WSU Begins Pacific-10 Conference Play In Arizona

Oct. 5, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (5-3-2) travels to the Grand Canyon State this week to kickoff Pacific-10 Conference action...WSU will play Arizona (9-2-0) Friday and Arizona State (4-6-0), Sunday...the Cougars will face the Wildcats at Murphey Stadium in a 6 p.m. match...under the direction of second-year Head Coach Dan Tobias, UA has already surpassed its win total of any season in the history of the program...Arizona State will play the Cougars at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium at noon...the Sun Devils are coached by Ray Leone who has accumulated a 39-26-6 record at ASU and a 171-84-19 career record...Arizona State is off to its worst start under Leone's direction...ASU returns 18 letterwinners and 10 starters from its 2003 squad that lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 13-5-3...Washington State lost to both Arizona squads last year at home in its final games of the season.

The Cougars finished 0-1-1 last weekend, tying Loyola Marymount 1-1 in double overtime Friday and losing 2-0 to No. 6 Portland Sunday...WSU is 1-1-2 at home, 1-2-0 on the road and 3-0 at neutral sites...Alix Rustrum continues to lead the Cougars' scoring list, tallying four goals, two game a tie for second are Cailan McCutchan and Haley Thompson-Miller with three goals and an assist each...freshman Brooke Bemis is in fourth place with two goals and two assists...WSU's starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin is 4-2-2, posting four shutouts...she has accumulated 40 saves this season while allowing eight goals for a 0.90 goals against average...the junior keeper has yet to post a shutout since surrendering the first goal of the season Sept. 23 against the Pac-10 Rustrum, Christie Spear and Hultin rank in individual statistical categories...Rustrum is on four categorical lists, Spear ranks on two and Hultin is ranked in all goalkeeping categories.

'We faced as big a challenge this past weekend as we have come across this season,' Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'I liked the way we came back in the game against a good LMU team and our performance against Portland was one of our most solid all round performances to date.

'The lessons from both games will serve us well and are great reminders as we head into conference play. We have a true test this weekend in both Arizona teams that are again well coached, quality teams. Practice I'm sure will be intense as competition for places increases and conference play is finally here.'

Scouting the Wildcats: Washington State (5-3-2) will play Arizona (9-2-0) at Murphey Stadium Friday, at 6 p.m...the Wildcats are off to their best start in the program's history, breaking the school record for wins in a season with its' 1-0 victory over Colorado College Sunday...Arizona returns 11 letterwinners and six starters from its 2003 squad that finished 6-11-2...UA is led by Mallory Miller...the junior midfielder has scored three goals and recorded seven assists for 13 on the leaders list is Kamaya Damwijk who has scored four goals and assisted one for nine points...third is Candice Wilks with four goals...freshman goalkeeper McCall Smith is 9-2-0, posting seven shutouts which leads the conference...she has allowed five goals and made 50 saves...the Wildcats are 4-1-0 at home and on the road...Arizona is coached by Dan Tobias who is in his second year in Tucson...Tobias is 59-58-8 overall and 15-13-2 at UA...the Wildcats won their last meeting with the Cougars 2-1 in Pullman Nov. 17...common opponents UA and WSU have faced this year are Brigham Young and Pepperdine...both teams beat BYU by one-goal margins and WSU beat then No. 12 Pepperdine 1-0 at home while the Wildcats lost 1-0 to the Waves...WSU leads the series 6-2-1 against Arizona.

Scouting the Sun Devils: Washington State (5-3-2) will take on Arizona State (4-6-0) Sunday at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium at noon...ASU is entering conference play with its worst regular season record under Head Coach Ray Leone...the Sun Devils are 2-2-0 at home, losing to then No. 2 Notre Dame 2-1 and Oklahoma 1-0 in overtime while beating Dartmouth 3-2 and San Diego State 3-0...despite their losing record the Sun Devils are tied with their opponents in goals scored (17) and out shooting the opposition 133-91...ASU has created 55 corner kick opportunities while allowing 30...the Sun Devils return 18 letterwinners and 10 starters from their 2003 team that finished 13-5-3, losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...Katie Leahy leads ASU scorers with four goals and two are Elizabeth Bogus with three goals and three assists and Manya Makoski who has also scored three times and assisted two goals...starting goalkeeper Kim Bingham is 2-6-0, recording one shutout...the sophomore has allowed 14 goals and made 25 saves...both WSU and ASU have played Brigham Young and Pepperdine this season...both squads beat BYU by a goal while the Sun Devils lost to the Waves 2-1 and the Cougars beat Pepperdine 1-0...Arizona State beat WSU 2-1 in its last meeting...ASU leads the series 3-6-0.

