Pac-10 Season Begins on the Road for UW Women
Oct. 9, 2007
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 --
Washington at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Sun Devil Soccer Stadium (1,050) / Tempe, Ariz.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 --
Washington at Arizona, 1:00 p.m. PDT
Murphey Stadium (1,000) / Tucson, Ariz.
The Washington women's soccer team (3-7) begins Pacific-10 Conference play on the road this weekend, traveling to the state of Arizona for a pair of games. The Huskies visit Tempe to play Arizona State (6-5), Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 14, UW clashes with Arizona (5-6) at 1 p.m. in Tucson. The Huskies return to Seattle next week for their Pac-10 home opener against 25th-ranked Washington State (7-1-2), Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Senior Shuree Hyatt played a part in both late goals for Washington, which scored twice during a 42-second span Sept. 28, rallying for a 2-1 victory over Eastern Washington at Husky Soccer Field. Washington was finally on the winning side of a one-goal game after suffering one-goal defeats in each of its previous three outings. The Huskies pressured the EWU goal throughout the second half, out-shooting the Eagles 15-2 after halftime. UW didn't find the back of the net until the 85th minute. Junior Melissa Beal drove the ball toward the right post where Hyatt was standing to deflect it in from point-blank range. That tying goal, at 84:48, was the third of the season for Hyatt. The go-ahead score came during UW's next foray toward the Eastern goal. Hyatt chipped a pass in the box to junior Jenna Robison who delivered a scoring strike from 20 yards out at 85:30.
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.'
This Week's Opponents
Arizona State (6-5-0) -- Kevin Boyd is in his first season with the Sun Devils after serving the previous 10 years as head coach at California. ASU has outscored opponents by a 16-7 count, led by the four goals and two assists of Karin Volpe. Goalkeeper Briana Silvestri has three shutouts and a 0.66 goals against average. The Huskies have a 5-3-2 series advantage. After winning the first five meetings, UW is winless in the last five. The teams tied 1-1 last season in Seattle during the final game of the season.
Arizona (5-6-0) -- After opening the season 4-1, the Wildcats lost five of their last six games. Jasmin Day's four goals pace the Arizona attack. Goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai has two shutouts and a 1.26 goals against average. Washington holds a 9-3 lead in the all-time series and won a 3-2 overtime decision last season in Seattle.
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes eight opponents ranked in the current Soccer America Top-25, including four top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Stanford, No. 8 Purdue, No. 9 USC, No. 11 California, No. 12 Portland, No. 15 Brigham Young and No. 25 Washington State. 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 (140) and No. 3 in conference wins (54). She directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2004. Gallimore has an 18-year record of 171-140-27, including a 139-115-18 mark in 14 seasons at UW. She 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.
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