UW Women Tie Pacific 1-1 in Nike Invitational

Sept. 2, 2005

SEATTLE - Sophomore forward Katy Dowling responded to an early Pacific score with a goal for the Washington women just over one minute later to help the Huskies rally for a 1-1 tie, Friday in the first round of the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field.

The Tigers (2-0-1) got on the scoreboard just 2:03 into the game when Carla Vellutini received a pass from Bunny Dickson, spun to face the goal and booted the ball in from six yards out.

The equalizer followed at 3:25 when Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) lobbed a 20-yard shot over Pacific goalkeeper Jaime Souza from the top of the box.

Kim Taylor (Woodland Hills, Calif.), the lone senior on the roster for Washington (0-1-2), was credited with an assist on the tying goal. That was her 21st career assist, moving Taylor into the No. 4 spot among all-time Huskies. She passed Tara Bilanski, currently the head coach at Oregon, who distributed 20 assists from 1992-95.

The only UW players with more career assists than Taylor are school-record holder Melissa Bennett (2000-2003) with 29, Caroline Putz (1998-2001) with 27 and Theresa Wagner (1997-2000) with 26 (1997-2000).

Pacific and Washington played over 106 minutes of scoreless soccer after tallying two goals inside the opening four minutes.

Both goalkeepers were natives of Gig Harbor, Wash. Souza, who prepped at Gig Harbor High School, had four saves Friday. A product of Bellarmine Prep, Washington junior Kelsey Rasmussen preserved the tie with seven saves. She had three spectacular second-half saves and added two more in the final overtime.

The Tigers outshot UW 21-14 with a 5-1 advantage in shots during the overtime sessions.

In the opening game of the tournament, fourth-ranked Portland defeated San Diego State 3-0 behind a goal and assist from Christine Sinclair.

The Pilots scored first when Kari Evans headed in a Lindsey Huie corner kick at 32:38. The second goal was notched by Sinclair who dribbled through the box and netted a 10-yard shot at 65:44. Sinclair, who was the 2002 NCAA Player of the Year, set up the final goal at 86:35 with a cross that Michele Scifo finished from 17 yards out.

The tournament teams exchange opponents Sunday with Pacific and Portland meeting at 11 a.m. and the Huskies hosting San Diego State at 1:30 p.m.

Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Sept. 2, 2005

GAME 2 -- Washington 1, Pacific 1 (2ot)

Scoring --1, UOP, Carla Vellutini (Bunny Dickson), 2:03. 2, UW, Katy Dowling (Kim Taylor), 3:25.

Shots -- UOP 21, UW 14.
Saves -- UOP 4 (Jaime Souza), UW 7 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- UOP 9, UW 3.
Fouls -- UOP 14, UW 9.
Offsides -- UOP 0, UW 1.
Attendance -- 855.
Records -- Washington 0-1-2, Pacific 2-0-1.

GAME 1 -- (#4) Portland 3, San Diego State 0

Scoring --1, UP, Kari Evans (Lindsey Huie), 32:38. 2, UP, Christine Sinclair, 65:44. 3, UP, Michele Scifo (Sinclair), 86:35.

Shots -- SDSU 4, UP 24.
Saves -- SDSU 7 (Christi Yount), UP 1(Cori Alexander).
Corner Kicks -- SDSU 3, UP 11.
Fouls -- SDSU 13, UP 14.
Offsides -- SDSU 0, UP 0.
Attendance -- 342.
Records -- San Diego State 2-1-0, Portland 3-0-0

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