WSU Hosts No. 12 Washington For Dads' Weekend

Oct. 26, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (7-6-3, 2-3-1 Pac-10) will host No. 12 Washington (12-3-1, 3-2-1 Pac-10) Friday at 2 p.m. in a Pacific-10 Conference game...the match will be televised on FSN Northwest Oct. 31 at 1 p.m...the Dads' weekend game is the first of three the Cougars will play at home to wrap up the regular season...WSU will take on California and No. 17 Stanford at home the weekend of Nov. 5-7 to finish conference action...the Cougars return to the Palouse after finishing 0-1-1 on the road in the Beaver State...WSU tied Oregon 1-1 Oct. 22 with Alix Rustrum scoring the Cougar goal...Sunday Oregon State held on to beat WSU 1-0 in Corvallis...the Cougs are 3-1-2 at home and recorded both of their Pac-10 wins at Lower Soccer Field, beating No. 8 UCLA 1-0, Oct. 15 and No. 22 USC 2-0, Oct. 17...the Huskies lead the intrastate series 7-4-2...the last time Washington came to Pullman (2002) the teams tied 2-2 in double overtime...2000 was the last time the Cougars defeated the Huskies, beating them 1-0 in double-overtime at WSU.

Alix Rustrum is leading Cougar scorers with eight goals this season...the junior scored her fourth goal in conference to give WSU the 1-1 tie at Oregon...for conference matches she is ranked in the top five among Pac-10 scoring leaders in the points, points per game, goals and goals per game categories... Haley Thompson-Miller is second on the team with four goals and one assist for nine points...the junior leads the Cougars at home with two goals this season...goalkeeper Katie Hultin is 6-5-2, recording six shutouts, two in Pac-10 play...her conference shutout performances against UCLA and USC earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week and Soccer Buzz Elite Team accolades for the week of Oct. 14-20...she has a 0.98 goals per game average overall, but a 0.47 average while defending her home net...she is ranked in all Pac-10 individual goalkeeping categories including a tie for first in saves with 73...with two conference wins and three games to be played, the Cougars have a chance to play in the postseason...since 1998 the Pac-10 has sent at least four teams to the NCAA Tournament each season...each team that has played past the regular season has recorded at least four conference wins...WSU has made it to the postseason three times...the last was 2002 when the Cougs finished 11-7-2 overall and 5-2-2 in Pac-10 action...eight members of this year's team have been to the tournament including junior goalkeepers Hultin and Megan Miller.

'We learned how competitive the Pac-10 is last weekend,' WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'We are disappointed by the results from last weekend but we learned our lesson and now must take care of business and win some games to earn a postseason berth.

'There were positives taken away from last weekend as we learned both what will work, and what won't. Now we build on the positives and move forward. Credit to both Oregon squads for playing tough, competitive soccer.

'We are excited to play the remainder of our games at home,' Potter added. 'Washington is a great team that is well coached and has played well this entire season. They provide a great challenge as well as California and Stanford. It should be an exciting display of soccer for Cougar fans.'

Scouting the Huskies: Washington State will play No. 12 Washington Friday at Lower Soccer Field...kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m....the televised game will air on Fox Sports Northwest Oct. 31 at 1 p.m...Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 19-25, Tina Frimpong and senior Nikki Gamble lead the Huskies with 21 points apiece...Frimpong has scored nine goals and assisted three while Gamble has eight goals and five assists this season...junior Kim Taylor has scored four game-winning goals and assisted three game winners...goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen has played every minute in goal for Washington, tallying 60 saves while allowing 21 goals...UW is coached by 2000 Pac-10 and National Coach of the Year Lesle Gallimore...she is currently 125-77-14 in her 11th season at Washington...the Huskies lead the series 7-4-2 against WSU...the last time the Cougars beat the Huskies was 2000 with a 1-0 double-overtime victory in Pullman.

