UW Women Announce Spring Soccer Schedule

April 1, 2008

SEATTLE - The Husky women's soccer team will play eight spring games, beginning with a visit to Merlo Field to play at Portland on April 5 at 1 p.m.

'We are excited to begin the non-traditional segment of training and competition,' said Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We're hopeful that the players maintained a lot of the training and conditioning over spring break that they had built up over the winter months, as we have a match right away against the University of Portland who is more towards the end of their spring season.

'With that said, we're excited about the competition we have over the next several weeks and have made a concerted effort to schedule games that will help us be better individually and collectively.'

Washington hosts a doubleheader of sorts on April 12 at Husky Soccer Field. UW entertains Seattle University at 10 a.m. before playing Portland State at 7 p.m.

The schedule also features road trips to Palo Alto, Calif. and Vancouver, B.C.

The Huskies play three shortened games, April 19 in the Bay Area as participants in the Stanford KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament. The first game is 9 a.m. against the United States' under-16 National Team followed by an 11:30 a.m. clash with the University of San Francisco. A third game, against either California, Oregon or Stanford, will be played in the afternoon.

'We are thrilled to have been invited to Stanford's Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament. Not only are there going to be tremendous teams competing, but it is a fundraising event for a deserving cause and we are going to do our part to help out,' Gallimore explained. 'These games will present something different than we see in the fall.'

'To have the opportunity to play the U-16 National Team is outstanding. I have seen them play and know their coach well, and they will be a good challenge for our squad. We'll also face the Canadian U-20 women at the end of April which will be another fun and challenging test. National teams always present a different level of intensity because those players are typically in a try-out situation and they are representing their countries.'

On April 25, UW visits Vancouver, B.C. to play the under-20 Canadian National Team.

The annual Dawg Bowl, with a game including only Husky alumns, is set for noon on April 26 at Husky Soccer Field.

The spring slate concludes, May 8 in Tukwila, Washington against the Seattle Sounders women's team.

'This time of year is primarily about individual development within the team concept,' said Gallimore. 'Clearly there are players on our roster who need to gain experience at this level and with the matches we have scheduled there will be ample opportunity for them to compete and make a case for themselves for the fall.

'Our players are excited to hit the field again and we're hoping to have as many healthy, fit players as possible to tackle the schedule. It's also going to be a great opportunity for our new assistant coach, Jim Thomas, to familiarize himself with our team and with the level of opponent we play. It should make for a productive and great spring season.'

2008 Husky Women's Soccer Spring Schedule

April 5 Sat. at Portland Portland, Ore. 1 pm
April 12 Sat. Seattle University Husky Soccer Field 10 am
April 12 Sat. Portland State Husky Soccer Field 7 pm
April 19 Sat. Stanford KICKS Against Breast Cancer Palo Alto, Calif
vs. USA U-16 National Team 9 am
vs. San Francisco 11:30 am
vs. Opponent TBA TBA
April 25 Fri. U-20 Canadian National Team Vancouver, B.C. TBA
April 26 Sat. Dawg Bowl (alumini only) Husky Soccer Field 12 pm
May 8 Thur. Seattle Sounders Tukwila, Wash. 8 pm

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