UW Women Win Soccer Season Opener 1-0 at Hawaii

Aug. 25, 2006

Final Stats

Waipio, Hawaii - In the aftermath of their first win in over 21 months, it was difficult to determine if the Huskies were more excited or relieved.

Sophomore Melissa Beal's 69th-minute strike in the season opener lifted the Washington women to a 1-0 triumph over host Hawaii late Friday night in the first round of the Ohana Hotels No Ka Oi tournament at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

The Huskies (1-0) had an 0-17-3 record last year, the first winless season in their history. Prior to Friday, the last Washington win was a 1-0 decision over Maryland on Nov. 20, 2004 in Seattle during the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

'They feel great to get a win in the season opener,' 13th-year UW coach Lesle Gallimore described of her players. 'You have to learn how to win and once you win, you get that feeling and it snowballs. It doesn't mean we're going to win every game, but it sure feels good for us based on what we went through last year. We're relieved to put that behind us.''

Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's) led UW with four goals in 2005. She netted the team's first tally in 2006 after intercepting the ball from a Hawaii defender. Beal dribbled toward the goal and slipped a 12-yard shot between the legs of goalkeeper Kori Lu at 68:33. It was Beal's only shot of the game.

The final result was fitting as the Huskies were on the short end of 1-0 scores on 10 occasions in 2005 and lost 13 games by one-goal margins.

Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash.) registered five saves for the Huskies who were outshot 13-7. The Bellarmine Prep High School product posted her 14th career shutout, a figure that ranks No. 3 among all-time UW netminders.

Hawaii's (0-1) Kori Lu saved an attempt by reserve Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) that was the Huskies' only shot on goal other than Beal's boot that found the back of the net.

'It was a really fast-paced game. I thought for having four freshmen play, we did a pretty good job,' described Gallimore who included three freshmen in her starting lineup. 'I thought we played much better in the second half than in the first half. They possessed the ball quite a bit in the first half. Shuree Hyatt had a couple opportunities and Shannon Dillon played very well up front.'

The Huskies don't have much time to celebrate as they play again Saturday night against Oklahoma in their final game of the three-team, round-robin tournament. That game marks the season opener for the Sooners who conclude the tournament against Hawaii on Monday.

'It's going to be a challenge to get back up for an Oklahoma team that didn't have to play tonight and had their coaches in the stands scouting us,' Gallimore said.

OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi Tournament
Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium; Oahu, Hawaii
Friday, Aug. 25, 2006

Washington 1, Hawaii 0

Scoring --1, UW, Melissa Beal (unassisted), 68:33.

-- UW 7, UH 13.
-- UW 5 (Kelsey Rasmussen), UH 1 (Kori Lu)
Corner Kicks
-- UW 2, UH 2.
-- UW 13, UH 6.
-- 810.

Records -- Washington 1-0-0, Hawaii 0-1-0.

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