UW Women Embark on Final 2005 Road Trip

Oct. 19, 2005

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Washington at #4 UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Drake Stadium (11,000) / Los Angeles, Calif.

Washington at USC, 1:00 p.m. PDT
McAlister Field (1,000) / Los Angeles, Calif.

The Washington Huskies (0-12-3, 0-4) embark on their final road trip of the season, visiting Los Angeles for a pair of Pac-10 games. The Huskies clash with fourth-ranked UCLA (13-1, 3-0) on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. UCLA won the last four meetings. On Sunday, Oct. 23, Washington visits USC for a 1 p.m. contest. The Huskies have not lost to USC since 1999.

Strenuous Schedule
Compounding a disappointing season has been one of the nation's most difficult schedules. Washington's opponents have a combined record of 179-75-26, a 69-percent winning percentage. Only two foes have losing records. Eight of the Huskies' losses came against teams ranked in the current top-25. Two other defeats were dealt by opponents ranked at the time of the game. UW visits No. 4 UCLA on Friday after already playing current No. 1 Penn State and No. 3 Portland.

Stellar Scorers
Along with facing quality teams, the Huskies have faced several elite scorers. UW has played against Christine Sinclair (Portland) and Tiffany Weimer (Penn State) who rank Nos. 1 and 2 among NCAA scorers with 27 and 22 goals, respectively. Last week UW played against Arizona's Mallory Miller (No. 6, 15 goals) and this week they square off against UCLA's Danesha Adams (No. 17, 12 goals).

Close Calls
Nine of 12 defeats have come by one-goal margins for the Huskies. UW has seven 1-0 setbacks on its ledger. The Huskies tied San Francisco 2-2 on Oct. 2, halting a seven-game losing streak. UW lost the last four games, its second streak of four games during which they were held without a goal. The current scoreless streak is 365 minutes.

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 4.5 saves per game this season. A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.34 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.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 30-72-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including an 0-8 mark this year. UW's last win was Nov. 20, 2004 vs. No. 15 Maryland.

This Week's Opponents
UCLA (13-1, 3-0)
- The fourth-ranked Bruins lost a penalty kick tiebreaker to Notre Dame in the 2004 NCAA championship game. This year's squad is outscoring opponents by a 35-6 margin, paced by the 12 goals of Danesha Adams. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson has four shutouts and a 0.53 goals against average. The Bruins own an 8-2-1 series advantage over UW, including four straight wins. UCLA won a 5-1 decision last season in Seattle. Washington's last win over the Bruins was a 1-0 decision during 2000 in Seattle.

USC (7-4-2, 1-1-1) - The Trojans feature a balanced offense led by junior midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo who has three goals and eight assists. Goalkeeper Veronica Simonton has registered six shutouts and a 1.03 goals against average. Washington owns a 6-4-1 edge in the series with a five-game undefeated streak against USC. The Huskies won 2-1 in overtime last season and the teams tied 1-1 in 2003 during their last Los Angeles encounter.

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 162-116-26, including a 130-91-17 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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