No. 25 West Virginia Edges Washington 1-0
Sept. 9, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - Rachael Minnich scored the game's only goal in the 69th minute Friday, pushing 25th-ranked West Virginia to a 1-0 win over Washington in the first round of the Portland Invitational women's soccer tournament at Merlo Field.
The Huskies dropped to 0-3-2, matching their longest season-opening stretch without a victory. The 1997 UW squad opened the year with five losses before winning its sixth game.
All three defeats this season have been by one goal for the Huskies who are winless despite limiting their fourth consecutive opponent to one goal. Washington has gone scoreless for 266 minutes, dating to a goal by Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) on Sept. 2 in the fourth minute of a 1-1 tie against Pacific.
The defensive units controlled the first half with UW managing a slim 4-2 advantage in shots. The Mountainers went on the offensive in the second half, outshooting the Huskies 11-2 after halftime. They finally found the net with the 10th shot, a short-range header by Minnich at 68:10.
Forward Deanna Everrett initiated the scoring sequence with a looping header that was tip saved to the right by Husky goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep). Krystle Kallman headed the loose ball back to an unmarked Minnich who nodded home the game winner.
Rasmussen finished with four saves. WVU's Lana Bannerman stopped three shots en route to her second shutout.
Sophomore midfielder Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) attempted four of the six shots for the youthful Huskies. Ten of 15 players participating in the game are underclassmen at UW.
Fourth-ranked Portland and No. 21 Wisconsin met in the late game Friday.
The tournament teams exchange opponents Sunday with Washington and Wisconsin meeting at 11 a.m. followed by a Portland-West Virginia clash at 1:30 p.m.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Friday, Sept. 9, 2005
(#25) West Virginia 1, Washington 0
Scoring --1, WVU, Rachael Minnich (Krystyle Kallman), 68:10.
Shots -- UW 6, WVU 13.
Saves -- UW 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen), WVU 3 (Lana Bannerman).
Corner Kicks -- UW 4, WVU 6.
Fouls -- UW 16, WVU 6.
Offsides -- UW 1, WVU 0.
Records -- Washington 0-3-2, West Virginia 3-2-0.