Women's Soccer Releases 2009 Fall Schedule
March 10, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team released its 2009 fall schedule which includes 12 of their 20 games at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle.
UW will open up the season against its Northwest rival, Portland, at home on Sunday, Aug. 30. Portland is one of five teams ranked in the final 2008 NSCAA Top 25 the Huskies will play in 2009. Portland finished as the No. 5 team in the country after falling to Stanford in the Elite Eight.
The Huskies will also face No. 3 UCLA (Nov. 6), No. 4 Stanford (Oct. 25) and No. 8 USC (Nov. 8) in Pac-10 play in addition to No. 23 Illinois (Sept. 13). The Huskies will get the Bruins, Cardinal and Women of Troy all on their home turf.
Following their match against Portland, the Huskies will host the annual Husky/Nike Invitational, Sept. 4 and 6, where they will face Columbia and Colorado College. Portland will also participate in the tournament but the Pilots and Huskies will not face each other.
UW then travels south to participate in the Portland Invitational where they will face Miami and Illinois, Sept. 11 and 13.
The Huskies stay home the next weekend to host in-city rival Seattle on Sept. 16 followed by a match against Utah State on Sept. 18.
Washington will then hit the road to face UC Irvine and Cal-State Fullerton in Southern California, Sept. 25 and 27. The Huskies host their final non-conference games on Oct. 2 and 4 against Gonzaga and Montana before heading into Pac-10 play.
UW will host Washington State in the Pac-10 opener on Oct. 9 before traveling to the Arizona schools on Oct. 16 and 18. They will host Cal and Stanford, Oct. 23 and 25, and travel to face the Oregon schools, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, before wrapping up the conference slate, Nov. 6 and 8 against UCLA and USC.
The Huskies will be looking to make their second consecutive NCAA postseason appearance after advancing to the Second Round last season. UW will return 11 players who started at least half of the team's games last season, including their top two scorers and All-Pac-10 selections Veronica Perez and Kate Deines.
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