UW Closes Out Women's Soccer Regular Season
Nov. 7, 2001
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 --
#16 Washington vs. Oregon, 5:00 p.m. PST
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 --
#16 Washington vs. Oregon State, 11:00 a.m. PST
Both games at Husky Soccer Field (1,800), Seattle, Wash.
The 16th-ranked Washington women's soccer team closes out the regular season at home this weekend against their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. Washington (11-4-1) hosts the Oregon Ducks (7-8-1, 1-6) on Friday, Nov. 9. Kick-off is 5 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. On Sunday, Nov. 11 the Huskies entertain the Oregon State Beavers (10-7-1, 2-5) at 11 a.m. The defending Pac-10 champion Huskies are tied for third place with USC, both with 5-2 conference records. Washington enters the final week of the regular season one-game back in the standings, trailing Pac-10 leaders Stanford and UCLA who have matching 6-1 records. UW is in position to receive its sixth NCAA Tournament invitation in the last eight seasons. The Huskies split a pair of games last weekend in Los Angeles, losing 1-0 on an own goal at UCLA (Nov. 2) before recording their first ever win at USC (Nov. 4) by a 3-0 score. UW has outscored opponents 33-9 with 13 different Huskies scoring at least one goal. Last year 12 different Huskies combined for a school record 56 goals.
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 12 at noon Pacific Time. The selection show airs live on Fox Sports Net television. The Huskies will watch the selection show at Varlamos Pizzeria (3617 N.E. 45th). Family, fans and media are welcome to join the team. For the first time, 16 schools will be selected to host four-team regionals. The first round doubleheaders take place Friday, Nov. 16 and a single second-round game will be played at each site on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.55 goals per game and has shut out eight opponents. Stanford's two-goal output during a 2-1 win on Oct. 21 was the only multiple goal game allowed by the Huskies in their last 29 games. Washington is limiting opponents' attempts, having tried 65 more shots than its foes (250-185). The defense has kept the team in games, enabling UW to go its last 30 outings without losing by more than one goal.
o The Huskies have a 23-6-1 record over their last 30 games and have not lost a game by more than one goal in that span.
o Caroline Putz registered her school-record 27th career assist Nov. 4 at USC.
o All four UW losses came against teams currently ranked in the top 10: Portland (3), UCLA (4), Texas A&M (5) and Stanford (8).
Oregon (7-8-1, 1-6)
Sixth-year coach Bill Steffen's squad registered a 6-2-1 non-conference record before struggling through a 1-6 conference campaign. The lone Pac-10 victory for the Ducks was a 3-2 overtime decision at Arizona State. Senior Chalise Baysa, a product of Oak Harbor (Wash.) High School, leads Oregon with seven goals and four assists. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Peters, who has two shutouts and a 1.60 goals against average, hails from the same Woodinville (Wash.) High School as Huskies Suzanne Culpepper and Vanessa Pierce. Washington won all five previous meetings with Oregon. The Huskies' 6-1 victory last season in Eugene clinched the 2000 Pac-10 championship.
Parking Advisory for Sunday
Please note that Sunday's game begins at 11:00 a.m. at Husky Soccer Field. There is also a Seattle Seahawks football game that day at 1 p.m. which will restrict parking in lower-campus lots that charge escalated fees on football gamedays. Husky soccer fans are advised to arrive early, park in upper-campus lots and walk down to Husky Soccer Field. Parking is free on Sunday in the Central Garage (by the campus libraries) and also free in the S-1 lot (behind the hospital). Selected other lots are also free.
Oregon State (10-7-1, 2-5)
Fourth-year coach Steve Fennah's Beavers won their last three games immediately after a six-game losing streak. Oregon State dealt UCLA its only Pac-10 defeat, a 2-1 decision in Corvallis. OSU then beat Sacramento State 2-1 before posting a 4-1 win over Oregon in its last outing. Katie Henderson leads the Beavers with seven goals and six assists. Goalkeeper Jo Fletcher has two shutouts and a 1.23 goals against average. Washington won the last seven meetings with OSU en route to a 9-1 advantage in the series that began in 1992. The Huskies were 2-1 overtime victors last season in Corvallis on a 117th-minute goal by Theresa Wagner that was assisted by Suzanne Culpepper.