WSU Plays Oregon to a 1-1 Tie: Washington State played Oregon to a 1-1 tie at Pape' Field Oct. 22...Cougar leading scorer Alix Rustrum gave WSU the 1-0 lead at the 3:06 was the junior's eighth goal of the season and fourth in Pacific-10 Conference action...freshman Anna Miller provided the assist, her first of the season...UO's Kami Kapaku tied the game 1-1 just over two minutes before halftime...the Ducks outshot the Cougars 4-3 in the first half, but held a 8-2 shot advantage in the second period...WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin made five of her seven saves in the second half...UO keeper Domenique Lainez made one save in each of the first three periods of play...two Oregon players received yellow cards in the second 45 minutes of action...the tie gave the Ducks their first point in five conference matches...WSU leads the series 5-3-1 over the Ducks.

Cougars Fall To Oregon State 1-0: Despite outshooting Oregon State 10-3, Washington State fell to the Beavers 1-0 Sunday in Corvallis...the OSU victory was its first over the Cougars since 1999...Beaver Jodie Taylor scored the game winner at the 25:55 mark...she scored her 14th goal of the season with a 15-yard shot into the upper-right corner of the WSU net...Cougar Brooke Bemis led WSU players with four shots, three on goal...OSU's goalkeeper Melissa Onstad recorded six saves, five in the second half to record her fifth shutout of the season...WSU's Haley Thompson-Miller and Ashley Lara received yellow card warnings along with Beaver Tiara Hong...the Cougars lead the series 6-5-3 over OSU.

Hultin Earns Conference and National Honors: Washington State's starting goalkeeper Katie Hultin was named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week and to Soccer Buzz's Elite Team 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...Hultin earned the conference and national awartds following her fifth and sixth shutout performances Oct. 15 against No. 8 UCLA and Oct. 17 against No. 22 USC...this is the first time in the history of the WSU soccer program a player has earned the weekly honor twice in the same season...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 (Oct. 15) and No. 22 USC (Oct. 17) 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 the weekend of Oct. 15-17 at Lower Soccer Field...the 1-0 upset over the Bruins 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 is tied with its opposition 19-19 in goals the first half of play the Cougs are outscoring their competition 12 to eight...WSU has created 27 corner kick opportunities in the first period of play while allowing 25...the Cougars and their opposition are averaging 1.12 goals per game...WSU has the edge over the competition in shot percentage...the Cougars are scoring an average of .121 times per shot while their opposition has a .090 shot percentage...WSU is averaging .503 shots on goal, putting 79 of 157 shots on frame...its opponents are averaging .464 shots on goal...Cougar goalkeepers have made 79 saves compared to 60 by their opposition.

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts three nationally-ranked teams...the Cougars are in eighth place in the Pac-10...No. 9 UCLA leads the conference while Arizona State is second...No. 12 Washington is in third place and Arizona, fourth...USC is fifth and No. 17 Stanford is in the sixth spot...California is one ahead of the Cougars...the Cougars are in a two-way tie for fifth in shutouts with six and is second in saves with 79...WSU is fifth in both the goals allowed category (1.19) and the goals against average list (1.12)...two Cougar players are ranked in Pac-10 individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for fifth in goals, scoring eight this season...she is in a two-way tie for seventh 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 is tied for second in shutouts with six and is second in shutouts per game with a 0.40 average...she is tied for first place in saves (73) and is second in saves per game, averaging 4.87 per match...Hultin is fourth with a .830 save percentage...the junior goalkeeper is in sixth place in the goals against category with a .98 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 sixth in career goals with 13 and eighth in points with 34...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 150...the junior is ranked third in minutes in goal with 3,134 and is fourth in wins with 13.

Alexander Returns From Canadian U-19 National Team: Freshman Molly Alexander missed last week's matches because she was playing with the Canadian U-19 National Team...the Vancouver, British Columbia native trained with the team in their last camp before the U-19 World Cup held in Thailand in November.

Injury Update: Senior Kara Jordan underwent surgery last weekend and is questionable to play this season...senior midfielder Keegan Hughes sprain her ankle last weekend and will miss the Washington game Friday...senior starter Cailan McCutchan sprain her left ankle against Arizona State Oct. 10, but saw some action last weekend.

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 Oct. 15...WSU upset then, No. 22 USC Oct. 17 2-0...two of the three remaining conference games for the Cougars will be against nationally-ranked teams...WSU will take on No. 12 Washington at home Friday...the next weekend the Cougars host California and No. 17 Stanford to wrap-up their regular season.

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