Cougars Travel To Los Angeles To Play UNM And UNC

Sept. 7, 2004

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This Week: The Cougars will travel to Los Angeles to play in the Loyola Marymount/Holiday Inn LAX Women's Soccer Tournament this weekend...Washington State (1-1-1) will play New Mexico (3-1-0) Friday, at 1 p.m., and Northern Colorado (1-3-0) Sunday, at 11 a.m...Loyola Marymount rounds out the list of teams competing in the tournament held at Sullivan Field...WSU leads the series 3-1 against the Lobos, beating UNM 1-0 last season...Sunday's meeting with Northern Colorado will be the first time the Cougars will play the Bears.

Washington State tied No. 8 Tennessee at Lowe Soccer Field Sunday...the Cougars battled for 110 scoreless minutes with a UT squad that lost to No. 15 Washington Friday, 2-1 in Seattle...the Vols outshot WSU 28-9, forcing Cougar goalkeeper Katie Hultin to make 11 saves, three in overtime to secure the scoreless draw...Hultin has yet to surrender a goal this season, recording her second shutout of the year Sunday...senior midfielder Megan Cecchini led the Cougars with four shots, three on goal and freshman Brooke Bemis followed with two shots...leading WSU scorer is Alix Rustrum with two goals, which she scored in the 2-0 win over Denver...Cailan McCutchan's one goal and one assist places her second on the team with three points...two newcomers, Allison Scurich and Shaye Harrel have started every game for Washington State, and Bemis has made two starts...other members of the recruiting class ranked 12th in the western region by Soccer Buzz that have seen action are Kim Bonnes, Natalie Elkind, Anna Miller and Molly Alexander.

'Tennessee is a fantastic program with a great tradition and to come away from the game with a positive result is credit to the effort the team put forth,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'I am excited that we've seen the potential of what we can do.

'We've definitely got things to keep building on, and we will go back to work on Monday, but we have a solid foundation to work with.

'We talked about being more disciplined and organized and I think we did that across the board. To go into overtime and maintain that was fantastic,' Potter added. 'What we need to do is be able to play against these great teams and posses the ball a little better than we are and turn our possession into game scoring opportunities.'

Scouting the Lobos: Washington State (1-1-1) will play New Mexico in the first game of the 2004 Loyola Marymount/Holiday Inn LAX Women's Soccer Tournament Friday, at 1 p.m....the Lobos are 3-1, posting wins over Cincinnati, Portland State and Texas Tech...freshman forward Jordan Johnson leads the Lobos with three goals, two game-winning...UNM's 2003 leading scorer, Kristine Sweat is second on the squad with one goal and three assists, followed by sophomore midfielder Kaela Kelly with two goals...Lobo starting goalkeeper Kristen Winters is tied with WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin with 11 saves this season...Winters has allowed four goals for a 1.03 goals against average and is 3-1-0...New Mexico is coached by Kit Vela who is currently in her fourth year at UNM...Vela has a 22-33-6 record...the Lobos return 23 letterwinners and seven starters from a squad that finished 3-12-4 in 2003...Washington State handed New Mexico one of its losses last season...a 1-0 Cougar victory at Pullman that gave WSU a 3-1 series advantage over UNM.

Scouting the Bears: Washington State (1-1-1) will take on Northern Colorado (1-3-0) Sunday, in an 11 a.m. match...the match will be the Cougar's final of the tournament...the Cougars will take on a Bear squad that returns 16 letterwinners and seven starters from a 2003 team that finished 6-9-1 in its first season as a Division I program...UNC is coming off a 2-1 win over Delaware...the Bears were lethal from set plays with both Bear goals resulting from free kicks in the first 12 minutes of the match...Marika Johnson, Kerry Pitt and Cassi Sadusky each have one goal for Northern Colorado...goalkeeper Chrissy Marvin has allowed six goals, made 20 saves and provided one assist for the Bears...UNC is coached by Tim Barrera, who is 63-32-2 at UNC and 123-76-5 in his 11-year career...Sunday will mark the first meeting between the Cougs and the Bears.

Cougars Battle No. 8 Tennessee To A Draw: Washington State starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin made 11 saves and recorded her second shutout this fall as the Cougars (1-1-1) and No. 8 Tennessee (1-1-1) played to a scoreless draw at Lower Soccer Field Sunday...the Cougs combined for nine shots, compared to UT's 28...despite WSU producing limited scoring opportunities, Volunteer freshman defender Erica Griffin had to make two crucial saves to keep the match the first and final five minutes of the second half, Griffin ran down WSU forward Alix Rustrum to stymie one open goal and one breakaway situation...on the other end of the field, Hultin kept the Cougs in the game by making six of her 11 saves in the second half including a point-blank save on a Tennessee breakaway...UT's Kayla Lockaby scored what seemed to be the game-winner less than a minute into overtime, but the goal was discounted because a Volunteer was called offside...the Vols came to Pullman after losing to No. 15 Washington Friday, at Seattle...Tennessee was the first of four pre-season nationally ranked teams WSU will face before Pacific-10 Conference play...the Vols squad returns 13 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2003 team that made it to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament ...the tie marks the first meeting between the two programs.

Hultin Is Holding It Down: Washington State starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin has yet to give up a goal this season, recording two shutouts...the redshirt junior has made 16 saves in 245 minutes of play and is 1-0-1...she recorded three saves in the Cougs 2-0 victory over Denver...two saves in the half she played in WSU's 2-1 loss to Montana and 11 saves in Sunday's 0-0 tie with No. 8 Tennessee...the 2003 Pac-10 honorable mention keeper is on several WSU all-time career lists...she is currently tied for third with nine shutouts, fifth with 1,995 minutes in goal and one save away from a tie for fifth with 92 saves...the co-captain is also a 2003 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention recipient.

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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