UW Bids Four Soccer Seniors Adieu With 1-1 Tie
Nov. 5, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington junior Dani Bridges headed in a corner kick six minutes into the second half Sunday, evening the score for a 1-1 tie with Arizona State in the final game of the women's soccer season for both teams.
A crowd of 1,305 at Husky Soccer Field saw the Huskies conclude the year with a 7-12-1 record and a 2-6-1 Pac-10 mark that placed them eighth in the final standings. That is a drastic improvement from UW's 0-17-3 ledger and last-place finish last season.
'The positives between last year and this year, even with the injuries that we were dealt this season, have us going back in the direction that we want to be,' exclaimed UW coach Lesle Gallimore.
The Sun Devils' record moved to 8-8-3 with a 3-5-1 conference mark to finish seventh.
Both goals were initiated by corner kicks, the first by ASU in the 41st minute. Kylla Sjoman tapped a corner kick to Alissa Oldenkamp who immediately passed it back to the corner for a cross by Sjoman. The middle of the box was congested, but Lauren Niblett managed to get a head on the ball and flick it into the net from seven yards out at 40:19. That was her first goal of the season.
The Huskies equalized at 50:44 on the second goal of the season for Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma). She met Cathy Roe's corner kick 10 yards from the goal and headed it in to set the final 1-1 margin. That score held for the remaining 59 minutes of play, including two 10-minute overtime sessions.
Bridges nearly replicated her scoring play for a game-winner in the 86th minute, but her powerful header traveled just wide of the left post.
The Sun Devils had some near-misses as well, including a high shot by Oldenkamp with 2:24 left in the final overtime that was tipped and deflected off the crossbar by UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep). Brittney Doty hit the left post on a breakaway in the 83rd minute and connected with the crossbar with 30 seconds left in the first overtime.
'It was a good weekend on the whole,' said Gallimore, whose Huskies won a 3-2 overtime decision on Friday against Arizona. 'We hadn't been to overtime all year and, with the limited roster that we have numbers-wise, to work two overtimes and to come out with two positive results in a win and a tie is a great way to end our season.
'Obviously today we would have liked to win. I thought we controlled the game on the ground. I thought we controlled possession and we had the ball the bulk of the time. But, they did hit the post three or four times. When all is said and done, we're happy they didn't sneak one in on us.'
UW's Rasmussen was credited with two saves, increasing her career total to 269. That figure ranks second among all-time Huskies, trailing only the school record of 325 compiled from 1999 to 2002 by current U.S. National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Rasmussen is one of four seniors who played their final game at UW, joining Roe (University Place, Wash./Curtis), forward Shannon Dillon (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) and defender Shaela Ward (Lacey, Wash./North Thurston).
'I'm just happy for our seniors that they could have a last great weekend at home,' Gallimore said. 'I couldn't be more proud of how they stuck it out and got some good results at the end.'
Kim Bingham registered four saves for the Sun Devils, who were out shot by a narrow 15-14 margin.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006
Washington 1, Arizona State 1 (2ot)
Shots -- UW 15, ASU 14.
Saves -- ASU 4 (Kim Bingham), UW 2 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- ASU 5, UW 8.
Fouls -- ASU 15, UW 17.
Offsides -- ASU 1, UW 0.
Attendance -- 1,305.
Records -- Washington 7-12-1, 2-6-1 Pac-10, Arizona State 8-8-3, 3-5-1 Pac-10.
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