Gallimore: Spring Soccer Recap

May 30, 2008

By Lesle Gallimore

We had several goals for this off-season, which is our primary time of year to develop players, both individual and collectively.

Our first goal was to gain strength and overall fitness. To compete in the Pac-10 you have to have superior athletes and maximize the physical abilities of each player. I feel we made a good deal of headway in this area and are going into our summer phase from a great starting point.

Our next goal was to find out more about our younger and less experienced players by giving them game opportunities that they hadn't had previously, or only had minimally in the fall. We were able to effectively evaluate the majority of our team in a highly competitive training and game environment.

Lastly, we wanted to improve as a team tactically both from a defending and an attacking standpoint. We moved some players around, made some positional adjustments and we feel extremely positive about the core of our team moving into summer towards the competitive fall season.

Being 100% healthy as a team is always a coach's goal, and we certainly are no different.There were a handful of players who did not participate this off-season, or did so only briefly.Erin Foley and Chelsea Bumbaugh both had surgery that kept them out; Katie Hall had jaw surgery in the winter and was on track to return when she suffered a setback with a hip injury that will keep her out through the fall. She will redshirt and is hopeful to return and compete for a 5th year in 2009. Last year's starting goalkeeper, Taylor Carr, has decided not to return to the team, but will remain at Washington and graduate in 2009.

Our spring schedule not only gave us great competition and a terrific opportunity to improve, it also gave us a unique opportunity to do something for others. Our team competed on April 19th in Stanford University's Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament. We challenged our team to raise $100 per person and our coaching staff would match what was raised. Our team rose to the challenge and raised the second highest amount of money; Ohio State is first at over $14,000, of any team in the history of the tournament. KABC has been going on in Maryland/DC area for over 13 years and this was Stanford's 3rd time hosting the tournament.

The University of Washington Women's Soccer Program is very happy to donate to the Stanford University Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament benefiting the Stanford University Breast Cancer Research Program, the Community Breast Health Project and the Claudia Mayer Foundation.

We are thankful for the opportunity to help in the efforts to raise funds for this very important cause, and further the efforts to find a cure for this disease as well as help women who suffer from breast cancer.We were able to raise $7,460.00. Our coaching staff pledged to match what our team raised, and we also received a contribution from our head football coach, Tyrone Willingham.

Individual game results (Goals by):
Portland, 0-3
Seattle U, 1-1 (McKenna Waitley)
Portland State, 1-2 (Waitley)
U-15 National Team, 0-1
USF, 1-1 (Waitley)
Oregon, 4-0 (Nikki Murray, Kellye Joswick-3)
Vancouver Whitecaps, 4-1 (Jenna Robison-2, Melissa Beal, Waitley)
Seattle Sounders, 0-1

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