Washington State Hosts No. 8 Tennessee Sunday

Aug. 31, 2004

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This Week: Washington State will host No. 8 Tennessee at Lower Soccer Field Sunday at noon...the Cougars are returning to the Palouse after finishing 1-1 at the Montana Nike Cup in Missoula, Mont...beating a perennial post-season Denver squad 2-0 Friday and losing 2-1 in overtime to host Montana Sunday...the Vols are 1-0 after beating No. 15 Duke 4-3 in overtime Friday at the UT Soccer Complex...Tennessee will play WSU conference foe Washington in Seattle Friday.

'This weekend we were able to see the potential of our team,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'As we work toward improvement we were able to see some areas that we need to work on if we are to reach our goals.

'Credit to Neil and the Montana team for sticking at it for 90 minutes and getting the reward for their effort. Montana will be a tough venue for anyone, but from the Montana game we leave knowing that we performed below the standards we have set for ourselves.

'We learned our lesson the hard way after a positive performance Friday, but that will happen when you are striving for consistency and continue to develop,' Potter added. 'The key is we recognize the parts that will help us improve and will work hard to prepare for the next weekend, in what will be another challenge with Tennessee.'

Alix Rustrum leads the the Cougs with four points after recording her third career multiple-goal match against Denver...the junior forward scored both goals in the 2-0 victory...senior Cailan McCutchan is second in points with three, recording one assist and the lone goal in the Cougar's 2-1 loss to Montana...Pac-10 honorable mention goalkeeper Katie Hultin posted her first shutout of the season against the Pioneers...six newcomers saw action this weekend including freshmen Brooke Bemis, Shaye Harrel, Kim Bonnes, Anna Miller, Natalie Elkind and Allison Scurich...Harrel, Bemis and Scurich all started both games and Elkind started the Montana match.

Scouting the Volunteers: No. 8 Tennessee will travel to the Palouse Sunday after playing No. 15 Washington in Seattle Friday...the Vols are 1-0 after coming from a 3-1 deficit last weekend to beat No. 15 Duke 4-3 in overtime...the Vols return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from a squad that made the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2003...Tennessee Head Coach Angela Kelly is 58-24-4 overall, coaching four seasons in Knoxville...All-American defender Keeley Dowling headed in a corner kick 7:55 into overtime for the victory at the UT Soccer Complex...the Vols scored two goals in the final five minutes of regulation play to take the game into overtime...Puyallup native Lyndsey Patterson scored two goals for the Vols...Sunday will be the first meeting between WSU and Tennessee.

Cougars Top the Pioneers 2-0: The Washington State soccer team beat Denver 2-0 Friday in its season opener at the Montana Nike Cup...Alix Rustrum scored a goal in both halves for the Cougs to record her third career multiple-goal game...sophomore Angela Fajardo provided an assist for the game-winning goal...she split the Pioneer defense with a through ball to the junior forward who then chipped the charging Denver goalkeeper...Haley Miller and Cailan McCutchan both recorded an assist for Rustrum's second goal that came at the 68:06 mark...Miller made a cross-field pass to McCutchan who crossed the ball in front of the Denver goal where Rustrum finished from five-yards out...seven Cougs recorded shots against the Pioneers...Rustrum led the team with seven shots, five on goal followed by Miller and Brooke Bemis with three shots apiece...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded three saves to secure the shut out...the Cougars beat a Denver squad that returned 13 letterwinners and eight starters from a post-season team that finished 18-4-0 in 2003...WSU leads the series 1-0-1.

Montana Pulls Out Overtime Win: Host Montana beat the Cougars 2-1 in overtime Sunday, for the finale of the Montana Nike Cup...Meghan Chambers scored the game-winner in the 97th minute...finishing the rebound from her own shot...WSU's Cailan McCutchan scored the first goal of the match, putting a head on the end of a Christie Spear corner kick at the 18:03 mark...the Grizzlies rallied to tie the match 77 minutes in...Laura Nogueira beat half time goalkeeping substitution, Megan Miller from 15-yards out...Montana first year head Neil Sedgwick came to Missoula from conference foe USC ...the Trojans made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances while Sedgwick was an assistant...the Grizzlies lead the series 6-4-1.

WSU Recruiting Class Ranked: Head Coach Matt Potter's first recruiting class was ranked nationally by Soccer Buzz Magazine...the incoming class consisting of one sophomore and 11 freshmen is ranked 12th in the western region and 47th out of 306 Division I schools...the incoming class consists of sophomore Sasha Baines of Everett, Wash., and freshmen Molly Alexander of Vancouver, B.C., Brooke and Brynn Bemis of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Kim Bonnes of Longview, Wash., Christy Crudo of Tacoma, Wash., Natalie Elkind of Encinitas, Calif., Shaye Harrel of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brie Kuhne of San Diego, Calif., Jessica Martinez of Sammamish, Wash., Anna Miller of Corvallis, Ore., and Allison Scurich of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Cougars Face a Challenging Non-Conference Schedule: Washington State is taking on a non-conference schedule that includes four teams ranked nationally in the NSCAA preseason polls...the Cougars first test against a nationally-ranked opponent will take place at home Sept. 5 against No. 12 Tennessee...WSU will travel to the Beehive State to play No. 24 Utah Sept. 23 and No. 14 Brigham Young Saturday, Sept. 25...No. 7 Portland will travel to the Palouse Oct. 3 for Cougars final regular season game...two conference opponents enter the season nationally ranked...No. 22 Arizona State will host the Cougars Oct. 10 and No. 3 UCLA will travel to Pullman for a Oct. 15 match.

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