WSU Hosts No. 6 Portland, Loyola Marymount And BYU

Sept. 28, 2004

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This Week: Washington State fans can catch three games this weekend at Lower Soccer Field as WSU serve as the site for a match between No. 6 Portland (8-2-0) and Brigham Young (3-6-1) Friday in a noon...following the PU-BYU game, the Cougars will take on Loyola Marymount (6-3-1) at 3 p.m. at the same field...WSU will defend Cougarland Sunday, against the Pilots at noon...this weekend marks the last of non-conference play for WSU...both BYU and LMU will travel to Cheney, Wash., as host Eastern Washington will play back-to-back matches...the Eagles will host the Cougars Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Lions, Sunday at 11:30 a.m...WSU has faired well at home tying then No. 8 Tennessee 0-0 Sept. 5, and beating then No. 12 Pepperdine 1-0 Sept. 17...WSU recorded four of its six wins in 2003 at home

WSU returns to the Palouse after finishing 1-1 on its trip to Utah...the Cougars fell to Utah (5-2-1) 4-1 Thursday but regrouped and beat Brigham Young (3-6-1) 2-1 Saturday...Alix Rustrum maintained her position as the Cougars' points leader, scoring her fourth goal of the season one minute into the BYU match...WSU's Haley Thompson-Miller continued to claw her way up the Cougar points list, scoring the goal against Utah to move to a tie for third with five points...Cailan McCutchan scored her first game-winning goal of the season against BYU...the senior is second on the team with seven points tallying three goals and a assist...senior co-captain Christie Spear leads the Cougs in assists with three...last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week Katie Hultin recorded her fourth win of the season against Brigham Young...the junior keeper is just two wins away from her 2003 season Potter is one win away from his career record in a season...the Cougs won six games in 2003, Potter's inaugural season

'Our trip to Utah was bittersweet,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'We had a wonderful display of all the characteristics we wish to see in ourselves at BYU, but the game against Utah reflected the aspects which will not get us to where we are striving to be.

'Both games were against quality teams. Utah was the better team on the day and deserved to win. Overall I was pleased with our performance at BYU, especially after the Utah game.

'This weekend is an absolute soccer player and a fans dream. We have one of the nation's best in Portland. Loyola Marymount is a top team who are having a wonderful season. Both have outstanding coaching and are blessed with great attacking players and resolute defenses,' Potter added. 'It is going to be a huge challenge for us but one that we are enthused to play.

'We have reflected on the weekend and continue to remain on track and diligent in our preparations. It is going to be a fun weekend and the Cougar crowd is going to play a big part. '

Scouting the Lions: Washington State (5-2-1) will play Loyola Marymount (6-3-1) at 3 p.m. in the second game being played on Lower Soccer Field Friday...prior to the Cougar-Lion match Brigham Young (3-6-1) will take on Portland (8-2-0) at noon...WSU's Friday foe is led by Lori Sims... the junior forward has scored six goals and provided four assists to lead the Lions with 16 on LMU's points list are Kelly Lewandowski and Kellie Schroeder...both are tied for second with three goals and an assist net for the Lions is Kelly Yukihiro...the senior goalkeeper has allowed seven goals in eight matches for a 0.88 goals against average...she is 5-3-0, recording three shutouts...LMU has out shot its opponents 145-68, finishing 16 opportunities while surrendering seven goals...the Lions are averaging 1.54 goals per game and 14.5 shots a match...on the road Loyola Marymount is 0-1-1..WSU and LMU have played three common opponents this season...both squads recorded victories over New Mexico, Northern Colorado and BYU...the Lions are coached by Gregg Murphy...he is 85-62-15 in his ninth season at the helm of the LMU program...Loyola Marymount returns seven starters and 18 letterwinners from its 2003 team that finished 9-8-3...the Cougars are 1-1-1 in the series with the Lions..

Scouting the No. 6 Pilots: Washington State (5-2-1) will host No. 6 Portland (8-2-0) Sunday at noon...the Pilots travel to the Palouse after suffering a 2-0 loss to WSU's cross-state rival No. 3 Washington...Portland will be without its head coach Bill Irwin because he is coaching the PU men's soccer team...assistant Garrett Smith will take over the head coaching responsibilities this weekend...Canadian National Team member Christie Sinclair leads Pilot players with 11 goals and six on the PU scorers list is Lindsey Huie with five goals and four assists...Cori Alexander is the starting goalkeeper for Portland...she is 6-2-0, allowing 12 goals in 10 matches for a 1.26 goals against average...the Pilots have more than doubled their oppositions' goal total, outscoring the competition 27-12...reflective of their scoring edge, PU has recorded 83 shots-on-goal compared to 40 by its opponents...the Pilots have also forced opposing keepers to make 56 saves compared to 40 by its opponents...the Pilots return nine starters and 17 letterwinners from a squad that lost in the third round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament...Portland is 2-0 away from home, posting 3-1 victories over then No. 7 Connecticut and Oregon State...PU leads the series with WSU 9-0-0.

