UW Women Fall 2-0 to UW-Milwaukee
Sept. 3, 2006
SEATTLE - Defending national champion Portland scored a tournament-record eight goals Sunday against Rhode Island to win the Husky/Nike Invitational title while the Washington women lost 2-0 to Wisconsin-Milwaukee to finish third in the four-team event at Husky Soccer Field.
The Huskies (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season, falling to defending Horizon League champion UW-Milwaukee (3-1). Washington defeated Rhode Island 2-0 in Friday's first-round action.
The teams battled through 62 scoreless minutes before Beth Steuer broke the deadlock for the Panthers. She collected a pass from Claire Pignet and carried it through the box before scoring on an eight-yard shot at 62:06.
'Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a very good team. We never really got in a rhythm with them,' explained Husky coach Lesle Gallimore. 'When you are defending that much, the wind can go out of your sails at 1-0. That's what happened.'
Bailey Briggs secured the win in the 74th minute, netting a rebound from a shot by teammate Kate Megna that was saved by UW's Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep). Briggs' 10-yard scoring strike came at 73:35.
Rasmussen registered five stellar saves for the Huskies who were outshot 19-10. Wisconsin goalkeeper Erin Kane also stopped five shots, including a deflection on a point-blank attempt by UW junior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) in the 78th minute. Hyatt collected the carom, but her second attempt was cleared off the line by a Panther defender.
'We had some chances at the end,' Gallimore said. 'We had some breakaway opportunities and they cleared some balls off the line, but you have to hand it to them. They defended as hard as they needed to defend and made it tough for us to get in behind them.
'I'm still impressed with our team and now we'll see how they react. The first time you lose, it is a test of how the players are going to handle it and how they can rebound from a game that wasn't our best.'
The eighth-ranked Pilots (2-1-1) got a hat trick from Natalie Budge while tournament Offensive MVP Megan Rapinoe added two goals and an assist in an 8-0 victory over Rhode Island (1-3). That scoring outburst eclipsed the tournament's single-game record of six goals set by Washington on Sept. 24, 1994 against Southern Methodist. Portland, which beat UW-Milwaukee 3-2 Friday, also broke the two-game tournament scoring record with 11 goals. The previous mark of 10 was established by the Huskies in 1995.
Rhode Island goalkeeper Danielle VanVierssen made eight saves while facing a 31-shot barrage. The Rams did not attempt a shot.
The Pilots won their sixth Husky Invitational championship, tying UW which also won six times in the 12-year tournament. Portland's Emily Michaelson received the Defensive MVP award.
The Huskies return to action next weekend at the Portland Invitational in Oregon. UW meets perennial championship contender North Carolina, Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Baylor, Sunday at noon.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Final Team Standings
4. Rhode Island
Offensive MVP -- Megan Rapinoe, Portland
Defensive MVP -- Emily Michaelson, Portland
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006
GAME 3 -- Portland 8, Rhode Island 0
Scoring --1, UP, Natalie Budge (Kendra Chandhoke), 4:44. 2, UP, Chandhoke (Angie Woznuk, Megan Rapinoe), 8:11. 3, UP, Rapinoe (PK), 9:41. 4, UP, Michelle Enyeart, 50:53. 5, UP, Rapinoe, 67:08. 6, Elsa Hume (Chandhoke), 70:39. 7, UP, Budge (Katie Brown), 74:33. 8, UP, Budge (Chandhoke), 77:48.
Shots -- URI 0, UP 31.
Saves -- URI 8 (Danielle VanVierssen), UP 0 (Cori Alexander, Ruth Gilliam)
Corner Kicks -- URI 1, UP 10.
Fouls -- URI 12, UP 11.
Attendance -- 382.
Records -- Portland 2-1-1, Rhode Island 1-2-0.
GAME 4 -- Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2, Washington 0
Scoring --1, UWM, Beth Steuer (Claire Pignet), 62:06. 2, UWM, Bailey Briggs (Kate Megna), 73:35.
Shots -- UWM 19, WASH 10.
Saves -- UWM 6 (Erin Kane 5), WASH 5 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- UWM 7, WASH 3.
Fouls -- UWM 12, WASH 13.
Attendance -- 741.
Records -- Washington 3-1-0, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 3-1-0.