Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
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This Week on the Pitch:
Friday, Sept. 14 (4:00 p.m. PT)
at Eastern Washington
Sunday, Sept. 16 (Noon PT)
vs. Washington State
Guy Wicks Field
This Week's Opponents:
Eastern Washington (1-4-1)
Eastern Washington is 1-4-1 this season, but the Eagles come into the week after an impressive 3-1 victory over Boise State on Sunday at the Viking Classic. Opponents are out-shooting EWU, 18.5-12.0, overall, but shots on goal are just a 7.7-6.7 edge. Four of the team’s six goal this season are unassisted and five different players have netted a goal. Keepers Nathalie Schwery and Jamie Walker have split minutes nearly equally in goal. Schwery had 10 saves in a Friday’s 1-0 loss to Utah State and Walker had six stops on Sunday against Boise State.
Washington State (4-1-0)
The Cougars are 4-1 so far this year, with the lone loss coming at Duke - the No. 2 team in the nation - on Sept. 2. WSU is also receiving votes in the NSCAA national coaches poll. In their only action last week, the Cougars won at Wyoming, 3-2. WSU has outscored its opponents 14-7 so far this year and allows just 3.4 on-target attempts per game. Three of the team’s 14 goals have come by way of penalty kick and six different players have scored for the Cougars. Sophomore goalkeeper Gurveen Clair has played a majority of minutes, with seven saves and five goals allowed. The Cougars host Hawai`i on Friday.
Vandals vs. Eagles
Eastern Washington is Idaho’s most-played opponent in school history. Idaho holds a 10-5 edge in the series, including victories in the last three meetings by a combined 6-1 margin. This has been a series of close calls, though. Of the 15 matches, 10 have been decided by one-goal margins. It’s also been a series of streaks. Idaho won the first seven matches, then EWU won five in a row before Idaho’s current streak of three. Idaho has a 2-3 record at EWU.
Vandals vs. Cougars
Idaho is 1-7-0 all-time against Washington State, with the lone victory coming in the very first match of the series on Sept. 6, 1999. The Vandals scored first last season, but the Cougars tied it early in the second half and then got the game-winner in the fifth minute of OT. WSU holds a 16-3 overall scoring edge in the series.
Setting the New Standard
Idaho’s 2-0 victory over North Dakota State on Aug. 26 gave its seniors the 33rd win of their careers. The group needs just one more win to become the winningest four-year group in program history. Idaho’s 2001 seniors won a combined 33 matches across the 1998-01 seasons.
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