UW Hosts Nike Invitational Women's Soccer Tournament

Aug. 30, 2005

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Husky/Nike Invitational
Husky Soccer Field (2,100)
Seattle, Wash.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 --
San Diego State vs. #4 Portland, 4:30 p.m. PDT
Pacific vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 --
Pacific vs. #4 Portland, 11:00 a.m. PDT
San Diego State vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. PDT

The Washington women's soccer team (0-1-1) plays its 2005 home opener this weekend, serving as host for the 11th-annual Husky/Nike Invitational. The four-team tournament takes place, Friday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 4 at Husky Soccer Field on UW's Seattle campus. Fourth-ranked Portland (1-0) meets San Diego State (2-0) in Friday's opener at 4:30 p.m. PST while the Huskies and Pacific (2-0) clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The teams exchange opponents for Sunday's action that begins at 11 a.m. with a Pacific-Portland contest. At 1:30 p.m. the Washington clashes with San Diego State.

Ticket Tidbits
Advanced women's soccer tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office either on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or via telephone (206-543-2200). Ticket kiosks open one hour before game time. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under and senior citizens. Group and Family Plans are available by calling (206) 616-6194.

Tournament Format
All Nike Invitational games will be regulation 90-minute contests with two sudden-victory 10-minute overtimes if needed. Games tied after overtime will be declared ties. The tournament champion is the team with the best win-loss record. The procedures for breaking ties for the team title are as follows: 1) head-to-head record, 2) goal differential, 3) total goals scored. Along with a trophy for the team champion, awards will be given to the Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP as voted by the coaches.

Tournament History
Washington won the last three Husky/Nike Invitational championships. The Huskies won their own tournament six times total (1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004), including the first three. Portland won the other four Nike Invitationals, capturing four straight titles from 1997-99 and 2001. There was no tournament held in 2000 ... Kim Taylor of Washington was voted the Offensive MVP of the 2004 Nike Invitational and teammate Clare Rustad was the Defensive MVP.

The Husky/Nike Invitational Field
Washington (0-1-1)
-- The Huskies advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in 2004 with a 17-5-1 record. UW lost 3-2 at No. 6 Penn State in Friday's opener and tied Hofstra 1-1 Sunday. Freshman Melissa Beal came off the bench to score a goal in each game. Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen made 13 saves Sunday, one shy of the UW record.

Pacific (2-0) -- The Tigers make their first ever trip to Seattle. Pacific posted a 7-6-6 record in 2004. Coach Keith Coleman is in his 13th season at UOP, a Big West Conference member. The Tigers return last year's top scorer in junior forward Carmen Padilla who had eight goals and six assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Jaime Souza, from Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School, had three shutouts and a 1.27 goals against average in 2004. Washington won the only previous meeting with Pacific, a 4-1 decision played during 1994 in Stockton, Calif.

San Diego State (2-0) -- Under second-year coach Mike Giuliano, the Aztecs are off to their first 2-0 start since the 2001 season. San Diego State returns six starters, including last season's Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year Alexis Solovij and two-time all-MWC selection Amanda Swiader, from a 2004 squad that finished 8-7-6. Washington owns a 5-0-1 series advantage, including a 1-0 win last season in San Diego on a Kim Taylor goal. Lesle Gallimore coached SDSU to a four-year (1990-93) record of 32-25-9 before coming to Washington. She has a 3-0 record against her former school.

Portland (1-0 pending game Wed. at Oregon) -- The fourth-ranked Pilots had a 20-4 record in 2004, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. Second-year coach Garrett Smith returns scorers of 51 of the team's 52 goals in 2004. Senior forward Christine Sinclair, the 2002 National Player of the Year, amassed 22 goals in 24 games last season. Junior goalkeeper Cori Alexander had nine shutouts and a 0.77 goals against average in 2004.

Notable
• Washington won the last three Husky/Nike Invitational championships, increasing its total to six overall. Portland won the other four Husky tournament titles.

• Lesle Gallimore begins her 12th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (130) and conference (52) wins.

• Nine of this year's 20 UW opponents were ranked in the preseason Soccer America poll, including three of the top 10 teams. Ten UW foes competed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, including national championship game competitor UCLA.

Youth Movement
The UW women's soccer roster has undergone a major makeover. Just eight letterwinners return (four starters) and forward Kim Taylor comprises a senior-class of one. She is joined by five juniors who are outnumbered by 20 underclassmen. Sixteen players had never seen game action for the Huskies before this season, including 12 freshmen.

Terrific Taylor
Senior forward Kim Taylor was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in each of the last two seasons. She should be in line for even more honors in 2005. Taylor ranked third among Huskies with 18 total points last season. She tied for top team honors with six assists and was third with six goals. Taylor has a flair for the dramatic as nine of her 19 career goals were game-winners, including five last season. She is within striking distance of several schools records. Taylor ranks No. 5 among all-time UW playmakers with 20 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor ranks third on the career game-winning assists list with nine. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 19 career goals, ranking No. 7 at UW.

Kelsey the `Keeper
Anchoring a revamped UW defense is junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep). A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.08 career goals against average, the No. 2 mark in Husky history. She has 13 shutouts, the third-best career figure in the UW annals. Rasmussen posted a school single-season record 10 shutouts in 2004 along with a 1.13 goals against average while playing every minute. She had a string of five consecutive shutouts last year that included UW's first three NCAA Tournament outings. Rasmussen was credited with 13 saves Sunday vs. Hofstra, one shy of the school record of 14.

2004 Recap -- A Remarkable Run
The 2004 team posted a 17-5-1 record and advanced deeper into the NCAA Tournament bracket than any Washington team ever. The Huskies won three playoff games, reaching the quarterfinals before losing 3-1 at Princeton to fall one game shy of the Final Four. UW featured the Pac-10's first two-time Player of the Year award recipient, Tina Frimpong. She completed her UW career as the school's all-time leader in goals (43), game-winning goals (18) and total points (99). UW finished third in the 2004 Pac-10 standings with a 5-3-1 record.

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