No. 14 Huskies Host Cougs In Pac-10 Opener
Oct. 9, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S SOCCER
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.
7 p.m. - RV Washington State (7-3-0) at No. 14 Washington (8-2-1)
LIVE AUDIO, VIDEO AND STATS AVAILABLE ON GOHUSKIES.COM
The No. 14 Washington women's soccer team (8-2-1) kicks off Pac-10 play at home this week with inter-state rival Washington State (7-3-0) in the Apple Cup of women's soccer. Both teams have Pac-10 title and NCAA Tournament aspirations and look to start conference play on the right foot. The Huskies are riding a six-match unbeaten streak and have moved up to a season-best 14th in the rankings, while the Cougs are just outside the rankings but have won four of their last five, the only loss a narrow 2-1 decision to No. 3 Portland.
The Huskies wrapped up a solid non-conference slate with a pair of wins over Gonzaga (3-1) and Montana (1-0) to finish the preseason with an 8-2-1 record. Junior McKenna Waitley had a breakout weekend for the Huskies, scoring three of UW's four goals and tallying the game-winner in both matches. She recorded the first two-goal game of her career on Friday, scoring UW's second and third goals against the Bulldogs after Kelli Stewart got the Dawgs on the board first with her team-high tying fourth goal of the season.
On Sunday, the Huskies had a 17-4 shot advantage but were only able to take advantage of one of those opportunities. But Waitley's third goal in two games - which came just 20 seconds into the second half - was enough as Kari Davidson made two saves for her second shutout of the season.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
A live video and audio stream with be available for Friday's game along with live stats via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com. All of UW's home games this season feature live video and audio on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Fans will need to create a login and password but all 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
On the strength of a pair of victories last weekend and an 8-2-1 non-conference record, the Huskies jumped up 11 spots to No. 14 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com tournament rankings. UW is also ranked No. 33 in the season's first RPI rankings released this week, joining eight other Pac-10 teams in the top 40, the most of any other conference.
The Huskies are still receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls and come in at No. 7 in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Huskies host Washington State on Friday, their eighth home game in 12 matches this season. UW is 6-1 at Husky Soccer Field this season, the only loss coming at the hands of No. 3 Portland in the Huskies second match of the season. UW is 1-0-1 on the road and 1-1 on neutral sites. Last season, UW went 7-1 at home.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars, ranked No. 22 in the first RPI rankings, come into the match with a 7-3-0 record. WSU is tied for the Pac-10 lead in shutouts with six, including their last three victories over Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Weber State which came by a combined score of 13-0. Goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo is tied for second in the Pac-10 with four shutouts and is third in goals against average (0.60). Kiersten Dallstream is tied for the conference lead in goals per match (1.10), tied for second in goals (11) third in points (24),and third in points per match (2.40) while Jacquelyn Roth is tied for second in assists (six) and in assists per match (0.60).
SERIES HISTORY WITH WASHINGTON STATE
UW would pull even in the series with the Cougars with a win on Friday as WSU currently holds a 7-8-3 edge all time. Washington State had won four straight matches in soccer's version of the Apple Cup until last year's tie in Pullman. WSU scored a 2-1 victory the last time the team's played in Seattle in 2007. UW's last win against the Cougars came in 2003 when they shutout WSU, 2-0, in Seattle. The Huskies are 5-3-1 all time in Seattle against their inter-state rival.
Junior McKenna Waitley has always been a quiet contributor to the Huskies throughout her career but this season it appears she can no longer fly under the radar. In addition to being named one of Seattle's 10 Sexiest Female Athetes by the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Waitley is becoming a scoring threat for UW, breaking out for three goals in two games last weekend. She had the first two-goal game of her career on Friday, including the game-winner in UW's 3-1 win over Gonzaga, then scored the Huskies' lone goal in a 1-0 win over Montana. With three goals and three assists this season, the junior is tied for second on the squad with nine points, already surpassing her career best for a season of eight points last season. Her three goals last weekend also are a single-season best for the budding superstar.