Rasmussen Saves 13 Shots in UW Women's 1-1 Tie

Aug. 28, 2005

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Freshman Melissa Beal scored 12 seconds into the second half and junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen registered a career-high 13 saves Sunday as the Washington women's soccer team tied Hofstra 1-1 in the final round of the Penn State Classic at Jeffrey Field.

A product of Bellarmine Prep (Wash.) High School, Rasmussen came within one save of the school single-game record of 14 established in 1992 by Tamara Browder. Rasmussen's previous high game was a 10-save performance last season at Portland.

'Kelsey played phenomenally. For sure she was our player of the game in both games this weekend,' said Coach Lesle Gallimore whose Huskies lost 3-2 on Friday against sixth-ranked Penn State. 'She kept us in both games and saved a point-blank shot at the end of today's game.'

Rasmussen's key save in the final minute was one of four she made during the last overtime period as the Pride outshot UW 6-0 in that 10-minute span. For the game, Hofstra attempted 20 shots to just eight for the Huskies (0-1-1).

The two teams staged a scoreless battle for the opening 45 minutes. That standoff abruptly ended after the second-half kickoff when Beal collected the ball and blasted a shot from the center of the box into the right corner at 45:12. Beal (Portland, Ore.) netted her team-leading second goal of the season.

'Melissa Beal got it and just hammered it,' Gallimore described. 'We expected her to be a goal scorer and so far she has been real good in front of the goal.'

Beal was one of seven players who made their debut this weekend for the Huskies who are without the services of eight primary starters from last season.

'This trip was a little bit of a test of our youth with two games in three days and they were clearly fatigued today from start to finish,' said Gallimore. 'We put it all on the line Friday against a great Penn State team and just had nothing left in the tank today. It was classic soccer in that we lost a game Friday that felt like a win and today we tied a game that felt like a loss.'

Hofstra (0-1-1) scored the equalizer at 51:21. Amber Albrecht dribbled down the middle of the field through traffic and lofted a shot over Rasmussen whose view was obstructed on the play.

Pride goalkeeper Becky Wachsberger saved four shots.

Washington plays its home opener at Husky Soccer Field, Friday, Sept. 2 in the first round of the Husky/Nike Invitational. Portland and San Diego State start the doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. followed by a UW-Pacific matchup at 7 p.m.

Penn State Classic
Jeffrey Field; University Park, Pa.
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005

Washington 1, Hofstra 1 (2ot)

Scoring -- 1, UW, Melissa Beal, 45:12. 2, HOF, Amber Albrecht, 51:21.

Shots -- UW 8, HOF 20.
Saves -- UW 13 (Kelsey Rasmussen), HOF 4 (Becky Wachsberger).
Corner Kicks -- UW 2, HOF 2.
Fouls -- UW 16, HOF 15.
Offside -- UW 1, HOF 1.
Records -- Washington 0-1-1, Hofstra 0-1-1.

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