Huskies Look To Continue Unbeaten Streak In Desert

Oct. 14, 2009

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 - 7 p.m.
Washington (8-2-2, 0-0-1) at Arizona (3-9-1, 0-2-0)
Murphey Field; Tucson, Ariz.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 - 1 p.m.
Washington at No. 24 Arizona State (7-3-2, 0-2-0)
Sun Devil Soccer Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.


The Washington women's soccer team (8-2-2), unbeaten in its last seven matches, heads down to the desert this weekend for its first Pac-10 road games when they face Arizona (3-9-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 24 Arizona State (7-3-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Huskies are coming off a tie with Washington State in their Pac-10 opener while both the Arizona schools were swept in the opening weekend by the Southern California schools. The Pac-10 has seven of its 10 teams ranked in at least one of the three major polls so each game matters in conference play.

The Huskies opened Pac-10 play at home against their in-state rival, the Washington Cougars, and for the second straight year the teams played to a 1-1 draw. The Huskies were looking for their first win over WSU since 2004 and looked headed that way after Veronica Perez scored her team-high fifth goal of the season in the 57th minute. But the Cougars kept the pressure on and finally broke through with the equalizer in the 84th minute to send the match into overtime, the Huskies third OT in their last five matches. The Huskies got a break late in the first extra period when a WSU player was sent off following a second yellow card, but despite being a player down it was the Cougars who had one of the best chances in extra time to score, but sophomore goalkeeper Kari Davidson made a huge save and the Dawgs settled for the draw.

Live stats will be available for both games this weekend via Gametracker on All of UW's home games this season feature live video and audio on 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.

Fans can follow the Washington women's soccer team on Facebook by going to Head coach Lesle Gallimore also has a Twitter account and fans wishing to follow the long-time Washington coach can go to

The Huskies stayed at No. 14 in the tournament rankings, which attempt to predict the 64 teams that advance to the NCAA Tournament. UW is also ranked No. 33 in the season's first RPI rankings released last 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.

The Huskies hosted Washington State on Friday, their eighth home game in 12 matches this season. UW is 6-1-1 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. This week, UW hits the road for just their second weekend of true road matches. The Huskies are is 1-0-1 on the road and 1-1 on neutral sites.

The Wildcats will head into their game with the Huskies in a bit of turmoil as their head coach Dan Tobias resigned his position this week. Assistant coaches John Galas and Lisa Oyen will take over a squad that is 3-9-1 this season overall and dropped its first two Pac-10 matches over the weekend against UCLA and USC. The Wildcats have been shut out in five of their last seven matches.

Sophomore Renae Cuellar has been a bright spot for Arizona as she leads the team with six goals and 12 points, ranking tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in goals. Devon Wharf has seen the majority of time in goal, making 35 saves and posting a 2.11 GAA.

UW holds an 11-3-0 advantage over Arizona, having won the last three matches against the Wildcats, including a 2-1 win at home in the regular-season finale last year to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament. UW won 2-0 in 2007 the last time the teams faced off in Tucson. The Huskies won the first seven meetings in the series before UA rattled off two wins in three seasons from 2002-05 but the momentum has since shifted back in the Huskies' favor.

The Sun Devils had a strong non-conference season, going 7-1-2 to move up as high as 19th in the national polls before falling to both UCLA and USC last weekend on the road, including a heartbreaking 3-2, overtime loss to the Bruins.

The Sun Devils are led by Karin Volpe and Alexandra Elston, who are tied for the team lead with 11 points each, both knocking in four goals and providing three assists each. Courtney Tinnin leads ASU with five assists while Briana Silvestri has been solid in goal, compiling a 0.67 GAA and three shutouts in just under 1,000 minutes.

UW is 6-4-2 all time against the Sun Devils, breaking a streak of six straight years without a victory over ASU with a 2-1 overtime victory in Seattle last year. The Huskies won the first five games in the series before Arizona State won back-to-back games in 2002 and `03. The teams tied in 2004 and `06 while the Sun Devils scored wins again in `05 and `07.

UW had another outstanding non-conference portion of their season, going 8-2-1, with one of their two losses coming at the hands of No. 3 Portland. The preseason was highlighted by a key victory over then-No. 11 Illinois and a tough 3-2 overtime victory over UC-Irvine on the road. UW started Pac-10 with a 1-1 draw over inter-state rival Washington State and now will look to challenge for the Pac-10 title after tying for third last season. The Huskies are led by senior Veronica Perez (5 goals, 2 assists, 12 points) and a trio of players with nine points, including sophomore Kelli Stewart (4 goals, 1 assist), junior McKenna Waitley (3 goals, 3 assists) and senior Nikki Murray (3 goals, 3 assists). Sophomore Kari Davidson has played most of the minutes in goal, recording two shutouts and posting a 0.83 GAA.

Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore is in her 16th season at the helm of UW, the longest tenure of any Pac-10 coach. The former Cal standout, who also coached at San Diego State for four years prior to coming to UW, is approaching a big career milestone that she could reach in the next two weeks.

Gallimore is just three wins shy of 200 in her career, as her overall record stands at 197-154-31. Of those 197 victories, 165 have come at Washington. placing her second among Pac-10 coaches for overall victories. Gallimore is also in sole posession of second place all-time in conference victories as she has 61 in her career, just shy of UCLA's Jillian Ellis, who has 82.

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