UW Women Begin Pac-10 Play in Soccer

Oct. 7, 2002

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 --
#20 Washington at Oregon, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Pap� Field (1,000); Eugene, Ore.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 --
#20 Washington at Oregon State, 2:00 p.m. PDT
Paul Lorenz Field (1,500); Corvallis, Ore.

The 20th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (5-4-2) begins Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend in the state of Oregon. The Huskies meet Northwest rival Oregon (1-7-1) on Friday, Oct. 11. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Pap� Field in Eugene. Washington visits Oregon State (7-2-2) on Sunday, Oct. 13. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis. Washington won the 2000 Pac-10 championship and tied for second place last season. The Huskies are in the midst of six straight road games, a streak that keeps them away from Husky Soccer Field for over a month. They last played in Seattle on Sept. 22 and do not host another home game until California visits on Oct. 25. UW's last three outings were against top-10 teams, including current No. 3 Portland, No. 4 Texas and No. 6 Texas A&M.

Road Woes
The Huskies are still in search of their first road victory, having posted an 0-3-1 record at enemy fields. That mark is deceiving as all four UW away games were against teams currently ranked among the top 10. Washington tied No. 4 Texas and lost at No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 Portland and No. 6 Texas A&M. The Huskies have a perfect 4-0 home record and are 1-1-1 in neutral-site contests.

Ranking Report
Washington dropped eight spots, to No. 20, in this week's Soccer America ratings. UW is ranked No. 19 by Soccer Times. The Huskies were a consensus preseason top-25 choice, including a No. 12 ranking by Soccer America. Last season, UW 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.

Strenuous Schedule
All of UW's losses and ties came against teams that are listed in this week's Soccer America rankings. The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes 11 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including the entire top seven. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 North Carolina, Stanford (2), Portland (3), Texas (4), UCLA (5), Texas A&M (6), California (7), USC (15), Arizona State (16), Denver (23) and Cal State Fullerton (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.

Oregon (1-7-1, 0-0)
Seventh-year coach Bill Steffen's squad lost its last three games en route to a 1-7-1 non-conference record. The Ducks lone win was a 4-2 decision over Wisconsin-Green Bay. Like UW, Oregon was shut out at Portland (3-0). Amanda Orand's two goals lead Oregon while Cristan Higa has a team-high two assists. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peters, who has a 2.26 goals against average, hails from the same Woodinville (Wash.) High School squad as Huskies Suzanne Culpepper and Vanessa Pierce. Washington leads the all-time series 5-0-1 and the teams tied 1-1 last year in Seattle. The Huskies beat Oregon 6-1 in their last visit to Eugene, a victory that clinched the 2000 Pac-10 championship.

Oregon State (7-2-2, 0-0)
The Beavers have posted impressive results this season under fifth-year coach Steve Fennah. They outscored opponents by a 23-9 tally led by the five goals of Courtney Carter. Oregon State's two losses were 2-1 setbacks against top-10 teams (No. 3 Portland and No. 10 Wake Forest). Goalkeeper Jo Fletcher has five shutouts and a 0.72 goals against average. Washington won the last eight meetings with OSU en route to a 10-1 advantage in the series that began in 1992. The Huskies claimed a 1-0 win last season in Seattle on a goal by Caroline Putz at 1:51. UW won a 1-0 overtime decision in 2000 during its last visit to Corvallis.

Notable
o Coach Lesle Gallimore is two wins shy of 100 for her tenure at Washington. She has a nine-year Husky record of 98-63-9.

o Junior Melissa Bennett leads all Pac-10 players with 10 assists, the second-highest season total ever for a Washington player. She is within two of the school single-season assist record of 12 set in 2000 by Theresa Wagner. Bennett was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 24.

o Senior Hope Solo became Washington's all-time leader Sept. 22 with her 17th career shutout. She also owns UW's career goalkeeping records for saves (294) and goals against average (0.98).

o Red-shirt freshman Kim Taylor has a team-high five goals for UW which features a trio of four-goal scorers in Melissa Bennett, Jaime Carstensen and Tina Frimpong.

o The Huskies surrendered less than two goals in 38 of their last 44 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 blanking her 17th opponent on Sept. 22 (UC Irvine). She also has the school career records for saves (294) and goals against average (0.98). Solo has been extremely busy the last three games, facing 76 shots and recording 28 saves during that span. She saved 10 shots at No. 3 Texas, a season-high 12 at No. 7 Texas A&M and six at No. 4 Portland. Solo missed two early-season games, against Duke and top-ranked North Carolina, 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, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year 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 three times in its last 45 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 shifted 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
#4 Portland 4, #12 Washington 0 (Oct. 5, Portland, Ore.)

Christine Sinclair scored twice in the first half Saturday, leading fourth-ranked Portland to a 4-0 shutout of No. 12 Washington at Merlo Field. Wanda Rozwadowska contributed a goal and assist for the Pilots (9-2-1) who extended their undefeated streak to 10 games. Washington closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4-2 record. UW's record in all-time meetings against Portland dropped to 1-14-1. Goalkeeper Hope Solo registered six saves for the Huskies who were outshot by a 21-6 margin. Lauren Arase recorded both Pilot saves during her 84 minutes of play. She teamed with reserve Kim Head to post Portland's seventh shutout. After her initial cross attempt was blocked, Rozwadowska tracked the ball down near the endline, and centered a second ball directly to Sinclair for a four-yard header past Solo at 12:48. Sinclair then put Portland ahead 2-0 at 25:34, winning a foot race to the ball, drawing Solo off her line, and slotting a 12-yard grounder into the left side of the open net. Less than five minutes later, Rozwadowska netted UP's third goal. Rebekah Patrick capped the win in the 84th minute, retrieving her own rebound and scoring.

The Coaching Staff
Ninth-year coach Lesle Gallimore has 98 victories at Washington, just two shy of the 100-win plateau. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in six of her eight seasons. Last year she guided UW to a 13-5-2 record, a Pac-10 runner-up finish and a second-round playoff berth. Gallimore 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. She registered her 100th career coaching victory on Sept. 10, 2000. Gallimore has a 13-year record of 130-88-18, including a 98-63-9 mark in nine 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 seventh-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 third-year assistant Chuck Sekyra who coached the previous two years with the Seattle Pacific men's team and played on back-to-back SPU NCAA Division II national champions in 1985-86.

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 was outshot 31-13, but got 10 saves from Hope Solo to post a 1-1 tie at No. 3 Texas ... Solo was busy again at No. 7 Texas A&M, saving half of the 24 shots she faced in a 2-1 overtime loss ... The Huskies completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-4-2 record, capped by a 4-0 loss at Portland (Oct. 5). Hope Solo saved six shots in a losing effort.

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.

Gone but Not Forgotten
Just one full-time starter departed from the 2001 team, forward Caroline Putz who distributed a school-record 27 career assists. 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.

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.

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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