Women's Soccer Returns Home To Face Bay Area Schools

Oct. 21, 2009

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 - 7 p.m.
No. 23 California (8-5-1, 2-2-0) at RV Washington (9-2-3, 1-0-2)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

No. 1 Stanford (15-0-0, 4-0-0) at RV Washington
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.


The Washington women's soccer team will try to stay unbeaten in Pac-10 play and extend its nine-game unbeaten streak overall when they host a couple of ranked opponents this weekend at Husky Soccer Field. The weekend starts with the Huskies (9-2-3, 1-0-2) hosting No. 23 Cal (8-5-1, 2-2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a showdown with No. 1 Stanford (15-0-0, 4-0-0) on Sunday at Noon. UW's nine-game unbeaten streak is second in the conference only to Stanford's 15-game streak.

The Huskies came out of the desert unscathed, earning a 2-0 win over Arizona on Friday and gutting out a 1-1 draw with Arizona State in 99 degree heat on Sunday. Friday's win was the Huskies' first in conference play this season as they received goals from Jane Mitchell - the first of her career - and Nikki Murray to knock off the Wildcats. Kari Davidson made one save to record her third shutout of the season as the Husky defense allowed Arizona to take just five shots.

On Sunday, Mitchell was involved in the scoring again, feeding Alex Webber for her first goal of the season as the Dawgs overcame an early deficit to earn the draw and stay unbeaten in conference.

Live stats will be available for both games this weekend via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com. Additionally, both games also feature live video and audio on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Fans will need to create a login and password but all men's and women's soccer games are free of charge through this service.

Fans can follow the Washington women's soccer team on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/UWWomensSoccer. Head coach Lesle Gallimore also has a Twitter account and fans wishing to follow the long-time Washington coach can go to www.twitter.com/LGSoccerdawg.

The Huskies moved up two spots to No. 31 in the season's second RPI rankings after being No. 33 in the first poll two weeks ago. Nine of the 10 teams from the Pac-10 are in the top 35, the most of any other conference. UW's opponents this weekend - Cal and Stanford - are ranked No. 1 and No. 24, respectively, in the RPI.

UW is also No. 15 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com tournament rankings, which attempt to predict the 64 teams that advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies are still receiving votes in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls, in fact their 26 votes in the Soccer Times poll puts them four votes shy of breaking into the top-25. UW is ranked tied for sixth in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings.

The Huskies return home this weekend after a pair of tough games in the Arizona heat last weekend. UW is 6-1-1 at Husky Soccer Field this season, the only loss coming at the hands of No. 3 Portland in the Huskies second match of the season. The Huskies are 2-0-2 on the road and 1-1 on neutral sites.SCOUTING CALIFORNIAThe No. 24 Bears come into the match with UW struggling a bit, dropping a pair of tough matches at home to the L.A. schools after starting off conference play 2-0. Cal started the season 6-1-0 but has since gone just 2-4-1, with two of their losses coming in overtime, including last Sunday's 3-2 heatbreaker with No. 9 USC.

The Bears are led by one of the conference's top players in junior Alex Morgan, who has tallied 11 goals and five assists this season for 27 points, which ranks fourth in the conference. Katrin Omarsdittor has chipped in five goals while Lisa Kevorkian has found the back of the net four times. Rosie Aguilera and Gina Pelligrini have split the time in goal, with Aguilera going 3-1-1 with a 0.84 GAA and Pelligrini going 5-4 with a 1.46 GAA.

The Huskies hold a slight series edge over California, 10-8-0, after defeating the Bears, 3-2, in Seattle last season on a couple of late goals by Veronica Perez. The win by UW snapped the Bears' three-game winning streak in the series after UW had won a series-high five consecutive matches between 2000 and 2004.

The Cardinal, who advanced to the NCAA College Cup last season, are the nation's top team and are on a roll after knocking off No. 10 USC and No. 4 UCLA at home last weekend. The nation's No. 2 scoring offense, Stanford is averaging 3.6 goals per game and boasts two of the country's top scoring threats in Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press, who have combined for 31 goals (seven more than UW has as a team).

Stanford has out-scored its opponents by a score of 54-9 and with 54 goals, they are closing in on their school record of 71 set last season. Goalkeeper Kira Maker has a 0.65 GAA and six shutouts in 15 games.

The Huskies haven't had much success against the Cardinal, a perennial national powerhouse. Stanford holds a 15-2-2 advantage over UW in their history and has won the last four match-ups between the two teams, including a 5-1 decision in Seattle last year. UW last defeated the Cardinal in 2004 when they pulled out a 1-0 victory in overtime in Seattle. Prior to that win, the only other time the Huskies emerged victorious against Stanford was another 1-0 win at home in 2000, the year UW won its lone Pac-10 title.

UW had another outstanding non-conference portion of their season, going 8-2-1, with one of their two losses coming at the hands of No. 3 Portland. The preseason was highlighted by a key victory over then-No. 11 Illinois and a tough 3-2 overtime victory over UC-Irvine on the road. UW started Pac-10 with a 1-1 draw over inter-state rival Washington State before a win and a tie last weekend in Arizona. The Huskies, who finished tied for third in the Pac-10 last year, are led by seniors Veronica Perez (5 goals, 2 assists, 12 points) and Nikki Murray (4 goals, 3 assists, 11 points), the latter of which is having a career-year in her final season. Sophomore Kelli Stewart (4 goals, 1 assist) and junior McKenna Waitley (3 goals, 3 assists) have chipped in nine points each. Sophomore Kari Davidson has played most of the minutes in goal, recording three shutouts and posting a 0.77 GAA.

Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore is in her 16th season at the helm of UW, the longest tenure of any Pac-10 coach. The former Cal standout, who also coached at San Diego State for four years prior to coming to UW, is approaching a big career milestone that she could reach this weekend in grand style.

With one win last weekend, Gallimore is just two wins shy of 200 in her career, as her overall record stands at 198-154-32. Of those 198 victories, 166 have come at Washington. placing her second among Pac-10 coaches for overall victories. Gallimore is also in sole posession of second place all-time in conference victories as she has 62 in her career, trailing only UCLA's Jillian Ellis, who has 85.

After just one draw all last season, the Huskies have already tallied three ties this season, which ties a school record. UW went 15-6-1 last season with their only tie coming against Washington State late in the season. UW has gone to overtime in four of its last seven contests, settling for ties on the road against Cal-State Fullerton and Arizona State along with a 1-1 draw at home against No. 20/23 Washington State. The Huskies also recorded three ties in 2002, `03 and `05.

The Huskies have one of the more experienced backlines in the conference and it shows as UW ranks second in the conference in fewest goals allowed, letting in just 11 in 14 games. Their 0.79 goals per game average is just shy of the nation's top-ranked team as the Cardinal allow just 0.60 goals per game. Seniors Lindsey Kasser and Alex Kirk and juniors Hannah Greig and Kendyl Pele are not allowing many players to sneak past them and when they do, sophomore Kari Davidson has been a stalwart, as her 0.77 GAA ranks fifth in the conference while her 37 saves ranks tied for fourth.

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