16th-Ranked UW Women Begin Six-Game Soccer Road Trip

Sept. 23, 2002

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-- #16 Washington at #3 Texas

5:00 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. CDT)
Myers Stadium (20,000); Austin, Texas

-- #16 Washington at #7 Texas A&M

5:00 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. CDT)
Aggie Soccer Complex (2,400); College Station, Texas

The 16th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (5-2-1) starts a stretch of six straight road games this weekend, beginning with three straight top-10 ranked opponents. The Huskies meet No. 3 Texas (5-2) on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Central). The game will be played at Myers Stadium in Austin, the site of the NCAA College Cup semifinals and championship game, Dec. 6 and 8. On Sunday, Washington meets No. 7 Texas A&M (5-3) in College Station. Kick-off is 5 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. CDT) at the Aggie Soccer Complex. Washington seeks to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Aggies last year in Seattle. UW then plays at No. 5 Portland on Oct. 5 before beginning Pacific-10 Conference play with three consecutive road contests. The Huskies, who go over a month between home games, do not return to Seattle for a game until an Oct. 25 meeting with California.

Season in Review
The Huskies got hat tricks in each of their first two games (Tina Frimpong & Kim Taylor) to begin the season at home with a 4-1 win over Arkansas (Aug. 30) and 5-0 triumph against Colorado College (Sept. 1) ... They split on their first road trip while goalkeeper Hope Solo was absent with the U.S. National Team. UW opened the Carolina Classic with a 4-3 overtime decision over No. 17 Duke (Sept. 6). Nicole Martinez netted a 106th-minute golden goal against the Blue Devils. Top-ranked North Carolina defeated the Huskies 5-1 (Sept. 8) ... Washington lost 1-0 to Denver (Sept. 13) in the first round of the Portland Invitational before settling for a 1-1 tie against Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 15) despite a 24-5 shot advantage ... UW won its own Husky/Nike Invitational for the first time since 1996, defeating Harvard 3-1 (Sept. 20) and UC Irvine 3-0 (Sept. 22). Andrea Morelli was the tournament's Defensive MVP and Melissa Bennett was the Offensive MVP after totaling one goal and three assists.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 19-53-5 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 1-1 mark this season. They defeated then No. 17 Duke 4-3 in overtime before losing 5-1 at No. 1 North Carolina. UW has a 5-36-2 all-time record against top-10 teams.

Scouting Report
Texas (5-2)

The third-ranked Longhorns are outscoring opponents 18-6 led by the four goals of Kylee Wosnuk. Goalkeepers Darci Carruthers and Alex Gagarin combined for three shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average. Texas' only losses were to North Carolina (3-2) and Stanford (1-0) that are currently ranked Nos. 1 and 2. Fourth-year coach Chis Petrucelli guided the Longhorns to the Big 12 championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance last season. Friday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Texas.

Texas A&M (5-3)
The seventh-ranked Aggies won the 2001 Big 12 Conference tournament and advanced to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament. Tenth-year coach G. Guerrieri guided Texas A&M to Sweet 16 appearances in each of the last three years. Both A&M losses this season were 1-0 decisions, against Stanford and California during a Bay Area road trip. Linsey Woodard has six goals to lead the Aggies who are outscoring foes by a 20-8 count. A&M edged UW 1-0 last year in Seattle in the their only previous meeting.

Ranking Report
Washington rose five spots, to No. 16, in this week's Soccer America rankings. UW is ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA coaches poll and No. 21 by Soccer Buzz. The Huskies were a consensus preseason top-25 choice, including a No. 12 ranking by Soccer America. Last season, Washington was ranked every week during the season for the first time since 1994, finishing No. 14 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 16 by Soccer America, No. 19 by the NSCAA and No. 21 by Soccer Buzz.

o Washington's difficult schedule includes the nation's top-seven ranked teams (North Carolina, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, Portland, California, Texas A&M). Ten Husky opponents are ranked this week.

