UW Women Play First Pac-10 Home Game

Oct. 12, 2005

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Washington vs. #20 Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

Washington vs. Arizona State, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (0-10-3, 0-2) play their first Pacific-10 Conference home games this weekend, beginning Friday, Oct. 14 against 20th-ranked Arizona (7-3-2, 2-0). Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. UW has never lost in Seattle to the defending Pac-10 champion Wildcats, winning all five home encounters. On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Huskies entertain Arizona State (6-5-2, 1-1) at noon. UW has not defeated the Sun Devils since 2001.

Close Calls
Eight of 10 defeats have come by one-goal margins for the Huskies, who are in the midst of their longest season-opening stretch without a victory. The 1997 UW squad started the year with five losses before winning its sixth game. UW has six 1-0 setbacks on its ledger, including two last weekend in losses to No. 15 Stanford and No. 16 California. The Huskies tied San Francisco 2-2 on Oct. 2, halting a seven-game losing streak. In that game, Melissa Beal's 34th-minute goal stopped the team's 433-minute scoreless that dated back to Sept. 11. UW was shut out in its previous four games.

Youth Movement
The Washington women's soccer roster has undergone a major makeover. Only two starters return and forward Kim Taylor is the team's only senior. She is joined by five juniors, who are outnumbered by 20 underclassmen. Sixteen players had never seen game action for UW before this season, including 12 freshmen. Thirteen of the 22 players who competed in a game this season are first-year Huskies and eight of those have started.

Kelsey the 'Keeper
Anchoring a revamped UW defense is junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who is averaging 4.8 saves per game this season. A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.31 career goals against average, the No. 5 mark in Husky history. She has 13 shutouts, the third-best career-figure in the UW annals. Rasmussen posted a school single-season record 10 shutouts in 2004 along with a 1.13 goals against average while playing every minute. She had a string of five consecutive shutouts last year that included UW's first three NCAA Tournament outings. Rasmussen was credited with 13 saves Aug. 28 vs. Hofstra, one shy of the school single-game record of 14.

Terrific Taylor
Senior forward Kim Taylor was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in each of the last two seasons. She is within striking distance of several schools records. Taylor ranks No. 5 among all-time UW playmakers with 21 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor ranks third on the career game-winning assists list with nine. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 19 career goals, ranking No. 7 at UW. Nine of her goals were game-winners.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 30-71-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including an 0-7 mark this year. UW's last win was Nov. 20, 2004 vs. No. 15 Maryland.

This Week's Opponents
Arizona (7-3-2, 2-0)
- The 20th-ranked Wildcats tied UCLA for the 2004 Pac-10 title. Mallory Miller, the current conference Player of the Week, leads all Pac-10 players with 14 goals. Goalkeeper Smith McCall has five shutouts and a 1.19 goals against average. Washington holds an 8-2 lead in the all-time series, including wins in all five UA visits to Seattle. The Wildcats were 3-1 victors last season in Tucson.

Arizona State (6-5-2, 1-1) - The Sun Devils are paced by the nine goals of Elizabeth Bogus who leads the Pac-10 with an average of 5.69 shots per game. That figure is, remarkably, just two fewer than Washington's entire team average of 7.85 shots per game. Goalkeeper Kim Bingham has two shutouts and a 1.38 goals against average. The Huskies have a 5-2-1 series advantage. After winning the first five meetings, UW lost two straight and tied last year's contest 3-3 in Tempe.

• Freshman forward Melissa Beal is UW's only multiple-goal scorer. She netted four of the Huskies seven goals this season.

• Washington leads all Pac-10 teams in attendance with an average of 1,095 spectators at Husky Soccer Field. That figure is 172 more per game than runner-up Stanford's average of 923. The Huskies have led the Pac-10 and ranked among the top-10 attendance leaders nationally during each of the last eight seasons.

• Lesle Gallimore is in her 12th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (130) and conference (52) wins.

2004 Recap -- A Remarkable Run
The 2004 team posted a 17-5-1 record and advanced deeper into the NCAA Tournament bracket than any Washington team ever. The Huskies won three playoff games, reaching the quarterfinals before losing 3-1 at Princeton to fall one game shy of the Final Four. UW featured the Pac-10's first two-time Player of the Year award recipient, Tina Frimpong. She completed her UW career as the school's all-time leader in goals (43), game-winning goals (18) and total points (99). UW finished third in the 2004 Pac-10 standings with a 5-3-1 record.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore has steadily transformed Washington into one of the nation's premier programs since her hiring in 1994. Gallimore stands atop the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (130) and conference wins (52). Last season, she directed UW to its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Huskies made their first foray into the NCAA quarterfinals after winning three straight postseason games. Gallimore posted her 100th UW victory on Oct. 13, 2003 at Oregon State. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in eight of her previous 11 seasons. Gallimore was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Gallimore has a 15-year record of 162-114-26, including a 130-89-17 mark in 12 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.

The Staff
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes 10th-year Associate Head Coach Amy Griffin (previously Allmann), a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Assistant Coach Tami Bennett is in her third year on the staff after two seasons at Portland State. Bennett concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals. Also on the staff is volunteer coach Michelle French, a former University of Portland and U.S. National Team standout.

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