This Week In Cougar Volleyball

Oct. 19, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (7-5-2, 2-2-0 Pac-10) will travel to the Beaver State to take on Oregon (3-9-1, 0-3-0 Pac-10) and Oregon State (7-7-0, 1-2-0 Pac-10) for its final road trip of the regular season...this weekend marks the third week of Pacific-10 Conference play...WSU will play the Ducks Friday at 7 p.m. at Pape' Field in Eugene, Ore...Sunday the Cougars will play the Beavers at noon at Valley Stadium in Corvallis, Ore...WSU is heading to Oregon with the momentum of beating two nationally-ranked Pac-10 opponents over the weekend...for just the second time in 12 meetings the Cougars beat No. 8 UCLA 1-0 in Pullman...WSU made history Sunday by beating No. 22 USC 2-0...the two wins marked the first time in the history of the Cougar soccer program a WSU team has beaten both Southern California teams in the same season...Washington State is off to its best start in conference since the 2000 season...the Cougars lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament that year.

Washington State goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded two shutouts this weekend, earning her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors...this is the second time this season Hultin has earned the honor and the first time in Cougar history a player has been named player of the week in the same season...she improved her season shutout total to six, placing her in a tie for fourth on the WSU season shutouts list with five scheduled games to go...Hultin improved to 6-4-2, tying her 2003 wins total...Alix Rustrum scored the game-winning goal over UCLA...the goal marked her third this season placing her in a tie for sixth place on the WSU season game-winning goals list and career game-winning goals list with four...the junior forward leads the Cougars with seven goals for 14 points...Haley Thompson-Miller scored her fourth goal of the season to beat USC Sunday...the goal was her second game winner...Carmen Anderson scored her first goal of the season against the Trojans...the junior was not expected to play this weekend after recovering from knee surgery...the Cougars hold a 1.22 to 1.15 goals scored advantage over their opponents overall and are tied at 1.18 goals scored with conference foes...WSU is averaging 9.9 shots per game, placing half on frame...the Cougs have shutout six of their opponents while being held scoreless twice...WSU keepers have made 71 saves while competing goalies have recorded 51.

'To come out of this weekend with two wins is a wonderful achievement, especially when you consider the quality and ability of both opponents,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'However we must now turn our attention to prepare for our last chance to make an impression on the road.

'I believe this trip will be as tough as any we have faced. Both Oregon schools are full of fighting spirit, well coached and in many ways similar to us,' Potter added.

'We need to remain focused and aware of the aspects of our game that will allow us to build on this past weekends' success. Every Pac-10 game is challenging and you can see that by the fact that every team, 1-10, has at least one loss. The competitiveness is absolutely incredible and we will have to compete to the best of our ability to get positive results this weekend.'

Scouting the Ducks: Washington State (7-5-2, 2-2-0 Pac-10) will play Oregon (3-9-1, 0-3-0 Pac-10) Friday at Pape' Field...kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m...the Ducks are coming off a 3-0 loss to Oregon State Friday...UO returns 17 letterwinners and 10 starters from their 2003 squad that the Cougars beat 2-0 at home...Oregon is currently 2-2-1 at home...WSU is 2-0-1 at Eugene, Ore., and 5-2-1 in the series...six Ducks have scored this season...Mele French leads Oregon with two goals and one assist...Kami Kapku, Christine Mintz and Caitlin Gamble follow with two goals...Duck goalkeeper Domenique Lainez has surrendered 28 goals in 12 games, recording a 0-8-0 record...UO is coached by Bill Steffen...he has tallied a 49-103-12 record in his ninth season at Oregon...the Cougars and the Ducks have played four common opponents including Utah, Portland, UCLA and USC...both teams lost to the Utes and the Pilots...WSU beat both the Bruins and Trojans while UO lost 2-0 to USC and 6-0 to UCLA.

