UW Women Cap Soccer Season at Home
Nov. 6, 2007
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 --
(#8) USC at Washington, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 --
(#1) UCLA at Washington, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.
The Washington women's soccer team (5-11-1, 2-4-1 Pac-10) concludes the 2007 season at home this weekend, hosting a pair of highly ranked opponents who are vying for the Pac-10 championship. The Huskies entertain eighth-ranked USC (13-2-2, 5-1-1), Friday, Nov. 9. Kick-off is 5 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The Trojans are winless in five previous visits to Seattle. On Sunday, Nov. 11 top-ranked UCLA (14-1-2, 7-0) invades Husky Soccer Field at noon to cap the regular season. The Bruins have a six-game winning streak against UW, which last beat UCLA in 2000.
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
The Huskies hope to play the role of spoilers as this week's opponents are the only two teams still alive in the conference championship race. UCLA is aiming for its unprecedented third consecutive Pac-10 title. The Bruins are also vying to become the first team to post a perfect conference record since Stanford in 2002. The 1997 Bruins were the only other team with a perfect ledger through the full Pac-10 season. USC could claim the conference crown with two wins and two UCLA losses.
Quoting Coach Lesle Gallimore
'We play No. 1 UCLA and USC is also ranked high. But, that's what the Pac-10's all about and it's fun. We've played a tough schedule and our kids don't back down no matter how good anyone is.'
So Long Seniors
UW will say goodbye to six seniors who Sunday play their final game in Husky uniforms. Their careers were highlighted by the run to the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Forward Dani Bridges has started 80 games, more than any player in Husky history. Midfielder Robin Alexander, forward Katy Dowling and goalkeeper Lizzy Showman are also four-year squad members while midfielder Katie Buser is a three-year Husky who transferred from San Diego. Forward Shuree Hyatt leads UW with six goals this season. She transferred from San Francisco prior to the 2006 season.
Sophomore Taylor Carr leads the Pac-10 in saves with 66 and ranks second in average with 3.88 saves per game. Carr stopped seven shots Sunday at California ... Senior forward Shuree Hyatt leads the team and is tied for eighth among Pac-10 players with six goals ... Only four Huskies have started all 17 games this season, seniors Robin Alexander and Dani Bridges, sophomore Taylor Carr and freshman Kendyl Pele.
A huge group of 11 newcomers joined the roster this season, 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 Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes six opponents ranked in the current Soccer America poll, including five of the nation's top-10 teams. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Portland, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 USC and No. 12 California. 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.
Washington played its final road games and was swept in the Bay Area by a pair of ranked teams. On Friday (Nov. 2), No. 2 Stanford won 4-0. On Sunday (Nov. 4), No. 14 Cal won 2-1 despite a 74th-minute penalty kick by Veronica Perez-Murillo.
This Week's Opponents
USC (13-2-2, 5-1-1 Pac-10) -- The eighth-ranked Trojans are outscoring opponents by a 34-9 margin. USC's balanced attack features 10 goal scorers, including seven players with three or more goals. Amy Rodriquez and Megan Ohai lead the team with six goals and three assists apiece. Goalkeeper Kristin Olsen has seven of the team's 10 shutouts and compiled a 0.53 goals against average. Ali Khosroshahin is in his first season as head coach at USC. The Trojans won the last two meetings to even the all-time series with Washington at 6-6-1. USC was a 2-0 victor last season in Los Angeles. The Huskies won all five previous meetings that were contested in Seattle.
UCLA (14-1-2, 7-0 Pac-10) -- After losing their season opener 2-1 against Texas, the top-ranked Bruins are undefeated in their last 16 games. UCLA won its last 11 games, out scoring opponents 33-3 during that span. For the season, the Bruins have a 45-10 scoring margin over their foes paced by the 19 goals and eight assists of Lauren Cheney. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson registered seven of UCLA's nine shutouts and has a 0.49 goals against average. Coach Jillian Ellis' squad was an NCAA Final Four qualifier in each of the last four seasons. The Bruins own a 10-2-1 series advantage over UW, including six straight wins. UCLA won a 2-0 decision last season in Los Angeles. Washington's last win over the Bruins was a 1-0 decision during 2000 in Seattle.
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (142) and No. 3 in conference wins (56). 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 174-144-28, including a 142-119-19 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.