If you’re headed over to Pullman for the Dad’s Weekend game between the Washington State Cougars and the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, you might want to look into getting out of town early on Friday, as a huge weekend in WSU athletics is on tap beyond football.
First, the soccer team will open its NCAA Tournament run with a home match against Memphis at Lower Soccer Field at 5 p.m. It’s the second consecutive year the Cougars have hosted a tournament game, beating Montana last season, 5-1. (WSU has now advanced to the tournament in three consecutive years and eight of the last nine years overall.)
“They’re a Washington State in a different conference, that’s what is going to come down to,” WSU Head Soccer Coach Todd Shulenberger said. “They’re going to be athletic, they’re going to be physical...we’ll have to stretch ourselves even more, and it’s going to be up-and-down, back-and-forth, high energy, and it’s two teams that will want to get after it, so we’re going to have to do our job defensively.”
The Tigers won the American Athletic Conference and bring an overall record of 17-2-1 into the game. If the Cougars win, they will advance to play the winner of No. 1 seed Virginia and Radford — one can assume the Cougs would be taking a cross country flight to Charlottesville for that one.
Just an hour after kickoff — before the soccer game is even finished — the volleyball team will start its massive match against No. 15 Utah at Bohler Gym. The No. 23 Cougars and Utes are part of a four-way logjam in second place behind Stanford with just a half-dozen games remaining.
Then, on Saturday, WSU will host the Cardinal at 1:30 p.m. In an up-and-down season, the 4-5 Cougars desperately need a win over Stanford as they can only lose one of their last three games and still secure bowl eligibility.
On Sunday — if you can stick around after the football game — volleyball hits the court again at noon, this time against Colorado, which is currently in a three-way tie for ninth place; then, an our after that match begins, the men’s basketball team returns home for its third game of the season, against what should be an outmatched Idaho State at Beasley Coliseum.
All of those games are able to be watched via your computer or television, so here’s the rundown one more time if you’re planning to watch from home:
- Football vs. Stanford, 1:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
- Volleyball vs. Colorado, noon (WSU live stream)
- Men’s basketball vs. Idaho State, 1 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
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