Scouting the Beavers: Washington State (7-5-2, 2-2-0 Pac-10) will play Oregon State (7-7-0, 1-2-0 Pac-10) at noon Sunday...the Beavers host WSU at Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium in Corvallis, Ore...the Beavers return 17 letterwinners and 10 starters from their 2003 squad...last year the Cougars tied OSU 1-1 at Pullman...WSU and the Beavers have played four common opponents this season...both squads lost to Portland by two goal margins...the Cougs tied Loyola Marymount while OSU lost 3-0...the Beavers lost to both USC and UCLA while WSU recorded victories over both squads...Jodie Taylor leads the Oregon State offense with 24 points this season...Taylor, a native of Merseyside, England and member of England's U-19 national team, has scored 11 of OSU's 20 goals...Beaver goalkeeper Melissa Onstead is 6-5-0 this season, recording four shutouts...she has allowed 14 goals in 12 games for a 1.16 goals against average...OSU is coached by Steve Fennah...Fennah is 53-71-10 in his seventh season at Oregon State.

Cougars Upset No. 8 UCLA: Washington State beat No. 8 UCLA 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field Friday...the victory marked just the second time WSU has beaten the Bruins in 12 meetings...Cougar leading scorer Alix Rustrum scored the game-winning goal at the 15:31 mark...freshman Shaye Harrel provided the assist for the junior forward's third game-winning goal this season...the victory over UCLA is the first since 1993...the win over the No. 8 Bruins marks the highest-ranked opponent the Cougars have beaten since 2000...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin recorded nine saves in her fifth shutout this season...this is the first time since 1994 the Cougs have held UCLA scoreless...Bruin coach Jillian Ellis was issued a yellow card in the 71st minute for arguing with the referee...Rustrum and Haley Thompson-Miller were the only Cougars to record shots in the match...Rustrum took three shots, two on goal while Thompson-Miller had one...the Bruins outshot the Cougars 17-4 and had six corner kick opportunities while WSU had none...the Cougars home record improved to 2-1-2 with the win...the victory improved WSU's record to 2-1-1 over ranked teams...the loss is the only defeat the Bruins have suffered in conference to date as they went on to beat No. 7 Washington 5-1 Sunday.

WSU Makes History With 2-0 Win Over No. 22 USC: Washington State (7-5-2, 2-2-0 Pac-10) beat No. 22 USC (8-5-1, 2-2-0 Pac-10) 2-0 at Lower Soccer Field Sunday...the win, combined with the Cougars' defeat of No. 8 UCLA Friday marks the first time in the history of the WSU soccer program that the Cougars have beaten both Southern California squads in the same season...Haley Thompson-Miller scored the game-winning goal 12 minutes into the match...Shaye Harrel assisted the junior forward's fourth goal of the season...Carmen Anderson provided the insurance goal at the 56:17 mark...Anderson scored her first goal of the season in her second game back after recovering from knee surgery...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin made five saves, all in the second half to record her sixth shutout of the season...the shutout marks the first time since 1998 the Cougars have held the Trojans scoreless...WSU fended off 16 USC shots, while recording 11...the win marks the third for the Cougars in its series with USC...the Trojans lead the series 7-3.

Hultin Earns Second Pac-10 Player of the Week Honor: Washington State's starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 12-18...this is the second player of the week honor for the junior this season...she also earned the award for the week of Sept. 14-20...this is the first time in the history of the WSU soccer program a player has earned the honor twice in the same season...the award followed her fifth and sixth shutout performances Friday against No. 8 UCLA and Sunday against No. 22 USC...Hultin made 14 saves last weekend, nine against the Bruins and five, all in the second half, against the Trojans...the junior is second among Pac-10 keepers in shutouts, saves per game with a 5.00 average and shutouts per game, averaging .46...she is just one save away from a two-way tie for first in saves among conference keepers with 65...this is her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor...WSU's fourth weekly honor all-time.

Cougars Making History: WSU's victories over No. 8 UCLA and No. 22 USC marks the first time in the history of the soccer program that a Cougar team has beaten both Southern California squads in the same season...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin earned the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the second time this season for the week of Oct. 12-18...this is the first time a Cougar has earned the honor twice in the same season...the shutout over the Bruins is the first for WSU since 1994...not since 1998 had the Cougars kept the Trojans scoreless...the victory over UCLA is the first for WSU since 1993...the Bruins were the highest-ranked opponent the Cougars have beaten since defeating No. 2 Washington in 2000.

