Cougar Soccer Opens Season On the Road at Idaho State and Idaho

Aug. 23, 2005

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This Week: Washington State begins the 2005 season on the road facing Idaho State Friday and Idaho Sunday...Friday's kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Reed Gym in Pocatello, Idaho....Sunday's match will begin at 3 p.m. at Wicks Field in Moscow, Idaho...WSU faces Idaho State for the second time after recording a 2-0 win at Lower Soccer Field in their first meeting in 2003...WSU last met the Vandals in a 2004 exhibition game, winning that contest 1-0.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'With the end of preseason life as a student athlete truly begins. It was exciting to see everyone energized about starting classes and enthused to truly get the fall season underway. I am delighted with our group of student athletes and if their efforts and hard work throughout preseason are anything to go by we are in good shape for the challenges of the fall and in a position to build on the work of previous years and seasons.

We have talked about the challenges of our schedule and the number of road games but we are prepared to face that head on. We have as tough a road trip as any to get us going with both Idaho State and Idaho under great leadership and I'm sure ready to claim the scalp of a northwest foe! We have taken the necessary steps to be prepared and I know the team is eager to play an outside team.'

2004 Review: In 2004 Potter led the Cougars to a 8-7-4 overall and 3-4-2 Pac-10 record in his second season with WSU soccer...Washington State faced seven nationally ranked teams finishing 4-1-2 and highlighted by the 3-2 victory over cross-state rival No. 12 Washington Oct. 29...the Cougars upset No. 8 UCLA and No. 22 USC the weekend of Oct. 15-17 to record their first conference wins of the season...WSU also notched a win against No. 12 Pepperdine Sept. 17 and recorded ties against No. 8 Tennessee and No. 11 Stanford...nine of the Cougars 2004 opponents made it to the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament, including all of the above mentioned teams and California, Utah and Arizona.

Scouting the Bengals: The Cougars open their season against Idaho State Friday at 4 p.m...the Bengals return 15 letterwinners and nine starters from a squad that had a 7-6-3 overall record in 2004 and finished fifth in Big Sky Conference play...Idaho State is coached by Mark Salisbury who enters his second season with the Bengals with a 121-104-22 career record...among Idaho State's top returners are junior Jennifer Loo and sophomore Natalie Graham...Loo earned All-Big Sky first team honors in 2004, after leading the team with four assists, 38 shots, and 10 points last season...Graham led the Bengals with four goals and 10 points in 2004 and was selected to the All-Big Sky Second Team.

Scouting the Vandals: WSU faces Idaho in their second game of the weekend in a 3 p.m contest...2005 marks the Vandals first campaign under Head Coach Peter Sholwer...prior to his move to Idaho, Showler spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Portland State where he helped coach the Vikings to a 2003 Big Sky championship...Vandals finished 3-14-0 overall and 1-8-0 in Big West Conference action in 2004...Idaho makes the move to the Western Athletic Conference this season...Vandals return 13 letterwinners and eight starters including senior keeper Lindsay Smith...Smith finished the 2004 season with a school record 87 saves.

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