UW Women Play Three Soccer Games in Six Days

Sept. 17, 2007

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(#3) Portland at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

Washington at Utah, 6:30 p.m. PDT (7:30 p.m. MDT)
Ute Field (2,000) / Salt Lake City, Utah

Washington at (#16) BYU, 7:00 p.m. PDT (8:00 p.m. MDT)
South Stadium (3,000) / Provo, Utah

The Washington women's soccer team (2-4) plays three games during a six-day span this week, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19 at home against third-ranked Portland (5-1). Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Following that game, the Huskies travel to the state of Utah for a pair of games. UW meets Utah, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time (7:30 p.m. Mountain). On Monday, Sept. 24, the Huskies clash with 16th-ranked Brigham Young at 7 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Mountain).

UW vs. Ranked Teams
The Huskies have a 30-77-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 0-4 mark last season. Washington's all-time mark against top-10 opponents is 10-50-3. UW's last win over a top-10 foe was a 2-0 win at Portland on Sept. 26, 2004.

Ticket Tidbits
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.

Watch Live
Live video and statistics from all Husky home soccer games are available free at Washington official website: www.GoHuskies.com

Last Week
Washington won a pair of neutral-site games at the Portland Invitational. Senior Shuree Hyatt netted two second-half goals Friday (Sept. 14) to rally UW to a 2-1 win over Yale. On Sunday (Sept. 16), freshman McKenna Waitley tallied the lone goal in a win over Kansas. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Carr registered five saves in each game. The Huskies took second place in the tournament, falling one shy of Portland in the goal-differential tiebreaker.

What's Up with Washington
The Huskies opened the season with road losses to 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Marquette (0-2) and UW-Milwaukee (1-2). They returned home and suffered a pair of 3-1 losses, to Purdue and Cal State Fullerton. 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.

Nifty Newcomers
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.'

Quoting UW Coach Lesle Gallimore
'The wins give us confidence and allow us to move forward. Now everyone can take a deep breath and get back to concentrating on playing well and competing. The next stretch of games is important. We have four non-conference games left and we've got to get some results. When we put all things together, from beginning to end, our team is capable of getting positive results.'

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes eight opponents ranked in the current Soccer America Top-25, including three top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Portland, No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 Washington State, No. 16 BYU, No. 20 California, No. 22 Purdue and No. 23 Marquette. Eleven teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including nine that won first-round games, appear on the schedule. Three Husky opponents were Sweet 16 competitors last season.

This Week's Opponents
Portland (5-1)
-- The Pilots rose to No. 3 in this week's polls. Fifth-year coach Garrett Smith directed the Pilots to an 83-12-7 record and the 2005 national championship. Natialie Budge has four goals and one assist to pace the attack. Goalkeeper Kelsey Davis has two shutouts and a 0.51 goals against average. Portland owns a 17-2-1 series advantage, including a 5-0 win last season in Portland. Both of the Huskies' victories in the series came at Portland, in 2000 (2-1) and 2004 (2-0).

Utah (3-2-1) -- Washington is the fourth Pac-10 opponent for the Utes, who beat Arizona (2-1) and Oregon (2-0) and tied Washington State (3-3). Utah is undefeated in its last three games, including two straight wins. Adele Letro leads the offense with six goals. Goalkeeper Lynzee Lee has a 1.73 goals against average. Sixth-year coach Rich Manning directed the Utes to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Utah won both previous meetings with the Huskies, both double-overtime decisions in 1998 (3-2) and 1999 (1-0).

Brigham Young (5-0-1) -- The 16th-ranked Cougars have yet to taste defeat. Their closest game was a scoreless tie at Colorado. Katie Larkin leads BYU with four goals. Goalkeeper Erika Woodbury has six shutouts for the Cougars who have not surrendered a goal this season over a span of 572 minutes. Jennifer Rockwood, in her 13th season, coached BYU to the NCAA Tournament last fall. The Cougars have a 1-2-1 edge in the series with UW, including a 1-0 win last season in Seattle.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (139) and No. 3 in conference wins (54). She directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2004. Gallimore was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz in 2000 after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAAs and advanced to the Sweet 16. Gallimore has an 18-year record of 171-137-27, including a 139-112-18 mark in 14 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.

The Staff
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes 12th-year Associate Head Coach Amy Griffin (previously Allmann), a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Assistant Coach Tami Nguyen (previously Bennett) is in her fifth year on the staff after two seasons at Portland State. Bennett concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals.

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