Cougars Soccer Tackles Spring Season

March 8, 2006

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LAST TIME OUT: Washington State Soccer opened its spring season at the Women's 2006 NCAA Division I College Showcase March 4...showcase hosted by Walla Walla Community College with matches played at WWCC and Whitman College sites...event featured teams from Boise State, Gonzaga, Idaho and Montana...Cougars battled Gonzaga to a 0-0 tie in first match of showcase...WSU posted a 2-0 victory over Boise State in the closing contest.

HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: 'With our injury situation and ability to practice as a team limited, we had some obvious concerns heading into the weekend and to come out of the weekend keeping two clean sheets and some good individual and collective performances, I was very pleased. The individual performances were `encouraging' with some great signs for the future. We asked players to adapt whether it was a positional challenge or style of play change and the response was very positive against two good programs. The battle against a good Gonzaga team was exciting to see and a game of few chances for both teams. I was pleased how we physically competed and individually pushed ourselves against Boise State. We began to possess the ball and created opportunities in front of goal. It's early, but already the industriousness of the group is being rewarded.'

SPRING SOCCER SCHEDULE: The Cougars continue their 2006 spring campaign Saturday, April 1, as they face the Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team at Merlo Field (University of Portland) at 3 p.m...WSU hosts Idaho at Lower Soccer Field Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. as part of the 2006 Mom's Weekend festivities...Cougars cap off spring competition as they host and compete in the 2006 7-A-Side Classic April 22-23...tournament features seven-member teams of varying age and skill level competing in 30-minute, short-field games at Roger's Field and Martin Stadium.


Women's 2006 NCAA Division I College Showcase - March 4

WSU vs. Gonzaga @ 11 a.m. T, 0-0WSU vs. Boise State @ 8 p.m. W, 2-0

WSU vs. Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team

April 1 @ 3:00 p.m.Merlo Field, University of Portland

WSU vs. Idaho

April 8 (Mom's Weekend)10:30 a.m. @ Lower Soccer Field

2006 7-A-Side Classic

April 22-23Rogers Field & Martin Stadium

COACH POTTER SAYS: 'The Spring season is an important time for every individual on the team. It's a time of personal improvement, a time of opportunity in regards to playing, and a time to establish and solidify yourself as a key team member. We can invest quality hours creating individual and game situations which allow individuals to mature and grow. It's a period whereby we can elevate the physical characteristics needed to be a 90-minute player and prepare them for a summer that has them literally racing towards the fall. As a team, we can build and spend time on lessons learned from the fall. We have work to do but the enthusiasm of the group to date has made this spring a fun time for the staff and, after last season, I know the group is hungry to go further than it has gone before.'

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