UW Women's Soccer Squad Starts Practice This Week
Aug. 7, 2006
SEATTLE - The current edition of the Washington women's soccer team reports to campus Tuesday and begins practicing Wednesday in preparation for the 2006 season.
'It's always an exciting time for a coach when the actual season gets to start,' said 13th-year Coach Lesle Gallimore, who directed the Huskies to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. 'We're really looking forward to it. We think the fruits of our labor from last year are really going to pay off this season.'
Washington returns four starters from last year's team, including a quartet of players that started all 20 games. Seniors Cathy Roe (University Place, Wash./Curtis/Penn) and Shaela Ward (Lacey, Wash./North Thurston) anchor a defense that limited 12 opponents to just one goal. They are supported by senior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), a three-year starting goalkeeper.
The midfield features junior Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) who started every game in her first two collegiate campaigns.
Also returning is part-time starter and leading goal scorer Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's) who netted a goal in each of the team's spring games.
A cadre of newcomers will battle for playing time, including a talented five-player freshman class. The offense will be bolstered by the addition of junior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash/Kentlake), a transfer who tallied eight goals in each of her two seasons at San Francisco.
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.
'We're really excited to get the 2006 season underway. We had a great spring and ended on a high note with some good results at the end of our spring season,' Gallimore said. 'I know the players have been working very hard over the summer. We're just really anxious to get them back together as a group, including all the new recruits, and see what they look like on the field.'
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The Huskies start the season at Hawaii on Aug. 25. Their home schedule opens 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.
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. Tickets for all Husky home games are available now. They can be purchased on-line via the official Washington web site at www.gohuskies.com or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200.
Tickets may also be purchased at the field on game day. Individual tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors and $2 for groups of 15 or more purchased in advance.
A general admission season pass is also available that provides admission throughout the year to volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, softball and non-conference women's basketball games. Prices for the season pass are $35 for adults, $25 for children and $75 for a family of four.