UW Meets San Diego in NCAA Women's Soccer First-Round Game

Nov. 13, 2001

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NCAA TOURNAMENT
MERLO FIELD, PORTLAND, ORE.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 --
#17 Washington vs. San Diego, 11:00 a.m. PST (1st Round)
#3 Portland vs. Idaho State, 1:00 p.m. PST (1st Round)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 --
UW or San Diego vs. Portland or Idaho State
1:00 p.m. PST (2nd Round)

The 17th-ranked Washington Huskies (12-4-2) makes their sixth postseason appearance on Friday, Nov. 16, meeting the University of San Diego at Portland, Ore. in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. Kick-off is 11 a.m. at Merlo Field where host Portland (16-3) and Idaho State (11-6-2) meet at 1 p.m. in the second half of the doubleheader. The first-round winners meet on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the round of 16. Washington capped the regular season Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Oregon State, improving its overall record to 12-4-2. UW, which won the 2000 Pac-10 championship, posted a 6-2-1 conference record this year and tied for second place with Stanford. UCLA won the Pac-10 title with an 8-1 record. Washington outscored opponents 35-10 with a balanced offense that saw 14 different players score at least one goal.

First-Round Foe
San Diego has a 14-6 record and is one of five NCAA Tournament teams from the West Coast Conference. The Pac-10 also produced five postseason teams as Washington is joined by UCLA, Stanford, California and USC. Fifth-year coach John Cossaboon's squad is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Toreros are led by the six goals of Casey Loveland and seven assists of Katie Allen. Goalkeeper Leila Duren has six shutouts and a 1.13 goals against average. Washington is the sixth Pac-10 opponent this season for USD which defeated USC and Arizona State and lost to UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State. Washington owns a 2-1 edge in the all-time series, including a 3-1 win during 1994 in the last meeting. UW's Lesle Gallimore has a 3-1 record against the Toreros, including a 2-1 mark while coaching at San Diego State.

Deja-Vu
This looks familiar. If Washington gets by the Toreros, a potential second-round match-up looms with Northwest nemesis Portland. The Pilots eliminated UW from the NCAA Tournament by 1-0 scores on three occasions, including last season in Seattle. Portland beat the Huskies 1-0 this year in Seattle on Sept. 29 to extend its lead in the all-time series to 12-1-1. The lone UW win over the Pilots was a 2-1 decision last year at Merlo Field.

Coach's Comments (Lesle Gallimore)
'We need to continue to do the things we've done well all year which is play great defense. Our team has only given up 10 goals all year and only one team scored two goals against us. Our defense has been stellar and we've created a lot of chances in almost every game we've played.'

On San Diego-
'They will be a tough team. They will be fit, they will be fast and they will work hard. It will be exciting because we haven't seen them before. The first round is exciting to go in fresh, playing a team that you haven't already seen once.'

On Portland-
Lesle Gallimore is not upset by the prospect of another postseason pairing with perennial national power Portland. The Pilots advanced to the Final Four in five of the last seven seasons. 'Once you get to the NCAA Tournament the ultimate goal is to win a national championship. If you are going to win the NCAA championship you are going to have to do it beating good teams at some point in time. Obviously we have a great rivalry with Portland. Beating them is doable. We're hopeful of having a good result in the first round before we look forward to them, and obviously they have to win a game too.'

Tournament Tidbits
Referred to as the 'College Cup,' the NCAA women's soccer tournament is a single-elimination playoff that features a 64-team field for the first time. Last year 48 teams competed. The Final Four is scheduled for Dec. 7 and 9 at Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas ... The Huskies played seven games this season against opponents from the Tournament field, posting a 2-4-1 record ... All four Washington losses came against teams currently ranked in the top 10 ... Washington has a 3-4-1 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play and advanced to the third round last season for the first time ever ... In the second round of the 1994 NCAAs the Huskies tied 0-0 at Stanford, but the Cardinal advanced on the strength of a 6-5 edge in the penalty-kick tie-breaker ... Only the top eight tournament teams were seeded into the pairings. The other seed in Washington's bracket, and a potential quarterfinal round opponent, is No. 5 Stanford.

Notable
o The Huskies have a 24-6-2 record over their last 32 games and have not lost a game by more than one goal in that span.

o Washington competes in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001).

o All four UW losses came against teams currently ranked in the top 10: Portland (3), UCLA (4), Texas A&M (5) and Stanford (9).

Sensational Solo
Junior Hope Solo, Washington's Hermann Trophy candidate goalkeeper, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year on Nov. 13 by a vote of the conference coaches. Solo is a three-time All-Pac-10 first team selection. She is one of 15 nominees for the annual Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year award. Solo surrendered only three goals during her last 563 minutes in goal. To date this season Solo recorded 68 saves in 1410 minutes, registered six complete-game shutouts and posted a 0.64 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 240 career saves and is just 10 shy of the record of 250 established by Tina Thompson (1994-96). Solo's career goals against average is a school-record figure of 0.95 as she has allowed 45 goals in 48 games. Solo ranks second among all-time Huskies with 15 complete-game shutouts and is within one of Thompson's career record of 16.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.53 goals per game and has shut out nine 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 32 games. Washington is limiting opponents' attempts, having tried 90 more shots than its foes (300-210). The defense has kept the team in games, enabling UW to go its last 32 outings without losing by more than one goal.