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 16th by Soccer America, No. 13 by the NSCAA (coaches' association) No. 14 by Soccer Times and No. 19 by Soccer Buzz. This year marked the first preseason listing for the UW in seven seasons, dating to a No. 20 opening ranking in 1994. UW was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but completed the season at No. 5 in the Soccer America rankings. The Huskies face a difficult schedule with five currently ranked opponents, four of them listed in the top 10 of the Soccer America poll.
The Coaching Staff
The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lesle Gallimore led Washington to the NCAA Tournament in five of her seven seasons. She was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won their first Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time. Gallimore registered her 100th career coaching victory on Sept. 10, 2000. She has a 12-year record of 123-83-15, including a 91-58-6 mark in eight seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State. Gallimore's staff includes sixth-year assistant coach Amy Griffin, a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Also on the staff is second-year assistant Chuck Sekyra who coached the previous two years with the Seattle Pacific men's team. Volunteer assistant Jimmy Gabriel, who also works with the Husky men's team, is in his second year.
Washington's fantastic freshmen were rated the nation's 10th-best recruiting class by Soccer Buzz and they are proving worthy. Freshmen accounted for five of the team's seven goals Oct. 7 at Eastern Washington. Four freshmen have scored this season, accounting for 12 of the Huskies' 33 goals. The only two hat tricks by Huskies this season were by freshmen Tina Frimpong (vs. Idaho) and Kelley Schweighart (at Eastern Washington). Frimpong leads the team with six goals. The class also includes Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad who has two goals and two assists, and Nicole Martinez who started every game for a defense that is yielding 0.55 goals per game. Kelli Smith started 13 games on defense, helping UW post eight shutouts.
Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout junior shot-stopper. She is one of 15 nominees for the annual Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year award. Solo amassed 13 saves last week, helping UW earn a split on a difficult road trip to Los Angeles. She surrendered only one goal in the two games, and even that wasn't scored by the opponent. The Huskies lost 1-0 at sixth-ranked UCLA on an own goal (Nov. 2). Solo made seven saves against the Bruins, including a spectacular diving stop on a one-on-one situation. On Sunday (Nov. 4), Solo saved six USC shots to post the team's eighth shutout with a 3-0 victory. To date this season Solo recorded 61 saves in 1200 minutes, registered five complete-game shutouts and posted a 0.68 goals against average. She still has limited mobility, the result of a torn adductor muscle in her right leg (groin) suffered on Sept. 8 while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp. Solo ranks second among all-time Washington goalkeepers with 233 career saves. Her career goals against average is a school-record figure of 0.97 as she has allowed 44 goals in 46 games. Solo ranks second among all-time Huskies with 14 complete-game shutouts, just two shy of the career record.
Washington junior goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of 15 candidates for the prestigious Hermann Trophy, soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy that has been given annually since 1988 to the nation's best female college soccer player. The award is named for Robert R. Hermann, a founder and the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the old North American Soccer League. Solo is the only goalkeeper on the list of candidates that also includes: Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner, Penn State's Christie Welsh, Florida's Abby Wambach, Brigham Young's Aleisha Cramer, UCLA's Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, California's Laura Schott and Virginia's Lori Lindsey. The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches and selected media. Final ballots will be distributed to all Division I college coaches. The three finalists will be announced Dec. 1. The winner of the 2001 Hermann Trophy will be announced at the College Cup, on Dec. 8 in Dallas, Texas.
Solo's Super 2000 Season
A two-time Parade All-American at Richland (Wash.) High School, Hope Solo was the Soccer America Collegiate MVP goalkeeper last year. She earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000 after making the second team as a freshman in 1999. Solo is one of 15 candidates, the only goalkeeper nominated, for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. Solo is one of the finest 'keepers in the nation not just among collegians. She has earned seven 'caps' with the U.S. National Team that she re-joined on Sept. 4 in Chicago to train for the Nike U.S. Cup. Solo surrendered only five goals in nine Pac-10 contests last season, no more than one in any game. She posted a UW single-season record 0.76 goals against average and registered six shutouts while starting three other shutouts. Her presence between the posts was pivotal for the Huskies who won 10 games by one-goal margins in 2000.
