No. 21 Huskies Head To Palouse For Apple Cup

Oct. 28, 2008

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Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
Washington (12-5-0, 3-3-0) at Washington State (8-5-4, 2-3-1) • 2 p.m. PT
Lower Soccer Field • Pullman, Wash.

The No. 21 Washington Huskies continue a three-game road swing this week as they travel east to take on their in-state rival, the 22nd-ranked Washington State Cougars, for the Apple Cup of women's soccer on Friday at 2 p.m. UW comes into the match riding a three-game winning streak after upsetting then-No. 13 Cal at home on Oct. 19, and sweeping the Oregon schools on the road last weekend. The Huskies will be looking for their first four-game conference winning streak since the 2000 season. That year, UW won its first eight conference matches en route to the program's lone Pac-10 title.

UW picked up a big weekend sweep on the road against the Oregon schools, winning both games by a 2-1 score to even its Pac-10 record at 3-3-0.

Against Oregon State, UW set a school record for fastest goal in a game for the second time this season, getting on the board just 15 seconds into the match when freshman Alex Webber took a pass from Veronica Perez and netter her first career goal. The goal came 22 seconds faster than the previous record, which Kellye Joswick set earlier this season when she scored 37 seconds into a contest against Colgate. UW would be held scoreless until the 66th minute when another freshman, Kate Deines, scored her fourth goal of the season off a pass from sophomore Carli Cearnal. Despite allowing a goal on a penalty kick less than a minute later, the Huskies hung on for the win.

On Sunday, UW again came out fast as Joswick headed in a free kick from senior Jenna Robison in the 10th minute. After Oregon tied things up in the 72nd minute, Robison struck again on a free kick, this time taking matters into her own hands by bending the ball into the net for her second game-winning, free-kick goal of the season.

The Cougars (8-5-4, 2-3-1) are ranked 22nd in the NSCAA top 25 - their fourth consecutive week in the poll - despite splitting with the Oregon schools last week. WSU defeated Oregon, 2-1, in a double-overtime thriller, before falling to Oregon State, 3-2. Junior Carly Dobratz had two goals in the victory over the Ducks, including the game-winner in the second overtime. Dobratz leads the team with six goals and has also contributed two assists. Junior Elysse Van Leer has chipped in five goals while junior Kiersten Dallstream has notched four goals and four assists.

Washington State is coached by Matt Potter, who is in his sixth season with the Cougars, compiling a 53-42-19 record. Last season, Potter led WSU to an 11-5-3 mark, its best record since the 2000 campaign, the last time the Cougars reached the NCAA Tournament.

Common Opponents: Montana - W, 1-0; Illinois - L, 2-1; Gonzaga - W, 1-0; UCLA - L, 2-1 (2ot); USC - T, 0-0 (2ot); California - W, 2-1; Stanford - L, 3-0; Oregon - W, 2-1 (2ot); Oregon State - L, 3-2.

UW trails in the series with the Cougars, posting a 7-8-2 record all time. Washington State has won four straight matches in soccer's version of the Apple Cup, including a 2-1 victory in Seattle last season. UW's last win against the Cougars came in 2003 when they shutout WSU, 2-0, in Seattle. The Huskies' last win in Pullman came way back in 1996, a 2-0 victory. UW, 2-5-2 all time in Pullman, will look to treat themselves to a win on Halloween in the Palouse.

Despite three overtime games this season, none of UW's games have ended in a tie. The last time UW went an entire season without a tie was the 2000 campaign when the Huskies went 18-3-0.

UW returned to the rankings this week after not being ranked in any of the three polls last week for the first time in four weeks. The Huskies come in at No. 21 in the Soccer Buzz rankings, their highest mark since reaching a season-best 16th on Oct. 7.

All Husky home games will be streamed live via Gametracker on the Huskies official website, Most away games can also be followed via the internet, although live stats will not be available for this weekend's game at Washington State. Check the website to find links to all the action.

Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore is in her 15th season at the helm of UW, the longest tenure of any Pac-10 coach. With two wins last weekend in Oregon, Gallimore now sits in sole possession of second place all time with 59 conference victories, trailing only UCLA's Jillian Ellis (71). Gallimore also ranks second on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (154).

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