Huskies Kick Off Spring Season This Week
April 6, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington women's soccer team, coming off an NCAA Second Round appearance last season, will begin their spring campaign this week when they travel south down I-5 to take on their Northwest rival, Portland.
The Huskies will play five games this spring, two of which will be at home. After taking on Portland at the Pilots' home stadium this Saturday, the Huskies will play their second game in Beaverton, Ore., against the U.S. U-23 National Team Thursday, April 16 at 3 p.m. on the Nike Campus.
UW will then stay in the Seattle area for the final three games, including two at Husky Soccer Field. On Sunday, April 26, UW will take on Seattle U. at Pop Keaney Stadium in Bothell, Wash., at 3 p.m.
The final two games of the spring will take place at Husky Soccer Field with tickets being sold to support the team's foreign tour of Brazil in June. The Huskies will face Western Washington on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m., and the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
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The Huskies return 10 players who started more than half of the team's games in 2008, including their top two scorers in Veronica Perez and Kate Deines. Perez was named Second Team All-Pac-10 and All-West Region while Deines was recently named a First Team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz Magazine. In all, Washington returns more than 80 percent of their scoring from last season and have signed four stellar recruits to complement the returners. They will also have both goalkeepers back from last season, including freshman Kari Davidson and junior Alex Phillips, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury.
'We are excited by the challenge that our spring schedule presents us,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'Because we are a quarter school, we are just off spring break and beginning games, whereas most teams we are playing are at the end of their non-traditional segment. We need to get out of the gates quickly as we have Portland first followed five days later by the U-23 National Team. The team looks ready to get back to playing games after the long lay-off.'
Gallimore's Huskies bounced back from three-consecutive losing seasons last year to compile a 15-6-1 record and advance to the NCAA Second Round.
'We are looking forward to the development and opportunity our spring games provide for our players,' Gallimore said. 'This spring we will use these games to catapult us into our matches we'll play in Brazil in June. The next few months will be key to our preparation for the 2009 fall season. As a coach, you always get excited to see your team play, so we can't wait.'
The Huskies are tentatively scheduled to also kick off their 2009 fall season against Portland, and will have the Pilots on their home field on August 30 at Noon.