Huskies Close Out Non-Conference Soccer Schedule Friday
Sept. 25, 2007
Friday, September 28 --
Eastern Washington at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.
The Washington women's soccer team (2-7) concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule at home this week, hosting Eastern Washington (3-3) on Friday, Sept. 28. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Washington won both previous meetings against the Eagles. The Huskies take a break from competition next week before opening Pac-10 play, Oct. 12 at Arizona State.
Advanced women's soccer tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office either on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or via telephone (206-543-2200). Ticket kiosks open one hour before game time. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth 18-and-under and senior citizens. Group and Family Plans are also available for purchase in advance.
Live video and statistics from all Husky home soccer games are available free at Washington official website: www.GoHuskies.com
BYU entered Monday's game as the only team in the country that had not surrendered a goal. UW senior Dani Bridges netted the first score allowed by BYU, a penalty kick in the 78th minute. That goal halted the Cougars' perfect defensive record after 849 scoreless minutes. The hard-luck Huskies lost their last three games, each of them one-goal setbacks during the last six days. All three games were lost when opponents scored a goal inside the final eight minutes. UW lost 1-0 to No. 3 Portland (Sept. 19), 3-2 at Utah (Sept. 22) and 2-1 at Brigham Young (Sept. 24). Veronica Perez-Murillo assisted on both goals at Utah, by Nikki Murray and McKenna Waitley.
UW 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 selection. 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 lead an experience group of forwards.
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.'
Scouting Eastern Washington (3-3-0)
The Eagles won two of their last three games, including a 2-1 decision over Utah State (Sept. 23) in their last outing. Cyeeta Mott leads a balanced attack with two goals and two assists. Eight different players have accounted for the 11 EWU goals. Goalkeeper Ashley Renz had one shutout and a 1.51 goals against average. Washington owns a 2-0 series advantage, winning 8-0 in 2000 and 7-0 in 2001.
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes seven opponents ranked in the current Soccer America Top-25, including three top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 2 Portland, No. 3 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA, No. 17 Brigham Young, No. 18 Washington State, No. 20 Purdue and No. 25 Marquette. Eleven teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including nine that won first-round games, appear on the schedule. Three Husky opponents were Sweet 16 competitors last season.
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (139) 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 an 18-year record of 171-140-27, including a 139-115-18 mark in 14 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes 12th-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 Nguyen (previously Bennett) is in her fifth 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.