No. 21 Wisconsin Tops Huskies 2-1 in Women's Soccer
Sept. 11, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - Kara Kabellis assisted on one goal and scored the game-winner Sunday as 21st-ranked Wisconsin dealt Washington its third consecutive loss, 2-1 in the final round of the Portland Invitational women's soccer tournament at Merlo Field.
The Huskies, whose record fell to 0-4-2, are in the midst of their longest season-opening stretch without a victory. The 1997 UW squad started the year with five losses before winning its sixth game.
All four defeats have come by one-goal margins against the youthful Huskies. Six of Sunday's starting 11 were first-year players for UW, which lost eight primary starters from last year's team.
Wisconsin (4-1-1) got on the board early on a goal by Allison Preiss who headed a cross inside the far post at 3:46. Kabellis and Marisa Brown were credited with assists on the play.
The Badgers pushed the margin to 2-0 when Kabellis headed in a cross from Preiss at 26:21.
After being outshot 8-4 in the first half, the Huskies went on the attack after intermission. UW scored on its first shot, trimming the deficit to one goal at 50:26.
Freshman Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore.) collected a pass inside the box from sophomore Katie Buser (Lakewood, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) and pushed it into the net. Beal is the only Husky with more than one goal this season, having netted three of the team's five scores.
The 51st-minute goal snapped a scoreless streak of 317 minutes for UW, dating to a goal by Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) on Sept. 2 in the fourth minute of a 1-1 tie against Pacific.
Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) stopped four shots. She ranks among the national leaders with an average of 6.2 saves per game. Lynn Murray made four saves for the Badgers who were outshot by a 13-10 margin, including a 9-2 UW second-half advantage.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Huskies who continue the four-game road trip at the Tennessee Classic. UW meets 22nd-ranked Texas A&M on Friday and Tennessee on Sunday.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005
(#21) Wisconsin 2, Washington 1
Shots -- WASH 13, WISC 10.
Saves -- WASH 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen), WISC 4 (Lynn Murray).
Corner Kicks -- WASH 4, WISC 3.
Fouls -- WASH 7, WISC 16.
Offsides -- WASH 2, WISC 2.
Records -- Washington 0-4-2, Wisconsin 4-1-1.
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