No. 24 Huskies Wrap Up Regular Season At Home Against Arizona Schools

Nov. 4, 2008

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This Week's Schedule

Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
No. 24 Washington (12-5-1, 3-3-1) vs. Arizona State (8-6-4, 2-4-1) • 7 p.m. PT
Husky Soccer Field • Seattle, Wash.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008
No. 24 Washington vs. Arizona (9-9-0, 2-5-0) • 11 a.m. PT
Husky Soccer Field • Seattle, Wash.

The 24th-ranked Washington Huskies (12-5-1, 3-3-1) wrap up the regular season at home this weekend as they host the Arizona schools hoping to secure their first postseason berth since 2004. UW will kick off the weekend by facing Arizona State (8-6-4. 2-4-1) on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the final regular-season home game of the season on Sunday against Arizona (9-9-0. 2-5-0) at 11 a.m.

Five Huskies players will be honored on Senior Day Sunday. Melissa Beal, Erin Foley, Katie Hall, Jenna Robison and Dana Stirn will play in front of the home crowd one final time.

UW traveled across the state for the Apple Cup of women's soccer, facing Washington State on Halloween. The Huskies came away with a draw as the two teams battled to a defensive standstill, finishing in a 0-0 tie. The Huskies had plenty of chances, out-shooting the Cougars 15-11, but were unable to come up with the breaks as freshmen Kate Deines and Alex Webber each had shots deflect off the crossbar. A third freshman, Kari Davidson, was a stalwart in goal, saving six shots and making a big play in the second overtime to keep the score tied. It was the first time UW earned at least a tie over the Cougars since 2003.

UW comes in at No. 24 in the Soccer Buzz rankings this week and No. 25 in the Soccer Times poll. More importantly, the Huskies stayed steady at No 18 in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings, which take strength of schedule into account. UW has played four teams in the top 15 of the RPI, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Portland and No. 14 USC. UW took both Portland and USC to overtime before coming up just short. The Huskies currently sit tied with the Women of Troy for third in the Pac-10 standings, one of the strongest conferences in the country for women's soccer.

All Husky home games will be streamed live via Gametracker on the Huskies official website, Check the website to find links to all the action.

Arizona State (8-6-4-2-4-1) is coming off a 1-0 win last Sunday against Oregon State on The Sun Devil's senior day. ASU has just two seniors - All-Pac-10 selections Carla Scanniello and Kylla Sjoman - who have each contributed to the Sun Devils success this season with six and three points, respectively. ASU is led by sophomore Karin Volpe, who has recorded eight goals, while junior Carly Kallas has four. The Sun Devils are coached by Kevin Boyd, who went 10-9-1 in his first season in Tempe last year after spending the previous 10 seasons at California.

Common Opponents: Northern Arizona - W, 4-2; San Diego State - L, 2-1; Arizona - L, 2-1; UCLA - L, 3-0; USC - W, 1-0; California - T, 2-2; Stanford - L, 5-0; Oregon - L, 1-0; Oregon State - W, 1-0.

UW holds a 5-4-2 series advantage against the Sun Devils but has not beaten ASU since 2001. The Huskies won the first five games in the series before Arizona State won back-to-back games in 2002 and 2003. The teams tied in 2004 and `06 while the Sun Devils scored wins again in `05 and `07.

The Wildcats (9-9-0, 2-5-0) come into the weekend having lost five of their last six matches. Arizona had a strong pre-season, going 7-4, which included wins over Santa Clara, Utah and Michigan. The Wildcats have had a balanced scoring attack this season with three players scoring five goals, including freshman Ranae Cuellar, senior London King and sophomore Karina Camacho. Camacho leads U of A with 13 points.

Arizona is coached by Dan Tobias, who is in his sixth year at the helm of the Wildcats. Tobias has turned around a program which did not have a winning season over the first nine years and made the Wildcats into Pac-10 champions in 2004, earning him Pac-10 and National Coach of the Year honors.

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

UW holds a 10-3-0 advantage over Arizona, having won the last two matches against the Wildcats. UW won 2-0 last season in Tucson and 3-2 in overtime two years ago in Seattle. UW won the first seven meetings in the series before UA rattled of two wins in three seasons from 2002-05 but the momentum has since shifted back in the Huskies' favor.

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 two weeks ago in Oregon, Gallimore moved into 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).

Amy Griffin UPDATE
UW associate head coach and goalkeeper coach extraordinaire Amy Griffin is taking a sabbatical from the Huskies over the next couple weeks while she travels with the Under-17 U.S. Women's National Team. Griffin, the USA's goalkeeper coach, was a goalkeeper for the USA National Team when it won the very first World Cup in 1991. Now, in the first year of the U-17 World Cup, Griffin is with the team in New Zealand where they are looking to continue the USA's streak of winning the first-ever World Cup contested in every age group.

The U-17 team won the CONCACAF Women's Championship in Trinidad & Tobago this summer, giving them a berth in the World Cup, which started last week in Auckland, New Zealand. So far, the U.S. is 1-1 in Group C, having defeated Paraguay but fallen to Japan. The U.S. needs either a win or a tie in Wednesday's final group play game against France to advance to the quarterfinals.

With the regular season winding down, UW looks poised to return to the NCAA tournament after three difficult seasons. After a program-best Elite Eight finish in 2004, the Huskies suffered three-consecutive losing seasons but head coach Lesle Gallimore has the team back on the right track.

The Huskies posted the second-best start in program history by winning their first seven matches and nine of the first 10. After a four-game losing streak - all against top-five teams at the time - UW rebounded with a big 3-2 win over Cal three weeks ago and is now unbeaten in their last four matches.

With two wins in Oregon two weeks ago to give them 12 on the season, the Huskies equaled their win total from the last three seasons combined as they went 5-13-1 last season, 7-12-1 in 2006 and 0-17-3 in 2005. The Huskies have been led by juniors Veronica Perez and Alex Kirk, who lead the Huskies in goals (10) and assists (5), respectively, while senior Melissa Beal has chipped in five goals (two of which have been game-winners) and one assist.

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