Two-Game Weekend Caps Non-Conference Slate

Sept. 28, 2005

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 --
#2 Portland at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 --
San Francisco at Washington, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.


A pair of West Coast Conference schools invade Seattle this weekend to close out the non-conference schedule for the Washington women's soccer team (0-7-2). On Friday, Sept. 30, the Huskies host second-ranked Portland (9-0), one of only three remaining undefeated teams. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Washington entertains San Francisco (2-8), Sunday, Oct. 2 at noon.

Ticket Tidbits
Advanced tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or via phone (206-543-2200). Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under and seniors. Day-of-game tickets go on sale one hour before kick-off.

Close Calls
Six of seven 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. During the current six-game losing streak, the Huskies suffered four setbacks by similar 1-0 counts.

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 22 players who competed in a game this season are first-year Huskies and eight of those have started.

Kelsey the 'Keeper
Anchoring a revamped UW defense is junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who is averaging 5.1 saves per game this season. A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.22 career goals against average, the No. 5 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 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. Nine of her goals were game-winners.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 30-68-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including an 0-4 mark this year. UW's all-time record against top-10 opponents is 9-44-3.

This Week's Opponents
Portland (9-0-0)
- Coach Garrett Smith's second-ranked Pilots are outscoring opponents by a 30-3 margin. Senior striker Christine Sinclair is the nation's leading scorer with 18 goals. The 2002 National Player of the Year, Sinclair netted a goal in all nine games this season. The Pilots own a 15-2-1 series advantage despite a 2-0 UW victory last year in Portland. The Huskies have an 0-7-1 record when hosting the Pilots in Seattle.

San Francisco (2-8-0 pending Sept. 30 game at WSU) - The Lady Dons meet UW on their second game of a swing through the Northwest. They play Friday at Washington State. Junior forward Chelsea Hunt paces the USF attack with four goals and two assists. A trio of Lady Don goalkeepers, led by Kelly Pohle, have combined for one shutout and a 2.06 goals against average. Washington leads the series 4-0-1, including a 2-0 mark in Seattle. The Huskies won the most recent meeting, a 3-1 decision during 2000 in San Francisco.

Notable
• The Huskies won 2-0 last year at Portland, their second win in a series that the Pilots lead 15-2-1. Goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen had 10 saves in that victory for the Huskies who were outshot 18-8. Kelley Schweighart (5th minute) and Dani Bridges (71st) provided the UW goals.

• 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 162-111-25, including a 130-86-16 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.

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