Washington Women Drop Soccer Opener 3-2

Aug. 26, 2005

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior All-American Tiffany Weimer scored all three goals for the sixth-ranked Nittany Lions who edged Washington 3-2, Friday in the women's soccer opener for both teams during the first round of the Penn State Classic at Jeffrey Field.

The revamped Huskies (0-1) scored in the 28th minute and maintained the lead until just before halftime. Freshman Sarah Dougherty (Boise, Idaho) received a lead pass and dribbled through the Nittany Lions' defense before firing a 15-yard shot into the goal at 27:11.

The Huskies, who are without the services of eight of last season's regular starters, opened the game with five players making their UW debuts.

'This was a tough go as an opener, but I thought our kids played pretty well, especially with all of the new players in our program,' said UW head coach Lesle Gallimore. 'To be up as long as we were was encouraging. It changed everything to be even at halftime instead of up one goal.'

Weimer tied the score at 43:24 on a penalty kick for Penn State (1-0), which avenged a 2-1 loss at Washington in the 2004 season opener. Weimer was the runner-up in voting for the 2004 Hermann Trophy that recognizes the national player of the year.

The Lions took the lead for good 18 minutes into the second half. Weimer received a pass from Ali Krieger and netted a point-blank shot at 63:58.

UW had an opportunity to equalize in the 77th minute after sophomore forward Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) was fouled in the box. Sophomore Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) sent the ensuing penalty kick wide right of the goal.

Weimer completed the hat trick at 81:50, with a well-place shot set up by a Carmelina Moscato assist.

The Huskies cut the deficit to one when sophomore Dana Johnson (San Jose, Calif.) found freshman Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore.) open for a goal that capped the scoring. UW persistently pursued the tying goal, but were unable to find the net despite two late corner kicks.

Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) registered six saves for the Huskies who were outshot 14-7. Erin McLeod saved five shots for PSU.

'Kelsey played fantastic, making several great saves early,' Gallimore said. 'Overall, we're pleased with how we played and what we learned. They key is to see if we can build open it.'

The Huskies play Hofstra, Sunday at 9 a.m. Pacific Time in the final round of the Penn State Classic. Hofstra lost 3-0 to No. 9 Connecticut in Friday's other first-round game.

NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Penn State Classic
Jeffrey Field; University Park, Pa.

(#6) Penn State 3, Washington 2

Scoring -- 1, UW, Sarah Dougherty, 27:11. 2, PSU, Tiffany Weimer (pk), 43:24. 3, PSU, Weimer (Ali Krieger), 63:58. 4, PSU, Weimer (Carmelina Moscato), 81:50. 5, UW, Melissa Beal (Dana Johnson), 86:20.

Shots -- UW 7, PSU 14.
Saves -- UW 6 (Kelsey Rasmussen), PSU 5 (Erin McLeod).
Corner Kicks -- UW 3, PSU 4.
Fouls -- UW 12, PSU 9.
Offside -- UW 0, PSU 2.
Attendance -- 1,676.
Records -- Washington 0-1-0, Penn State 1-0-0.

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