Cougars Split in Desert at Sereno Soccer Tournament

March 5, 2007

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Washington State women's soccer team won a game and lost a game in the Sereno Soccer Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. over the weekend. WSU defeated Minnesota 2-0 Saturday, but lost to Ohio State Sunday by a score of 2-1.

'All things considered, the trip to Arizona was a success,' said WSU Head Coach Matt Potter. 'Implementing new ideas in practice and seeing how they play out against opposition are two different things and I was pleased with the response and performance of the team over the two games.'

Carly Dobratz scored both goals against Minnesota to lead the Cougars to victory. The freshman had an outstanding fall campaign, recording three goals and five assists in her debut season, and capped off the 2006 season with several awards and accolades. Dobratz recently returned to the Cougar lineup after participating in a training camp with the U-21 US National team.

Junior Natalie Elkind scored the Cougars' lone goal against Ohio State Sunday.  The midfielder earned Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors and helped lead WSU to a 9-7-4 overall record.

'The challenge to improve continues both individually from a physical standpoint and collectively in terms of team performance but the standards and level of intensity we are seeing from the team allows us to continue to make progress,' said Potter. 'It was a great trip as we look to prepare for England and we are grateful to all at Sereno Soccer for the opportunity to participate against good competition, in a great atmosphere and at a wonderful facility.'

Next up for the Cougars is a week-long foreign tour in England beginning March 10. WSU will face top women's club teams Arsenal, Bristol Rovers and Charlton while overseas.

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