When The Cougars Are At Home: Washington State is 3-1-2 at home this year, hosting five nationally ranked squads...the Cougars beat conference foes No. 8 UCLA and No. 22 USC this weekend at Lower Soccer Field...the 1-0 upset over the Bruins Friday marks the first win since 1993 over the soccer powerhouse...WSU's 2-0 defeat over the Trojans was the just the third win in the series...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 42 saves and allowed three goals in 579 minutes of play at home...four of the six shutouts WSU has recorded this season were at Lower Soccer Field...the Cougars are outscoring their opponents 5-3, with a 0.78 goals scored average compared to the oppositions' 0.47...WSU is averaging .476 shots on goal compared to .437 by their opponents...the Cougars are 30-63 in shots on goal attempts while their competition is 45-103...WSU's opponents are averaging 17.2 shots per game while the Cougars are averaging 10.5 shots.

How The Cougars Stack Up Against Their Opponents: WSU holds a 18-17 goals scored edge over its the first half of play the Cougs are outscoring their competition 11 to six...WSU has created 26 corner kick opportunities in the first period of play while allowing 25...the Cougars are averaging 1.22 goals per game compared to the oppositions' 1.15...WSU has the edge over the competition in shot percentage...the Cougars are scoring an average of .130 times per shot while their opposition has a .087 shot percentage...WSU is averaging .500 shots on goal, putting 69 of 138 shots on frame...its opponents are averaging .449 shots on goal...Cougar goalkeepers have made 71 saves compared to 51 by their opposition..

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts four nationally ranked teams...the Cougars are in fifth place in the Pac-10 ...Arizona leads the conference while No. 7 UCLA is second...Arizona State is in third place and USC is fourth...No. 18 Stanford is sixth behind the Cougars...No. 10 California is seventh and No. 15 Washington is eigth...the Cougars are in a two-way tie for fourth in shutouts with six and second in saves with 71...WSU is fifth in both the goals allowed category (1.21) and the goals against average list (1.15)...two Cougar players are ranked in Pac-10 individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for seventh in goals, scoring seven this season...she is in a two-way tie for eighth in goals per game with a 0.50 average...the junior is tied for fifth with three game-winning goals...Katie Hultin is ranked in all goalkeeping categories...she ranks second in shutouts with six and in shutouts per game with a 0.46 average...she is in second place in saves (65) and is second in saves per game, averaging 5.00 per match...Hultin is fourth with a .833 save percentage...the junior goalkeeper is in sixth place in the goals against category with a .99 average.

Moving Up The WSU Career Lists: Three current Cougars are ranked in the WSU career lists...Alix Rustrum's four career game winning goals moves the junior into a tie for sixth place in that category...she is tied for ninth in career goals with 12 and tied for eighth in points with 32...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 13 shutouts and is fourth in saves with 142...the junior is ranked third in minutes in goal with 2,934 and is fourth in wins with 13.

Alexander With the Canadian U-19 National Team: Freshman Molly Alexander will miss this weekend's matches because she is with the Canadian U-19 National Team...she will be gone this week, training with the junior squad but will return to the Palouse next week to continue the season with the Cougars.

Injury Update: Senior Kara Jordan will miss the remainder of the season due to loose particles in her knee...she will undergo surgery this week...senior starter Cailan McCutchan sprain her left ankle Sunday against Arizona State Oct. 10...the midfielder is expected to be out for 1-3 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 returned to action last weekend, scoring her first goal of the season against No. 22 USC.

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 currently boasts four nationally-ranked squads...the Cougars beat then, No. 8 UCLA 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field Friday...WSU upset then, No. 22 USC Sunday 2-0...three of the Cougars' remaining conference game will be against nationally-ranked teams...WSU will take on No. 15 Washington at home Oct. 29...the next weekend the Cougars host No. 10 California and No. 18 Stanford to wrap-up their regular season.

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