UW Women Host Four-Team Soccer Tournament

Sept. 18, 2006

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Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge
Husky Soccer Field (2,100)
Seattle, Wash.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 --
New Mexico vs. Washington State, 4:30 p.m. PDT
#23 Brigham Young vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 --
#23 Brigham Young vs. Washington State, 4:30 p.m. PDT
New Mexico vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT

The Washington women's soccer team (4-4) competes in its fifth, and final, regular-season tournament this week. The Huskies host the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21-22. The four-team tournament, pitting a pair of teams from both the Mountain West and Pacific-10 conferences, takes place at Husky Soccer Field on UW's Seattle campus. New Mexico (4-3) meets Washington State (5-2-1) in Thursday's opener at 4:30 p.m. while the Huskies and 23rd-ranked Brigham Young (6-1) clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The teams exchange opponents for Friday's action that begins with a BYU-WSU contest at 4:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Washington and New Mexico meet.

Ticket Tidbits
Advanced women's soccer tickets are available through the Husky Ticket Office either on-line (www.gohuskies.com) or via telephone (206-543-2200). Ticket kiosks open one hour before game time. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18-and-under and senior citizens. Group and Family Plans are also available for purchase in advance.

Tournament Format
All Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge games will be regulation 90-minute contests with two sudden-victory, 10-minute overtimes if needed. Games tied after overtime will be declared ties. The tournament champion is the team with the best win-loss record. The procedures for breaking ties for the team title are as follows: 1) head-to-head record, 2) goal differential, 3) total goals scored. Along with a trophy for the team champion, awards will be given to the Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP as voted by the coaches.

Tournament Tested
This weekend's event marks the fifth straight tournament for Washington. The Huskies opened the season by winning the OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi with a 1-0 victory over host Hawaii and 2-1 come-from-behind win over Oklahoma. UW placed third in both the Husky/Nike Invitational and Portland Invitational before a fourth-place finish last week at the Ohio State Tournament.

The Husky/Nike Invitational Field
Washington (4-4-0)
-- The Huskies feature a balanced attack with seven different scorers, led by the three goals and two assists of sophomore forward Melissa Beal. Four freshmen are in Coach Lesle Gallimore's starting lineup, including forward Veronica Perez-Murillo who netted her first UW goal Sunday at Ohio State. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen registered a season-high nine saves Sunday, pushing her career total to 228. That figure ranks third among all-time Huskies. Junior Dani Bridges was named to the All-Ohio State Tournament team along with sophomore Katie Hall and freshman Nikki Murray.

Brigham Young (6-1-0) -- The 23rd-ranked Cougars have outscored opponents by a 10-4 margin. The lone setback for Coach Jennifer Rockwood's team was a 1-0 loss to No. 22 Fresno State. Katie Larkin paces the BYU attack with three goals. Goalkeeper Erika Woodbury posted four shutouts with a 0.56 goals against average. The BYU-UW series is tied at 1-1-1, including a 1-1 tie on Sept. 21, 2001 in Seattle during the most recent meeting.

New Mexico (4-3-0) -- The Lobos have outscored opponents by a 13-6 count. Coach Kit Vela's team blanked UTEP 4-0 in its last outing. New Mexico is led by the four goals of Kristine Sweat. Goalkeeper Shannon Adragna has a 0.85 goals against average. Friday marks the first meeting between UNM and the Huskies. UW associate head coach Amy Griffin started the New Mexico program, serving as the Lobos head coach from 1993-95 before joining the Huskies' staff.

Washington State (5-2-1) -- The Cougars bring a three-game winning streak to this week's Challenge. Seven different players have scored goals for Coach Matt Potter's squad. WSU is led by the two goals and three assists of Carly Dobratz. Goalkeepers Amber Wittmers and Brynn Bemis combined for four shutouts and a 0.72 goals against average.

Notable
• UW has scored 10 goals through eight games, eclipsing last season's entire output of eight.

• 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 is in her 13th season at UW. She ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 coaches in both overall (134) and conference (52) victories.

2006 Preview
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.

2005 Review
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 (134) 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 166-125-26, including a 134-100-17 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.

The Staff
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.

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