Huskies Look To Get Back On Track Against Oregon Schools

Oct. 29, 2009

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 - 7 p.m.
Washington (10-3-3, 2-1-2) at Oregon (8-7-1, 0-5-0)
Pape Field; Eugene, Ore.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - 11:30 a.m.
Washington at Oregon State (10-5-1, 2-3-0)
Paul Lorenz Field; Corvallis, Ore.


The Washington women's soccer team heads to Oregon for its final regular-season road trip when they face Oregon (8-7-1, 0-5-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (10-5-1, 2-3-0) on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. With just four Pac-10 games remaining including this weekend, the Huskies will be looking for a pair of wins to stay in the top half of the conference standings and secure their second-straight NCAA berth.

The Huskies earned a big split at home against the Bay Area schools, knocking off Cal, 1-0, on Friday before succumbing to No. 1 Stanford on Sunday, 3-0. UW captured its second-straight win against the Bears on McKenna Waitley's game-winner in the 24th minute while sophomore Kari Davidson made two saves and the Husky defense allowed just seven shots for their sixth shutout of the season.

The Cardinal, however, proved too much for the Huskies as they stayed unbeaten in 17 games this year. UW did hold the Cardinal to a season-low 12 shots and also shut Stanford out in the second half, the only team to do so this season. The Huskies out-shot Stanford, 8-4, in the first half but the Cardinal were opportunistic, scoring on three of their four shots to remain unbeaten overall and in Pac-10 play.

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The Huskies are edging closer and closer to breaking into the national rankings, receiving the most votes of any team outside the top 25 in the Soccer Times poll and the second-most in the NSCAA coaches poll. The Huskies' 25 votes are just three shy of cracking the top-25 in the Soccer Times poll. They rank sixth this week in the NSCAA Pacific Region rankings.

UW sits at No. 31 in the season's second RPI rankings release last week after being No. 33 in the first poll. Nine of the 10 teams from the Pac-10 are in the top 35, the most of any conference. Oregon State ranks 26th in the RPI while Oregon is 34th. UW is also No. 20 in the tournament rankings, which attempt to predict the 64 teams that advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The Huskies split their games at home last weekend but have been nearly unstoppable at Husky Soccer Field this year. UW is 6-2-1 at home with their only losses coming to No. 1 Stanford and No. 3 Portland. The Huskies are 2-0-2 on the road and 1-1 on neutral sites.

The Huskies had their 10-game unbeaten streak snapped last weekend, although it came at the hands of the nation's No. 1 team. Still, the Huskies 10-game streak without a loss was good for the second-longest in school history. The longest streak was an 11-game unbeaten streak - which was actually an 11-game winning streak - by the 2000 that captured the school's lone Pac-10 title.

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 hopes to reach this weekend on the road.

With one win last weekend, Gallimore is now just one shy of 200 in her career, as her overall record stands at 199-155-32. Of those 199 victories, 167 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 63 in her career, trailing only UCLA's Jillian Ellis, who has 87.

The Ducks are still searching for their first conference win after finishing the non-conference portion of their season 8-2-1. Junior Jen Stoltenberg leads the Ducks with 18 points (7 goals, 4 assists) while freshman Julie Armstrong has added 10 points on two goals and a team-high six assists. The Ducks have used three goalkeepers this season with sophomore Cody Miles getting most of the work, going 8-4-1 with a 1.15 GAA and five shutouts.

The Huskies hold a decisive edge in the series with Oregon, winning 10 times in 13 meetings between the teams, including a 2-1 win last year in Eugene. The Huskies have now won three straight in the series since Oregon last won in 2006, also in Eugene.

The Beavers are on a roll after their upset victory last weekend over then-No. 9 USC. Senior Red Nixon led the way for Oregon State in the victory over USC as the midfielder scored the game winning-goal to lead the Beavers to their first win over the Women of Troy since the 1994 season. The Beavers feature a balanced scoring attack with three players in double figures in points and two more right behind with nine points. Redshirt freshman Chelsea Buckland leads the team with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists) while sophomore Ashley Seal has 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist), showing the Beavers are a young and talented team. Ashley Wood and Colleen Boyd have split time in goal, with Wood earning the win over USC.

UW holds a 14-3-1 advantage in the all-time series against Oregon State including a 2-1 victory last year in Corvallis. Freshmen led the way last year for the Huskies as Alex Webber set a school record by scoring just 15 seconds into the match and Kate Deines netted the game-winner.UW is 9-1 all-time in games played in Corvallis between the teams.

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 Huskies started Pac-10 with a 1-1 draw over inter-state rival Washington State before a win and a tie against the Arizona schools and a split with the Bay Area teams at home last weekend.

The Huskies, who finished tied for third in the Pac-10 last year, are led by senior Veronica Perez (5 goals, 2 assists, 12 points). Sophomore Kelli Stewart and senior Nikki Murray have each chipped in 11 points each with four goals and three assists apiece. Sophomore Kari Davidson has played most of the minutes in goal, recording four shutouts and posting a 0.86 GAA.

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 14 in 16 games. Their 0.84 goals per game average is second only to the nation's top-ranked team as Stanford allows just 0.59 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 0.86 GAA ranks sixth in the conference while her 42 saves ranks tied for fifth.

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