UW Women Close Out Soccer Regular Season at Home
Nov. 4, 2002
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 --
Washington vs. #2 UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PST
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 --
Washington vs. #15 USC, 12 noon PST
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.
The Washington women's soccer team (8-7-3, 3-3-1) finds itself in a must-win situation during the final week of the regular season. The Huskies, who host a pair of ranked opponents, need one victory to become eligible for NCAA Tournament selection. Washington entertains No. 2 UCLA (14-3) on Friday, Nov. 8. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The Bruins are the seventh top-10 opponent UW has met this season. The Huskies conclude the regular-season against USC (10-5-3) on Sunday, Nov. 10 at noon. Washington seeks to halt a three-game losing streak, including a pair of 2-1 setbacks last week in Arizona.
Tickets for Washington's two remaining regular-season games at Husky Soccer Field are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. For advanced tickets or information on special ticket plans, please contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200) or click on the following link:
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Washington is vying for its third straight NCAA Tournament berth, its seventh overall. With a lofty strength-of-schedule rating, the Huskies are likely to receive a postseason invitation as long as they finish with a winning record. They need at least one win in their final two games to secure a winning record. The NCAA implemented a new rule this year requiring teams to have winning records to be eligible for Tournament selection.
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The selection show airs live on ESPNEWS television. The format for the second straight season is that 16 schools will be selected to host four-team regionals. The first-round doubleheaders take place Friday, Nov. 15 and a single second-round game will be played at each site on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Washington dropped out of the Soccer America ratings this week for the first time this season. The Huskies were ranked 20th last week. Washington was 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.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies are happy to be back at Husky Soccer Field where they have compiled a 5-1 home record. Washington has had a tougher time on the road with a 2-5-2 record at enemy fields. That mark is deceiving as four UW away games were against teams ranked among the top 10. The Huskies have a 1-1-1 record in neutral-site contests.
UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 20-57-6 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 2-5-1 mark this season. Washington is winless in four all-time meetings with top-ranked foes, including two games this season. UW does have a victory over a No. 2 team to its credit, staging a 2-1 road upset of No. 2 Santa Clara on Sept. 4, 2000.
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes 12 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including five of the top-six. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 Stanford, UCLA (2), North Carolina (3), Texas A&M (4), Texas (6), Portland (9), USC (15), Denver (17), Washington State (20), California (21), Arizona State (23) and Duke (24). 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.
Junior Melissa Bennett is tied for second nationally with 17 assists, already the highest single-season total ever for a UW player. She has nine more assists than any Pac-10 player. Bennett is tied for UW's season record with five game-winning assists ... Twelve of this year's UW opponents are ranked in the current Soccer America poll, including six of the top-10 teams ... Coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th win at Washington on Oct. 13 at OSU. She has a nine-year Husky record of 101-66-10 ... Sophomore midfielder Clare Rustad, who missed the last three games while competing with the Canadian National Team in the Gold Cup, is expected back this weekend.
#2 UCLA (14-3, 6-1 in Pac-10)
The second-ranked Bruins, led by fourth-year coach Jillian Ellis, are outscoring opponents by a 46-11 tally. UCLA won its last five games. Iris Mora leads the team with seven goals while goalkeeper Sarah Lombardo has nine shutouts and a 0.62 goals against average. The Bruins own a 5-2-1 series advantage, including a 1-0 win last year in Los Angeles. Washington won the last meeting in Seattle, 1-0 in 2000.
#15 USC (10-5-3, 5-2 in Pac-10)
Seventh-year coach Jim Millinder's 15th-ranked Trojans have only one loss in their last six outings. Ali Fennell paces the USC attack with nine goals. Goalkeeper Julie Peterson has seven shutouts and a 0.84 goals against average. Washington evened the all-time series at 4-4 with wins in the last two meetings vs. USC.
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 (317) and goals against average (1.02). Solo was extremely busy during one three-game stretch, facing 76 shots and recording 28 saves in 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.
Junior forward Melissa Bennett ranks second nationally, averaging 0.94 assists per game. Bennett has 17 assists this season, a total that is nine more than any other Pac-10 player. She recorded her 13th assist on Oct. 12 to establish a new school record. Bennett eclipsed the previous Husky single-season record of 12 assists set in 2000 by Theresa Wagner. Despite the record-setting assist total, Bennett is better known for scoring goals than setting them up. She amassed a Washington state prep record with 166 goals at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett, a 2000 UW graduate.
Ninth-year coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Oct. 13 at Oregon State. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in six of her previous 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. Gallimore has a 13-year record of 133-91-19, including a 101-66-10 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.
Washington's leading goal scorer is speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong who has seven goals, including a hat trick in the 2002 season opener against Arkansas (Aug. 30). She had three goals and an assist Oct. 11-13, leading the Huskies to a pair of wins in Oregon. 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
#17 Arizona State 2, #20 Washington 1 (Nov. 3, Tempe, Ariz.)
Manya Makoski played a part in both goals in the final five minutes of the first half Sunday, leading 17th-ranked Arizona State to a 2-1 win over No. 20 Washington at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Huskies (8-7-3) dropped to 3-3-1 in Pac-10 play with their third straight loss, including a 2-1 double-overtime setback at Arizona on Friday. Arizona State (11-4-2, 4-3) defeated UW for the first time in six all-time meetings. The teams battled for 40 scoreless minutes before Patrice Feulner converted a two-on-one breakaway opportunity at 40:19. She ran on to a cross from Makoski and shot the ball past UW goalkeeper Hope Solo. Makoski moved into the No. 2 spot among conference players with her school-record eighth assist. Washington junior Melissa Bennett leads the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally with 17 assists. The Sun Devils scored again less than three minutes later on another breakaway. Makoski broke free and slipped a shot past the diving Solo into the lower left corner at 42:55. That ended a busy first half for Solo who registered four of her six saves before intermission. Kelly Fitzgerald made all three of her saves in the second half for ASU which outshot Washington by a 15-10 margin. The Huskies trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the 54th minute. Junior Dana Dibble collected the ball during a scramble in front of the Sun Devil goalmouth and fired a 10-yard blast high into the net. Despite heavy pressure on the ASU goal during the final 15 minutes, Washington was unable to score the equalizer.
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 ... Tina Frimpong had three goals and an assist during the weekend, helping UW win 2-1 at Oregon (Oct. 11) and 3-1 at Oregon State (Oct. 13). The win at OSU was coach Lesle Gallimore's 100th victory at Washington ... Melissa Bennett assisted on the first goal and scored the equalizer in the 86th minute, helping UW rally for a 2-2 tie at Washington State (Oct. 19) ... Finally home for the first time in over a month, UW split with the top-10 ranked Bay Area schools, defeating No. 7 California 2-1 (Oct. 25) before falling 1-0 to No. 1 Stanford (Oct. 27) ... The Huskies were swept in the desert, losing their first ever games against both Arizona (Nov. 1) and Arizona State (Nov. 3) by matching 2-1 scores.
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.
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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