August 25, 2011

Eastern Goalkeeping Coach Tamara Hageage Honored by Alma Mater

Hageage selected as candidate for the All-Husky Team, celebrating 20 years of women’s soccer at the University of Washington

In 1991, Eastern Washington University women’s soccer goalkeeping coach Tamara Hageage transferred from the highly-successful Colorado College to be part of the first-ever women’s soccer program at the University of Washington, established by her former coach at CC, Dang Pibulvech.

Now, twenty years later, Hageage, along with many other notable Huskies, are being recognized for their contributions to the now nationally-ranked program.

On the same weekend Eastern Washington plays UW in Seattle in the first football game of the 2011 season, Washington will honor 20 years of women’s soccer at the school.

As part of this celebration, Washington will announce an “All-Husky” team featuring the top players at each position over the last 20 years, as selected by fan voting. Hageage is one of nine keepers nominated for this team. Joining her on the prestigious list is goalkeeping sensation Hope Solo, who led the U.S. team to the finals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.  

“I am both honored and surprised to be recognized among this amazing group,” said Hageage. “There are a lot of great former Huskies on the list. It is hard to believe it has been 20 years! I am sure I speak for all former players when I say thanks to the coaching staff and athletic department for making an old Dawg feel special.”

From now until Sept. 1, fans are encouraged to log on to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMYSV5T to vote for their favorite Huskies. The team will be announced at the EWU versus UW football game on Sept. 3.

A worthy candidate, Hageage still ranks in the top three in UW history in goals against average, saves and shutouts. She owns the school record for saves in a single season and single game. Hageage collected 106 saves in the 1991 season, and had eight shutouts that same year, which still ranks second in the UW record book.

Throughout the 2011 season, women’s soccer fans can also log on and see special Q&A's with members of previous Husky teams. Find out more about Hageage and her successful soccer career, as she is currently the featured interviewee on http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/082411aab.html.

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