Huskies Head To California For Weekend Battles
Sept. 22, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S SOCCER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Anteater Stadium - Irvine, Calif.
7 p.m. - Washington (5-2-0) at UC-Irvine (7-1-1)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Titan Stadium - Fullerton, Calif.
4 p.m. - Washington at Cal-State Fullerton (2-4-1)
LIVE STATS AVAILABLE VIA GAMETRACKER ON GOHUSKIES.COM
The No. 25 Washington women's soccer team (5-2-0) will hit the road this weekend for a pair of games in sunny California, first against UC-Irvine (7-1-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a Sunday match at Cal-State Fullerton (2-4-1) at 4 p.m. This weekend marks the first true road games for the Huskies after playing five of their first seven games at home and the other two on neutral sites. UW has just six road games this season out of 20 total matches.
The Huskies had just one game last week, a Friday night match against Utah State which they won, 2-0. The shutout marked the second straight game in which UW has not allowed a goal. Sophomore Kari Davidson saved two shots and senior Alex Phillips closed out the match in goal for their second combined shutout in `09.
Senior Veronica Perez provided the game-winning goal, her third goal of the season and second game-winner, while sophomore Kate Deines chipped in her second score of the year. Perez, who now leads the team with seven points (three goals, one assist), got an assist from fellow senior Nikki Murray, who continues to be clutch on free kicks. McKenna Waitley provided the assist on Deines' goal, her team-high third of the season. The Huskies out-shot the Aggies, 11-0, in the first half and 23-4 for the game.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Live stats will be available for both games this weekend via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com. Cal-State Fullerton will also provide free audio as well as video that is available with a subscription at www.fullertontitans.com.
All of UW's home games this season feature live video and audio on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Men's and women's soccer games are free of charge through this service.
FOLLOW THE HUSKIES ON TWITTER & FACEBOOK
Fans can follow the Washington women's soccer team on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/UWWomensSoccer. Head coach Lesle Gallimore also has a Twitter account and fans wishing to follow the long-time Washington coach can go to www.twitter.com/LGSoccerdawg.
RANK AND FILE
The Huskies held firm to their No. 25 ranking by TopDrawerSoccer.com, which they received after their win over No. 11 Illinois two weeks ago. The Huskies are also receiving votes in both the NSCAA and the Soccer Times polls.
HOME SWEET HOME
UW hits the road this week for their first true road games, having played their only two games away from Husky Soccer Field at a neutral site. All has gone well in front of the home crowd so far as UW is 4-1 at home, the only loss coming at the hands of No. 3 Portland. UW went 7-1 at home last year.
The Anteaters come into the game riding an eight-game unbeaten streak, the third-longest in school history. They have allowed just one goal in their last six matches and just five for the season. A balanced attack has seen 13 different players score a point, including goalkeeper Danielle de Seriere. In addition to contributing an assist, de Seriere has a 0.55 GAA and five shutouts. Junior Tanya Taylor leads the team with 11 points while freshmen Dana Sanderlin is second with nine points and Mar Rodriguez is third with eight points.
SERIES HISTORY WITH UC-IRVINE
The Huskies have won all four previous meetings between the two teams, the last coming in 2002 when UW came away with a 2-0 victory in Seattle. The Huskies also defeated the Anteaters in 1999, 4-0, and 1994, 2-0, both of which came at home. They have not played in Irvine since 1991 when they picked up a 3-2 double-overtime victory in just the third game in UW women's soccer history for what was their second-ever victory.
SCOUTING CAL-STATE FULLERTON
The Titans own a 2-4-1 record this season but they are unbeaten in their last three matches and are coming off a 1-0 win over Hawaii last week. Juniors Danielle Bitonti and Tamara Dewey share the team lead with two goals apiece this season while the team has used three different goalkeepers, with Shannon Simpson seeing the most action but Jordan Santos played in the team's last game and posted the shutout over Hawaii.
The Titans are looking to improve on their 7-11-1 record from a year ago, returning eight starters from that squad. Last season was a bit of a down-year for CSUF as they were in the NCAA Tournament as recently as 2007 and won the Big West title in three consecutive seasons from 2005-07 to advance to the tournament each year.
SERIES HISTORY WITH CAL-STATE FULLERTON
The Huskies and Titans are all even in their three matches, with each winning once and the teams settling for a tie in their first meeting in 2002, a 1-1 draw in the Portland Invitational. Cal-State Fullerton won the last meeting between the two teams, a 3-1 win in 2007 in Seattle. The Huskies only victory in the series came in 2003 when they took down the Titans, 3-0, in the Portland Invitational.
FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC
Senior Veronica Perez had a break-out season in 2008, scoring 13 goals - six of which were game-winners. While she got off to a relatively slow start this season, Perez seems to have found her touch again, recording the game-winning goal in each of UW's last two games.
With two game-winners already this season, Perez's eight for her career puts her in some rare territory. The senior now ranks tied for No. 4 all-time in UW history for game-winners, just one shy of third and four shy of No. 2 all-time. While the all-time record of 18 by Tina (Frimpong) Ellertson might be tough to equal, Perez has already established herself as one of the most clutch performers in UW history.