Ruport Leads 13th-Ranked UW Women over Idaho State

Oct. 5, 2003

SEATTLE - Senior Blair Ruport assisted on the first goal and then netted an insurance tally Sunday as the 13th-ranked Washington women closed out their non-conference schedule with a 2-0 victory over Idaho State in front of 1,534 spectators at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies improved to 7-2-2, the second-best non-conference record in their history. UW opened the 2000 season with a 9-1 record before embarking on a Pac-10 championship campaign.

'At 7-2-2, we look at our two losses and two ties and I don't think there is a game where we played poorly,' Washington coach Lesle Gallimore remarked. 'I feel good about how we've performed up to this point. We have momentum and confidence going into the conference season.'

Idaho State dropped to 4-5-1 with its fourth consecutive loss. Bengal goalkeeper Shannon Boyle registered seven saves before leaving with an injury. Esther Toronto had one save while playing the final five minutes in goal.

The Huskies defeated Portland State 5-0 on Friday. They outscored this weekend's opponents by a combined 7-0 tally and all seven goals were scored by different players.

'I was happy this weekend that we varied our attack a little bit more. It wasn't so reliant on Tina (Frimpong) and Kim (Taylor),' Gallimore said. 'That, plus I'm very, very pleased with how our defense is playing.'

The UW defense shut out its fifth opponent. Freshman Kelsey Rasmussen drew her first collegiate starting assignment in goal for the Huskies. The product of Tacoma's Bellarmine Prep High School was not required to make a save as the Bengals did not attempt a shot. Washington outshot ISU by a 25-0 margin.

Junior Kelley Schweighart opened the scoring at 24:01 with her first goal of the season. She collected a cross from Ruport and blasted the ball into the upper right of the goal from 12 yards out. Kelli Smith was also credited with an assist on the play.

Ruport was on the receiving end of a well-placed cross at 31:52. She gathered a looping pass from Kim Taylor and deposited it into the upper right corner from eight yards away. The goal was Ruport's second of the season. Taylor moved into the team lead with her seventh assist.

With a five-game homestand concluded, the Huskies begin Pac-10 competition this week in Los Angeles. They play at 14th-ranked USC on Thursday and No. 3 UCLA Saturday.

'If you're going to start out the conference and want to see where you stand, you might as well start in L.A.,' said Gallimore. 'They are both always good teams so it will be a battle.'

NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
(#13) Washington 2, Idaho State 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring -- 1, UW, Kelley Schweighart (Blair Ruport, Kelli Smith), 24:01. 2, UW, Blair Ruport (Kim Taylor), 31:52.

Shots -- ISU 0, UW 25.
Saves --- ISU 8 (Shannon Boyle 7, Esther Toronto 1), UW 0 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- ISU 0, UW 11.
Fouls --- ISU 4, UW 9.
Offsides -- ISU 0, UW 12.
Attendance -- 1,534.
Records -- Washington 7-2-2, Idaho State 4-5-1.

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