Women's Soccer Reports to Camp

Aug. 14, 2008

SEATTLE - The University of Washington women's soccer team reported to Husky Soccer Field Tuesday ready to embark on what figures to be a redemptive 2008 season.

Since the program's most successful season in 2004 when they reached the NCAA Elite Eight, the Huskies have endured three down seasons but are ready to bounce back and return to the top of one of the most competitive conferences in women's soccer in the country.

The schedule will be demanding but a large contingent of returning players will lead one of UW's strongest recruiting classes as the team prepares to take on some of the toughest competition around.

Leading the team will be a pair of seniors in Melissa Beal and Jenna Robison, who are the team's top two returning scorers from 2007. Additionally, the team boasts the two-time Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year in freshman Kate Deines.

The Huskies kick off their season Aug. 28 at Montana. Their first two home contests come Sept. 5 and 7 in the Husky/Nike Invitational where they will take on Colgate on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. and Kennesaw State on Sunday, Sept 7 at 1:30 p.m.

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Check in to GoHuskies.com soon for a complete preview of the 2008 season.

UW Picked to Finish Eighth in Pac-10 PollUW was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 in the coaches' preseason poll which was released Tuesday. Among the team's ahead of UW are Stanford, who was tabbed as the favorite to win the conference, and 2007 College Cup participants UCLA and USC, who were picked second and third, respectively. USC is the defending national champion while UCLA is the defending Pac-10 champion. Stanford received six first-place votes, UCLA three and USC one.

California was picked to finish fourth, followed by Arizona State and Washington State, who tied for fifth in the voting. Oregon came in just ahead of Washington at seventh. Arizona and Oregon State round out the poll in ninth and 10th, respectively.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams. (Points breakdown = 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. First place votes in parentheses):

2008 Pac-10 Womens Soccer Preseason Poll1. Stanford (6) 762. UCLA (3) 733. USC (1) 704. California 575. Arizona State 44 Washington State 447. Oregon 298. Washington 259. Arizona 2110. Oregon State 11

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