UW Women's Soccer Team Announces 7-Game Spring Schedule
March 1, 2002
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team will play seven spring games in March and April in preparation for the 2002 regular season that begins at home on Aug. 30 against Arkansas.
The spring session starts on Saturday, March 8 on the road against the San Diego Spirit of the WUSA. The Spirit are preparing for their second season of competition in the women's professional league that began operation last year. The San Diego roster features a trio of U.S. National Team members, Shannon MacMillan, Joy Fawcett and Julie Foudy, who are competing in the Algarve Cup and won't be available for the Mar. 8 exhibition.
The Huskies will also be short-handed as a pair of players are also competing in Portugal at the Algarve Cup. Junior goalkeeper Hope Solo represents the U.S. National Team and freshman midfielder Clare Rustad is participating with the Canadian National Team.
The Spirit hosts the Huskies at 1 p.m. at Allen Field in a game that concludes their eight-day spring training session in preparation for the upcoming WUSA campaign.
Washington remains in San Diego to play back-to-back contests against San Diego State and Texas A&M on Mar. 9. Those games feature 30-minutes halves instead of the traditional 45-minute periods.
The Huskies meet cross-state rival Washington State on Mar. 16 in Richland, Wash. before playing a pair of games on April 6 at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore. UW plays national powers Portland and Florida State within a three-hours of each other.
Washington is scheduled to meet Northwest rival Portland again on April 20, but the site and time have yet to be determined.
The Huskies use the spring campaign to prepare for the regular fall season in which they seek to return to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.
Coach Lesle Gallimore enters her ninth year this fall, having guided the Huskies to six NCAA Touranment berths in her first eight seasons.
The Huskies lost only one regular starter from last season's squad that posted a 13-5-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Washington tied for second with a 6-2-1 Pacific-10 Conference record.
The spring season features the return of two Huskies who missed the 2001 season due to injuries. Senior Andrea Morelli, a three-time all-conference selection and the 1998 Pac-10 Defender of the Year, returns for her senior season after being sidelined with a torn ACL in her left knee. The Huskies also return forward Kim Taylor, a talented member of last year's recruiting class who injured her knee prior to last season and red-shirted.
The 2002 Washington regular-season schedule can be accessed at the following link:
2002 UW WOMEN'S SOCCER SPRING SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Site TimeFri. March 8 vs. San Diego Spirit San Diego, Calif. 1:00 p.m.Sat. March 9 at San Diego State San Diego, Calif. 10:00 a.m.Sat. March 9 vs. Texas A&M San Diego, Calif. 11:30 a.m.Sat. March 16 vs. Washington State Richland, Wash. TBASat. April 6 vs. Portland Beaverton, Ore. 10:00 a.m.Sat. April 6 vs. Florida State Beaverton, Ore. 1:00 p.m.Sat. April 20 vs. Portland TBA TBA