UW Women Play at Portland Soccer Tournament
Sept. 6, 2006
Merlo Field (5,000)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 --
Washington vs. #7 North Carolina, 4:30 p.m. PDT
Baylor vs. #6 Portland, 7:00 p.m. PDT
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 --
Washington vs. Baylor, 12:00 p.m. PDT
#7 North Carolina vs. #6 Portland, 2:30 p.m. PDT
The Washington women's soccer team (3-1) embarks on a four-game road trip this week, beginning with its annual trip to the state of Oregon for the Portland Invitational. The Huskies meet seventh-ranked North Carolina (4-1) in the opener on Friday, Sept. 8. Kick-off is 4:30 p.m. at Merlo Field where Baylor (1-2-1) and No. 6 Portland (2-1-1) clash at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 10 the teams exchange opponents as Washington meets Baylor at noon and North Carolina plays Portland at 2:30 p.m.
Washington competed in 10 of the previous 12 Portland Invitationals, winning the championship in 1999 and 2003. At last year's tournament, UW dropped a pair of one-goal decisions to ranked opponents. The Huskies lost 1-0 to No. 25 West Virginia and 2-1 to No. 21 Wisconsin. The host Pilots won their tournament for the seventh time last season.
Washington blanked Rhode Island 2-0 Friday in its home opener behind goals from Shuree Hyatt and Dani Bridges. On Sunday, UW fell 2-0 to defending Horizon League champion Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Junior forward Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) leads the team with two goals, both of them game-winners ... The Huskies defeated Hawaii (1-0) and Oklahoma (2-1) to win the season-opening OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi tournament ... The two one-goal victories are a nice switch for the Huskies who were winless (0-17-3) in 2005 and were on the losing end of 13 one-goal margins.
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 1.34 career goals against average, the No. 6 mark in Husky history. She has 15 shutouts and 205 saves, figures that each rank No. 3 in the UW annals. Rasmussen posted a UW 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. Rasmussen played 4,343 minutes over the last three seasons, sitting out only 25 minutes during that span.
This Week's Opponents
North Carolina (4-1) - The perennial NCAA title contending Tar Heels have won 18 national championships under Coach Anson Dorrance. UNC defeated Yale 4-0 on Sept. 3 in its last outing, featuring the fastest goal in collegiate history. Yael Averbuch sent the opening kickoff 55 yards into the goal while four seconds elapsed on the clock. She leads the team with four goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Anna Rodenbough has three shutouts and a 0.57 goals against average. The Tar Heels won all four previous meetings against UW, including a 2-1 overtime decision in the last matchup on Aug. 31, 2003 in Seattle.
Baylor (1-2-1) - The Bears are paced by the goal and assist of senior forward Amy Schuch. Goalkeeper Ashley Holder is averaging four saves per game while posting one shutout and a 1.18 goals against average. Coached by George Van Linder, the Bears are members of the Big 12 Conference. Sunday marks the first meeting between UW and the Bears.
UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 30-73-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including an 0-9 mark last year. UW's last win was Nov. 20, 2004 vs. No. 15 Maryland.
Quoting UW Coach Lesle Gallimore
On playing UNC-'There's no doubt it's a tall order for us, but what a great opportunity to go out and play against one of the perennially best teams in the country. They'll be very athletic, they'll be fast, they'll be fit and they'll have a lot of firepower up front. It's a game that we need to go out and be organized and show our capabilities. The worst-case scenario we want out of the weekend is a split. It would be great if we could come with something better than that. We're not going to lay down for anybody.'
Washington already has five goals after scoring just eight during the entire 2005 season.
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 both overall (133) 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.
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.
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (133) 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 165-121-26, including a 133-96-17 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.
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes 11th-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 fourth 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.
Next Week's Schedule
Washington at Ohio State Tournament
Sept. 15-17, Columbus, Ohio
TOMORROW | 6:30pm PTLive