Huskies Look Strong In First Spring Action
April 26, 2010
SEATTLE - Shutouts have been the order of the day in the first two matches for the Washington women's soccer team so far this spring.
The Huskies played 2008 D-II National Champs, Seattle Pacific, to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday evening, and followed that up with a 1-0 victory on Saturday versus Gonzaga out of the West Coast Conference.
'We knew the competition between these two would be great,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore said. 'Our coaching staff and team feel extremely comfortable with both Kari and Jorde minding the nets. They are different goalkeepers, but they are both very good goalkeepers. It is a great weapon for us to have going forward.'
The Huskies played both matches without All-Pac-10 midfielder Kate Deines, who spent the week in Oregon with the USA U-23 National Team. Kate saw time in all three matches during training camp, where the U.S. beat Oregon State, Corvallis United boys and the University of Portland.
'Kate is a big player and personality for our team, but it was tremendous for our current group to go undefeated in two matches without her,' Gallimore said. 'She will change our dynamic in these last three matches as we'll be able to put a few different players back in more `natural' positions.'
Sophomore forward Alex Webber has scored the lone goal for the Huskies. She was able to muscle her way between a Gonzaga defender and the GU goalkeeper to finish a nice cross and assist from freshman winger, Jessie Young.
'Webbs has really improved as an overall player each day that she's been a Husky,' Gallimore said. 'She works hard, she's coachable and she physically always puts out a tremendous effort. Her speed and improved finishing ability make her a real threat on goal.
'All in all, I'm pleased with the first two games,' Gallimore continued. 'We always talk about finishing being the most complex and difficult part of soccer. That's where we are looking to improve: increasing our goals for the number of chances we create. I feel we have the players to do it and we're going to keep driving that point home this spring.'