Cougars Tie LMU 1-1: Washington State tied Loyola Marymount 1-1 in double overtime at Lower Soccer Field Friday...LMU put away the first goal 28 minutes into the match...Jessica Johns rebounded a poor WSU clearance and passed it to Lori Sims who scored from eight-yards the 72:34 mark Cougar Haley Thompson-Miller scored her third goal of the season to tie the game 1-1...after a scramble in front of the Lion penalty box WSU's Brooke Bemis touched the ball to Thompson-Miller who hit a first-time shot into the left side of the goal...the Cougars recorded all of their second half shots in the final 15 minutes of the end of 110 minutes of play LMU led in shots 20-12, corner kicks 4-3 and fouls 13-10...WSU's goalkeeper Katie Hultin made nine saves, bringing her record to 4-1-2..

WSU Loses To No. 6 Portland 2-0: Washington State (5-3-2) lost to No. 6 Portland (10-2-0) Sunday 2-0 at home...the loss was the first for the Cougars at Lower Soccer Field this season...the Cougars and the Pilots played toe-to-toe the first half, both taking five shots...WSU had four corner kick opportunities while UP had the second half Portland scored two goals in the 54th and 57th minutes...Natalie Budge headed in a Michele Scifo cross to put UP ahead 1-0...NSCAA Player of the Year Christie Sinclair scored the second goal, her 13th of the season...Lindsey Huie was credited with the assists...WSU's Haley Thompson-Miller received a yellow card in the first half....Pilots Kristen Moore and Huie were issued yellow cards in the second period...the Pilots improved their series record against the Cougs to 10-0-0.

How The Cougars Stack Up Against Their Opponents: WSU is outscoring its opponents 13-12, recording seven goals compared to the oppositions' four in the first half...the competition holds a slight lead in second half goals, 7-6 and in overtime goals, 1-0...the Cougars have been out shot 126-109...despite holding the shooting edge in the first 45-minutes of play, 51-49, the Cougs have been out shot 66-50 in the second period of regulation and 5-2 in the second period of overtime play...WSU is scoring 1.24 goals per game while its opposition is averaging 1.14...WSU goalkeepers hold the slight edge over their competition, averaging .793 saves per game compared to .750 by other keepers...

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts four nationally ranked teams...the Cougars are in seventh place in Pacific-10 Conference standings...No.4 Washington leads the conference at 9-1-0, No. 11 California is second at 7-1-1, Arizona follows at 9-2-0...No. 16 Stanford is fourth with an 8-2-1 record followed by No. 8 UCLA at 7-3-0...USC is sixth with a 6-3-1 record...WSU is fourth in saves, averaging 4.60 saves per game...the Cougars are in a two-way tie for sixth in shutouts with four and tied with Stanford for fifth with 48 corner kicks...several Cougar players are ranked in Pac-10 individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for ninth in shots, averaging 2.50 per game...she is tied for 10th in goals per game with a 0.40 average...she is also tied for eighth in goals scored with four...Christie Spear is tied for seventh in assists with three and tied for 10th in assists per game with a 0.30 average...Katie Hultin is ranked in all goalkeeping categories...she ranks fifth in shutouts with four and shutouts per game with a 0.44 average...she is in fourth place in saves (40), saves per game (4.44), and is fifth with a .844 save percentage...the junior goalkeeper is in seventh place in the goals against category with a 0.90 average.

Moving Up The WSU Career Lists: Three current Cougars are ranked in the WSU career lists...Alix Rustrum's three career game winning goals moves the junior into a tie for 10th place in that category...Christie Spear is in a three-way tie for eighth place in assists with 11...Katie Hultin is ranked in all WSU career goalkeeping categories...she is second with 11 shutouts and is fourth in saves with 117...the junior is ranked fifth in minutes in goal with 2,553 and tied for fifth in wins with 11.

Injury Update: Carmen Anderson tore her lateral meniscus in the Cougars 1-0 victory over then, No. 12 Pepperdine...the junior midfielder had surgery Friday, Sept. 4, and is expected back in 2-3 weeks...freshman Molly Alexander hyperextended her left knee against Portland, forcing her to leave the game...she is expected to practice Tuesday.

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 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 handed the Cougars their first loss at home Sunday...UP beat WSU 2-0...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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