Cougars Battle Cougars at Lower Soccer Field

Sept. 9, 2009

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THIS WEEK: After playing four-straight matches away from Pullman, Washington State returns to Lower Soccer Field for a nonconference match with BYU...kickoff is schedule for 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. stats will be available at

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 tied for No. 6 with BYU in the current National Soccer Coaches Association of America Pacific Region rankings...Cougars are receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll.

ABOUT BYU: The Cougars are No. 18 in the Soccer Times national poll...BYU is tied at No. 6 in the NSCAA Pacific Region and receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll...Cougars are 3-1-1 with four of their five matches needing overtime to decide...BYU has two wins over nationally-ranked teams, 1-0 in overtime over No. 14 West Virginia, Aug. 31 and 2-1 in double overtime against No. 15 Oklahoma State, Sept. 7.

SERIES BETWEEN THE COUGARS: BYU leads 2-1-1...WSU lost 3-0 in Provo, Utah in 2000 and 3-1 at home in 2002...WSU is 1-0-1 under Matt Potter with a 2-1 win at BYU in 2004 and a 1-1 tie in Seattle during the 2006 season...

WASHINGTON STATE AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Washington State is 12-13-2 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference...Cougars are 6-2-1 at home and 4-4-1 under Matt Potter.

PROTECTING HOME FIELD: Washington State is 9-0-2 in its last 11 home matches against nonconference opponents dating back to the Matt Potter era, the Cougars are 16-4-5 at Lower Soccer Field in nonconference matches...WSU is 11-2-4 in the last three years at home overall...only losses came to No. 2 Stanford in 2008 and No. 1 UCLA in 2007...included are victories over No. 13 California last season and No. 4 and eventual national champion USC in 2007...Washington State also tied No. 21 Washington last season.

RANKED OPPONENTS IN PULLMAN: BYU is the 18th nationally-ranked team to come to Pullman since Matt Potter took over the program prior to the 2003 season...Washington State is 8-5-4 in the previous 17 matches.

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...freshmen Emma Levy and Ashley Loughmiller saw their first action against Gonzaga, Sept. 3.

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