Cougars Take On No. 19 Stanford, No. 18 California

Oct. 17, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The Washington State Cougars (7-4-3, 2-0-1) return to Lower Soccer Field as they continue Pacific-10 Conference play against No. 19 Stanford and No. 18 California...WSU looks to build on its four-game home winning streak as the Cougars face the Cardinal (9-5-1, 2-1-1) Friday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m., and take on the Golden Bears (7-3-4, 0-2-2) Sunday, Oct. 22 at noon.

HEAD COACH Matt Potter SAYS: 'In Stanford and California we face not only two of the Pac-10 elite, but two of the nation's best. I have always enjoyed playing Stanford and Paul [Ratcliffe], along with his staff, play a great brand of soccer with an exceptional talent pool and, with the results of the past weekend, are obviously playing well. In California, it's a different style of game but after last weekend, I'm positive Kevin [Boyd], his staff and his exceptionally talented, athletic team will be looking at this road trip to the Washington schools as an opportunity to get back on track.

'Our focus lies with our team. We are more than capable of performing on this stage as our results would suggest and we fully intend to work hard, prepare and look to defend Cougarland.'

LAST TIME OUT: Washington State traveled to Oregon where they faced Northwest rivals Oregon State and Oregon...WSU posted 1-0 shutout over the Beavers Oct. 13...freshman Caeli Abeyta recorded the first goal of her WSU career in the contest, becoming the 10th different Cougar to score in 2006... Washington State picked up its second shutout of the weekend battling the Ducks to a 0-0 double-overtime tie Oct. 15...shutout marked goalkeeper Brynn Bemis' fourth of the year and third in Pac-10 play...Cougars remain the only Pac-10 school yet to allow a goal in conference play.

POTTER SAYS: 'After the weekend the Oregon schools had in Arizona, we are pleased to come away from our first road trip undefeated. In both games, I was pleased with the way we stuck to the task and felt we created enough chances to gain two positive results. Two clean sheets against two good teams is a credit to the way we performed on both sides of the ball and bodes well for the future.'

SCOUTING THE CARDINAL: The Cougars take on No. 19 Stanford (9-5-1, 2-1-1) Friday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m....WSU is 2-12-1 overall against the Cardinal...WSU dropped a 1-0 decision in the last meeting (2005)...Stanford comes off a 3-0 victory over Arizona Oct. 15 and a 3-2 win against Arizona State Oct. 13...Stanford returns 17 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2005 squad that had a 10-7-3 overall record, finished fourth in the Pac-10 and made an NCAA Tournament first round appearance... Paul Ratcliffe is in his fourth season as head coach and has a 33-22-8 record with the program...Ratcliffe has 88-56-15 overall record as head coach ...Cardinal top players include senior Sheri Summers and sophomore Alex Gamble...Summers leads the Cardinal with six goals, including four game-winners...Gamble has recorded five solo shutouts in 2006, grabbing 14 saves and posting a 0.86 goals against average.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: Washington State faces No. 18 California (7-3-4, 0-2-2) Sunday, Oct. 22 at noon...Cougars are 3-10-3 overall against the Bears and recorded a 3-0 loss in the last meeting (2005)...California comes off a 1-0 loss to Arizona State Oct. 15 and a double-overtime 1-1 tie against Arizona Oct. 13...2006 marks the Golden Bears' 10th campaign under head coach Kevin Boyd who has a 112-58-15 record with the program...California returns 21 letterwinners and five starters from a squad that finished second in the Pac-10 and made it into the third round of play at the 2005 NCAA Tournament...Bears are led by seniors Katie Ratican and Anna Key...Ratican leads California with three goals, two game-winners, and three assists...Key has recording seven solo shutouts and owns a 0.64 goals against average, good for fourth in the Pac-10.

COUGARS IN THE PAC-10: Junior Brynn Bemis leads the conference in save percentage (.853) and ranks second in goals against average (0.60)...Bemis also ranks fifth in saves per game (3.62)....junior Anna Miller ranks third in assists per game (0.38) and is tied for third on the total assists (5) lists...freshman Carly Dobratz makes appearances on five lists including assists (t3rd, 5), assists per game (5th, 0.36), total shots (7th, 42), shots per game (t9th, 3.00) and total points (t7th, 11)...As a team, WSU ranks fourth in both goals against average (0.67) and total goals allowed (10).

DEFENDING COUGARLAND: Washington State is 79-47-13 overall when playing at Lower Soccer Field and currently has a four-game home winning streak....Cougars went 5-2-1 overall at home last season and boast a 5-1-1 home record so far in 2006...head coach Matt Potter has accumulated an 18-9-5 record at Lower Soccer Field...last home match was a 1-0 victory over cross-state rival Washington Oct. 8...Cougars currently have a four-game winning streak at home.

UP NEXT: The Cougars travel to Los Angeles where they face No. 21 USC and No. 3 UCLA...WSU takes on the Trojans Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., and faces the Bruins Sunday, Oct. 29 at noon.

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