No. 4 Washington beats No. 6 Portland for second time in history

Sept. 26, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team tallied two put-back goals on Sunday afternoon to defeat the sixth-ranked Portland Pilots 2-0 in front of 2,130 fans at Menlo Field on the UP campus. The victory marks only the second time in history that the Huskies have defeated Portland.

Coming in the game, the Huskies (8-0) had posted a record of 1-15-1 against the Pilots (8-2) with their lone win also coming at Merlo Field on Sept. 23, 2000. The win snapped Washington's five-game losing streak against the Pilots.

Pitching the Huskies' first-ever shutout against the Pilots was Sophomore goalkeeper, Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who finished the game with 10 saves. Rasmussen has now allowed only one goal over the Huskies' last five games and has two consecutive shutouts.

'She was great on crosses, great on coming out on breakaways and she made one point blank save that was just awesome,' said Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore after the game. 'Portland is a really good team and they have a lot of dangerous options. We knew coming out in the second half that we were going to have to weather a storm and attack from them and we withstood it well.'

The Huskies first goal came just 4:43 into the contest when Kelley Schweighart (Solano Beach, Calif./Torrey Pines) collected the rebound on a shot 11 yards out and drilled it into the back of the net. Schweighart now has three goals on the season, one short of her career total entering this, her senior campaign.

Adding an insurance goal at 70:43 was Freshman Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma). Similar to Schweighart's goal, Bridges collected a shot that was deflected out, this time from 12 yards away, and fired the ball just under the crossbar. It was Bridges' second goal this season.

Neither of the Huskies' goals were assisted.

With the win, the Huskies are now 3-0 against top-10 ranked teams this season. Washington defeated ninth-ranked Penn State 2-1 on Aug. 27 and then on Sept. 3 they beat eighth-ranked Tennessee by the same 2-1 score. Both of those victories were played at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle. The Huskies are now 10-43-3 all-time against top-10 opponents.

'Everyone who is playing is contributing very well and those who are not playing are attentive and supportive,' said Gallimore. 'It's truly been a team effort up to this point. Everyone is on the same page and our leadership has been tremendous.'

The UW women resume their road trip next weekend when they take on San Diego on Friday, Oct. 1 and San Diego State on Sunday, Oct. 3. Their next home game is not until Oct. 15 when they host USC.

NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER

Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004
(#4) Washington 2, (#6) Portland 0

Scoring --1, UW, Kelley Schweighart, 4:43. 2, UW, Dani Bridges, 70:43.

Shots -- UW 8, UP 18.
Saves -- UW 10 (Kelsey Rasmussen), UP 2 (Cori Alexander).
Corner Kicks -- UW 2, UP 6.
Fouls -- UW 11, UP 11.
Offsides -- UW 1, UP 1.
Attendance -- 2,130.
Records -- Washington 8-0-0, Portland 8-2-0.

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