Women's Soccer Hosts Husky/Nike Invitational This Weekend
Sept. 3, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
4:30 p.m. - No. 3 Portland (3-0) vs. Colorado College (2-0)
7 p.m. - Washington (1-1-0) vs. Columbia (0-0-0)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMEBR 6
11 a.m. - No. 3 Portland vs. Columbia
1:30 p.m. - Washington vs. Colorado College
LIVE STATS AVAILABLE VIA GAMETRACKER: www.GoHuskies.com
The Washington women's soccer team hosts the annual Husky/Nike Invitational, which once again features national power Portland, along with new participants Columbia and Colorado College. Washington and Portland will not face each other, having just battled last weekend in Seattle. Portland opens the tournament Friday against Colorado College while the Huskies will take on Columbia. The tournament wraps up Sunday with the Pilots taking on the Ivy League Lions at 11 a.m. followed by the Huskies playing the Tigers from the Conference USA.
UW opened the season strong at home against cross-town rival Seattle U., coming back for a 2-1 victory. The Huskies were stunned just three minutes into the match when midfielder Kellye Joswick went down with a torn ACL and on the re-start, Seattle converted a corner kick into a goal to jump out to the early lead. But UW would get second-half goals from Veronica Perez and Alex Kirk to overcome the Redhawks and start the season with a 'W.'
The Huskies then had the tall task of facing No. 3 Portland on Sunday and the Pilots lived up to their billing, particularly sophomore Danielle Foxhoven, who scored both goals in the first half to give Portland a lead they wouldn't surrender. The Huskies had plenty of chances to score in the second half as they out-shot the Pilots, 13-6, in the second stanza, but they were unable to hit the back of the net and pull off the upset.
HUSKY/NIKE INVITATIONAL HISTORY
This season marks the 15th annual Husky/Nike Invitational, won six times by Washington and seven times by Portland. The Pilots won last season's tournament and have taken three of the last four since UW last won in 2004. Purude is the only team other than UW or Portland to win the tournament, taking the title in 2007.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Live scoring for all matches this weekend will be available on GoHuskies.com via Gametracker. Additionally, both games involving the Huskies will feature live video and audio on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Men's and women's soccer games are free of charge through this service.
The Lions are making their first-ever trip to the state of Washington, opening up their season with the Husky/Nike Invitational. Columbia boasts one Seattle native on their roster, Sophie Reiser (Nathan Hale H.S.), who posted career highs with 12 goals and 11 assists last season en route to being named the Ivy League Player of the Year, the Soccer Buzz Northeast Region Player of the Year and a Soccer Buzz All-American. She needs just two assists to tie for Columbia's all-time lead and also ranks fourth in career points. She ranks eighth all-time in goals but is just 12 shy of taking over the all time mark.
The Lions are coached by Kevin McCarthy, who enters his 16th season at the helm of the Columbia program. The Lions are coming off an 11-win season - the third most wins in school history - and received votes in the NSCAA poll twice during the season, a first for their program.
SERIES HISTORY WITH COLUMBIA
This weekend marks the first-ever match up between the Huskies and Columbia.
SCOUTING COLORADO COLLEGE
The Tigers, ranked No. 23 in the SoccerAmerica poll, come into this weekend with a 2-0 record, having opened the season with a 3-2 victory over Drake followed by a big 2-1 win over Washington State, both come-from-behind victories at home. CC went 13-7-2 last season, including a 6-4-1 record in Conference USA play and return leading scorer Tiffany Brown, who was an NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team selection. The Conference USA 2008 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Emily Beans, who missed much of last season with an injury, also returns. The Tigers have a storied program, having advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times, their last coming in 2006. Durin a run of eight-consecutive appearances from 1984-91, they advanced to the National semifinals five times and the championship match twice.
SERIES HISTORY WITH COLORADO COLLEGE
The Huskies and Tigers have faced each other five times, with UW holding a 3-1-1 advantage in the series. The teams last played each other in 2003 in Colorado Springs when the Huskies came away with a 1-0 win. The Tigers have come to Seattle three previous times, with the Huskies winning 5-0 in 2002, 1-0 in 1994 and earning a 3-3 draw in 1992. Colorado College won the first match-up between the two teams in 1991, 4-0, in Colorado Springs.