Cougars Fall To Utah 4-1: Washington State fell to 4-2-1 Thursday, losing to Utah (5-2-1) 4-1 in Salt Lake City...the Utes scored twice in the first period to enter halftime leading WSU 2-0...UU's Melissa Wayman scored at the 11:01 mark on Cougar keeper Katie Hultin...the goal was the first WSU's keeper had surrendered this season...33 minutes later Chelsea Card scored the first of two goals she put away for Utah...Cougar Haley Thompson-Miller brought the score to 2-1 in the 54th minute, receiving a pass from Brooke Bemis and finishing in the lower-left corner of the Utah goal...Haley March scored for the Utes less than 10 minutes later and Card finished the scoring series at the 70:05 mark for Utah...the Utes improved their series lead to 3-1-0 against the Cougars.

WSU Knocks-Off BYU 2-1: Washington State (5-2-1) rallied to defeat Brigham Young (3-6-1) 2-1 Saturday, leaving the Beehive State 1-1...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum scored the first goal of the match at the one-minute mark...she received a through ball from Christie Spear and slipped it past the left-side of BYU goalkeeper Erika Woodbury...WSU maintained the lead going into halftime, trailing BYU 3-2 in shots, but leading 2-1 in corner kick opportunities...BYU Cougar Carolyn Swenson tied the match 1-1 at the 62:42 mark...Jenavieve Phillips was credited with the assist...WSU's Cailan McCutchan scored her first game-winning goal of the season to lift the Cougars past BYU 2-1...Megan Cecchini served a free kick into the BYU penalty box and McCutchan scored with a first-time shot from six-yards out...the win improved WSU's series record with Brigham Young to 1-2-0.

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts four nationally ranked teams...the Cougars are in sixth place in Pacific-10 Conference standings...No. 3 Washington leads the conference at 8-0-0, Arizona is second at 8-1-0, No. 10 California follows at 7-1-1...No. 16 Stanford is fourth with a 7-2-0 record and No. 7 UCLA is 6-2-0 and is fifth...WSU is fifth in saves, averaging 4.12 saves per game...the Cougars are in a three-way tie for fourth in shutouts with four...several Cougar players are also making a mark in individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for ninth in shots, averaging 2.62 per game and in goals per game with a 0.50 average...she is also tied for eighth in goals scored with four...Christie Spear is tied for sixth in assists with three and tied for seventh in assists per game with a 0.38 average...Katie Hultin is ranked in all goalkeeping categories...she ranks second in shutouts with four and shutouts per game with a 0.57 average...she is in fifth place in saves (27), saves per game (3.86), and save percentage (.844)...the junior goalkeeper is in sixth place in the goals against category with a 0.74 average.

Hultin Is Holding It Down: Washington State starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin surrendered her first goal of the season last weekend against Utah...prior to Thursday's 4-1 loss, the junior goalkeeper recorded four consecutive shutouts...the redshirt junior has made 27 saves in 605 minutes of play and is 4-1-1...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 then, No. 8 Tennessee and four in the 1-0 upset over then, No. 12 Pepperdine...Hultin tallied two saves against the Utes and three in the Cougars 2-1 defeat over BYU...the 2003 Pac-10 honorable mention keeper is on several WSU all-time career lists...she is currently second with 11 shutouts, fifth with 2,355 minutes in goal and in saves with 104...the co-captain was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20.

Injury Update: This week marks the return of senior Keegan Hughes and freshman Allison Scurich...Hughes missed the beginning of the season while recovering from surgery to her knee over the summer...Scurich started the first games for WSU in the defense, but took ill with mono...both players were cleared to play Monday...Carmen Anderson tore her lateral meniscus in the Cougars 1-0 victory over then, No. 12 Pepperdine...the junior midfielder had surgery Friday and is expected back in 3-4 weeks...freshman Brie Kuhne suffered a minor ankle sprain and is expected back by the end of the week.

Pac-10 Honors: 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 Sept. 17 against then, No. 12 Pepperdine...Hultin made four saves in the 1-0 upset over the Waves...Hultin had not surrendered a goal this season until Thursday, Sept. 23 against Utah...this is her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor...WSU's third weekly honor all-time.

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 8-0-0 Washington jumping ahead to a third place ranking...California is currently ranked 10th while UCLA continues to move up the ranks to the No. 7 position...Stanford is ranked 16th.

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