UW Women's Soccer Schedule Packed with Powerful Opponents

Aug. 3, 2006

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SEATTLE -- The Washington women's soccer team confronts a difficult 20-game schedule this fall that includes both 2005 national championship game competitors, Coach Lesle Gallimore announced Thursday.

The Huskies are scheduled for nine appearances against teams that qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament, including five foes that advanced to the Sweet 16.

'People will look at me and think I'm crazy, but it's a hallmark of our program to play a difficult schedule. This year is no different,' Gallimore exclaimed. 'We have UCLA and Portland from last year's final and then North Carolina which has been the most successful soccer program.'

The Huskies open the season at Hawaii on Aug. 25 and remain in the Rainbow State to play Oklahoma the following day.

Washington's home schedule begins Sept. 1 and 3 with the Husky/Nike Invitational. The four-team field features national champion Portland, postseason participant Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Rhode Island.

That is the first of two Seattle tournaments for UW, which hosts the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge on Sept. 21 and 22 at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies and Washington State will take turns playing Brigham Young and New Mexico.

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The non-conference schedule lists two tournaments, beginning Sept. 8 and 10 at the Portland Invitational. UW opens with perennial national title contender North Carolina and then encounters Baylor.

The Huskies play in Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 15 and 17, meeting Dayton and then the hosts of the Ohio State Tournament. UW's non-conference slate concludes Sept. 29 at two-time NCAA champion Portland.

'The bulk of our non-conference games are teams we've never played,' said Gallimore. 'We have a number of conference winners and a team much like ourselves that was an Elite Eight team in 2004 that didn't make the tournament last year in Ohio State.'

UW opens Pac-10 play Oct. 8 at Washington State. The conference home opener is Oct. 20 against California. Also visiting Seattle this season are Stanford (Oct. 22), Arizona (Nov. 3) and Arizona State (Nov. 5).

All home games will be played at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Advanced tickets can be purchased on-line via the official Washington web site (www.gohuskies.com) or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200).

One season after advancing within one game of the Final Four, the Huskies (0-17-3) last year suffered through the first winless season in program history. All, but four games were decided by a one-goal margin for the Huskies who lost half of their games (10) by similar 1-0 scores.

Gallimore has directed the Huskies to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Last year's losing season was only the second in her 12 years.

Washington returns eight starters from last year's team, including leading goal scorer Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's). Also back is senior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), a three-year starting goalkeeper.

(Pacific Times Listed)

Date, Opponent, Location, Time
Aug. 25, at Hawaii, Waipio, Hawaii, 10:00 p.m.
Aug. 26, vs. Oklahoma, Waipio, Hawaii, 10:00 p.m.

Husky/Nike Invitational, Seattle, Wash.
Sept. 1, Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 1, Rhode Island vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 3, Rhode Island vs. Portland, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 3, Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m.

Portland Invitational, Portland, Ore.
Sept. 8, vs. North Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 10, vs. Baylor, 12:00 p.m.

Ohio State Tournament, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 15, vs. Dayton, 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 17, at Ohio State, 11:00 a.m.

Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge, Seattle, Wash.
Sept. 21, New Mexico vs. Washington State, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21, Brigham Young vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 22, Brigham Young vs. Washington State, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22, New Mexico vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 29, at Portland, Portland, Ore., 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 8, *at Washington State, Pullman, Wash., 12:00 p.m.
Oct. 13, *at Oregon, Eugene, Ore., 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 15, *at Oregon State, Corvallis, Ore., 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 20, *California, Seattle, Wash., 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 22, *Stanford, Seattle, Wash., 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 27, *at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif., 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 29, *at USC, Los Angeles, Calf., 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 3, *Arizona, Seattle, Wash., 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 5, *Arizona State, Seattle, Wash., 12:00 p.m.

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