Hot Cougar Action: Friday morning links

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Washington State news and notes from around the Internet.

With the football team on a bye and not practicing on Thursday, the WSU women's soccer team took center stage. The Cougars traveled to Stanford to face the No. 2 Cardinal on the Pac-12 Network. For a period in the second half, it looked as if WSU might manage to get a result.

After going down 2-0 fairly quickly, WSU was able to score two first half goals to tie the match. Stanford went ahead in the 62nd minute, but WSU nearly equalized on a couple of occasions. If not for some fantastic saves by the Stanford goalkeeper, WSU may have come away with at least one point. While that may not seem like much, consider the fact Stanford goaltender Emily Oliver has a career record of 46-1-1.

Limited highlights of the match via the Pac-12 Network are available below.

The Cougars will continue a tough week with a match at No. 18 California on Sunday. WSU entered Thursday matches with 10 points, good for fourth in the Pac-12. They finished with 20 points last season on a team which made the NCAA tournament. With the limited knowledge of the women's soccer tournament, I'd say the Cougars appear to be in position to receive a berth this season if they continue to play well over the final five regular season matches.

Football

Leach Changes Faces At Quarterback - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach has changed up his field general, hoping it will help the Cougars turn their season around.

WSU receivers seeing plenty of work during bye " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Nothing like a bye week to give the mind, body and soul a welcome break during a long and demanding college football season.

Washington State's Leach incensed with receivers | Local News | The Seattle Times
Jeff Tuel is back on top in Washington State's back-and-forth quarterback battle, but coach Mike Leach is more concerned about the play of his receivers.

Baseball

Cougar Baseball Announces 2013 Schedule - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University baseball team is scheduled to play 30 home games in 2013, including 26 at Bailey-Brayton Field, Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced, Thursday.

Former MLB player and WSU Cougar revisits home - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
RICHLAND, Wash. -- A former Washington State Cougar and MLB player is back in town. Scott Hatteberg stopped by the Batter's Box in Richland, playing ball with the Boys and Girls Club.

Soccer

Second-Ranked Stanford Slips Past Washington State - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site

STANFORD, Calif. - Mariah Nogueira's goal in the 62nd minute lifted No. 2 Stanford to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over visiting Washington State in Pac-12 women's soccer, Thursday night at Cagan Stadium.

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