UW Women Close Out Soccer Season at Home

Nov. 1, 2006

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Arizona at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PST
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

Arizona State at Washington, 12:00 p.m. PST
Husky Soccer Field (2,100) / Seattle, Wash.

The Washington women's soccer team (6-12, 1-6 Pac-10) concludes the 2006 season with two home games this weekend, beginning Friday, Nov. 3 against Arizona (8-8-2, 1-4-2). Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The Huskies' final game is Sunday, Nov. 5 at noon against Arizona State (7-8-2, 2-5), also at Husky Soccer Field.

So Long Seniors
UW will say goodbye to four seniors who Sunday play their final game in Husky uniforms. Their careers were highlighted by the run to the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Forward Shannon Dillon and defender Shaela Ward are both four-year team members. Defender Cathy Roe started all 38 games since transferring from Penn prior to the 2005 season. Most prominent among the four seniors is the goalkeeper ...

Kelsey the `Keeper
Anchoring UW's defense is senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who has taken part in four shutouts this season. A three-year starter, Rasmussen compiled a 1.47 career goals against average. She is tied with Tina Thompson (1994-96) for the No. 2 mark in UW history with 17 career shutouts, just one short of Hope Solo's (1999-2002) school record of 18. Rasmussen's 266 career saves are the school's second-highest figure, trailing only Hope Solo's 325. 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 5,566 minutes over the last three seasons, sitting out only 62 minutes during that span.

Quoting UW Coach Lesle Gallimore
'The Arizona schools are both good teams, like anyone in the Pac-10. We want to get some more wins, so we'll keep fighting. We'll get after both these teams and try to end our season on an up note. If we can string together a positive 90 minutes like we did against UCLA, only having some of the bounces and breaks go our way and finish some of our opportunities, we have every chance of winning. We've just got to believe that and go out and do it.'

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This Week's Opponents
Arizona (8-8-2, 1-4-2 Pac-10) -- Like the Huskies, the Wildcats lost their last four games and their scoreless streak stands at 448 minutes. Gianna DeSaverio leads the Arizona attack with six goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre has compiled six shutouts and a 1.06 goals against average. Washington holds an 8-3 lead in the all-time series despite losing the last two meetings. UA won 1-0 last season, its first win in six visits to Seattle.

Arizona State (7-8-2, 2-5 Pac-10) -- The Sun Devils are coming off a 4-0 victory over rival Arizona, led by two goals and an assist from Alissa Oldenkamp. Courtney Crane's five goals and three assists pace the ASU offense. Goalkeeper Kim Bingham has seven shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average. The Huskies have a 5-3-1 series advantage. After winning the first five meetings, UW is winless in the last four. The Sun Devils won 3-0 last season in Seattle.

What's Up with Washington
The Huskies lost their last four games, including a pair of 2-0 setbacks last weekend in Los Angeles, against No. 3 UCLA and USC. Sophomore forward Melissa Beal netted her team-leading fourth goal in the fifth minute against California on Oct. 20, but UW went scoreless since then over a span of 355 minutes. UW features a balanced attack with nine different scorers, led by the four goals and three assists of Beal. She was the team's only multi-goal scorer last year with four. This year, Shuree Hyatt and Katy Dowling have joined her with two goals each. Both goals have been game winners for Hyatt, a transfer from USF who has not returned from an injury suffered in the team's eighth game. Dowling netted the lone goal in the Sept. 22 victory over New Mexico.

Close Encounters
The Huskies have four one-goal victories, one year after they were winless (0-17-3) and on the losing end of 13 one-goal margins in 2005.

Youth Movement
Seven members of Washington's starting lineup are underclassmen, including four freshmen. Six of the 18 players who competed in a game this season are first-year Huskies and five of those have started at least once. Four freshmen are regulars in Coach Lesle Gallimore's starting lineup, including forward Veronica Perez-Murillo who netted her first collegiate goal Sept. 17 at Ohio State. Freshman Chelsea Bumbaugh starts in the midfield while Lindsey Kasser and Nikki Murray are defensive starters.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies encountered a difficult schedule that included five opponents ranked in the current top 25, including three top-5 foes. UW's ranked opponents were; No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Portland, No. 13 BYU and No. 14 Stanford. Nine teams that participated in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including national champion Portland and runner-up UCLA, appeared on the UW schedule. Five Husky opponents were Sweet 16 competitors last season.

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 (136) and conference wins (53). 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 17-year record of 168-133-26, including a 136-108-17 mark in 13 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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