UW Women Hosts Nike Invitational Soccer Tournament
Sept. 5, 2007
Husky Soccer Field (2,100)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 --
Cal State Fullerton vs. #1 Portland, 4:30 p.m. PDT
Purdue vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 --
Purdue vs. #1 Portland, 11:00 a.m. PDT
Cal State Fullerton vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. PDT
The Washington women's soccer team (0-2) plays its 2007 home opener this weekend, serving as host for the 13th-annual Husky/Nike Invitational. The four-team tournament takes place, Friday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 9 at Husky Soccer Field on UW's Seattle campus. The nation's top-ranked team, Portland (2-0), meets Cal State Fullerton (0-1-1) in Friday's opener at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time while the Huskies and Purdue (0-1-1) clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The teams exchange opponents for Sunday's action that begins at 11 a.m. with a Purdue-Portland contest. At 1:30 p.m. the Huskies meet Cal State Fullerton.
Advanced women's soccer tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office either on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or via telephone (206-543-2200). Ticket kiosks open one hour before game time. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth 18-and-under and senior citizens. Group and Family Plans are also available for purchase in advance.
All Nike Invitational games will be regulation 90-minute contests with two sudden-victory 10-minute overtimes if needed. Games tied after overtime will be declared ties. The tournament champion is the team with the best win-loss record. The procedures for breaking ties for the team title are as follows: 1) head-to-head record, 2) goal differential, 3) total goals scored. Along with a trophy for the team champion, awards will be given to the Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP as voted by the coaches.
Portland won its sixth overall and second straight Nike Invitational trophy last season, adding to its four straight titles from 1997-99 and 2001. There was no tournament held in 2000. Washington won its own tournament six times, winning three consecutive championships from 1994-96 and again from 2002-04.
The Husky/Nike Invitational Field
Washington (0-2) --- The Huskies opened the season with road losses to 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Marquette (0-2) and UW-Milwaukee (1-2). UW returns eight starters from last year's team, including a quartet of players that started all 20 games. Katie Hall and Nikki Murray anchor a defense that limited 10 opponents to one goal or fewer. The midfield features junior Jenna Robison, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. The top-five scorers return, paced by junior forward Melissa Beal who led all Huskies in goals during each of her first two seasons. Seniors Katy Dowling, Shuree Hyatt and second-team All-Pac-10 pick Dani Bridges lead an experience group of forwards. Beal netted UW's lone goal last weekend on an assist from senior Robin Alexander.
Cal State Fullerton (0-1-1) --- The Titans lost 2-0 at UNLV before tying Idaho State 1-1 last weekend. Coach Demian Brown is in his first year at the Fullerton helm after serving the previous three years as an assistant. He was a letterman on the CSUF men's squad. The Titans had a 12-8-2 record in 2006 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Washington has a 1-0-1 lead in the all-time series that is renewed Sunday.
Portland (2-0) --- The defending Husky/Nike Invitational champions are ranked No. 1 in the polls. Fifth-year coach Garrett Smith directed the Pilots to an 80-11-7 record and the 2005 national championship. Portland has wins over Florida State (2-1) and Oregon State (4-1) to its credit. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe was the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the 2006 Husky Invitational and Emily Michaelson was voted the top defender.
Purdue (0-1-1 pending Wednesday game) --- The Boilermakers played a scoreless tie with Kentucky in their season opener before losing 1-0 to Louisville. Purdue hosts Xavier on Wednesday. Tenth-year coach Robert Klatte has a 96-72-17 record and led the team to the 2006 NCAA Tournament with a 14-6-3 record. Goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch has a 0.45 goals against average. Friday marks the first meeting between UW and Purdue.
A huge group of 11 newcomers will battle for playing time, including a talented 10-player freshman class. The incoming scholarship group was rated as the nation's 17th-best recruiting class by SoccerBuzz.com. That publication singled out Washington as one of four schools with a 'breakthrough 2007 signing class.'
Eleven of this year's 19 UW opponents competed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including nine teams that won at least one postseason contest.
Coach Lesle Gallimore begins her 14th season at UW. She ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 coaches in overall wins with 137.