UW Women's Soccer Team Tackles Tough 2007 Schedule

Aug. 22, 2007

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SEATTLE -- The Washington women's soccer team commences its difficult 20-game schedule with an exhibition game, Saturday, Aug. 25 against British Columbia. Admission is free for the Husky Soccer Field contest that kicks off at 2 p.m.

The Huskies are scheduled for 11 appearances against teams that qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament, including nine teams that recorded at least one postseason victory.

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Highlighting the home schedule is a meeting with Final Four qualifier UCLA, Nov. 11 in the final regular-season game. NCAA quarterfinalist Portland, the 2006 national champion, visits Seattle on Sept. 19.

'Our schedule is set up again so our RPI should be strong. Now it's a matter of getting wins over those teams, in our non-conference games in particular,' said head coach Lesle Gallimore, who directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in her previous 13 seasons.

The Huskies open the regular season with a two-game road trip to Wisconsin. UW plays at Marquette, Aug. 31 and UW-Milwaukee, Sept. 2.

Washington's home schedule begins Sept. 7 and 9 with the annual Husky/Nike Invitational. The four-team field features Portland, Cal State Fullerton and Purdue.

The non-conference road schedule includes an appearance in the Portland (Ore.) Invitational. UW opens with Yale, Sept. 14 and then encounters Kansas, Sept. 16.

'If you don't play quality opponents and get wins against quality teams, you're always going to be on the bubble,' Gallimore explained of the team's desire to ensure a postseason berth. 'Our intention is to not be on the bubble. It's to play good teams, beat good teams and therefore be the great team that we want to be.'

UW opens Pac-10 play Oct. 12 at Arizona State. The conference home opener is Oct. 19 against Washington State. Also visiting Seattle this season are Oregon State (Oct. 26), Oregon (Oct. 28) and USC (Nov. 9).

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).

Washington returns eight starters from last year's team, including the top-five scorers led by junior forward Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's). The Huskies registered a 7-12-1 record in 2006, placing eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6-1 mark.

(Pacific Times Listed)

Date, Opponent, Location, Time
Aug. 25, British Columbia (exhibition), Seattle, Wash., 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 31, at Marquette, Milwaukee, Wis., 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 2, at UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., 11:00 a.m.

Husky/Nike Invitational Seattle, Wash.
Sept. 7, Fullerton State vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 7, Purdue vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 9, Purdue vs. Portland, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 9, Fullerton State vs. Washington, 10:30 a.m.

Portland Invitational Portland, Ore.
Sept. 14, vs. Yale, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 16, vs. Kansas, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 19, Portland, Seattle, Wash., 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 22, at Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24, at Brigham Young, Provo, Utah, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 28, Eastern Washington, Seattle, Wash., 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 12, *at Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz., 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 14, *at Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 19, *Washington State, Seattle, Wash., 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26, *Oregon State, Seattle, Wash., 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 28, *Oregon, Seattle, Wash., 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 2, *at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif., 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 4, *at California, Berkeley, Calf., 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 9, *USC, Seattle, Wash., 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 11, *UCLA, Seattle, Wash., 12:00 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

2007 Washington Women's Soccer Schedule

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