UW Falls 4-3 to U-20 Women's National Team

April 4, 2006

Portland, Ore. - The Washington women's soccer team lost 4-3 to the Under-20 Women's National Team in a spring exhibition match on Sunday. Husky sophomore-to-be Melissa Beal scored twice in the first-half to pace the Huskies.

The U-20 WNT are in Portland for a week long training camp where they will play five college teams: Washington State, UW, Portland, Oregon State and Ohio State. The team is preparing for the U-20 World Championship which take place later this year in Russia. The team is comprised of mainly college players, with a few high school seniors who will begin college in the fall.

'This was a great way for us to begin our non-traditional segment of competition,' said Husky Head Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'To even have the opportunity to compete against the US U-20's is terrific for our players and I am very grateful to U.S. U-20 Head Coach, Tim Schulz.

'After struggling to get goals and results in the fall, it was great to see our players compete against a top notch team and convert some chances into goals. Defensively they wore us down a bit and we will look to improve our game fitness as we move through April. I couldn't be more pleased with our effort and attitude in this match.'

The Huskies and the U-20 team were tied 2-2 at haltime, thanks to Beal's goals. Dani Bridges added a second-half goal for the Huskies.

Kelsey Rasmussen started in goal for Washington in the first half; freshmen Taylor Carr, who redshirted the 2005 season, played her first minutes in goal as a Husky. Both allowed 2 goals.

The game was tied 3-3 before the U-20 WNT scored during injury time at the 91:36 mark.

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