Cougars Host No. 12 Pepperdine

Sept. 14, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (3-1-1) will host No. 12 Pepperdine (5-0-1) Friday at 3 p.m...the Cougars return to the Palouse from Los Angeles, Calif.. where they finished 2-0 in the Loyola Marymount/Holiday Inn LAX Tournament...WSU defeated New Mexico 2-0 Friday and Northern Colorado 3-2 Sunday...three WSU players, Alix Rustrum, Cailan McCutchan and Brooke Bemis were named to the all-tournament team...four Cougars including Rustrum, McCutchan, Bemis and Haley Miller scored for WSU...Rustrum leads the Cougs with three goals while McCutchan is second with two goals and one assist...goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded her third shutout Friday...the 2003 honorable mention All-Pac-10 keeper has yet to surrender a goal in 335 minutes in net...Megan Miller recorded her first career win Sunday against Northern Colorado.

Pepperdine has yet to surrender a goal in six games this fall...the Waves return 20 letterwinners and eight starters from a squad that made the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament...the Waves finished 14-6-1 and 3-3-1 in West Coast Conference action last season...head coach Tim Ward is in his seventh season at Pepperdine, culminating a 80-34-13 record.

'This weekend we achieved what we set out to do,' Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'With two wins under our belts we are building positive momentum as we enter what is a challenging second half to our non conference schedule.

'It was important to see us score some goals and the games also gave us an opportunity to take a look at our squad. The fact that Alix, Cailan and Brooke ended up on the All tournament team is credit to their efforts and the efforts of the team.

'We found out aspects that will help us and challenges to work on. We continue to grow and the weekend gave us the opportunity to come back to Pullman to practice and prepare for the weekend.

'In Pepperdine we play another ranked opponent who is undefeated and has yet to be scored on,' Potter added. 'These are the environments we are excited to put ourselves in and to learn from for the future. It should be a great game and we look forward to seeing another big Cougar crowd to help us on Friday.'

Scouting the Waves: Washington State (3-1-1) will host No. 12 Pepperdine (5-0-1) Friday in a 3 p.m. game at Lower Soccer Field...the Waves have yet to give up a goal this season...Pepperdine has scored nine goals with seven different players scoring for the Waves...PU has out shot its opponents 86-50, forcing the opposition to make 33 saves...PU goalkeeper Anna Picarelli has made 20 saves in six shutout performances...Picarelli holds the Waves' career record with 21 shutouts...junior forwards Jenna Fodor and Megan Woods lead PU with two goals and an assist each...the Waves return 20 letterwinners and eight starters from a squad that lost in the second round of the 2003 NCAA tournament...PU is coached by 2002 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year Tim Ward...In 2002 Ward was the NSCAA/Adidas West Region Coach of the Year, and National Co-Coach of the Year...over the last three seasons Pepperdine has compiled a 44-13-6 record, making three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances...the Waves lead the series 1-0 with WSU, beating the Cougs 2-0 in 2002.

Three Cougs Named To All-Tournament Team: Washington State's Alix Rustrum, Cailan McCutchan and Brooke Bemis were named to the Loyola Marymount/Holiday Inn LAX All-Tournament Team...all three Cougs recorded goals as WSU finished 2-0 in the tournament...Bemis scored two goals in the 3-2 win over Northern Colorado Sunday...Rustrum and McCutchan each scored in a half as the Cougs defeated New Mexico 2-0 Loyola Marymount had the most tournament selections with four...UNM and UNC each had two players selected.

Hultin Is Holding It Down: Washington State starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin has yet to give up a goal this season, recording three shutouts...the redshirt junior has made 18 saves in 335 minutes of play and is 2-0-1...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 in the 2-0 win over New Mexico...she made11 saves in the 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 second with ten shutouts, fifth with 2,085 minutes in goal and is fifth with 95 saves...the co-captain is also a 2003 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention recipient.

Cougars Shutdown Lobos 2-0: Washington State beat New Mexico 2-0 Friday in its first game of the LMU/Holiday Inn LAX Tournament...junior forward Alix Rustrum recorded her second game winning goal this season in the 42nd minute, heading in a Carmen Anderson cross...Cailan McCutchan gave the Cougars the 2-0 lead in the final five minutes of the match...Christie Spear served a free kick to McCutchan who headed it in...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded her third shutout of the season, making three saves against UNM...the win improved WSU's series record with the Lobos to 4-1.

WSU Slips Past Northern Colorado 3-2: Washington State freshman Brooke Bemis scored two goals as the Cougars defeated Northern Colorado 3-2...WSU beat the Bears Sunday, in its final game of the Loyola Marymount/Holiday Inn LAX Tournament...Bemis scored her first career goal 16 minutes into the match to give WSU the 1-0 lead...the Coeur d'Alene native added to the Cougar lead at the 26:58 mark, scoring from 15-yards out...UNC brought the score to 2-1 38 minutes into the half, scoring on WSU's Megan Miller...Cougar Haley Miller scored the game winning goal with a 15-yard rocket in the 84th minute, giving the Cougs the 3-1 lead...UNC's Megan Bellendir scored the final goal of the match on halftime substitution Brynn Bemis in the final five minutes of the game...WSU leads the series 1-0 against the Bears.

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 three teams ranked nationally in the NSCAA/Adidas poll...the Cougars first test against a nationally-ranked opponent took place at home Sept. 5 against No. 12 Tennessee...WSU tied the Vols 0-0...WSU will host No. 6 Pepperdine Friday, Sept. 17...No. 6 Portland will travel to the Palouse for an Oct. 3 match...the Pac-10 is currently moving up the national rankings with 5-0-0 Washington jumping ahead to a third place rank...California is currently ranked 14th and UCLA is holding down the 20th spot with a 3-2-0 record.

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