UW Women Visit Northwest Soccer Rivals

Oct. 11, 2006

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 --
Washington at Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Papé Field (1,000) / Eugene, Ore.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 --
Washington at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m. PDT
Paul Lorenz Field (1,500) / Corvallis, Ore.

The Washington women's soccer team concludes a four-game road trip this weekend, visiting the state of Oregon for a pair of Pac-10 games. The Huskies (5-7, 0-1) play Oregon (8-5, 2-0), Friday, Oct. 13 in a 7 p.m. game at Papé Field in Eugene. On Sunday, Oct. 15, UW and Oregon State (8-3-2, 1-1) clash in Corvallis. Kick-off is 1 p.m. at Paul Lorenz Field. That caps a nearly month-long road stretch for the Huskies who return to Husky Soccer Field to play California, Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.

Quoting UW Coach Lesle Gallimore
'It's another road trip for us and another chance to win some Pac-10 games. Clearly, we need wins. All of our preparation and focus has been on improvement, but now we really have to take it up a notch and not just try to improve. We need to get a little bit of a bite to us. We need to get a little bit hungrier and intense at critical moments of the game. We're going to try to get after Oregon. They are obviously on a high and they're on their home field. For us to go down there as underdogs, so to speak, is fine. I think we're good enough to win. Oregon and Oregon State both have finishers on their team in Nicole Garbin and Jodie Taylor. We have to keep them in check.'

Friendly Foe
A familiar face will be on the other bench Friday when the Huskies visit Oregon. Former UW midfielder (1992-95) and assistant coach (1996-98) Tara (Bilanski) Erickson is in her second year as head coach of the Ducks. The Puyallup High School product still ranks third among all-time Huskies with 27 career goals.

This Week's Opponents
Oregon (8-5-0, 2-0 Pac-10)
-- The Ducks opened Pac-10 play with road wins at Arizona and Arizona State. This week's Pac-10 Player of the Week Nicole Garbin scored all of UO's goals last weekend, increasing her season total to seven. Goalkeepers Jessie Chatfield and Emily Zaler have combined for six shutouts and a 0.91 goals against average. The Ducks beat Washington 1-0 last season on a goal by Garbin, their first win in the series. The Huskies have an 8-1-1 series lead, including a 5-0 record in Eugene.

Oregon State (8-3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) -- The Beavers have outscored opponents by a 23-12 margin, paced by the six goals and seven assists of Jodie Taylor. Goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has five shutouts and a 0.82 goals against average. Washington owns a 12-3 series advantage, including wins in 10 of the last 12 meetings. The Beavers won 1-0 last year in Seattle.

What's Up with Washington
The Huskies lost five of their last six games after opening the season with a 4-2 mark. UW features a balanced attack with seven different scorers, led by the three goals and three assists of sophomore forward Melissa Beal. Last year, Beal was the team's only multi-goal scorer with four. This year, Shuree Hyatt and Katy Dowling have joined her with two goals each. Both goals have been game winners for Hyatt who is playing in her first season as a Husky after transferring from the University of San Francisco. Dowling netted the lone goal in the Sept. 22 victory over New Mexico.

Close Encounters
The Huskies have three one-goal victories, one year after they were winless (0-17-3) and on the losing end of 13 one-goal margins in 2005.

Last Week
Washington opened Pac-10 play with a 1-0 loss at Washington State, it's fourth consecutive 1-0 conference setback dating to the end of the 2005 season.

Youth Movement
Seven members of Washington's starting lineup are underclassmen, including four freshmen. Six of the 18 players who competed in a game this season are first-year Huskies and five of those have started at least once. Four freshmen are regulars in Coach Lesle Gallimore's starting lineup, including forward Veronica Perez-Murillo who netted her first collegiate goal Sept. 17 at Ohio State. Freshman Chelsea Bumbaugh starts in the midfield while Lindsey Kasser and Nikki Murray are defensive starters.

2006 Preview
Washington returns eight 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) play in the middle of a defense that limited 12 opponents to just one goal last year. 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 leading scorer and part-time starter 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 is 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.

2005 Review
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 UW, which lost 10 games by similar 1-0 scores.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (135) and conference wins (52). She directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2004. Gallimore was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz in 2000 after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAAs and advanced to the Sweet 16. Gallimore has a 17-year record of 167-128-26, including a 135-103-17 mark in 13 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.

The Staff
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes 11th-year Associate Head Coach Amy Griffin (previously Allmann), a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Assistant Coach Tami Bennett is in her fourth year on the staff after two seasons at Portland State. Bennett concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals.

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