Washington Women's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 12-6-4
2009 Pac-10 Record:3-3-3 (5th)
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/5
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/12
Head Coach: Lesle Gallimore
Alma Mater: California, 1986
Record at Washington: 169-133-24 (16 years)
Assistant Coaches: Amy Griffin, Jim Thomas
The Huskies enter the 2010 season looking to build upon their winning ways of 2009. The team is fresh off a NCAA Tournament second round appearance where they dropped a close one to Portland, ending their season. Despite loosing the offensive firepower of forward Veronica Perez, who was tied for the team lead in goals scored in 2009, the Huskies have strong finishers in junior midfielder Kate Deines and senior forward McKenna Waitley. Waitley had a breakout season in 2009, scoring a career-high and team-high tying six goals along with a team and career high five assists. Three of her goals were game-winners. Deines netted three goals in 2009, two being game winners and will anchor the midfield for the Huskies. Senior defender Kendyl Pele, a two-year team captain will provide leadership for the squad and will organized the defensive side of the ball. She has started all 63 games she has played at Washington. In 2009 she helped the squad's defense become one of the stingiest in the Conference, allowing just 1.00 goals per game. In goal the Huskies return 2009 starter Kari Davidson, who after just two years ranks fourth all-time at UW with a 1.22 career goals-against average. She will have strong competition from California transfer Jorden LaFontaine-Kussmann, who is eligible for play after sitting out the 2009 season due to transfer rules.
Oct. 3 - Washington at Portland, 2:00 p.m. PT
Nov. 5 - Washington at Washington State, 1:30 p.m. PT
The Huskies will have a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Tournament second round game against powerhouse Portland on Oct. 3. The Huskies played the Pilots close in their final game of the season, nearly pulling off the upset until Portland scored a last-minute goal to win that game 2-1 and advance in the tournament. So the Huskies will be out to avenge the loss that ended their 2009 season.
On the road against in-state rival Washington State on Nov. 5 should prove to be a key match for the Huskies. It is the final regular season game of the season, and could possibly hold Pac-10 standings and NCAA Tournament bid implications.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#2, Kate Deines
Jr., MF, Issaquah, Wash.
Deines, a 2009 Pac-10 All-Conference second team selection will be looked to as a steady presence for the Huskies in the 2010 campaign. The junior from Issaquah, Wash., has started all 44 games in her Washington career. As a sophomore in 2009, Deines played the role of consistent, hard-working midfielder, chipping in nine points on three goals and three assists. She has a knack for coming through in the clutch, with two of her three goals being game-winners, including the lone goal in Washington's 1-0 win over Ole Miss in the NCAA First Round. For her efforts, Deines was named NSCAA Second Team All-Pacific Region. As a freshman in 2008, she ranked second on the team with seven goals scored, earning her All-West Region Second Team and Pac-10 All-Freshman first team honors.