Huskies Play at Ohio State Women's Soccer Tournament

Sept. 13, 2006

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Ohio State Tournament
Jesse Owens Stadium (10,000)
Columbus, Ohio

Washington vs. Dayton, 2:00 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT)
#15 California vs. Ohio State, 4:30 p.m. PDT (7:30 p.m. EDT)

#15 California vs. Dayton, 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT)
Washington vs. Ohio State, 11:00 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT)

The Washington women's soccer team (4-2) completes a four-game road trip this week at the Ohio State Tournament. The Huskies meet Dayton (0-2-3) in the opener on Friday, Sept. 15. Kick-off is 2 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Eastern) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus where California and Ohio State clash at 4:30 p.m. PDT. On Sunday, Sept. 17 the teams exchange opponents as Washington meets the host Buckeyes (2-2-1) at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. Eastern) after the Cal-Dayton matchup.

Tournament Tested
This weekend's event is the fourth of five straight tournaments for Washington. The Huskies opened the season by winning the OHANA Hotels No Ka Oi with a 1-0 victory over host Hawaii and 2-1 come-from-behind win over Oklahoma. UW placed third in its last two tournaments, the Husky/Nike Invitational and the Portland Invitational. Next week, Washington hosts Brigham Young, New Mexico and Washington State in the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge, Sept. 21 and 22 at Husky Soccer Field.

Last Week
Washington blanked Baylor 4-0 Sunday behind two goals and an assist from sophomore forward Melissa Beal. She has three goals this season after leading the team with four in 2005. On Friday, then seventh-ranked North Carolina dealt the Huskies a 4-0 setback in the opening round of the Portland (Ore.) Invitational.

Both goals for junior transfer Shuree Hyatt (USF) were game-winners ... The Huskies have two one-goal victories, one year after they were winless (0-17-3) and on the losing end of 13 one-goal margins in 2005.

Kelsey the `Keeper
Anchoring UW's defense is senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who has taken part in three shutouts this season. A three-year starter, Rasmussen boasts a 1.37 career goals against average, the No. 6 mark in Husky history. She has 15 shutouts and 215 saves, figures that each rank No. 3 in the UW annals. Rasmussen posted a UW season record 10 shutouts in 2004 along with a 1.13 goals against average while playing every minute. She was credited with 13 saves against Hofstra on Aug. 28, 2005, one shy of the school single-game record of 14. Rasmussen played 4,463 minutes over the last three seasons, sitting out only 60 minutes during that span.

This Week's Opponents
Dayton (0-2-3) -- The winless Flyers have been competitive with two one-goal losses along with three ties. The Dayton attack is balanced with all five goals coming from different players and all four assists from different players. Goalkeeper Niki Reed has one shutout and a 1.14 goals against average. Since Coach Mike Tucker took over in 1995, the Flyers have not had a losing season. Tucker ranks 35th among active NCAA Division I coaches with 164 career wins. Washington's Lesle Gallimore is No. 34 with 166 victories. Friday marks the first meeting between the Huskies and Dayton.

Ohio State (2-2-1) -- After a 2-0-1 start, the Buckeyes lost their last two games, 1-0 at Pepperdine and 3-0 at Kentucky. Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Collison each have two goals to pace the OSU offense. Goalkeeer Lauren Robertson, who sat out the last game due to a red card, has two shutouts and a 0.50 goals against average. Coach Lori Walker amassed 101 wins during 10 seasons in Columbus. Washington won both previous meetings with the Buckeyes, a 3-1 neutral-site decision in 2000 and a 2-1 overtime victory on Aug. 29, 2004 in Seattle during the most recent meeting.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encounter a difficult schedule that includes five opponents ranked in the current top 25, including three top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 8 Portland, No. 15 California and No. 24 Brigham Young. Nine teams that participated in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including national champion Portland and runner-up UCLA, appear on the UW schedule. Five Husky opponents were Sweet 16 competitors last season.

• UW has scored nine goals through six games, eclipsing last season's entire output of eight.

• Nine of this year's 20 UW opponents competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including championship game competitors Portland and UCLA. UW plays five of last year's Sweet 16 squads.

• Coach Lesle Gallimore is in her 13th season at UW. She ranks No. 2 among Pac-10 coaches in both overall (134) and conference (52) victories.

2006 Preview
Washington returns eight starters from last year's team, including a quartet of players that started all 20 games. Seniors Cathy Roe (University Place, Wash./Curtis/Penn) and Shaela Ward (Lacey, Wash./North Thurston) play in the middle of a defense that limited 12 opponents to just one goal last year. They are supported by senior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), a three-year starting goalkeeper. The midfield features junior Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) who started every game in her first two collegiate campaigns. Also returning is leading scorer and part-time starter Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's) who netted a goal in each of the team's spring games. A cadre of newcomers will battle for playing time, including a talented five-player freshman class. The offense is bolstered by the addition of junior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash/Kentlake), a transfer who tallied eight goals in each of her two seasons at San Francisco.

2005 Review
One season after advancing within one game of the Final Four, the Huskies (0-17-3) last year suffered through the first winless season in program history. All but four games were decided by a one-goal margin for UW, which lost 10 games by similar 1-0 scores.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore ranks No. 2 on the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (134) and conference wins (52). She directed UW to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an NCAA quarterfinal berth in 2004. Gallimore was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz in 2000 after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAAs and advanced to the Sweet 16. Gallimore has a 16-year record of 166-122-26, including a 134-97-17 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 11th-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 fourth 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.

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