Senior forward Caroline Putz was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last season. She has already started collecting honors this year. The former two-time Parade prep All-American (1996, 1997) was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 9. Putz distributed her school-record 27th assist at USC (Nov. 4) to eclipse the career mark of 26 established last season by Theresa Wagner. Putz also scored at USC, her 21st career goal to tie Emily Thompson (1992-95) for fourth among all-time Washington scorers. On Oct. 6, Putz tied the school single-game record with three assists at Eastern Washington. Putz scored the game-winning goal Oct. 5 at Montana. That was her seventh game-winning goal, moving Putz into a tie for second among Husky career leaders. Putz leads Washington this season in assists (5) and total points (14). She is the school's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10. Putz ranks fourth among all-time UW players with 69 career total points.
Tickets for all Washington women's soccer home games are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. A family pass is available for $10, allowing admission for one adult and four children or two adults and three children. Contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200) for details.
Home Sweet Home
For the fifth year, all Washington home games will be played on campus at the 1,800-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed prior to the 2000 season, enabling the Huskies to play home games at night. The home field proved advantageous for the Huskies who have a 12-3-1 record over the last two seasons, including a 4-2-1 this year. UW won 13 straight games at Husky Soccer Field between 1999 and 2000. Washington has a 26-13-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field. UW's average attendance of 1,592 was the second highest in the nation in 2000, including a school-record crowd of 3,403 against UCLA on Oct. 22.
#15 Washington 3, USC 0 (Nov. 4, Los Angeles)
Senior Caroline Putz scored a goal and broke the Washington women's soccer assist record Sunday with a pass that set up one of freshman Tina Frimpong's two goals in the 15th-ranked Huskies' 3-0 win over first-place USC at McAlister Field. Putz set up the opening goal in the 34th minute to record her 27th career assist and take sole possession of the school record. She eclipsed the UW record of 26 assists established last season by Theresa Wagner. A forward from Bountiful, Utah, Putz beat a defender on the left flank and lofted a cross onto the head of Frimpong who knocked it into the goal at 33:29. Putz pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal at 76:21 after she received a through ball from junior Megan McKinstry that enabled her to get behind the Trojan defense. Putz capitalized on the one-on-one situation with USC goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes by placing a shot to the left side of the goal from 10 yards out. That was the 21st career goal for Putz, tying her with Emily Thompson (1992-95) for fourth among all-time Washington scorers. Frimpong capped the scoring at 83:30 on shot from a difficult angle at the right post. She had the ball at the goal line to the right of the goal from where she struck the ball with the outside of her right foot and placed it in the small gap between the post and Fernandes. Junior Hope Solo, a Hermann Trophy national player of the year candidate, registered six saves en route to Washington's eighth shutout. Fernandes had eight saves for the Trojans who were outshot 18-15. The Huskies were outshot 20-2 and lost 1-0 Friday on an own goal at sixth-ranked UCLA. The Trojans controlled play early and gained momentum in the 37th minute when Fernandes stopped a penalty shot by Putz.
