UW Women Begin Final Three-Game Homestand

Oct. 26, 2005

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

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

The Washington Huskies (0-14-3, 0-6 Pac-10) begin their season-ending, three-game homestand on Friday, Oct. 28 against Oregon (8-6-1, 0-5). Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Former Husky standout Tara Bilanski (now Erickson) is in her first season as head coach at Oregon. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the Huskies entertain Oregon State (9-5-1, 2-2-1) at noon. Washington won 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Beavers.

Strenuous Schedule
Compounding a disappointing season has been one of the nation's most difficult schedules. Washington's foes have a combined record of 196-86-35, a 67-percent winning percentage. Only one opponent (USF) has a losing record. Ten losses came against currently ranked teams, including No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Portland and No. 4 UCLA.

Close Calls
Ten of 14 defeats have come by one-goal margins for the Huskies. UW has seven 1-0 setbacks on its ledger. Since tying San Francisco 2-2 on Oct. 2, the Huskies have lost their last six games, four of them by one-goal deficits.

Scoring Slump Stops
Sophomore Dani Bridges scored in the 80th minute of Sunday's 2-1 loss at USC, halting a 534-minute scoreless drought for the Huskies. UW's previous score came Oct. 2 in a 2-2 tie against San Francisco.

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 10 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 4.7 saves per game this season. A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.41 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.

Friendly Foe
A familiar face will be on the visitor's bench Friday when the Huskies host Oregon. Former UW midfielder (1992-95) and assistant coach (1996-98) Tara (Bilanski) Erickson is in her first year as head coach of the Ducks. The Puyallup High School product still ranks third among all-time Huskies with 27 career goals.

This Week's Opponents
Oregon (8-6-1, 0-5 Pac-10)
- The Ducks registered an outstanding 8-1-1 record in non-conference games before opening Pac-10 play with five straight losses. Nicole Garbin leads the team with nine goals. Goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield has six shutouts and a 1.64 goals against average. Washington has never lost to the Ducks, posting an 8-0-1 record in the all-time series. The Huskies won the last three meetings after tying 1-1 in 2001. UW was a 4-1 victor last season in Eugene.

Oregon State (9-5-1, 2-2-1 Pac-10) - The Beavers have outscored opponents by a 23-16 margin, paced by the 10 goals and five assists of Jodie Taylor. Sophomore forward Whitney Goodell was honored Monday as the Pac-10 Player of the Week after scoring two goals in OSU's 4-2 win over Oregon on Friday. Goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has six shutouts and a 1.02 goals against average. Washington owns a 12-2 series advantage, including wins in 10 of the last 11 meetings. The Beavers won the last meeting in Seattle, a 2-0 decision in 2003. The Huskies claimed a 3-2 double-overtime victory last season in Corvallis.

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 162-118-26, including a 130-93-17 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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