UW Women Sustain First Soccer Loss

Oct. 1, 2004

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Lee Klopschinski scored the go-ahead goal 36 seconds into the second half Friday and San Diego held on to deal the fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team its first defeat, 2-1 at Torero Stadium.

The Huskies (8-1) had their longest season-opening winning streak stopped at eight games. They were one of only three unbeaten, un-tied teams in the nation entering Friday's contest.

Reserve Amy Epsten opened the scoring in the 29th minute, finding the goal just three minutes after entering the contest for San Diego (5-6-1). She headed in the ball from close range off a cross from Marie-Claude Henry.

UW senior Nikki Gamble (Oak Harbor, Wash.) evened the score less than 10 minutes later. She served a ball into the box that glanced off a defender and into the net at 37:33. That was the fourth goal of the season for Gamble who is tied for the team lead with 11 total points.

Klopschinski's game-winner came at 45:36. Her point-blank shot was deflected by UW sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), but not enough to prevent it from trickling into the goal.

Last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, Rasmussen registered four saves for the Huskies who were outshot by an 11-7 tally. The Toreros became the first team to net multiple goals against Rasmussen who has surrendered only six scores. USD goalkeeper Karen Cook was not credited with any saves.

'The storyline of the game was that we played against a very direct, physical team that we didn't match very well,' UW coach Lesle Gallimore said about the solid San Diego squad that competed in the last five NCAA Tournaments. 'We had a couple of chances late, but we didn't create enough dangerous chances to beat them.'

Just two of Washington's seven shots were on frame, including Gamble's goal. The other was a near-miss as senior Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay) had the potential equalizer carom off the crossbar in the 80th minute.

The Huskies complete the non-conference portion of their schedule Sunday at San Diego State before starting Pac-10 play next week in Arizona. They seek to match the school-record 9-1 non-conference mark turned in by the 2000 team that proceeded to win Washington's only Pac-10 championship.

'This being our first loss, we'll find out how we deal with losing. I'm confident with our senior leadership that we'll come back Sunday and play well,' Gallimore projected. 'We have to heal up, find our legs and be ready for another physical game.'

Torero Field; San Diego, Calif.

San Diego 2, (#4) Washington 1

Scoring -- 1, USD, Amy Epsten (Marie-Claude Henry), 28:12. 2, UW, Nikki Gamble, 37:33. 3, USD, Lee Klopschinski, 45:36.

Shots -- UW 7, USD 11.
Saves -- UW 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen), USD 0 (Karen Cook).
Corner Kicks -- UW 1, USD 3.
Fouls -- UW 11, USD 9.
Offside -- UW 2, USD 2.
Attendance -- 658.
Records -- Washington 8-1-0, San Diego 5-6-1.

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