998-2003)...left to take head coaching position at Arizona June 27, 2003...had 44-45-6 record at WSU...led Cougs to NCAA Tournament 2000 and 2002...2002 Pac-10 coach of the year.

WSU Loses Eight Seniors: Washington State has eight seniors currently on the squad...six have been on the Palouse since their freshman year...Mariette Boyce, Shay Hobby, Sara Leibowitz, Kim Morgan, Rachel Rodrick and Jenna Wirtz...Shelby Brownfield and Nicole Wilcox transferred in the spring of 17 matches, five have played in every match this season...four have started every game...they have combined for 11 goals and five assists this year.

Boyce has been a staple in the Cougar defense...she has started in every game she has played as a Coug...she has only missed one game since her freshman year...she has totaled 73 starts...five goals and two assists for a second-team All-Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2001 and 2002...from West Linn, Ore.

Hobby is a co-captain...from Danville, Calif...has helped lead the defensive line since her freshman year...she has started and played in every match since coming to WSU (74)...played every minute of every game this season (1572:32)...her honors include 2002 Soccer Buzz 3rd-Team All-West 2002 co-mvp, defensive player of the year in 2001 and 2002 for WSU...named to All-Pac-10 All-Academic first-team in 2002, second-team in 2001.

Leibowitz suffered a hand injury requiring surgery that took her out of much of this season...has returned posting a double-overtime shut-out tie with California Oct. 31...ranked fourth in WSU all-time career minutes in goal with 2,389...sixth all-time saves with 80...hometown is Simi Valley, Calif.

Morgan is a two-time co-captain...from Seattle...she plays in the central midfield role...started 56 of 57 matches for Washington State coming into the year...started 13 of 14 games this year...sitting out three matches after suffering an injury...tallied 11 goals and seven assists for 2002 earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Rodrick has taken over the third place spot in WSU's career goals list with 23...the three-time co-captain is tied for third in career points with 59...she is tied for fifth in career assists with 13...needing just two more to move into third...third place in career multiple-goal matches with five...adding three game-winning goals this season to her record moves Rodrick into the career-game-winning goals category with four...started and played every game beginning her freshman year (74)...from University Place, Wash...leads team in points with 11, recording five goals and one assist..

Wirtz is a 5-3 forward/midfielder from Westlake Village, Calif...appeared in 51 matches as a Coug...starting 19...a versatile player who's played both forward and midfield positions...has three goals and an assist for career...named Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention 2001.

Brownfield transferred to WSU from Connecticut spring 2001...played in 27 matches for UConn...accumulated three goals and two assists as a Husky ...scheduled to redshirt due to injury 2002, but instead came back to play in nine matches, starting five for Cougs...scoring four goals and three assists...started 12 of 17 games this season...has two goals, including the game-winner over Stanford Nov. 2, and one assist...hometown is Snohomish, Wash.

Wilcox has started and played every game of her collegiate career (73)...spring 2001 transferred from Iowa State because wanted to be closer to home; Battle Ground, Wash...earned second team All-Big 12 honors as a freshman...named second team All-Big 12 All-Academic in a Coug led team with 24 points, eight goals and eight assists in 2002...named second team All-Pac-10...second in points with four goals, two assists this season.

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