UW Women Host Rivals from Oregon This Weekend in Soccer

Oct. 24, 2007

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Oregon State at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

Oregon at Washington, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

The Washington women's soccer team (4-9, 1-2 Pac-10) concludes a three-game homestand this weekend against their Pac-10 conference rivals from the state of Oregon. The Huskies host Oregon State (7-7-1, 0-4), Friday, Oct. 26. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. UW won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Beavers. On Sunday, Oct. 28 at noon, the Huskies clash with Oregon (8-6-1, 1-2-1). The Ducks won the last two meetings in the series. Next week, UW begins a difficult four-game stretch to complete the regular season. The Huskies travel to the Bay Area to play at second-ranked Stanford (Nov. 2) and No. 18 California (Nov. 4). Then the Huskies close out the season by entertaining No. 5 USC (Nov. 9) and No. 1 UCLA (Nov. 11).

Ticket Tidbits
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.

Watch Live
Live video and statistics from all Husky home soccer games are available free at Washington official website: www.GoHuskies.com

Last Week
Washington was edged by Washington State 2-1 on Friday (Oct. 19) despite controlling the run of play and out-shooting their cross-state rivals 16-6. The Cougars got a 33rd-minute goal from Allison Scurich and a 64th-minute tally by Kiersten Dallstream. Senior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) scored for UW, picking up a loose ball and dribbling toward the goal before scoring on a 12-yard strike. That was her team-high fifth goal. Hyatt was dangerous all night, out-shooting WSU herself with seven attempts. She had two near goals in the seventh minute. Her first was a shot from the left side that caromed off the crossbar. Hyatt gathered the rebound and her subsequent shot might have crossed the goal line before it was smothered by the WSU goalkeeper.

Quoting Coach Lesle Gallimore
'We're excited about being home again and to have a game sooner, rather than later, because we played well last Friday. We clearly didn't get the result we wanted, so it was one of our more frustrating games of the year. We had possession and opportunities, so there is a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouth from that game that would have put us at 2-1 in conference. We're going to battle back and try to get the first one against Oregon State and then be fired up for Oregon. Oregon State is a good team. They are hard working and always potent on the attack.'

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes eight opponents ranked in the current Soccer America Top-25, including five of the nation's top-six teams. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Portland, No. 18 California, No. 24 Brigham Young and No. 25 Utah. 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.

About Washington
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.

Nifty Newcomers
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 Oregon State (7-7-1, 0-4 Pac-10)
The Beavers compiled a 7-3-1 record during non-conference action before losing their first four Pac-10 games. Last week's games against the Arizona schools resulted in a pair of one-goal, overtime setbacks. OSU enters Friday's game with a five-game losing streak. Steve Fennah is in his 10th season at OSU, the second-longest tenure for a Pac-10 coach behind only UW's Lesle Gallimore. The Beavers feature Jodie Taylor, whose team-leading 12 goals account for nearly half of the team's total goal output (26). Goalkeepers Caitlin Seeley and Ashley Wood combined for five shutouts and a 1.27 goals against average. Washington owns a 13-3 series advantage, including wins in 11 of the last 13 meetings. The Huskies claimed a 1-0 win last year in Corvallis on a 17th-minute goal by Katie Hall.

Scouting Oregon (8-6-1, 1-2-1 Pac-10)
The Ducks posted a 7-4 non-conference record before opening Pac-10 play with losses to highly ranked USC and UCLA. Teresa Bowns and Allison Newton pace the Oregon attack with five goals apiece. Goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield has three shutouts and a 1.40 goals against average. The Ducks won the last two meetings, their first victories in the series. Oregon won 2-1 last season in Eugene and 1-0 during 2005 in Seattle. The Huskies lead the overall series by an 8-2-1 margin, including a 3-1-1 record against the Ducks during games played in Seattle.

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

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (141) and No. 3 in conference wins (55). 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 173-142-27, including a 141-117-18 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.

The Staff
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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