o Junior Melissa Bennett leads UW with 10 assists, the second-highest season total ever for a Husky. She is within two of the school assist record of 12 set in 2000 by Theresa Wagner. Bennett has at least one goal or assist in six of eight UW games this season.

o Coach Lesle Gallimore is two wins shy of 100 for her tenure at Washington. She has a nine-year Husky record of 98-61-8.

o Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo became Washington's all-time leader with her 17th career shutout Sunday. She also owns UW's career goalkeeping records for saves (266) and goals against average (0.91).

o Four Washington players are tied for the team lead with four goals: Melissa Bennett, Jaime Carstensen, Tina Frimpong and Kim Taylor

o Washington's potent offense is averaging 2.6 goals per game, just off the school-record pace of 2.7 goals that the 2000 Huskies averaged

o UW allowed less than two goals in 37 of their last 41 outings.

Sensational Solo
The most decorated player in Husky history is senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a three-time All-Pac-10 first team honoree. She was named the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year after recording seven shutouts and a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average. Solo was one of 13 finalists for the 2001 Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. The Richland (Wash.) High School product owns every UW career goalkeeping record, including the standard for shutouts after posting her 17th on Sunday (Sept. 22) against UC Irvine. She also has the school career records for saves (266) and goals against average (0.91). Solo missed two games while training in Columbus, Ohio with the U.S. National Team. She played the entire first half Sept. 8 in the USA's 8-2 exhibition win over Scotland. Solo is one of four keepers challenging for spots on the roster for the 2003 World Cup. She has collected eight 'caps' for international appearances with the U.S. Nationals. Solo has been described as 'our future' by national team coach April Heinrichs.

Senior Stoppers
Each member of the Huskies' six-player senior class plays on the defensive side of the ball, including goalkeeper Hope Solo. Nearly the entire back line will be drawn from a group of senior defenders that includes; Suzanne Culpepper, Cheryl Gies, Andrea Morelli and Vanessa Pierce. Another senior, Megan McKinstry, plays the defensive midfield position directly in front of the back line.

The Defense Never Rests
The Huskies feature a tireless 'Dream Team' of veteran defenders that surrendered only 12 goals last season. That is nine fewer goals than any previous UW unit allowed. The defense returns all four starters from last season's squad that compiled a stunning 0.58 goals against average. That quartet is joined by Andrea Morelli, a two-time all-conference performer who should resume her position in the middle of the defense now that she is completely healthy. The stingy UW defense limited opponents to fewer than two goals in 18 of 20 games in 2001, shutting out 10 foes. The defense kept the team in games, enabling UW to lose by more than one goal only twice in its last 42 outings. One non-senior expected to start on defense is sophomore Nicole Martinez who filled in wonderfully for Morelli in the middle last season and should shift to an outside back spot this year.

Family Affair
One of Washington's leading goal scorers is speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong who has four goals, including a hat trick in the 2002 season opener against Arkansas (Aug. 30). Her sister, Crystal, is a junior starter at Florida. Tina is a year behind her sister in school because she did not play in 2000 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 led UW in 2001 with seven goals. She netted a hat trick against Idaho in her fourth game and had a two-goal performance at USC. She also found the back of the net in UW's first-round NCAA win over San Diego. 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 in August of 2000.

Last UW Game
#21 Washington 3, UC Irvine 0 (Sept. 22, Seattle)

