UW Women Equal School's Best Non-Conference Soccer Mark

Oct. 3, 2004

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior forward Kim Taylor's 14th-minute goal gave fourth-ranked Washington a 1-0 victory at San Diego State, Sunday at the SDSU Sports Deck and helped the Huskies equal the best non-conference record in their 14-year history.

The Huskies recovered from Friday's 2-1 loss at San Diego to close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 9-1 record, matching the school record established by the 2000 team. That UW squad went on to win the school's only Pac-10 women's soccer championship.

Washington begins Pac-10 play next week with a pair of games in the state of Arizona, beginning Friday at Arizona State. That will be the fifth straight weekend on the road for the Huskies who are in the midst of a 41-day stretch between home games. UW, which last played at home on Sept. 3, returns to Husky Soccer Field on Oct. 15 to host USC.

Senior Nikki Gamble (Oak Harbor, Wash.), who scored UW's lone goal Friday, set up the game's only tally Sunday. She passed the ball to Taylor (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who blasted a 20-yard shot from the top of the box into the upper right corner at 13:16.

That was the third goal of the season for Taylor and all of them have been game-winners. Taylor now has 16 career goals, the ninth-highest total among all-time Huskies.

'Kim, coming off an ankle injury and being able to play and get a goal was huge for us,' said UW head coach Lesle Gallimore. 'This was another tough, physical game. It was good for us to get out of here with a win and a shutout.'

Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) made the goal stand up, blanking her third opponent in the last four games. She saved three San Diego State shots, including a diving stop of a dangerous attempt by Ashley Cooper in the 76th minute.

Last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, Rasmussen registered five shutouts this season and has surrendered just six goals in 10 games.

Sophia Perez had three saves for the Aztecs (3-5-3) who were outshot by a slim 9-8 margin. She was replaced in the 88th minute by Melissa Deckers who did not make a save.

Gallimore improved her all-time coaching record to 3-0 against her former team. She started her head coaching career with four years at San Diego State from 1990-93 before taking over at UW in 1994. Gallimore directed the Huskies to a 122-75-13 record and seven NCAA Tournament berths in 11 seasons.

'We're looking forward to getting home and getting rejuvenated before the Pac-10 season starts,' Gallimore concluded.

SDSU Sports Deck; San Diego, Calif.

(#4) Washington 1, San Diego State 0

Scoring -- 1, UW, Kim Taylor (Nikki Gamble), 13:16.

Shots -- UW 9, SDSU 8.
Saves -- UW 3 (Kelsey Rasmussen), SDSU 3 (Sophia Perez 3, Melissa Deckers 0).
Corner Kicks -- UW 5, SDSU 1.
Fouls -- UW 8, SDSU 13.
Offside -- UW 6, SDSU 2.
Attendance -- 206.
Records -- Washington 9-1-0, San Diego State 3-5-3.

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