WSU Travels To The Beehive State To Take On BYU And Utah

Sept. 21, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (4-1-1) will travel to the Beehive State to play Utah (4-2-1) Thursday and Brigham Young (3-4-1) in a night match Saturday...WSU will take on Utah, the 2003 Mountain West champions, at Ute Field at 3:30 p.m...the Utes are coached by Rich Manning who is 33-8-5 in his third season at UU...the Cougars will then play a televised match against BYU at South Stadium at 6:30 p.m...the game will be televised live on BYU-TV which can be accessed through satellite or Dish can also read live stats on gametracker by accessing BYU's athletic website Rockwood, the BYU Head Coach is 161-50-7 in her 10th season, coaching the Cougars to a finish in the Elite Eight at the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

WSU heads to Utah with the momentum of a four-game unbeaten streak that includes the upset of No. 12 Pepeperdine 1-0 at home Friday...WSU's Megan Cecchini scored the only goal the Waves have surrendered this season...Cougar goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded her fourth shutout this fall against Pepperdine, posting four saves...Hultin's performance earned her Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honors for Sept. 14-20...the Cougars are currently ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a .750 winning percentage and among the top four in the goals allowed, saves, goals against and shutout categories...Hultin leads the pack in three standings and is ranked in all goalkeeping categories...Alix Rustrum, Cailan McCutchan and Christie Spear also rank in individual field player categories.'Any win against a ranked team is significant,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Under Tim's direction, Pepperdine has become a force and will be a post season team.

'We have learned a lot from the game and the team is working hard... the work rate and enthusiasm makes it fun to practice right now.'The result gives us renewed energy as we get set to travel to Utah,' Potter added. 'For several reasons I believe this trip is as tough a weekend as any. Both Utah and BYU are established teams with great coaching and post season history. It will be another test for us as a team and we look forward to the challenge.'

Scouting the Utes: Washington State (4-1-1) will take on the defending Mountain West Champions, Utah (4-2-1) Thursday...kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah...the Utes carry the momentum of a 3-0 victory over Boise State Sunday...Utah is led by 2003 MWC Freshman of the Year Amanda Feigt...the sophomore forward has scored three goals, one game-winning and provided one assist for the Utes...Kim Lloyd is second on the team in points with six, recording four assists and one the net for Utah is Ashley Mason...the sophomore goalkeeper was named to the NSCAA second team all-West Region and Soccer Buzz freshman All-American second team last season...Mason has surrendered six goals in five matches for a 1.20 goals-against average...UU holds a 11-7 scoring advantage over opponents and a 14.6 to 6.9 shots-per-game edge...the Utes have produced 43 corner kick opportunities compared to 15 by their opposition...Utah returns 13 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2003 Mountain West regular season and tournament champion team...last fall the Utes posted a 16-2-2 record, losing at home in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Idaho State...Head Coach Rich Manning is 33-8-5 in his third season at Utah...he earned NSCAA/adidas West Region Coach of the Year accolades in 2003 and has directed the Utes to the NCAA Tournament and top-25 rankings in both years of his tenure...the only common opponent that both squads have faced this season is Denver...Utah and WSU both defeated the Pioneers by two-goal margins...the Utes beat the Cougars 3-0 in their last meeting that took place Sept. 20, 2002...Utah leads the series 1-2-0.

Scouting the Cougars: Washington State (4-1-1) will play Brigham Young (3-4-1) Saturday at South Stadium in Provo, Utah...the match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BYU-TV...both satellite and Dish Network carry the Cougar station...the BYU Cougars return 16 letterwinners and six starters from a 2003 squad that finished 16-7-3 and lost in the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament to Connecticut...forwards, Jaime Rendich and Annie Swahlen lead the Cougars with 10 points apiece...both have recorded four goals and two assists, with Rendich scoring two game-winning goals and Zwahlen, one...sophomore midfielder Bobbi Tillotson ranks third on the team with four assists and one goal...starting goalkeeper Erika Woodbury posts a 3-2-1 record, recording two shutouts, both at home...the freshman keeper has allowed nine goals for a 1.23 goals-against average and made 23 saves...the Cougars are coached by Jennifer Rockwood...Rockwood is in her 10th season at BYU, posting a 161-50-7 record...under her direction BYU has maintained a top-25 national ranking over the past eight years, including finishing fifth last season after making it to the 'Elite Eight' of the NCAA Tournament...Rockwood ranks seventh among active NCAA Division I coaches, averaging 17.88 wins per year over the last eight seasons...despite a losing record, BYU has outscored its opponents 13-12...the Cougars hold a 54-40 edge in shots on goal and 41-20 lead in corner kick opportunities...Brigham Young leads the series with Washington State 2-0...BYU beat the Cougars 3-1 in the last meeting between the two squads which took place in 2002.

