UW Women Embark on Final Soccer Road Trip
Oct. 31, 2007
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 --
Washington at (#2) Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Maloney Field (2,000) / Palo Alto, Calif.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 --
Washington at (#14) California, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Goldman Field (22,000) / Berkeley, Calif.
The Washington women's soccer team (5-9-1, 2-2-1 Pac-10) embarks on its final road trip of the season, traveling to the Bay Area this weekend to begin a stretch of four consecutive games against ranked opponents. The Huskies play at second-ranked Stanford (11-2-3, 2-1-2), Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. in Palo Alto. The Cardinal won five of the last six meetings with UW. On Sunday, the Huskies visit Berkeley to clash with California (10-5, 2-3), Sunday, Nov. 4 at noon. The Golden Bears won the last two games against UW after losing the previous five meetings. Next week, the Huskies complete their regular-season schedule by hosting No. 9 USC on Nov. 9 and No. 1 UCLA on Nov. 11.
Quoting Coach Lesle Gallimore
'Hopefully we can get some people healthy this week and, at minimum, go down and split in the Bay Area. That would be a great result for us. Both those teams are very tough, very difficult to play on the road. We could get some confidence coming into the big whammy with probably No. 1 and No. 2 in the last week of the season. But, that's what the Pac-10's all about and it's fun. We've played a tough schedule and our kids don't back down no matter how good anyone is.'
This Week's Opponents
Stanford (11-2-3, 2-1-2 Pac-10)
The second-ranked Cardinal is outscoring opponents 30-14, paced by the six goals and four assists of Kelley O'Hara. Goalkeepers Erica Holland and Kira Maker combined for five shutouts and a 0.83 goals against average. Stanford earned an NCAA Tournament berth in each of Coach Paul Ratcliffe's first four seasons. The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Washington by a 13-2-2 margin, including a 2-0 win last season in Seattle. The Cardinal has a 7-0-2 home record against UW.
California (10-5-0, 2-3-0 Pac-10)
The 14th-ranked Bears are coached for the first season by Neil McGuire who spent the previous two years at Texas Tech. Alex Morgan leads the Cal attack with seven goals. Gina Pellegrini is the primary goalkeeper in a trio that has recorded nine shutouts and a 1.05 goals against average. Washington holds a 9-7 lead in the all-time series despite a 3-5 record in Berkeley. The Bears were 4-1 winners last season in Seattle. Head Coach Lesle Gallimore, a 1986 California graduate, has a 10-7 record against her alma mater with a 9-4 mark while at UW.
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes seven opponents ranked in the current Soccer America Top-25, including five of the nation's top-10 teams. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Portland, No. 8 Purdue, No. 9 USC, No. 14 California and No. 23 Brigham Young. 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.
Reserve forward Melissa Beal entered the game at the start of the second half and within nine minutes played a part in both goals, leading Washington to a 2-0 victory over Oregon on Sunday in Seattle. She set up the first goal with a hard shot from the left side that was deflected out to the top of the box. Junior Jenna Robison collected the carom and sent an 18-yard blast into the net at 49:45. That was the second goal of the season for Robison, who assisted on UW's lone goal during Friday's 1-1 double-overtime tie with Oregon State. The second score came less than four minutes later when senior Shuree Hyatt angled toward the goal line from the right flank. She sent a sharp pass in front of the goal that Beal finished with a 15-yard strike. The goal, at 53:33, was the second of the season for Beal and her first since the second game of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Carr was credited with four saves en route to her third shutout.
Senior forward Shuree Hyatt has a point in five of UW's last six games with four goals and two assists ... Sophomore Taylor Carr ranks third among Pac-10 goalkeepers in total saves (57) and saves per game (3.80).