UW Women Host Bay Area Schools in Soccer Homestand

Oct. 18, 2006

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California at Washington, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

Stanford at Washington, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

The Washington women's soccer team (6-8, 1-2 Pac-10) plays at home for the first time in four weeks when they host California (7-3-4, 0-2-2), Friday, Oct. 20. Kick-off is 5 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field where UW entertains Stanford (9-5-1, 2-1-1) on Sunday, Oct. 22 at noon.

Home Sweet Home
It's been nearly a month since the Washington women played at Husky Soccer Field, but they haven't left the Pacific Northwest. The Huskies last four games were on the road at Portland, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State. Friday's game against California is their first home game since Sept. 22.

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.

Watch Live
Live video and statistics from all Husky home soccer games are available free at Washington official website: www.gohuskies.com

Quoting UW Coach Lesle Gallimore
'It's great to get a split on a road trip to Oregon and now come home with some confidence. We still need to get more dynamic in front of the goal and if we do, we can win some of these games coming up.'

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This Week's Opponents
California (7-3-4, 0-2-2 Pac-10)
-- The Bears are one of the nation's stingiest teams with eight shutouts and a 0.60 goals against average, led by goalkeeper Anna Key. The offense is paced by the three goals of both Katie Ratican and Julia Schnugg. Washington holds a 9-6 lead in the all-time series, including a 6-1 record in Seattle. The Bears snapped a five-game series losing streak with a 1-0 win last season in Berkeley that was their first win over UW since 1999. Head Coach Lesle Gallimore, a 1986 California graduate, has a 10-6 record against her alma mater with a 9-3 mark while at UW.

Stanford (9-5-1, 2-1-1 Pac-10) -- The potent Cardinal attack scored three goals in both games last week to beat Arizona and Arizona State. Stanford is outscoring opponents 27-11 led by the six goals of Shari Summers. Freshman Kelley O'Hara netted two of her five goals last weekend to win Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Goalkeeper Alex Gamble has five shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average. Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington by a 12-2-2 margin, including a 1-0 win last season in Palo Alto. Both of UW's wins were 1-0 decisions in Seattle, in 2000 and 2004.

What's Up with Washington
The Huskies stopped a three-game losing skid Sunday with a 1-0 win at Oregon State on a 45-yard free kick by Katie Hall in the 17th minute. UW features a balanced attack with nine different scorers, led by the three goals and three assists of sophomore forward Melissa Beal. Last year, Beal was the team's only multi-goal scorer with four. This year, Shuree Hyatt and Katy Dowling have joined her with two goals each. Both goals have been game winners for Hyatt who is playing in her first season as a Husky after transferring from the University of San Francisco. Dowling netted the lone goal in the Sept. 22 victory over New Mexico.

Close Encounters
The Huskies have four one-goal victories, one year after they were winless (0-17-3) and on the losing end of 13 one-goal margins in 2005.

Youth Movement
Seven members of Washington's starting lineup are underclassmen, including four freshmen. Six of the 18 players who competed in a game this season are first-year Huskies and five of those have started at least once. Four freshmen are regulars in Coach Lesle Gallimore's starting lineup, including forward Veronica Perez-Murillo who netted her first collegiate goal Sept. 17 at Ohio State. Freshman Chelsea Bumbaugh starts in the midfield while Lindsey Kasser and Nikki Murray are defensive starters.

Fast Fact
• Goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen has 17 career shutouts, one shy of the school record of 18 established by Hope Solo from 1999-2002.

Kelsey the `Keeper
Anchoring UW's defense is senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who has taken part in five shutouts this season. A three-year starter, Rasmussen compiled a 1.41 career goals against average, the No. 6 mark in Husky history. She has 17 shutouts and 252 saves, figures that both rank No. 2 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 4,911 minutes over the last three seasons, sitting out only 62 minutes during that span.

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 (136) and conference wins (53). 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 17-year record of 168-129-26, including a 136-104-17 mark in 13 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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