UW Women's Soccer Squad Improves to 2-0

Aug. 27, 2006

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The airplane flight from Hawaii just got a lot shorter for the Washington women's soccer team.

The travel time should elapse quickly for the happy Huskies who return to Seattle as champions of the OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi tournament. Washington rallied behind a pair of second-half goals to claim a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma late Saturday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

UW has opened the season with back-to-back wins on consecutive nights. The Huskies defeated host Hawaii on Friday, halting a 21-game winless streak that included an 0-17-3 record in 2005.

'Obviously in Friday night's game, the first one of our season, it was really important just to build confidence,' explained UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'For us in particular it became even more important to get a win based on last season. Then with that monkey off our back, our season kind of started today actually. That's gone and we can now got out and just play soccer.'

Oklahoma (0-1) had the luxury of resting Friday night while scouting the Huskies. The Sooners took advantage in the first half, outshooting the sluggish Huskies 5-4. OU scored first on a breakaway by Kady Kelly. UW senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor/Bellarmine Prep) saved Kelly's initial, point-blank attempt, but couldn't stop the second shot at 21:16.

'We were down 1-0 at half. I don't know what we did or what we said at halftime, but it worked and we came back and won 2-1,' remarked Gallimore whose Huskies outshot Oklahoma 10-1 in the second half. 'It was awesome. A gutty, gutty performance. Even though fatigue-wise we struggled a little bit in the first half trying to get our bearings, we really grinded it out in the second half and played some great soccer.'

The Huskies netted the equalizer less than four minutes after halftime when freshman Chelsea Bumbaugh (Monroe, Wash./Monroe) dribbled into the center of the Sooner defense before sending a pass out to the right flank. Senior Shannon Dillon (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) collected the pass and sent a low shot inside the far post at 48:46.

Junior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) tallied the game-winner at 68:51, heading in a corner kick from Katy Dowling for her first goal as a Husky. Hyatt scored eight goals in each of her two seasons at San Francisco before transferring to UW and red-shirting last season.

This weekend's pair of close decisions were a nice switch for the Huskies who were on the losing end of 13 one-goal margins last season, including 10 by 1-0 scores.

Rasmussen registered two saves for the Huskies after stopping five shots in Friday's shutout win. She ranks No. 3 among all-time Huskies with 14 career shutouts and 198 saves.

'Kelsey had a great weekend. Their goal, she couldn't really do anything about,' said Gallimore. 'She actually made a first save on it after a breakaway type of thing. She came out and made the first save and we were sluggish, we were standing and couldn't clear the second one.'

Jennifer Nichols was credited with five saves for the Sooners who were outshot 14-6.

The tournament concludes Monday with the consolation match between Hawaii and Oklahoma.

UW plays its home opener next weekend as part of the four-team Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field. The tournament opens, Friday, Sept. 1 with defending national champion Portland playing Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 4:30 followed by UW and Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Portland and Washington trade opponents, Sunday, Sept. 3.

OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi Tournament
Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii
Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006

Washington 2, Oklahoma 1

Scoring --1, OU, Kady Kelly (unassisted), 21:16. 2, UW, Shannon Dillon (Chelsea Bumbaugh), 48:46. 3, UW, Shuree Hyatt (Katy Dowling), 68:51.

Shots -- UW 14, OU 6.
-- UW 2 (Kelsey Rasmussen), OU 5 (Jennifer Nichols)
Corner Kicks
-- UW 9, OU 3.
-- UW 20, OU 12.
-- 187.

Records -- Washington 2-0-0, Oklahoma 0-1-0.

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