UW Women Play at Portland Soccer Tournament
Sept. 9, 2005
Merlo Field (5,000) / Portland, Ore.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
-- Washington vs. #25 West Virginia, 4:30 p.m. PDT
-- #21 Wisconsin vs. #4 Portland, 7:00 p.m. PDT
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
-- Washington vs. #21 Wisconsin, 11:00 a.m. PDT
-- #25 West Virginia vs. #4 Portland, 1:30 p.m. PDT
The Washington women's soccer team (0-2-2) begins a four-game road trip this week, making its annual trip to the state of Oregon for the Portland Invitational. The Huskies meet 25th-ranked West Virginia (2-2) in the opener on Friday, Sept. 9. Kick-off is 4:30 p.m. at Merlo Field where No. 21 Wisconsin (3-0-1) and No. 4 Portland (4-0) clash at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 11 the teams exchange opponents as Washington meets Wisconsin at 11 a.m. and West Virginia plays Portland at 1:30 p.m.
The Huskies tied Pacific 1-1 on Sept. 2 before suffering a 1-0 setback against San Diego State on Sept. 4. All four UW games this season have been decided by one goal or less margin, including a 3-2 loss at sixth-ranked Penn State and a 1-1 tie against Hofstra. Freshman Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore.) leads the team with two goals and Kim Taylor (Woodland Hills, Calif.) has two assists. Junior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash.) has kept the team close in every game, averaging a remarkable seven saves per game.
Washington competed in nine of the previous 11 Portland Invitationals, winning the title in 1999 and 2003. Last year, UW shut out both Weber State (2-0) and UAB (1-0), but Portland was declared the tournament champion by virtue of a superior goal differential. The host Pilots won their tournament six times (1993, '95, '96, '98, 2002, '04).
This Week's Opponents
West Virginia (2-2) -- The 25th-ranked Mountaineers return eight starters from last season's 15-6 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. That marked the fifth straight postseason appearance for WVU. Tenth-year Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown's offense features Marisa Kanela and Deana Everrett who each have two goals. Goalkeeper Lana Bannerman has one shutout and a 1.00 goals against average. Friday marks the first ever women's soccer encounter between West Virginia and Washington.
Wisconsin (3-0-1) -- The 21st-ranked Badgers have 10 starters back from the 2005 squad that posted a 16-6-1 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Amy Vermeulen paces the Wisconsin attack with four goals, half of her team's total. Two of her tallies were game-winning goals. The stingy Badger defense helped goalkeeper Lynn Murray register two shutouts and a 0.68 goals against average. Sunday's game marks the first ever meeting between Wisconsin and Washington.
The Washington women's soccer roster has undergone a major makeover. Only eight letterwinners return and forward Kim Taylor is the only senior. She is joined by five juniors who are outnumbered by 20 underclassmen. Sixteen players had never seen game action for UW before this season, including 12 freshmen. Ten of the 18 players who participated in a game this season are first-year Huskies.
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 21 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.
Advanced tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office either on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or via telephone (206-543-2200). Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under and senior citizens.
All four teams competing in this weekend's Portland Invitational were NCAA Tournament teams in 2005. Washington and Portland both advanced to the quarterfinals.
Lesle Gallimore is in 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.
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 1.06 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 Aug. 28 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.
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore has steadily transformed Washington into one of the nation's premier programs since her hiring in 1994. Gallimore stands atop the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (130) and conference wins (52). Last season, she directed UW to its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Huskies made their first foray into the NCAA quarterfinals after winning three straight postseason games. Gallimore posted her 100th UW victory on Oct. 13, 2003 at Oregon State. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in eight of her previous 11 seasons. Gallimore was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Gallimore has a 15-year record of 162-106-25, including a 130-81-16 mark in 12 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes 10th-year Associate Head Coach Amy Griffin (previously Allmann), a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Assistant Coach Tami Bennett is in her third year on the staff after two seasons at Portland State. Bennett concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals. Also on the staff is volunteer coach Michelle French, a former University of Portland and U.S. National Team standout.