Three Huskies Honored by Soccer Buzz Magazine

Jan. 28, 2009

SEATTLE - Soccer Buzz Magazine announced its 2008 women's soccer postseason awards Wednesday and the University of Washington was well-represented on various teams, led by Kate Deines who was named First-Team Freshman All-American, as well as Second-Team All-West Region and All-Freshman West Region.

Additionally, junior Veronica Perez was named Third Team All-West Region while head coach Lesle Gallimore was runner-up for West Region Coach of the Year.

Deines is the first Washington Husky player ever to be named to Soccer Buzz's Freshman All-America First Team. The Issaquah, Wash., native, who was a three-time Washington State Player of the Year coming out of high school, more than lived up to the hype by finishing second on the team with seven goals and 14 points. Her seven goals tied for the second-most by a freshman in UW history. She was also named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Perez (San Mateo, Calif.), who was also named Second-Team All-Pac-10 and NSCAA Second Team All-West Region, had a breakout season for the Huskies, leading the team in goals (13), points (31) and game-winning goals (6) and tying for the team lead with five assists. Her six game-winning goals ranked second in the Pac-10 conference and she was also among the leaders in goals and points, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in one of the top conferences in the country.

Gallimore, meanwhile, led the Huskies to one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in NCAA history. The Huskies saw a better than eight-game improvement in 2008, bouncing back from a 5-13-1 record in 2007 to go 15-6-1 and advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Gallimore finished runner-up to Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe, who led the Cardinal to their first appearance in the College Cup since 1993. Gallimore was named Soccer Buzz National Coach of the Year in 2000.

The Huskies will return 10 starters to the pitch in 2009 when they look to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.