UW women play at Tennessee Soccer Tournament

Sept. 13, 2005

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Tennessee Soccer Complex (1,200)
Knoxville, Tenn.

Washington vs. #19 Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. PDT
#16 Stanford vs. Tennessee, 5:00 p.m. PDT

#16 Stanford vs. #19 Texas A&M, 9:30 a.m. PDT
Washington vs. Tennessee, 12:00 p.m. PDT

The Washington women's soccer team (0-4-2) concludes a four-game road trip this week, visiting Knoxville for the First Tennessee Classic. The Huskies meet 19th-ranked Texas A&M (3-1) in the opener on Friday, Sept. 16. Kick-off is 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the Tennessee Soccer Complex where No. 16 Stanford (2-2-1) and the host Lady Vols (1-3) clash at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 18 the teams exchange opponents as Stanford plays Texas A&M at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Washington-Tennessee clash at noon Pacific Time.

Close Calls
All four defeats have come by one-goal margins for the Huskies, who 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.

Youth Movement
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. Twelve of the 21 players who participated in a game this season are first-year Huskies and seven have started.

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.

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 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.

This Week's Opponents
Texas A&M (3-1-1)
-- The 19th-ranked Aggies return 10 starters from their 2004 squad that was 18-6, won the Big 12 Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. In his 13th year at A&M is Coach G. Guerriri, whose squad is motivated to succeed by the fact the College Cup will be played at their Aggie Soccer Complex. Ashlee Pistorius has five goals and Melissa Garey four for an A&M attack that has outscored opponents by an 11-2 tally. Goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak posted three shutouts and a 0.38 goals against average. The Aggies won both previous meetings with Washington, a 2-1 overtime win during 2002 in Texas and a 1-0 win in 2001 in Seattle.

Tennessee (1-3-0) -- The Lady Vols return six starters from last season's 17-5-2 team that won the SEC Eastern Division title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight season. Sixth-year coach Angela Kelly's squad lost its opening three games before upsetting No. 6 Virginia 1-0 last Friday. Kylee Rossi paces the offense with two goals. Goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart has one shutout and a 2.68 goals against average. This weekend marks Washington's first ever visit to Knoxville. The Huskies won the only previous meeting with the Lady Vols, a 2-1 decision last season in Seattle.

• All four teams competing in this weekend's First Tennessee Classic were NCAA Tournament teams in 2005. Washington advanced to the Elite Eight and Tennessee to the Sweet 16 in 2004.

• 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.

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 162-108-25, including a 130-83-16 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.

The Staff
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.

Ticket Tidbits
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 seniors.