Husky-Cougar Apple Cup of Soccer Clash, Friday in Seattle

Oct. 16, 2007

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 --
Washington State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

The Washington women's soccer team (4-8, 1-1 Pac-10) begins a three-game homestand with its Pac-10 home opener, Friday, Oct. 19 against Washington State (8-2-2, 1-1). Kick-off is 7:30 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field as the nightcap to a doubleheader with the UW men, who play San Diego State at 5 p.m. The Cougars won their last three games against UW. Next week, the Huskies host Oregon State (Oct. 26) and Oregon (Oct. 28).

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
Senior Shuree Hyatt scored an early goal and senior Robin Alexander added a second-half tally Sunday, lifting the Huskies to a 2-0 victory at Arizona. UW rebounded from a 3-0 loss on Friday at Arizona State. The Huskies won despite being out shot 15-11 by the Wildcats. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Carr registered six saves for the Huskies en route to her second shutout.

Quoting Coach Lesle Gallimore
'We're looking forward to coming home for three games, starting with the Cougars on Friday. It's been a while since we've gotten one with them and we need to. This team is very excited to be able to play at home in a doubleheader with the men and put our best effort forward.'

About Washington
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.'

Scouting Washington State (8-2-2, 1-1 Pac-10)
Fifth-year Coach Matt Potter's Cougars lost a 1-0 overtime decision at Arizona State on Sunday, halting a five-game undefeated streak. WSU is outscoring opponents 22-10, led by the seven goals and three assists of Kiersten Dallstream. Goalkeeper Brynn Bemis has three shutouts and a 0.81 goals against average. The Cougars won the last three meetings, all by one-goal margins, to even the all-time series at 7-7-2. The last UW victory was a 2-0 win in Seattle during the 2003 season. WSU won last year's meeting 1-0 in Pullman on a 57th-minute Carly Dobratz goal.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes eight opponents ranked in the current Soccer America Top-25, including five top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Purdue, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Portland, No. 14 California, No. 23 Brigham Young and No. 25 Utah. 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.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (141) and No. 3 in conference wins (55). She directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2004. Gallimore has an 18-year record of 173-141-27, including a 141-116-18 mark in 14 seasons at UW. She 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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