Pac-10 Play Begins for UW Women's Soccer Squad
Oct. 5, 2005
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 --
Washington at #16 California, 3:30 p.m. PDT
Goldman Field (22,000) / Berkeley, Calif.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 --
Washington at #15 Stanford, 1:00 p.m. PDT (FSN TV delayed)
Maloney Field (2,000) / Palo Alto, Calif.
The Washington Huskies (0-8-3) start Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend in the Bay Area, beginning Friday, Oct. 7 against 16th-ranked California (7-2-1). Kick-off is 3:30 p.m. at Goldman Field in Berkeley. UW won the last five meetings against Cal, Coach Lesle Gallimore's alma mater. On Sunday, Oct. 9, the Huskies invade Maloney Field for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with No. 15 Stanford (6-3-1). UW has never won in eight visits to Palo Alto.
Sunday's game at Stanford will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on FSN. The game airs locally on FSN Northwest, Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.
Six of eight 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. UW has four 1-0 setbacks on its ledger. The Huskies tied San Francisco 2-2 on Sunday, halting a seven-game losing streak. In that game, Melissa Beal's 34th-minute goal stopped the team's 433-minute scoreless that dated back to Sept. 11. UW was shut out in its previous four games.
The Washington women's soccer roster has undergone a major makeover. Only two starters return and forward Kim Taylor is the team's 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. Thirteen 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 5.0 saves per game this season. A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.32 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 single-game record of 14.
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 30-69-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including an 0-5 mark this year. UW's last win was Nov. 20, 2004 vs. No. 15 Maryland.
This Week's Opponents
California (7-2-1) - The 16th-ranked Golden Bears are the 13th stingiest team in the country, limiting opponents to an average of 0.46 goals per game. Ashley Sulprizo has four shutouts. Liz Eisenberg leads the team with six goals. Washington holds a 9-5 lead in the all-time series, including a 1-0 win last season in Seattle. The Huskies won the last five meetings against the Bears whose last victory over UW was in 1999. Lesle Gallimore, a 1986 California graduate, has a 10-5 record against her alma mater with a 9-2 mark while at UW.
Stanford (6-3-1) - The 15th-ranked Cardinal won their last three games, including a 1-0 upset of No. 5 Santa Clara. Goalkeeper Alex Gamble has four shutouts and a 1.03 goals against average. Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington by an 11-2-2 margin. Both of UW's wins were 1-0 decisions in Seattle, in 2000 and 2004. Kim Taylor's golden goal in the 107th minute won last year's contest. The Huskies are 0-6-2 at Stanford.
Freshman forward Melissa Beal is UW's only multiple-goal scorer. She netted four of the Huskies seven goals this season.
UW finished in the top half of the Pac-10 standings in each of the last seven seasons.
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 162-112-26, including a 130-87-17 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.