Cougar Soccer Faces Zags and Seminoles on the Road

Sept. 1, 2009

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THIS WEEK: Washington State travels to Spokane for a meeting with in-state rival Gonzaga, Thursday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m...Cougars head to Tallahassee, Fla., for a match with Florida State, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific...match with the Seminoles will be televised live by Sun Sports, DirecTV channel 653 or Dish Network channel 422.

ANNIVERSARY DINNER: The Washington State soccer program will host a dinner, Friday, Sept. 25 to celebrate its 20th Anniversary Season...event will take place at 7 p.m. in Pullman at Banyan's Restaurant...for more information; contact Cory McCoy at 509-335-0343 or

COUGARS REGIONALLY RANKED: Washington State is No. 5 in the current National Soccer Coaches Association of America Pacific Region rankings...Cougars are receiving votes in the NSCAA and Soccer Times national polls.

ABOUT GONZAGA: The Bulldogs are 2-0-0 and ranked 10th in the NSCAA West Region poll...defeated Montana 3-0 and McNeese State 3-1 in Spokane...Lori Conrad leads the team with two goal and five points while Sheridan Jones has three assists.

SERIES WITH THE ZAGS: The Cougars lead 16-0-1, including a 7-0-0 mark in Spokane...last season, WSU posted a 1-0 victory on the strength of Mallory Fox's goal in the 25th minute...during the last meeting in Spokane, Brooke Bemis scored with 1:26 left in the second overtime to provide the Cougars with a 2-1 win.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles are 3-0-0 and ranked fifth nationally by the NSCAA, Soccer Times and Soccer America...Florida State has shut out Jacksonville and South Alabama at home as well as Stetson on the road...Becky Edwards has four goals to pace the Seminoles and is tied Jessica Price for the team lead in points with nine.

SERIES AGAINST THE SEMINOLES: Washington State has never played Florida State in women's soccer...Cougars are 1-4-0 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference...WSU is 0-1-0 against Maryland and North Carolina and 0-2-0 against Wake Forest...Cougars defeated sixth-ranked Duke 1-0, Sept. 14, 2003 on a Rachel Rodrick goal in the 75th minute to give WSU Head Coach Matt Potter his first win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

SUCCESS IN THE EAST: Washington State is 6-2-3 in its last 11 matches played in the Eastern Time Zone dating back to the 2000 season...wins in the Matt Potter era include 1-0 over No. 16 Oklahoma State in Notre Dame, Ind., Sept. 14, 2007, 3-2 (OT) at No. 11 Tennessee, Sept. 2, 1995 and 1-0 over No. 6 Duke in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14, 2003.

NEW FACES: In it season opening win over Idaho, Washington State started four freshmen and junior transfer Meghan Berlingo...Shannon McFadden and Mariah Cameron started on the backline, Melanie Johnston was in the midfield and Brandi Vega was a forward...Berlingo was in goal to open the season...redshirt-freshman Megan Murphy and freshman goalkeeper Ariana Byrd also saw playing time against the Vandals.

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