Washington won its own tournament for the first time in six years, defeating UC Irvine 3-0 on Sunday to secure the Husky/Nike Invitational championship in front of 1,173 fans at Husky Soccer Field. For the second-straight game the Huskies (5-2-1) tallied two goals inside the opening 14 minutes. They outscored opponents 6-1 during the two-day tournament, including Friday's 3-1 decision over Harvard. That plus-five goal differential proved decisive in determining the champion as No. 5 Portland was also undefeated in tournament play. UW last won its own tournament in 1996 and Portland won the four subsequent titles. A pair of Huskies received individual honors as junior Melissa Bennett was named the tournament's Offensive MVP while senior Andrea Morelli collected the Defensive MVP award. Bennett had one goal and three assists during the Invitational, including a pair of assists off corner kicks against Irvine. UW goalkeeper Hope Solo registered three saves en route to her school-record 17th career shutout. She eclipsed the record of 16 shutouts established by Tina Thompson between 1994-96. Solo now owns all of Washington's career goalkeeping records, including the standards for saves (266) and goals against average (0.91). Jaime Carstensen opened the scoring, poking in a five-yard shot after Tina Frimpong relayed a Bennett corner kick to her at 9:51. The second goal was a 25-yard blast at 13:22 by red-shirt freshman Kim Taylor. Washington's final tally came at 35:04 on the first collegiate goal for freshman Sara Davis. Bennett served a corner kick to the far post and Clare Rustad flicked a header to Davis who was stationed 10 yards in front of the Irvine goal. Sarah Swancutt and Chelsea McCarthy each played one half in goal and combined for five saves for UC Irvine (2-4).

2002 Preview
Ten starters return from the 2001 team that posted a 13-5-2 record, tied for second in the Pac-10 standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies lost the school's all-time assist leader Caroline Putz. They gain three-year starter Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year who missed the entire 2001 season with a knee injury. With a complete cast of returning starters, the coaching staff won't be establishing a lineup as much as fine-tuning it. Heading the list of returning starters is senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. A veteran group of defenders should again make opposing goals scarce as last season's 0.58 goals against average and 10 shutouts can attest. The midfield is highlighted by Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad, a UW sophomore, and junior playmaker Jaime Carstensen who ranked third on the squad with 12 points (4g/4a). A diverse group of forwards features speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong, last season's team leader with seven goals. The offense benefits from the return of last year's top recruit, skilled forward Kim Taylor whose knee injury limited her to only two games last year. The 2000 Huskies won the Pac-10 title and reached the Sweet 16, their finest postseason performance. Last year's team advanced to the second round of NCAA play. This year's squad appears poised to advance even deeper into the NCAA Tournament than its predecessors.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes 10 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including the entire top seven. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 North Carolina, Stanford (2), Texas (3), UCLA (4), Portland (5), California (6), Texas A&M (7), Duke (17), USC (18) and Denver (25). Twelve teams that participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, including two Final Four qualifiers and four teams from the Elite Eight, appear on the Huskies' schedule. In 2001, the only teams to beat UW finished the year ranked in the final top 10 poll.

Pac-10 Poll
Washington was picked third in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Aug. 19 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving seven first-place votes and 95 total points. The Bruins won the 2001 conference crown with an 8-1 record and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Stanford received the remaining three first-place votes and finished with 92 points, just three behind the Bruins. The Huskies totaled 68 points to place third in the poll, ahead of Arizona State (65), California (64), USC (59), Oregon State (37), Washington State (35), Oregon (18) and Arizona (17). UW and Stanford tied for second place in last year's Pac-10 standings with matching 6-2-1 records. Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. UW won the 2000 Pac-10 title.

Gone but Not Forgotten
Just one full-time starter departed from the 2001 team, forward Caroline Putz who distributed a school-record 27 assists during her career. Putz led the team last year with 16 points on five goals and a team-high six assists and was honored as a second-team All Pac-10 selection. Also gone are forwards Gina Brewer (3g/2a/8pts) and Erin Otagaki (2g/4pts) who started one and five games, respectively.

2001 Season Recap
The 2001 season solidified Washington as one of the nation's premier soccer programs. The Huskies posted a 13-5-2 record, tied for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UW defeated San Diego 2-0 in the first round before falling 2-0 against Portland. Washington, which advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, was listed in the national polls from the preseason until the final rankings. That marked the first time since 1994 they had been ranked for an entire season. Highlighting the season was the announcement of goalkeeper Hope Solo as the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Solo, who was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club award, had seven shutouts and a 0.68 goals against average. UW again played a difficult schedule as all five defeats last season came against teams ranked in the final top 10: Portland (3) twice, UCLA (4), Texas A&M (5) and Stanford (9).

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