Cougars Close Out Regular Season Hosting California And Stanford

Nov. 2, 2004

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This Week: Washington State (8-6-3, 3-3-1 Pac-10) concludes its regular season with two Pacific-10 Conference games against California (10-4-3, 3-2-2 Pac-10) and No. 11 Stanford (12-4-2, 4-2-1 Pac-10)...the Cougars will play the Golden Bears Friday at 2 p.m...WSU's six seniors will play their last regular season game Sunday against the Cardinal at noon...the Cougars are coming off a 3-2 upset over No. 12 Washington Friday...the win was the first for WSU since 2000 in the intrastate rivalry...the upset helped put the Cougs into 10th place in the NSCAA Western Region ranking...the Huskies were the fourth nationally ranked opponent the Cougars have beaten this season...WSU is 4-1-2, 3-0 in conference action at Lower Soccer Field...since 1998 the Pac-10 has sent at least four teams to the NCAA Tournament...teams have made the post season with four conference wins, but have had at least 11 victories in the season...teams with five Pac-10 wins have historically received tournament berths...the last time WSU made the post season was 2002 with a 11-7-2 overall record, 5-2-2 in conference.

Leading the Cougars is Alix Rustrum with 18 points...the junior scored her ninth goal of the season two minutes into the 3-2 upset over No. 12 Washington Friday...she has taken 40 shots this season, placing 25 on goal...Haley Thompson-Miller is in second place with 11 points...the junior has scored five goals including the game winner Friday, and provided one assist this fall...both Rustrum and Thompson-Miller have scored three game-winning goals this season, placing them in a seven-way tie for fifth among individuals in the Pac-10...Cailan McCutchan improved her season stats with a goal and an assist against the Huskies...the senior is third among Cougar scorers with four goals and two assists for 10 points...goalkeeper Katie Hultin ranks second among conference keepers in saves (79) and is first in saves per game (4.94)...the junior is 7-5-2, surpassing her win total from 2003 by one...she has six shutouts and has allowed 17 goals in 16 games for a 1.04 goals against average...the Cougars hold a 22-21 goal advantage over their opponents despite being outshot 223-167...WSU goalkeepers have made 85 saves compared to 64 by the competitions' keepers...86 of the Cougs shots have been on goal for a .515 shot on goal home WSU leads its opponents in goals 8-5 and saves 48-29...the Cougs average 1.08 goals per game and 10.4 shots per game at Cougarland...four of WSU's six shutouts have been at home with Cougar keepers holding the opposition to 0.67 goals per conference games the Cougars are tied with their opponents in goals with nine...all of WSU's Pac-10 wins have been against nationally-ranked teams.

'We are obviously delighted and proud of the manner in which we started and finished out the game this weekend,' Head Coach Matt Potter said. 'To play in such a fashion against one of the top teams in the nation gives us great confidence going into this last weekend of Pac-10 play.

'However, our success merely gives us the chance to play again this weekend with something to aim for. Both Bay area schools are talented and are having great seasons,' Potter added. 'It's yet another occasion we will have to be at our best if we are to continue to get positive results.

'This weekend is also our last chance to defend Cougarland. With the support we have had from the community we are looking to make life difficult for both Cal and Stanford and give Cougar fans something to be proud of.'

Scouting the Golden Bears: Washington State will play California at Lower Soccer Field Friday at 2 p.m...California returns 16 starters and five letterwinners from its 2003 squad that tied WSU 0-0 in double-overtime last year...Liz Eisenberg leads California with nine goals and three assists for 21 points...Stephanie Wieger is second on the team with seven goals and five assists in 15 games...11 Golden Bears have scored this season, eight with multiple goals...goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio is 7-3-3, recording five shutouts while allowing 10 goals for a 0.84 goals against average...the Golden Bears are outscoring their opposition 35-13 and have created 84 corner kick opportunities compared to 42 by their competition...on the road California is 2-2-0 and 1-1-0 in Pac-10 play...the Golden Bears are coached by Kevin Boyd...he is 95-52-13 in his eighth season at California...the Golden Bears lead the series 8-3-3 against the Cougars...WSU is 2-1 in its last three meetings with California.

Scouting the Cardinal: Washington State will defend Cougarland against No. 11 Stanford in its last regular season game Sunday at noon...the Cardinal are led by Marcie Ward with eight goals and two assists...Leah Tapscott is second on the team with 15 points, scoring five goals and assisting five...Stanford leads the conference with 11 shutouts this season with starting goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart accounting for eight scoreless matches...Barnhart is allowing just 0.44 goals per game to lead Pac-10 keepers...the Cardinal return 16 letterwinners and seven starters from their 2003 squad...last year the Cougars beat Stanford for the first time since 1993...the 1-0 win marked just the second time in 13 meetings WSU had beaten the Cardinal...second-year head coach Paul Ratcliffe is 22-13-4 at Stanford...he coached the Cardinal to their sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003, Stanford's 13th post-season appearance in 14 years.

