UW Women Open 2006 Season at Three-Team Tourney
Aug. 22, 2006
OHANA Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament
Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium (4,500) Oahu, Hawaii
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 --
Washington at Hawaii, 10:00 p.m. PDT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 --
Washington vs. Oklahoma, 10:00 p.m. PDT
MONDAY, AUGUST 28 --
Oklahoma vs. Hawaii, 8:00 p.m. PDT
The Washington women's soccer team kicks off its 16th season of play this weekend, traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii for the OHANA Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi. The three-team, round-robin tournament takes place Friday, Aug. 25, Saturday Aug. 26 and Monday, Aug. 28 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Washington opens the tournament Friday against host Hawaii at 10 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Hawaii Time). On Saturday, the Huskies clash with Oklahoma, also at 10 p.m. Hawaii and Oklahoma meet Monday to conclude the tournament.
Washington has never before played against its first two opponents, Hawaii and Oklahoma.
Nine of this year's 20 UW opponents competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including championship game competitors Portland and UCLA. UW plays five of last year's Sweet 16 squads.
Coach Lesle Gallimore begins her 13th season at UW. She ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 coaches in overall (130) and conference (52) victories.
Washington returns eight starters from last year's team, including a quartet of players that started all 20 games. Seniors Cathy Roe (University Place, Wash./Curtis/Penn) and Shaela Ward (Lacey, Wash./North Thurston) play in the middle of a defense that limited 12 opponents to just one goal last year. They are supported by senior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), a three-year starting goalkeeper. The midfield features junior Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) who started every game in her first two collegiate campaigns. Also returning is leading scorer and part-time starter Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's) who netted a goal in each of the team's spring games. A cadre of newcomers will battle for playing time, including a talented five-player freshman class. The offense is bolstered by the addition of junior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash/Kentlake), a transfer who tallied eight goals in each of her two seasons at San Francisco.
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One season after advancing within one game of the Final Four, the Huskies (0-17-3) last year suffered through the first winless season in program history. All but four games were decided by a one-goal margin for UW, which lost 10 games by similar 1-0 scores.
Kelsey the `Keeper
Anchoring UW's defense is senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who averaged 4.3 saves per game last season. A three-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.39 career goals against average, the No. 6 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 was credited with 13 saves against Hofstra on Aug. 28, 2005, one shy of the school single-game record of 14.
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (130) and conference wins (52). She directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2004. Gallimore was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz in 2000 after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAAs and advanced to the Sweet 16. Gallimore has a 16-year record of 162-121-26, including a 130-96-17 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.
Quoting the Coach
'We're really excited to get the 2006 season underway,' Coach Lesle Gallimore exclaims. 'We're just really anxious to get them back together as a group, including all the new recruits, and see what they look like on the field.'
This Week's Opponents
Hawaii (9-9-2 in 2005) -- The Rainbow Wahine won the Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship last season with a 5-2 record. Coach Pinsoom Tenzing compiled a 101-109-18 record in 12 years at Hawaii. Seven starters return, including a pair of first-team all-conference honorees in midfielder Jessica Domingo and defender Koren Takeyama.
Oklahoma (13-6-1 in 2005) -- The Sooners return eight starters from the squad that established school records for wins (13) and goals (37) in 2005. Randy Evans enters his eighth season as head coach, having compiled a 64-58-12 record. The Sooners feature forward Savannah Scott who netted two game-winners among her seven goals last season.
Sept. 1 & 3 at Husky Soccer Field