This weekend, the Cougars look to bounce back from two losses as they travel to play against the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Arizona Wildcats.
Last week, the Cougs were unsuccessful when they took on the Oregon schools on the road. It was the first weekend they went 0-2 all season.
“The interesting thing is that we have not come across a weekend like that weekend,” Head Coach Matt Potter said. “Hopefully, the lesson is that it was actually new learning for us, so hopefully it will help us for this Arizona weekend.”
WSU is 10-6-2 for the season and will begin their weekend Friday in Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State at 7 p.m.
The Sun Devils are on a three-game losing streak coming off of losses from Stanford, USC and UCLA and hold a 6-10-0 record this season. In its all-time series with the Cougars, ASU leads 11-5-0 but the Cougars lead 4-3-0 in Tempe.
“I don’t necessarily think that we need to improve, we just need to be consistent,” Potter said. “We’re playing well, and when we play well, we’re a handful for anybody.”
On Sunday, the Cougars will conclude their weekend in Tucson, Ariz., against the Wildcats of Arizona at 11 a.m.
The Wildcats are having a tough season with a 1-13-2 record and are on a four-game losing streak. WSU leads the all-time series with the Wildcats 12-3-1 and have won the last six meetings with them.
“In the Pac-12, your opportunities come few and far between,” Potter said. “Overall, it’s about doing the same things and doing them well rather than reinventing the will at this time of the year. It’s about reinforcing the good things that we’ve been doing and continue to do in practice.”
Despite the hiccup in their schedule last week, the Cougars hold a deep roster of talent. They are currently no. 43 in the NCAA RPI and are receiving votes in the national polls this week. In the Pac-12, freshman Jocelyn Jeffers is tied for sixth in assists and tied for eighth in goals. Too add, junior Brandi Vega is also tied for sixth in assists.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair is 27th nationally with a 0.69 goals against average and is tied for 32nd nationally with an 84.8 save percentage.
Clair said that they are ready for the weekend after a good week of practice.
“It’s good to see that we’re right back on our front foot, and I think confidence is back in the girls,” Clair said. “Everyone wants a little bit of redemption so it will be exciting.”