WSU Women Edge Huskies 1-0 in Soccer Finale
Nov. 4, 2005
SEATTLE - Carmen Anderson headed home a corner kick late in the first half Friday at Husky Soccer Field as the Washington State women defeated Washington 1-0 in the final regular-season game for both teams.
The Huskies (0-17-3) finished the first winless season in program history with their 13th one-goal loss. UW completed conference play with an 0-9 record, including six 1-0 defeats.
Half of the Huskies' games ended with the same 1-0 result with a trio of those 10 setbacks coming in the last three games.
Each of the final three UW games followed a similar pattern as the Huskies controlled the early run of play before allowing a first-half goal. The Huskies suffered 1-0 losses despite outshooting Oregon and Oregon State last weekend and the Cougars on Friday.
Washington State was victorious for only the second time in seven all-time visits to Seattle. The Cougars improved to 11-7-2 overall with a 4-4-1 Pac-10 record.
The Cougars capitalized on their third corner kick for the only goal they would need. Megan Hyte served a cross in the center of the box to Anderson who headed it into the right side of the goal from 12 yards out at 40:40. That was the team-leading seventh goal of the season for Anderson.
'It sums up our season, particularly the last three games where we came out and played very well, but didn't get a result,' said Washington Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'In possession, in going forward and fighting and scrapping and clawing in the last three games our kids fought really hard and created enough chances to be able to do it. We just couldn't.'
The Huskies applied more pressure in the second half, outshooting WSU 7-1. But goalkeeper Katie Hultin registered all five of her saves after halftime to keep UW off the scoreboard for the 14th time this season. Hultin posted her seventh shutout.
'Clearly our goal production this year and our ability to be dangerous on goal have hurt us,' Gallimore explained. 'We've played some good teams and we couldn't be dangerous enough to be a threat or make teams have to sit back and defend too much. It was too easy for teams to throw numbers forward and not worry about us up front.'
Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) was credited with three saves for the Huskies who outshot WSU 9-6 for the game. Rasmussen held opposing teams to only one goal on 12 occasions this season.
'Monday when the selection show happens you are going to see a lot of teams that we played this year pop up on that screen,' said Gallimore of a list of foes that featured 11 teams ranked in the current top-25. 'I think for our young kids to see the caliber of teams that get into the tournament is good for them.
Gallimore has directed the Huskies to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight berth last fall. The losing season was only UW's second in her 12 years.
'Our record is clearly a little bit of an anomaly. But come Monday there are 64 teams in the tournament and the rest of us are all the same -- we're not in,' Gallimore concluded. 'Our kids are going to be very well prepared heading into the future based on our adversity and the strength of schedule that we played. That's going to bode well for us next year.'
Friday marked the final game for UW's only senior, forward Kim Taylor (Woodland Hills, Calif.). She tied the school record by playing her 84th career game and drew her 78th career start to break the previous Husky mark of 77 established by Terry Gleason from 1993-96.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field/Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Nov. 4, 2005
Washington State 1, Washington 0
Scoring -- 1, WSU, Carmen Anderson (Megan Hyte), 40:40.
Shots -- WSU 6, UW 9.
Saves -- WSU 5 (Katie Hultin), UW 3 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- WSU 4, UW 1.
Fouls -- WSU 10, UW 6.
Attendance -- 838.
Records -- Washington 0-17-3, 0-9 Pac-10, Washington State 11-7-2, 4-4-1 Pac-10.