Road-Laden Women's Soccer Slate Offers Challenges
June 19, 2010
The first official competition of the 2010-11 athletic year at the UW is just two months away as the Washington women's soccer team takes on Seattle University on Aug. 20.
That match kicks off another challenging schedule for the Huskies.
'I am really looking forward to the 2010 season and I feel our schedule is a typical Washington schedule: strong,' said head coach Lesle Gallimore, who enters her 17th season at the UW this fall. 'We have some top-notch non-conference opponents and NCAA tournament tested teams, such as Boston U, Wisconsin, Penn State, Rutgers and perennial power Portland. Mixed with these matches are a host of very good teams that could easily be tournament worthy this year including St. Mary's College & USF from the WCC and our ever-improving cross-town rival Seattle University.
'For people that know anything about soccer, no game is ever a given as far as victory is concerned,' Gallimore continued. 'Every team on our schedule will present a different challenge, and we will always have to be at our best.'
After the SeattleU opener, the Huskies hit the road to face UMass and Boston U before returning to host the Husky/Nike Invitational, where they'll face Syracuse and Wisconsin Sept. 3 and 5.
The team's yearly trek to Portland's tournament, where the UW takes on Penn State and Rutgers, is followed by a home date vs. Cleveland State and road contests at Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Portland.
'Our non-conference opponents are all going to be excellent competition for our squad and should help prepare us for the always brutal Pac-10 schedule,' Gallimore explained. 'There is going to be a lot of effort and emotion trying to be the best team in the Conference the last year that it will be the 'Pac-10' as we know it. Our conference was terrific last year and I think will be even better from top to bottom in 2010.'
The Pac-10 Conference season gets underway Oct. 8 vs. Arizona and two days later vs. Arizona State. The only other conference home matches are Oct. 22 and 24 vs. the Oregon schools.
'Our schedule is road-laden which will make it even more of a challenge,' said Gallimore, 'however some of my best teams here at UW have done well on the road which has served us well come NCAA tournament time.'