UW Women Host Crossfire Sounders in Fund-Raising Exhibition

May 2, 2007

SEATTLE - Some familiar faces will be on the opposing side of the field, Saturday (May 5) when the Washington women's soccer team hosts a fund-raising exhibition against the Seattle Crossfire Sounders.

Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Tickets are $4 and are only available on game day at the gate. All proceeds will benefit the UW women's soccer program.

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The Sounders roster includes former Huskies Malia Arrant (1997-2000), Nicole Martinez (2001-2004) and Kelli Smith (2001-2004).

A pair of current Huskies, Dani Bridges and Shuree Hyatt, will join the Sounders when the collegiate spring season ends.

The Huskies conclude their spring session, Saturday, May 12 against Portland State. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Over 40 former players came to campus last weekend for Washington's annual alumni weekend. Many of them participated in the Alumni Game on Saturday.

Melissa Beal scored the only goal early in the second half, lifting the varsity squad to a 1-0 victory over the Alumni.

Alumni goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen, who completed her collegiate career last fall, deflected a hard shot by Bridges. Beal collected the rebound and slid it past the diving Rasmussen for the game-winner.

The Husky varsity lost the 2006 Alumni Game by a 2-1 count. The alums were led in that 2006 game by goals from a pair of U.S. National Team members. Tina Frimpong found the back of the net as did Hope Solo, who is usually in the business of stopping scores. Solo was an accomplished field player, leading Washington state prep scorers, before concentrating on goalkeeping upon her arrival at UW.

Frimpong and Solo did not play for the alums Saturday as they are training with the national team. They will visit the UW campus, May 18 as special guests at the women's soccer benefit dinner.

This year's alumni squad included Tami Bennett, who is currently an assistant on the Husky coaching staff.

Taylor Carr played the first half in goal and Lizzy Showman the second, combining for the shutout.

On Sunday, the Huskies played to a 0-0 draw with Oregon State. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Alex Phillips played well during the second half to preserve the draw.

The UW booters are nearing the end of a successful spring season. They opened with matching 5-0 victories over Idaho and Western Washington. The Huskies routed their visitors from Bellingham on Saturday (April 21) behind two goals apiece from Bridges and Katy Dowling and a single score by Jenna Robison.

Goalkeepers Phillips and Showman teamed up for the shutout against WWU.

After that win, the Huskies traveled across town to play a night game at Seattle Pacific. The Falcons took advantage of an understandably sluggish UW start to score the game's only goal 10 minutes into the contest.

Carr played the entire game in goal for the Huskies.

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