Hultin Earns Pac-10 Player of the Week: Washington State's starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20...the honor followed her fourth shutout performance Friday against No. 12 Pepperdine...Hultin made four saves in the 1-0 upset over the Waves...Hultin has yet to surrender a goal this season...this is her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor...WSU's third weekly honor all-time.

A Televised BYU Match: The Saturday matchup between Washington State (4-1-1) and Brigham Young (3-4-1) will be televised on BYU-TV which can be accessed through satellite or Dish Network...the 6:30 p.m. match at South Stadium in Provo, Utah is the first televised match for WSU this can follow live stats through gametracker on the BYU athletic website

Cougars Upset No. 12 Pepperdine: Washington State (4-1-1) beat No. 12 Pepperdine (5-1-1) 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field Friday...Cougar Megan Cecchini scored the game-winner in the 12th minute off a free kick...the scoring opportunity resulted after junior forward Alix Rustrum was taken down just outside the Waves' penalty box...Cecchini placed the left-footed direct kick just under the Pepperdine crossbar to score her first goal of the season...the decisive goal was the first the Waves have surrendered this season, breaking their school record of six consecutive shutouts...WSU had a penalty kick opportunity 33 minutes into the match, but PU goalkeeper Anna Picarelli blocked Cougar Christie Spear's shot wide of the goal to keep the score 1-0...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin made four saves on the way to recording her fourth shutout of the season...the Cougars outshot the Waves 18-9, forcing Peicarelli to make seven saves...Rustrum led WSU with six shots, two on goal...Haley Thompson-Miller and Brooke Bemis followed with two shots apiece...the Cougars are now 1-0-1 against nationally ranked teams, playing No. 8 Tennessee to a 0-0 tie Sept. 5, at home.

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts four nationally ranked teams...while the Cougars are not ranked, they still place at the top of several Pac-10 statistical categories...WSU is tied for third with No. 3 Washington with a 0.67 goals allowed average and tied for second with Oregon recording 28 saves...the Cougars are third with a 0.64 goals against average and fourth with four shutouts...Washington State is fourth with a .750 winning percentage behind Washington, Arizona and USC...several Cougar players are also making a mark in individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for fourth with two game winning goals and tied for 10th with three goals...she is eighth with 19 shots and seventh with a 3.17 shots per game percentage...Cailan McCutchan is tied for ninth with 17 shots and in a tie for 10th place with a 2.83 shots per game percentage...senior co-captain Christie Spear is tied for 10th with two assists...starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin has yet to surrender a goal and leads the Pac-10 in the goals against average (0.00), shutouts per game (0.80) and save percentage (1.00) categories...she is second in shutouts with four, tied for fifth with a 4.40 saves per game average and is third with 22 saves...USC has played the most games with eight while five Pac-10 teams have played seven matches...WSU, along with three other squads have each played in six games.

Hultin Is Holding It Down: Washington State starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin has yet to give up a goal this season, recording four shutouts...the redshirt junior has made 22 saves in 425 minutes of play and is 3-0-1...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 and four in the 1-0 upset over No. 12 Pepperdine...the 2003 Pac-10 honorable mention keeper is on several WSU all-time career lists...she is currently second with 11 shutouts, fifth with 2,175 minutes in goal and in saves with 99...the co-captain is also a 2003 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention recipient.

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...Rustrum and McCutchan each scored in a half as the Cougs defeated New Mexico Loyola Marymount had the most tournament selections with four...UNM and UNC each had two players selected.

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 beat No. 12 Pepperdine 1-0 Friday, Sept. 17 at Lower Soccer field...No. 6 Portland will travel to the Palouse for an Oct. 3 match...the Pac-10 is currently moving up the national rankings with 6-0-0 Washington jumping ahead to a third place ranking...California is currently ranked 13th while UCLA moved up 11 spots to the No.9 position...Stanford broke into the national rankings, taking over the 20-spot.

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