Visits By UNC & Portland Highlight Husky Soccer Schedule

Aug. 4, 2003

SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team hosts its most ambitious slate of home games ever during the 2003 season, including two tournaments and visits by defending national champion Portland and 16-time NCAA titlist North Carolina.

Washington plays 12 games at home this season, seven of them against teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last fall. Six of UW's eight road foes were post-season participants in 2002.

The Huskies kick-off the season at home with the Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge on Aug. 29 and 31. Joining host UW are North Carolina, Maryland and Washington State, all of which were NCAA Tournament teams.

Washington and Maryland meet that Friday at 7 p.m. following the WSU-UNC matchup at 4:30. They switch opponents Sunday with the Huskies playing host to the Tar Heels for only the second time. The first time North Carolina visited Seattle, a crowd of 3,155 witnessed a 2-0 Tar Heel victory during the 1994 season.

Washington hosts another tournament on Sept. 19 and 21, the Husky/Nike Invitational. The field includes Portland, Texas and Fresno State.

The national champion Pilots travel to Seattle a second time on Sept. 26 for a 5 p.m. game against UW. Washington also entertains 2002 NCAA Tournament teams Idaho State, Washington State and Arizona State.

All home games are played at Husky Soccer Field on the Washington campus. Season tickets are currently available, providing reserved seating for every home game including the tournaments. Advanced tickets can be purchased on-line via the UW web site (www.gohuskies.com) or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).

The Washington women, led by 10th-year coach Lesle Gallimore, return nine starters from last year's team that finished with an 9-8-3 record. The Huskies placed fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 4-4-1 mark.

The Washington roster includes junior defender Clare Rustad who will not be with the Huskies when they begin training Aug. 13. A native of Saltspring Island, B.C., Rustad is scheduled to participate in the Canadian National Team training camp during August. She is vying for a spot on Canada's roster for the Women's World Cup.

A trio of Huskies are competing this weekend with the Seattle Sounders Women. Tina Frimpong, Melissa Bennett and Nikki Gamble helped lift the Sounders into the Final Four of the W-League.

The four teams have been determined for the W-League Championship tournament August 8-10 in Virginia Beach with the Chicago Cobras, Ottawa Fury and Seattle Sounders Women joining the host Hampton Roads Piranhas.

The Chicago Cobras (10-1-1) will face the Ottawa Fury (11-2-1) and the Seattle Sounders Women (8-3-1) will take on the unbeaten regular season champion Hampton Roads Piranhas (12-0-0) in the semifinals Friday, August 8. The semifinals kick off with Chicago-Ottawa at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time with the second to follow at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The championship will be held Sunday, August 10 live on Fox Sports World at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Third Place game is set for 11:30 a.m.

Seattle shocked the rival Vancouver Whitecaps north of the border in the Western Conference championship, winning in penalty kicks, 3-1, after a 2-2 draw in front of a non-doubleheader franchise-record crowd of 4,089 fans.

Chicago advanced to the semifinals by capturing the Midwest Division title with a 9-1 drubbing of the Northern Kentucky TC Stars and by downing the 2002 runners-up Charlotte Lady Eagles of the Atlantic Division, 3-1, in the Central Conference Final.

Ottawa stunned the two-time defending champion Boston Renegades, 3-2, in the Northern Division Championship and topped the Northeast Division champion New Jersey Lady Stallions, 4-2, for the Eastern Conference title.

None of the final four from last year returned to the 2003 championship tournament. Chicago has reached the semifinals four times, winning the W-1 championship in 2000 and finishing as runners-up in 1997 and 1999. Hampton Roads has been to the semifinals three times, advancing to the W-2 final in 1998. Ottawa is in the midst of its first postseason appearance in its four-year history. Seattle has reached the semifinals for the first time in its three-year history.

2003 WASHINGTON WOMEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE
(Pacific Times Listed)

Date     Opponent                               Time          Arena Sports Pac-10 / ACC Challenge (Seattle, Wash.)
Aug. 29 Washington State vs. North Carolina 4:30 p.m.
Washington vs. Maryland 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 31 Washington State vs. Maryland 11:00 a.m.
Washington vs. North Carolina 1:30 p.m.
Colorado College Tournament (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Sept. 5 vs. Loyola Marymount 10:00 a.m.
Sept. 7 at Colorado College 12:30 p.m.
Portland Invitational (Portland, Ore.)
Sept. 13 vs. Connecticut 12:00 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Cal State Fullerton 12:00 p.m.
Husky/Nike Invitational (Seattle, Wash.)
Sept. 19 Portland vs. Texas 4:30 p.m.
Washington vs. Fresno State 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 21 Portland vs. Fresno State 11:00 a.m.
Washington vs. Texas 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 Portland 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 Portland State 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 Idaho State 12:00 p.m.
Oct. 9 at USC 3:00 p.m.
Oct. 11 at UCLA 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 Oregon State 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 Oregon 12:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Washington State 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Stanford 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 2 at California 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 Arizona State 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 9 Arizona 12:00 p.m.
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