Huskies Close Out Regular Season At Home Against L.A. Schools
Nov. 4, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S SOCCER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 - 7 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA (15-2-1, 6-1-0) at Washington (11-4-3, 3-2-2)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - 11 a.m.
No. 21 USC (12-6-0, 4-3-0) at Washington
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
LIVE AUDIO, VIDEO, STATS AVAILABLE ON GOHUSKIES.COM
The Washington women's soccer team plays its final games of the regular season at home looking to secure its second-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The Huskies will entertain a pair of ranked teams in No. 3 UCLA (15-2-1, 6-1-0) and No. 21 USC (12-6-0, 4-3-0) looking to secure a spot in the top half of the Pac-10 standings, arguably the most competitive conference in women's soccer. The Huskies head into the weekend sixth in the conference, just one point behind USC and Cal, the latter of which they've already defeated.
UW embarked on its final road trip of the regular season and came away with a split, defeating Oregon, 3-1, but falling to Oregon State, 2-1. In Friday's contest in Eugene, the Huskies fell behind 1-0 in the 57th minute but came back to score an incredible three goals in a 10-minute span to run away with the victory. Sophomore Alex Webber got UW going with an unassisted goal in the 74th minute and just three minutes later, Alex Kirk netted the game-winner off an assist from McKenna Waitley. Waitley then added a goal of her own in the 85th minute to put the game away for UW.
On Sunday, the Huskies fell behind in the second half on an Oregon State goal in the 62nd minute. UW responded again as they did Friday with Waitley scoring her team-high sixth goal of the season, but this time they would be denied the come-from-behind victory as the No. 25 Beavers tallied the game-winner in the 79th minute.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Live stats will be available for both games this weekend via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com. Additionally, all Husky home games 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
The Huskies made a big move in the RPI rankings released Tuesday, jumping up to No. 23 after being No. 31 in the last poll, which bodes very well for their NCAA Tournament chances. The RPI takes strength of schedule into account and the Huskies' conference slate alone is enough to bump them up in the rankings. UW is one of seven Pac-10 teams in the top-30 and five conference teams are ranked ahead of them (#1 Stanford, #5 UCLA, #13 Washington State, #15 USC, #19 Oregon State) and they are just ahead of #29 Cal. The Huskies have also faced Portland this season, which is ranked No. 3.
UW continues to receive votes in the national polls, receiving the second-most votes outside the top 25 in the Soccer Times poll and also receiving votes in the NSCAA rankings. The Huskies are No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com tournament rankings, which attempt to predict the 64 teams that advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies will find out their NCAA postseason fate on Monday, Nov. 9 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 5 p.m. PT on ESPNews. The Huskies were 14-5-1 last season when they were sent to College Station, Texas to face then-No. 20 LSU. After knocking off the Tigers, 3-2, in a come-from-behind overtime thriller, the Huskies season ended at the hands of then-No. 9 Texas A&M. It was UW's first postseason berth since 2004.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Huskies return home this weekend for their final regular-season games at Husky Soccer Field, where they have been nearly unstoppable. UW is 6-2-1 at home with their only losses coming to No. 1 Stanford and No. 3 Portland. The Huskies are 3-1-2 on the road and 1-1 on neutral sites.
The Huskies had a 10-game unbeaten streak snapped recently by No. 1 Stanford, which was good for the second-longest in school history. The longest streak was an 11-game unbeaten streak - which was actually an 11-game winning streak - by the 2000 team that captured the school's lone Pac-10 title.
GALLIMORE REACHES MILESTONE
Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore became the 37th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200-win plateau, which she reached on Friday in the Huskies 3-1 win at Oregon. Gallimore's overall record now stands at 200-156-32, with 168 of her victories coming at Washington.
Gallimore is in her 16th season at the helm of UW, the longest tenure of any Pac-10 coach. The former Cal standout, who coached at San Diego State for four years prior to coming to UW, is second among Pac-10 coaches for overall victories and conference victories as she has 64 of the latter, trailing only UCLA's Jillian Ellis.
The Bruins still have a shot at earning a tie for the conference title with Stanford as they are 6-1-0 in conference compared to the Cardinal's perfect 8-0 mark. The Bruins have earned at least a share of the conference title every year since 2002. Both of UCLA's losses this season have come to teams ranked No. 1 at the time, including current No. 1 Stanford and then-No. 1 North Carolina.
UCLA is led by U.S. National Team player Lauren Cheney, who tied the UCLA career record for game-winning goals last Friday, as she knocked in the 26th of her career in the Bruins' 2-1 victory over USC. With 155 career points and 64 career goals, Cheney also ranks second all-time at UCLA in both categories. She is not, however, the team's leading scorer this season as that honor goes to Sydney Leroux, a sophomore who has 15 goals this season. Sophomore Chante' Sandiford has been tough in goal, recording seven shutouts and 0.60 GAA.
SERIES HISTORY WITH UCLA
UW has struggled against the Bruins, winning just twice in 15 tries for a 2-12-1 record. The Huskies will look to snap an eight-match losing streak against the women of Westwood which dates back to a 1-0 overtime win for the Huskies in Seattle in 2000, the year UW won its lone Pac-10 title. UCLA came away with a 4-0 win in Los Angeles last season.
The 2007 NCAA champions are looking to fight their way into the top-three of the Pac-10 standings for the third-straight season after tying for third with UW last year. USC had a tough start to their season, going 1-4, before they rattled off nine-consecutive wins to get back into the national conversation. They have sinced dropped three of their last five in conference but are still in a good spot to make the NCAA Tournament.
The Women of Troy are led by Alyssa Davila, whose nine goals and 21 points rank seventh in the conference. Goalkeeper Kristin Olsen leads the conference in save precentage (.830) and saves (88) and is second with seven shutouts.
SERIES HISTORY WITH USC
The Women of Troy hold a slight edge in the series, having won the last four matches between the teams to earn an 8-6-1 edge. The last two matches have been decided by one goal as USC eeked out a 3-2 overtime victory last season in L.A. and the Trojans won the last match-up in Seattle, 2-1, with a goal in the 86th minute. UW `s last win in the series came in 2004 when they emerged victorious, 2-1, in double OT.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
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 Huskies started Pac-10 with a 1-1 draw over inter-state rival and 18th-ranked Washington State before a win and a tie against the Arizona schools and splits in each of the last two weekend's with the Bay Area schools at home and Oregon schools on the road.
The Huskies, who finished tied for third in the Pac-10 last year, are led by junior McKenna Waitley, who thanks to some stellar play in conference games has taken over the team scoring lead. Waitley, who has three goals in seven Pac-10 games, leads the squad in goals (6), assists (4) and points (12). Seniors Veronica Perez and Nikki Murray are not far behind with 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) and 11 points (4 goals, 3 assists), respectively. Sophomores Kelli Stewart (4-1-9) and Alex Webber (2-3-7) have both added some scoring punch. Sophomore Kari Davidson has played most of the minutes in goal, recording four shutouts and posting a 0.93 GAA.