Spring Soccer Recap With Lesle Gallimore

May 12, 2009

The Washington women's soccer completed their 2009 spring schedule last weekend, capping off a month of five games against tough competition. UW faced one of the nation's top teams in Portland and also faced the U-23 National Team in addition to the Seattle Sounders women's team. UW also faced Northwest foes Seattle and Western Washington, completing the spring with a 1-2-2 record.

Head Coach Lesle Gallimore checks in to recap the spring season which came on the heels of the Huskies first postseason appearance since 2004:

'From a coaching perspective we had an outstanding non-traditional season in that we were able to evaluate the majority of our players and assess their progress and development. We are still a relatively young team and it was good to get some very competitive games under our belt and learn some things without the pressure of the competitive season.

'Even without our new signees for the fall, we feel we are very close to having a starting group that will be extremely competitive and help us build on our success from last fall. With that said, this will be a new season and we will be a slightly new team, so we have to continue to develop and grow.

'We have four goalkeepers on our roster and will have five in the fall: freshman Kari Davidson was the only goalkeeper healthy enough or eligible to play this spring. (Alex Phillips and Makenna Brinster are recovering from surgeries and Cal transfer, Jorden LaFontaine-Kussmann, is not eligible to play yet due to the Pac-10 transfer rule). So Kari, for me, was the player who got the most valuable experience. You could really see her start to mature in the position and our team's comfort and confidence in Kari really took a leap forward.

'We experimented somewhat positionally, mixing up some of our forwards and midfielder and trying them in different roles. We have a better idea of what certain combinations of players will look like in the fall.

'Our back line really saved the best for last, as Alex Kirk, Lindsey Kasser, Kendyl Pele and Hannah Greig collectively had their best effort of the off-season. Along with Kari's performance, it was a great 'defensive note' to end on.

'Attacking-wise, we really created some quality opportunities vs. the Sounders Women. We either just didn't convert or their keeper came up big. I felt very good about the way in which we attacked. This is still an area where I feel we are talented enough to do even better and that will be the challenge we put to the team for the fall. Can we be a 'team' that is difficult to defend because goal-scoring can come from a variety of players and situations?

'All in all, we are pleased and excited about our group. We have competition for almost every position and I think there are reserve players on the verge of becoming starters or improving their roles significantly.

'Our upcoming Foreign Tour of Brazil is going to be an outstanding and once-in-a-lifetime trip for all of us. I think the bonding experience, the culture experience and the athletic experience Brazil has to offer us will truly be a positive catalyst for our fall season.

'Our team and staff have worked hard to earn this trip and opportunity and we have been graced with outstanding support and generosity from a variety of donors. We are extremely grateful.

'We have a huge home slate this fall and are excited for our Husky Fans to get out and support us in our quest for Pac-10 and National titles.'

2009 Spring Results

@ Portland - L, 4-0
v. U-23 National Team* - L, 2-1
v. Seattle University - T, 2-2
v. Western Washington - W, 2-0
v. Seattle Sounders Women - T, 0-0

*Husky starter Kate Deines played for the U23 National Team in the game rather than for the Huskies.

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