Cougars Face Huskies In Final Regular Season Match

Nov. 1, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars (10-7-2, 3-4-1 Pac-10) wrap-up the 2005 regular season facing intrastate rival Washington (0-16-3, 0-7-2 Pac-10)...Washington State travels to Seattle taking on the Huskies Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m...Cougars won the last meeting beating the then No. 12 ranked Huskies 3-2 at Lower Soccer Field...Cougars have a 5-7-2 overall record against Washington.

Head Coach Matt Potter Says: 'We know Washington under Lesle's lead will be our most challenging game of the year. It will be a hostile environment but we are up for the task. In some respects this past weekend, being against northwest rivals, has shown us the level of intensity, focus and application needed for our version of the Apple Cup. We will prepare as we have done all season and be prepared to face another talented team on the road, and we've certainly been that this year!'

Last Week: Washington State notched two shutout victories over visiting Oregon State and Oregon...Cougars battled to a 1-0 win against Oregon State Friday, Oct. 28...Sasha Baines scored the game winner on a header off a Carmen Anderson corner kick...Washington State earned its 10th win of the season in a 1-0 overtime victory against Oregon Sunday, Oct, 30...Katie Hultin made a crucial penalty kick save to keep the Cougars alive late in the second half...Alix Rustrum tallied her fourth goal of the year, poking in the game winner after a breakaway behind the Ducks defense...Hultin picked up the 19th and 20th shutouts of her career, placing her atop the WSU career shutout list.

Potter Says: 'We talked about last weekend being, in many ways, our toughest to date, and it was. We are obviously excited to come out of the weekend with two wins. Both games represented unique challenges against two well coached, organized and dangerous teams. Both Oregon schools have had a great year and in many senses fight the same battles we do. I was pleased with the character we showed and in particular the application of our half time thoughts in both games. We continued to press and showed a maturity in dealing with these types of games. It gives us all we need to be focused on this week to face another tough opponent in Washington.'

Scouting the Huskies: Washington State faces rival Washington (0-16-3, 0-7-2 Pac-10) Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m...Huskies come off a 1-0 loss to Oregon Oct. 28 and dropped a 1-0 decision to Oregon State Oct. 30...Washington had a 17-5-1 overall record and 5-3-1 record in Pac-10 play in 2004...Head Coach Lesle Gallimore enters her 12th season with the Huskies and boasts a 130-79-14 at Washington ...Gallimore has a career record of 162-104-23 in 15 seasons as a head coach...Huskies return 10 letterwinners and four starters... Washington is lead by junior Kelsey Rasmussen and freshman Melissa Beal...Rasmussen recorded 10 shutouts for the Huskies in 2004 and has 83 saves in 1745 minutes of work in 2005...Beal leads Washington with four goals this season.

Superior Seniors: Seven Cougars will play their last regular season game Sunday, Oct. 30 as WSU faces Washington:

Carmen Anderson has played in 60 matches, starting 39 in the Cougar midfield and defense. Anderson has nine goals in her career and leads the team with six this season. The 2005 co-captain has four assists and 21 career points. She has excelled in the classroom and is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honoree.

Katie Hultin has played in 57 matches, making 51 starts in the Cougar net. Hultin has 20 career shutouts, placing her atop the Cougar career shutout list. Hultin ranks in the top-three in wins, saves, minutes played and goals against average. Hultin is a two-time Pac-10 All honorable mention honoree and was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII (8) team.

Jennie Kunc has 59 starts in 72 matches in the Cougar back line. Kunc scored her first collegiate goal in the Cougars' 3-2 double-overtime upset of No. 20 Tennessee earlier this season and has one assist and three career points. Kunc earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades her sophomore and junior years and was named a 2004 USAA All-American Scholar Athlete.

Ashley Lara has played in 51 games, making 26 starts in the Cougar defense. The 2005 co-captain is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree, earning first team honors in 2004 and second team recognition in 2003. Her work in the classroom also garnered 2004 USAA All-American Scholar Athlete accolades.

Meghan Miller has made two appearance in the Cougar net recording one start and three saves in 96:34 minutes of action despite battling injuries for much of her WSU career. Miller also made four stops in 70 minutes in goal in WSU's 2003 exhibition game against the Ghana National Team. Miller has excelled off the pitch, earning the teams strength and conditioning award in 2004 and maintaining a 3.41 GPA.

Alix Rustrum has 52 starts in 72 appearances in the Cougar front line with 17 goals and nine assists for 44 points in her WSU career. She is fourth on the Cougar career list for game winning goals with six, and also ranks fifth in career goals and points. Rustrum led the Cougars offense in 2004, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition for her efforts. The two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree was named a 2004 USAA All-American Scholar Athlete.

Haley Thompson-Miller has played in 68 games and making 29 starts. Thompson-Miller has nine goals and three assists in her Cougar career along with five game winning goals. Thompson-Miller has excelled in the classroom, earning Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades her sophomore and junior years.

Cougars vs. The Pac-10: Washington State has complied a 31-54-9 overall record in ten seasons of Pac-10 Cougar conference finish was third in 2002...WSU had a 3-4-2 record in the Pac-10 last season and finished eighth overall...Nine Pac-10 teams have winning records in 2005...three teams are currently ranked in the NSCAA poll and seven teams have received votes in polls this season.

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