Cougars Host No. 8 UCLA And No. 22 USC In Pac-10 Play

Oct. 12, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (5-5-2, 0-2-0 Pac-10) will host No. 8 UCLA (9-3-0, 2-0-0 Pac-10) and No. 22 USC (8-3-1, 2-0-0 Pac-10) at Lower Soccer Field this weekend...the Cougars will play their third Pacific-10 Conference game Friday against the Bruins at 1:30 p.m...Sunday the Trojans will travel to the Palouse for a noon match...the Cougs lost their first conference matches this past weekend, falling to Arizona (11-2-0) 3-1 Friday and Arizona State (5-6-1) 2-1 in the 110th minute of overtime...right now WSU is ranked eighth in the conference...UCLA sits at second place and USC is third in the conference...the Trojans are currently riding a six game unbeaten streak and the Bruins are on a three game winning streak...last year both UCLA and USC beat the Cougars by one-goal margins at their home sites...WSU is currently 1-1-2 at home...WSU is 0-4 when hosting the Bruins and 2-1 at home against USC.

WSU's Alix Rustrum is the Cougar points leader with 12...the junior scored against both Arizona and Arizona State, bringing her season goals total to conference individual leader categories she is tied for seventh in the goals and goals per game lists...Cailan McCutchan and Haley Thompson-Miller are tied for second on WSU's points list with three goals and an assist each...freshman Brooke Bemis is next with two goals and a pair of assists...Cougar starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin's 48 saves places her in fourth place among conference goalkeepers...the junior keeper is averaging 4.80 saves per game and has recorded four home the Cougars have a 0.45 goals scored average and a .417 shot on goal percentage...while defending her home net Hultin has allowed 0.68 goals per game and recorded two shutouts.

'It will be great to return to familiar surroundings after a weekend in Arizona where we left disappointed coming home 0-2, but we are aware of the adjustments we need to correct now that we are in Pac-10 play,' Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'Both Arizona games served as great lessons but we missed both opportunities.

'With UCLA and USC here this weekend the challenge becomes more intense and it's a big character check. We need to remain focused, believe in each other and the game plan we know that works for us,' Potter added.

'Being in Pullman we have the motivation and backing of a home crowd to help our cause. Both games will be tough battles, but it's what we all signed up for. We have a clear perspective of the task at hand and I for one am excited to see the team rise to the challenge. To test our passion for the game in this environment is a great opportunity we look forward to, especially against two top Pac-10 teams.'

Scouting the Bruins: Washington State (5-5-2, 0-2-0 Pac-10) will play No. 8 UCLA (9-3-0, 2-0-0 Pac-10) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Lower Soccer Field...the match is the first home conference game for the Cougs and the fifth home game this season...the Bruins have consistently been ranked among the nations top-25 throughout the season...they are on a three-game winning streak, posting Pac-10 victories over Oregon and Oregon State last weekend...the Bruins are led by Bristyn Davis who has seven goals and five assists for 19 points this season...Danesha Adams is second on the team with 17 points, scoring eight goals and one assist...UCLA starting goalkeeper Valerie Henderson is has started every game this season, recording five shutouts...the Bruins return 15 starters and eight letterwinners from the 2003 squad that lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament...UCLA leads the series against WSU 9-1-1...the Bruins have won the past eight matches against the Cougars including the 2-1 overtime victory at Los Angeles last year...the Bruins head coach is Jillian Ellis who has cumulated a 101-21-5 record in her sixth season at UCLA.

Scouting the Trojans: Washington State (5-5-2, 0-2-0 Pac-10) will take on No. 22 USC (8-3-1, 2-0-0 Pac-10) Sunday at noon at Lower Soccer Field...the Trojans are riding a six-game unbeaten streak, adding two conference victories over Oregon and Oregon State last weekend...Rosa Anna Tantillo leads the Trojans with 19 points, which also puts her in a tie for second among all Pac-10 players in the points second place on the USC points list is Tina Sutorius with three goals and five assists...starting goalkeeper Veronica Simonton is 6-0-1, allowing four goals and recording three shutouts...USC returns 18 starters and eight letterwinners from its 2003 squad that finished 9-8-3 last season...the Cougars are 2-7-0 against the Trojans recording both wins at home...USC beat WSU 1-0 last season in Los Angeles...coaching the Trojans is Jim Millinder...he has a 111-53-14 record amidst his ninth season at USC.

