UW Women Close Out 2005 Soccer Season Friday

Nov. 1, 2005

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Washington vs. Washington State, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

The Washington Huskies (0-16-3, 0-8 Pac-10) conclude the 2005 season at home on Friday, Nov. 4 against cross-state rival Washington State. Kick-off is 5 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The home team has been dominant in the 'Apple Cup' of soccer. The Huskies were victorious in the Cougars' last five visits to Seattle. In contrast, Washington is winless in its last four trips to Pullman, including a 3-2 loss last season.

Strenuous Schedule
Compounding a disappointing season has been one of the nation's most difficult schedules. Washington's foes have a combined record of 212-94-39, a 67-percent winning percentage. Only one opponent (San Francisco) has a losing record. Eleven losses came against currently ranked teams, including No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Portland, No. 4 UCLA, No. 12 California, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 16 West Virginia, No. 17 Tennessee, No. 21 USC, No. 23 Arizona, No. 24 Stanford and No. 25 Gonzaga.

Close Calls
Twelve of 16 defeats have come by one-goal margins for the Huskies. UW has nine 1-0 setbacks on its ledger. Since tying San Francisco 2-2 on Oct. 2, the Huskies have lost their last eight games, six of them by one-goal deficits.

Solitary Senior
Forward Kim Taylor is the only senior on the roster and will play her final collegiate game, against Washington State. Friday's outing will be the 84th career appearance for Taylor, tying her with Tina Frimpong for the most games played by a Husky. That will be Taylor's 78th career start, breaking the previous school record of 77 established by Terry Gleason from 1993-1996.

Terrific Taylor
Kim Taylor was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in each of the last two seasons. She ranks No. 5 among all-time UW playmakers with 21 career assists. Taylor ranks third on the career game-winning assists list with nine. She has 19 career goals, ranking No. 7 at UW. Nine of Taylor's goals were game-winners.

Kelsey the 'Keeper
Anchoring a revamped UW defense is junior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who is averaging 4.4 saves per game this season. A two-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.39 career goals against average, the No. 6 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.

Youth Movement
The Washington women's soccer roster has undergone a major makeover. Only three 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.

Quoting Coach Lesle Gallimore
'We're going to keep training this week and try to go get the Cougs on Friday night in our last game. We'll try to salvage something on a positive note, but whether we win or lose we have so many good things on our team to build on for next year. We have a lot of good personalities and players who understand what it takes to get us back to where we need to go. We have good kids coming in and injured kids that will be back. We're confident as coaches that this is the only time you'll see Husky soccer at this much of a low, for sure.'

Scouting Washington State (10-7-2, 3-4-1)
Third-year Coach Matt Potter's Cougar squad brings a three-game unbeaten streak into Friday's game as they defeated Oregon State and Oregon 1-0 last weekend after tying No. 4 UCLA 0-0. Carmen Anderson paces the WSU attack with six goals. Goalkeeper Katie Hultin has six shutouts and a 1.17 goals against average. Washington owns a 7-5-2 lead in the all-time series. The Huskies won the last five meetings in Seattle where the Cougars' lone road win came in 1992.

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 162-120-26, including a 130-95-17 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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