Fabulous Freshmen
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. Five freshmen have scored this season, accounting for 13 of the Huskies' 35 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. Nicole Martinez and Kelli Smith start for a defense that is yielding 0.53 goals per game and has posted nine shutouts.

Prolific Putz
Senior forward Caroline Putz is a three-time All-Pac-10 second-team selection, in 1998, 2000 and 2001. She was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 9. As a prepster at Bountiful (Utah) High School, Putz was twice named to the Parade All-America Team, in 1996 and 1997. 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 netted the lone tally Sunday (Nov. 11) against Oregon State to move into the No. 4 spot among all-time Husky scorers with her 22nd career goal. It was her eighth career game-winning goal, a figure that ranks second at Washington behind only Tami Bennett's (1997-2000) 12 game winners. On Oct. 6, Putz tied the school single-game record with three assists at Eastern Washington. Putz leads Washington this season in assists (6) and total points (16). She is the school's all-time leader in career game-winning assists with 11 and ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 71 career total points.

Family Affair
Washington's leading goal scorer is speedy freshman Tina Frimpong whose twin sister, Crystal, is a sophomore starter for NCAA Tournament team Florida. Tina is a year behind her sister in school because she took last year off while she was pregnant with daughter MacKenzie who was born on March 8, 2001. Despite being out of competitive soccer for over 18 months, Frimpong leads the Huskies with six goals. She netted a hat trick against Idaho (Sept. 9) in her fourth game back and had a two-goal performance at USC (Nov. 4). A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. She never attended classes there and decided to matriculate at Washington beginning with preseason practice in August.

Hermann Hopeful
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 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.

Ranking Report
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 17th by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz, No. 12 by the NSCAA (coaches' association) and No. 14 by Soccer Times. 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 faced a difficult regular-season schedule that included four opponents currently ranked among the national top 10 in the Soccer America poll.

Last UW Game
#16 UW 1, Oregon State 0 (Nov. 11, Seattle) --

Senior forward Caroline Putz scored the only goal Sunday just two minutes into what could be her final collegiate home game, lifting the 16th-ranked Washington women to a 1-0 victory over Oregon State at Husky Soccer Field. A crowd of 965 witnessed the final regular-season game for Washington which improved to 12-4-2 overall with a 6-2-1 Pacific-10 Conference record. Shortly after taking part in the pregame Senior Day presentation, senior forwards Gina Brewer and Putz combined for the game's only goal. Brewer sent a long pass from the right side to Putz at the left. Putz beat a defender and lined a 20-yard shot that carried just over the out-stretched arms of OSU goalkeeper Jo Fletcher and under the crossbar at 1:51. Putz moved into fourth place among all-time Washington scorers with her 22nd career goal. Junior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a national player of the year candidate, had two saves en route to UW's ninth shutout. Fletcher had four saves for OSU which was outshot 17-6.

Season Update
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 Huskies concluded the regular season at home, tying Oregon (Nov. 9) 1-1 on an 88th-minute score by Nicole Martinez and beating Oregon State (Nov. 11) on a goal by Caroline Putz in the second minute.

Portland (16-3)
In his 13th season, Coach Clive Charles guided the Pilots to the Final Four five of the last seven seasons, including last year. The fourth-seeded Pilots Pilots are led by the 18 goals of freshman Christine Sinclair. Defender Lauren Orlandos is on the 15-player Hermann Trophy candidate list that includes UW goalkeeper Hope Solo. The UP goalkeeping trio of Lauren Arase, Darci Carruthers and Cristin Shea combined for eight shutouts and a 0.68 goals against average. Sinclair and UW freshman Clare Rustad are teammates with the Canadian Nationals.

Series History
The Huskies won 2-1 in their last visit to Portland, on Sept. 23, 2000. That win was UW's first ever in the series, stopping a 10-game losing streak against the Pilots. Since then, the Pilots posted a pair of 1-0 wins to increase their lead in the all-time series with Washington to 12-1-1. Portland won last year's second matchup 1-0 on a 78th-minute goal by Vanessa Talbott during an NCAA third-round meeting in Seattle. That marked the third time the Pilots eliminated Washington from the NCAA Tournament, also winning by 1-0 tallies during 1995 and 1996 in Portland. The Pilots won the only meeting this season, a 1-0 decision on a 54th-minute goal by Christine Sinclair on Sept. 29 Seattle. The inaugural meeting between these Northwest rivals, in 1991, resulted in a 1-1 tie and Portland won the next 10 meetings.

The Last Meeting
#3 Portland 1, #14 UW 0 (Sept. 29, Seattle) --

Christine Sinclair scored in the 54th minute Saturday, leading third-ranked Portland to a 1-0 win over No. 14 Washington in front of 1,561 spectators at Husky Soccer Field. The Pilots improved their record against Washington to 12-1-1 with the eighth one-goal decision in the series. Portland ended the Huskies' 2000 season with a 1-0 win in Seattle during the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Sinclair netted the lone tally on a 25-yard blast after charging to the goal from midfield. Hope Solo registered 10 saves for Washington which was outshot 18-9. Pilot goalkeeper Lauren Arase saved one shot en route to the shutout.

Idaho State (11-6-2)
Fourth-year Coach Gordon Henderson's squad is making its first NCAA appearance. The Bengals are led by the seven goals of Stacey Peterson. Holly Emery has seven shutouts. ISU and Washington have never met in soccer.

Morelli Missing
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.

2000 Recap
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 � 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.

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