Cougars Lose To Arizona 3-1: Washington State lost to the first place team in the conference, Arizona 3-1 in Tucson Friday...the match was the first Pac-10 match of the season for both teams...Cougar Alix Rustrum scored the first goal of the match at the 41:20 mark for her fifth goal of the season...UA tied the game 1-1 with less than a minute left in the half and then took the 2-1 lead at the 49:09 mark with a Kamaya Damwijk the 63rd minute the Wildcats scored an insurance goal to solidify the 3-1 victory...WSU leads the series with Arizona 6-3-1.

WSU Falls To ASU 2-1 In Overtime: Washington State (5-5-2, 0-2-0 Pac-10) lost to Arizona State (5-6-1, 1-0-1 Pac-10) 2-1 in double overtime Sunday...the Cougars surrendered the game winner in the 110th minute of play...ASU scored first when Katie Leahy took a Elizabeth Bogus cross and beat WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin at the 16:43 mark...Cougar Alix Rustrum scored less than two minutes later to tie the game 1-1...Rustrum's goal was her second of the weekend and sixth of the season...Bogus chipped Hultin from 10-yards out to score the game winning goal...ASU leads the series against the Cougs 7-3.

When The Cougars Are At Home: Washington State is 1-1-2 at home this year, hosting three nationally ranked squads...the Cougs beat a then, undefeated and unscored upon No. 12 Pepperdine 1-0 Sept. 17...WSU tied No. 8 Tennessee 0-0, Sept. 5 and Loyola Marymount 1-1 Oct. 1...WSU's only loss to a nationally ranked opponent came Oct. 3 against No. 6 Portland...Cougar keepers have made 28 saves and allowed three goals in 399 minutes of play at home...two of the four shutouts the Cougars have recorded this season were at Lower Soccer Field...WSU is averaging .417 shots on goal compared to .443 by their opponents...the Cougars are 20-48 in shots on goal attempts while their competition is 31-70...WSU's opponents are averaging 17.5 shots per game while the Cougars are averaging 12 shots.

How The Cougars Stack Up Against Their Opponents: WSU's opponents hold a 17-15 goals scored the first half of play the Cougs are outscoring their competition nine to six...WSU has created 25 corner kick opportunities in the first period of play while allowing 21...the Cougars are averaging 1.18 goals per game compared to the oppositions' 1.34...WSU has a slight edge over the competition in shot percentage...the Cougars are scoring an average of .122 times per shot while their opposition has a .104 shot percentage...WSU is averaging .480 shots on goal, putting 59 of 123 shots on frame...its opponents are averaging .454 shots on goal...Cougar goalkeepers have made 57 saves compared to 44 by their opposition..

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts four nationally ranked teams...the Cougars are in eighth place in the Pac-10, one place behind No. 7 Washington...Arizona leads the conference at while No. 8 UCLA is second...No.22 USC is in third place...No. 15 Stanford is in fifth place behind Arizona State...WSU is second in saves, averaging 4.92 saves per game...the Cougars are in a two-way tie for sixth in shutouts with four...two Cougar players are ranked in Pac-10 individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for seventh in goals, scoring six this season...she is in a four-way tie for seventh in goals per game with a 0.50 average...Katie Hultin is ranked in all goalkeeping categories...she ranks fifth in shutouts with four and is tied for sixth in shutouts per game with a 0.40 average...she is in fourth place in saves (48) and is second in saves per game, averaging 4.80 per match...Hultin is fourth with a .800 save percentage...the junior goalkeeper is in seventh place in the goals against category with a 1.18 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...she is also tied for 10th in career goals with 11...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 128...the junior is ranked fourth in minutes in goal with 2,753 and tied for fifth in wins with 11.

Injury Update: Senior starter Cailan McCutchan sprain her left ankle Sunday against Arizona State...the midfielder is expected to be out for 2-4 weeks...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 1-2 weeks.

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, Oct. 3...UP beat WSU 2-0...the Pac-10 is currently moving up the national rankings with 9-2-1 Washington in seventh place and UCLA (9-3-0) in eighth...Stanford (8-2-2) moved up to 15th place and USC entered the national rankings at No. 22.

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