Washington Women Win Exhibition Soccer Opener 4-1
Aug. 25, 2007
SEATTLE - Dani Bridges and Melissa Beal each netted a goal inside the opening 12 minutes as the Washington women cruised to a 4-1 win over British Columbia in an exhibition game at Husky Soccer Field.
'For us it was a great opportunity just to get out and play against another team,' said Lesle Gallimore, who is beginning her 14th season as the Huskies head coach. 'I was pleased with the early lead. It was a veteran team that started and got us off to a 2-0 start pretty quickly with Dani and Melissa, which is what we expect out of them.'
Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma), a senior, gathered a pass in stride from Chelsea Bumbaugh (Monroe, Wash./Monroe) and sprinted 30 yards. She dribbled past the goalkeeper and pushed the ball into the net at 6:30.
Five minutes later, Beal (Portland, Ore.) received a pass from Jenna Robinson (Livermore, Calif.) and drove home a 17-yard shot from the top of the box at 11:45. A junior, Beal led all UW scorers in each of her first two seasons.
The 2-0 halftime lead was extended when a relentless Husky attack forced a UBC defender into a poor clearance that arched high into the net for an own goal at 51:27.
Sophomore Alex Kirk (Edmonds, Wash./Edmonds-Woodway), a transfer from Seattle Pacific, tallied UW's final goal at 54:05. Freshman McKenna Waitley (El Cajon, Calif.) sent a ball toward the right side of the goal and Kirk tapped it in from just off the goal line.
The Thunderbirds got on the board at 84:45 when Janine Kerr ran on to a pass from Caitlin Davie, maneuvered past UW goalkeeper Lizzy Showman (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) and slid a shot in from five yards away.
Showman played the final 30 minutes in goal for the Huskies, replacing starter Taylor Carr (Culver City, Calif.). Taylor was credited with the only save for UW, which outshot UBC by a 24-6 tally. Thunderbird goalkeeper Krista Dewar was credited with six saves.
Washington has its largest roster ever with 28 players, and 25 of them saw action Saturday. The opening lineup featured all returning players, except freshman Kendyl Pele (Kennewick, Wash./Kamaikin) who started on defense. She was one of 10 players who made their Husky game debut.
'It was a great opportunity for us to get everyone some playing time and get our freshman in the game to get out any nerves that they have before they are faced with real competition,' Gallimore explained.
'I'm very pleased with the group we have. We've got a lot of potential. Clearly, it's very early and there's going to be a ton of stuff to work on. But, there are some talented kids on this team and our depth and the competition for positions will help us do some good things this year.'
The Huskies open the regular season next weekend in Milwaukee, Wis. They play at Marquette, Aug. 31 and at UW-Milwaukee, Sept. 2.
The home opener is Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the annual Husky/Nike Invitational. Cal State Fullerton and Portland meet at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. clash between the Washington and Purdue at Husky Soccer Field.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007
Washington 4, British Columbia 1 (exhibition)
Scoring --1, UW, Dani Bridges (Chelsea Bumbaugh), 6:30. 2, UW, Melissa Beal (Jenna Robison), 11:45. 3, UW, Own Goal, 51:27. 4, UW, Alex Kirk (McKenna Waitley), 54:05. 5, UBC, Janine Kerr (Caitlin Davie), 84:45.
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