Women's Soccer Releases Spring Schedule
Feb. 6, 2009
SEATTLE - The University of Washington women's soccer team released its 2009 spring schedule Friday head coach Lesle Gallimore announced, which includes five games between April 11 and May 9.
The Huskies, coming off a 15-6-1 season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, will kick off the spring schedule on the road April 11 against Portland, which finished the 2008 season ranked No. 5 in the country. That game will be followed with a match against the U-23 United States National Team on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore., on April 16.
Washington will then return to Seattle for its final three games, taking on Seattle University, Sunday, April 26, in Bothell at 3 p.m. UW will host the final two games of the spring campaign at Husky Soccer Field, taking on Western Washington, Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and the Seattle Sounders women's team, Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.
'Our team is training hard this winter to build power, strength, speed, agility and maintain the solid fitness base they have all established,' Gallimore said. 'We have been limited to two hours a week of team training and that has been helpful in maintaining some of the continuity we gained as a team this past fall. Spring quarter will be a time to increase our soccer playing hours again and begin the process of building on last season. Our match schedule for the spring will challenge our players individually and collectively. We will use every one of our match competitions to improve in all facets of the game.'
The Huskies return 10 players who started more than half of the team's games in 2008, including their top two scorers in Veronica Perez and Kate Deines. Perez was named Second Team All-Pac-10 and All-West Region while Deines was recently named a First Team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz Magazine. In all, Washington returns more than 80 percent of their scoring from last season and have signed four stellar recruits to complement the returners.
'We are only allowed five playing dates in the non-competitive season so our players must maximize each one of those competitive opportunities. We'll kick-off with the University of Portland this spring, just as we will this coming fall at home on August 30. That game is always a battle, one we have been on the short end of too many times and a trend we are looking to change,' Gallimore said. 'Following that we face a huge challenge in competing against the U-23 National Team on the Nike Campus. We're fortunate to be getting such a special opportunity and it is one our players will really look forward to. We are going to play Seattle as an exhibition match at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell as part of the Northshore Youth Soccer Symposium. This fall begins our home and away match with Seattle as they move to Division I status. We're looking forward to building that intercity rivalry with SU, it will be a fun match each year.
'Western Washington is coming off an outstanding season and we are looking forward to a great match with them,' Gallimore continued. 'Playing the Sounders always presents a unique challenge in that they usually field an extremely experienced team and experience in soccer is always a great weapon and will test our team tactically as much as anything else. We're hoping we can really rally some good crowds for both of those games.'
The Huskies will use their two home matches to help raise funds for a team tour of Brazil in June. College teams are allowed to take self-funded foreign tours once every four years.
Below is the complete Washington Women's Soccer Spring Schedule
Saturday, April 11 @Portland, Portland, OR, Time TBA
Thursday, April 16, vs. U-23 U.S. National Team, Nike Campus, Beaverton, OR, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, vs. Seattle University, Bothell, WA, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, Western Washington, Husky Soccer Field, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Seattle Sounders, Husky Soccer Field, 7:30 p.m.