The Huskies began the season with a pair of wins in Logan, Utah. They defeated Utah State 4-1 (Sept. 1) in the season opener on the strength of the two-goal, one-assist effort of Jaime Carstensen. Washington downed Northwestern 1-0 on a Katie Ernst goal in the seventh minute of overtime (Sept. 3). Washington won is last two games by matching 4-0 tallies. UW topped Gonzaga (Sept. 7) before beating Idaho (Sept. 9) in the home opener behind a hat trick from Tina Frimpong. Games against Nebraska (Sept. 14) and Alabama-Birmingham (Sept. 16) were canceled due to the national tragedy. The Huskies returned to action after a 12-day layoff and tied BYU 1-1 (Sept. 21) on an 85th-minute goal by Cassie Giles. UW lost 1-0 the next night to No. 12 Texas A&M (Sept. 21) on a goal with 2:09 remaining. Portland dealt UW its second straight 1-0 setback in Seattle (Sept. 29) on an 84th-minute goal by Christine Sinclair. UW closed out non-conference play with a 6-2-1 record after a pair of road victories. Caroline Putz netted a penalty kick in a 1-0 win at Montana (Oct. 5) and she had three assists while Kelley Schweighart had a hat trick in a 7-0 victory at Eastern Washington (Oct. 7). The Huskies began defense of their Pac-10 title with win over the only team that beat them last year, a 2-1 decision over Washington State (Oct. 13). UW drew a split on its Bay Area road trip, defeating No. 15 California 1-0 (Oct. 19) before losing 2-1 at No. 4 Stanford (Oct. 21). The Huskies swept the Arizona schools at home, shutting out Arizona 2-0 (Oct. 26) and edging Arizona State 2-1 in overtime (Oct. 28) on a golden goal by Melissa Bennett. UW split on its road trip to Los Angeles, losing 1-0 on an own goal at No. 6 UCLA and winning 3-0 for its first ever win at USC.
The 2000 season was the finest in the history of the Washington women's soccer program. The Huskies posted an all-time best 18-3 record, won their first Pacific-10 Conference championship, received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Head coach Lesle Gallimore, who guided UW to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Soccer Buzz National Coach of the Year. The Huskies registered 22 school records, including the marks for single-season victories (18) and longest winning streak (11). The 2000 team featured All-America goalkeeper Hope Solo along with senior standouts Tami Bennett and Theresa Wagner. Bennett completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career (34) and single-season (16) goals and points (36). Wagner finished with Washington records for career assists (26), points (80) and single-season assists (12). Washington wrested the Pac-10 trophy away from the southern powers, becoming the first school outside the state of California to win the conference women's soccer championship. Winning the conference crown wasn't easy as eight of nine Pac-10 games were decided by one-goal margins, including four 1-0 decisions. During the memorable season, UW had several notable victories, including a 2-1 win at Santa Clara that snapped the Broncos 32-game home winning streak. Washington defeated six ranked opponents, half of them top-10 teams. Washington was the third most-improved team in the country during 2000, besting its previous year's record by 7 ï¿½ games with an 18-3 mark. Unranked entering the 2000 season, Washington joined the polls in early September and completed the season ranked No. 5 in the final Soccer America poll.
First-team All-Pac-10 player Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year, tore the ACL in her left knee during the summer while playing with the Seattle Sounders Select Team. She will be sidelined the entire season before returning for a fifth year in 2002. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick led a defense that yielded only 17 goals in 21 games last season.
Gone but Not Forgotten
Four starters from last year's team have graduated, including forward Tami Bennett who completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career (34) and single-season (16) goals. Midfielder Theresa Wagner finished with UW records for career assists (26), points (80) and single-season assists (12). Wagner was selected in the ninth round of the WUSA Draft and played for the champion Bay Area CyberRays. Also graduating from UW were Malia Arrant and Katie Goodeve.
Six starters return from the 2000 team that was the best in the school history. Heading the list of returning starters is junior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a member of the U.S. National Team who earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000. Solo had six shutouts and a 0.76 goals against average last season. Second-team All-Pac-10 pick Vanessa Pierce and Suzanne Culpepper are the two starters that return from a defense that limited 19 of 21 opponents to one goal or less. The midfield features the team's top returning scorer, senior Caroline Putz. The second-team All-Pac-10 selection tallied seven goals and nine assists last season. Junior Megan McKinstry, who plays the defensive midfield position, will be critical for the Huskies who must break in two new defenders. Senior starter Erin Otagaki leads a group of forwards that includes sophomore Melissa Bennett who scored five goals as a freshman. Sophomore Blair Ruport, a part-time starter, returns after missing the final six games in 2000 with an MCL injury. Washington's group of freshmen was rated the nation's 10th best recruiting class by the Soccer Buzz website. That class features Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad and defender Nicole Martinez, who played with the Seattle Sounders Select Team during the summer. Speedy freshman forward Tina Frimpong, a former Santa Clara signee, is playing again after giving birth to a daughter in March.