Washington Women Win Home Soccer Opener

Sept. 1, 2006

Final Stats

SEATTLE - Junior midfielder Dani Bridges played a part in both first-half goals for the Washington women who blanked Rhode Island 2-0 Friday in the first round of the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies improved to 3-0, winning their home opener for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The lone loss during that span came during UW's winless 0-17-3 campaign last year. The Rams' record dropped to 1-2.

'Obviously to get the first win at home and have it be a shutout and play the way we did was really important,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'I would have liked to see us finish on a few more of our chances and be a little bit more dangerous as the game wore on. Sometimes with a two-goal lead it's hard to keep that energy level up.'

Junior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake), a transfer from San Francisco, opened the scoring after receiving a through ball from Bridges. Hyatt dribbled into the box and slid a low shot across and into the eight side of the goal at 17:37 for her team-leading second score of the season.

Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) followed with a goal of her own just over three minutes later. Freshman Lindsey Kasser (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah) served a corner kick that Bridges headed in from 10 yards out at 20:48.

That was the first goal of the season for Bridges who was named the Most Valuable Player of last weekend's tournament when UW defeated host Hawaii and Oklahoma.

Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) preserved the victory with a pair of second-half saves en route to her 15th career shutout. She ranks third among all-time Huskies in that category and also ranks third in the UW record book with 200 career saves.

Danielle VanVierssen had one save for Rhode Island, which was outshot 16-5.

'Kelsey came up with a couple great saves,' Gallimore said. 'Rhode Island was a very dangerous team. They were just one shot away from getting back in it.'

In the opening game of the tournament, defending national champion Portland rallied to defeat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 3-2 behind two goals and an assist from Megan Rapinoe.

The eighth-ranked Pilots (1-1-1) opened the scoring in the 11th minute on Rapinoe's give-and-go goal. The Panthers (2-1) responded with scores by Louise Vraney and Kate Megna to claim a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Rapinoe netted the equalizer at 77:35 on a 30-yard free kick and then assisted Michelle Enyeart's game-winner at 81:26.

The tournament teams exchange opponents Sunday with Rhode Island and Portland meeting at 11 a.m. and the Huskies squaring off with UW-Milwaukee at 1:30 p.m.

Husky/Nike Invitational
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Sept. 1, 2006

GAME 1 -- Portland 3, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2

Scoring --1, UP, Megan Rapinoe (Natalie Budge), 10:54. 2, UWM, Louise Vraney, 30:21. 3, UWM, Kate Megna (Amanda Winn), 40:12. 4, UP, Rapinoe, 77:35. 5, UP, Michelle Enyeart (Rapinoe), 81:26.

Shots -- UWM 8, UP 16.
-- UWM 4 (Erin Kane), UP 3 (Cori Alexander)
Corner Kicks
-- UWM 3, UP 4.
-- UWM 6, UP 15.
-- 338.

Records -- Portland 1-1-1, UW-Milwaukee 2-1-0.

GAME 2 -- Washington 2, Rhode Island 0

Scoring --1, UW, Shuree Hyatt (Dani Bridges), 17:37. 2, UW, Bridges (Lindsey Kasser), 20:48.

Shots -- URI 5, UW 16.
-- URI 2 (Danielle Van Vierssen 1), UW 2 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks
-- URI 1, UW 7.
-- URI 5, UW 8.
-- 772.

Records -- Washington 3-0-0, Rhode Island 1-2-0.

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