UW Women Open 2007 Season with Two Road Games
Aug. 26, 2007
This Week's Schedule
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 --
Washington at Marquette, 6:15 p.m. PDT (8:15 CDT)
Valley Fields (1,750) / Milwaukee, Wis.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 --
Washington at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 11:00 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CDT)
Engelmann Field (2,000) / Milwaukee, Wis.
The Washington women's soccer team kicks off its 17th season of play this weekend, traveling to Milwaukee, Wis. for road games against of pair of qualifiers from last year's NCAA Tournament. The Huskies take on Marquette, Friday, Aug. 31 at 6:15 p.m. Pacific Time (8:15 p.m. Central) to open campaign. On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Huskies clash with UW-Milwaukee at 11 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Central).
The Huskies have a 10-6 record in all-time season-opening games, including a 1-0 win last year at Hawaii. UW won six of its last seven season openers, with the only loss coming in 2005 at sixth-ranked Penn State.
Washington returns eight starters from last year's team, including a quartet of players that started all 20 games. Katie Hall and Nikki Murray anchor a defense that limited 10 opponents to one goal or fewer. The midfield features junior Jenna Robison, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree. The top-five scorers return, paced by junior forward Melissa Beal who led all Huskies in goals during each of her first two seasons. Seniors Katy Dowling, Shuree Hyatt and second-team All-Pac-10 pick Dani Bridges make the forwards the most experienced unit on the team.
A huge group of 11 newcomers will battle for playing time, including a talented 10-player freshman class. The incoming scholarship group was rated as the nation's 17th-best recruiting class by SoccerBuzz.com. That publication singled out Washington as one of four schools with a 'breakthrough 2007 signing class.'
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (137) and No. 3 in conference wins (54). 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 169-133-27, including a 137-108-18 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.
Quoting the Coach
'We're really excited to get the 2007 season underway, but it will be tough starting on the road against a couple tournament teams from last year,' Coach Lesle Gallimore exclaims. 'I'm very pleased with the group we have. We've got a lot of potential. Clearly, it's very early and there's going to be a ton of stuff to work on. But, there are some talented kids on this team and our depth and the competition for positions will help us do some good things this year.'
This Week's Opponents
Marquette (12-6-5 in 2006) -- The Golden Eagles return eight starters from last year's team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Markus Roeders compiled a 164-63-21 record in his first 11 seasons. This is the first meeting between UW and Marquette.
UW-Milwaukee (16-4-2 in 2006) -- The defending Horizon League champion Panthers advanced to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Michael Moynihan posted a 119-61-27 record in his first 10 years at UWM. The Panthers won the only previous meeting against Washington, a 2-0 decision on Sept. 3, 2006 in Seattle.
Washington returns to Seattle next week to play its home opener, Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the annual Husky/Nike Invitational. Cal State Fullerton and Portland meet at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. clash between Washington and Purdue at Husky Soccer Field. The teams trade opponents and play at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.
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