WSU Knocks Off No. 12 Washington 3-2: Washington State upset No. 12 Washington 3-2, Friday at Lower Soccer Field...with three shots the Cougars took a early 3-0 lead...WSU's three leading scorers each provided a goal...Alix Rustrum scored at the 1:36 mark with a cross-goal shot that found the upper-right corner of the Husky goal...senior Cailan McCutchan gave WSU a two goal lead six minutes later, heading in a Megan Cecchini corner kick...McCutchan provided the assist for Haley Thompson-Miller's game-winning goal at the 15:44 mark...the midfielder split UW's defense with a pass to Thompson-Miller six yards out that the forward placed to the right of Husky goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen...Washington leading scorer Tina Frimpong scored her 10th and 11th goals of the season in the first half to bring the score to 3-2...Danni Bridges passed the ball to Frimpong who hit a shot from 16-yards out to score at the 22:21 mark...with less than seven minutes left in the first period the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year scored by volleying in a loose ball inside the WSU eight-yard box following a Husky corner kick...the win marked the first time since 2000 that the Cougars have beaten their intrastate rivals...the upset improved WSU's series record to 5-7-2 against Washington.

When The Cougars Are At Home: Washington State is 4-1-2 at home this year, hosting six nationally-ranked squads...WSU improved its Pac-10 home record to 3-0 with the 3-2 upset over intrastate rival No. 12 Washington Friday...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 its 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 48 saves and allowed five goals in 669 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 8-5, with a 1.04 goals scored average compared to the oppositions' 0.67...WSU is averaging .507 shots on goal compared to .461 by their opponents...the Cougars are 37-73 in shots on goal attempts while their competition is 53-115...WSU's opponents are averaging 16.4 shots per game while the Cougars are averaging 10.4 shots.

How The Cougars Stack Up Against Their Opponents: WSU holds a 22-21 goals scored edge over its the first half of play the Cougs are outscoring their competition 15 to 10...the Cougars are averaging 1.23 goals per game while holding the opposition to 1.17 goals a match...WSU has the edge over the competition in shot percentage...the Cougars are scoring an average of .132 times per shot while their opposition has a .094 shot percentage...WSU is averaging .515 shots on goal, putting 86 of 167 shots on frame...its opponents are averaging .475 shots on goal...Cougar goalkeepers have made 85 saves compared to 64 by their opposition.

WSU and the Conference of Champions: The Pacific-10 Conference currently boasts four nationally-ranked teams...the Cougars are in seventh place in the Pac-10...No. 15 Arizona leads the conference with No. 11 Stanford in second...Arizona State is third and No. 14 UCLA, fourth...California is fifth and No. 25 Washington dropped to sixth...USC, Oregon State and Oregon round out the Pac-10 in that order...WSU is tied for second with UA in saves with 85...the Cougars are fifth in the goals allowed (21) and goals against average (1.17) categories...three Cougar players are ranked in Pac-10 individual categories...WSU's leading scorer Alix Rustrum is tied for fourth in goals, scoring nine this season, and in goals per game with a 0.53 average...Rustrum is tied for ninth in points with 18 and is eighth in points per game, averaging 1.06...the junior is tied for fifth along with classmate Haley Thompson-Miller with three game-winning goals apiece...Katie Hultin is ranked in all goalkeeping categories...the junior is first in the saves per game category, averaging 4.94 and is second in saves with 79...she is tied for fourth in shutouts with six and is tied for fifth in shutouts per game with a 0.38 average...Hultin is fourth with a .823 save percentage and is in seventh place in the goals against category with a 1.04 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 sixth in career goals with 14 and tied for seventh in points with 36...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 156...the junior is ranked third in minutes in goal with 3,224 and is tied for third in wins with 14.

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 awards 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.

Alexander Returns From Canadian U-19 National Team: Freshman Molly Alexander missed the Oregon and Oregon State matches Oct. 22-24 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: Freshmen Molly Alexander and Christy Crudo are questionable to play this weekend...Alexander has a hamstring strain and Crudo suffered a injury to her left foot...senior Keegan Hughes sprain her right ankle and foot and is also questionable to play her last regular season games...senior Kara Jordan underwent surgery to her knee and is recovering...sophomore Lindsey Eggen suffered a concussion last week and is currently not cleared to play.

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...WSU posted their third conference victory with its 3-2 defeat of No. 12 Washington...this weekend the Cougars host California and No. 11 Stanford to wrap-up their regular season.