No. 17 UW Women Embark on Four-Game Soccer Road Trip
Sept. 2, 2003
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 --
(#17) Washington vs. Loyola Marymount
10:00 a.m. PDT (11:00 MDT)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 --
(#17) Washington at Colorado College
12:30 p.m. PDT (1:30 MDT)
Both Games at Stewart Field (1,000) / Colorado Springs, Colo.
Lions and Tigers, but no Bears are on the docket this week for the 17th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (1-1) that seeks to build upon a promising start. UW embarks on a four-game road trip after opening at home against a pair of ranked foes. The Huskies travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a neutral site game against the Loyola Marymount Lions (1-1), Friday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. This is the first ever meeting between UW and LMU. On Sunday, Sept. 7 Washington plays the Colorado College Tigers (1-0-1) at 12:30 Pacific Time. Both games are at Stewart Field, the Tigers' home venue.
The Huskies kicked off their 2003 campaign last weekend with a 2-1 overtime triumph over 18th-ranked Maryland (Aug. 29). That was the opening round of the inaugural Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge. In Sunday's (Aug. 31) championship game UW led early against No. 1 North Carolina before falling in overtime by a 2-1 tally.
The impressive opening-weekend results vaulted Washington into the national polls after not receiving any preseason attention. The Huskies are ranked 10th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), No. 17 by Soccer America magazine and No. 21 by Soccer Buzz.
Frimpong is Player of the Week
Washington junior forward Tina Frimpong, who scored all three of her team's goals in two season-opening games last weekend, was named the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer Player of the Week on Tuesday. Frimpong found the net twice on Friday (Aug. 29), including a golden goal in the 16th minute of overtime that lifted the Huskies (1-1) to a 2-1 upset of 18th-ranked Maryland. She also scored the opening goal against the Terrapins, in the 29th minute. On Sunday (Aug. 31), Frimpong's 16th-minute strike gave Washington an early lead against No. 1 North Carolina. UW took the Tar Heels into overtime before succumbing 2-1. Frimpong was named the Offensive MVP of the Pac-10/ACC Challenge by a vote of the tournament's coaches. The product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash. now has 17 career collegiate goals, a figure that places her seventh among all-time Huskies. This is Frimpong's first Pac-10 Player of the Week award and Washington's 12th such weekly honor all-time.
This Week's Opponents
Loyola Marymount (1-1) -- Friday marks the first ever meeting between UW and the Lions from the West Coast Conference. Coach Gregg Murphy's LMU squad participated in the NCAA Tournament last season, capping a 10-7-3 season. The Lions opened the season with a 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge before falling 1-0 at Cal Poly-SLO. Loyola goalkeeper Kelly Yukihiro boasts an outstanding 0.50 goals against average.
Colorado College (1-0-1) -- A familiar face will be on the opposing bench Sunday as former Washington assistant Erik Oman is now the head coach of the Tigers. Oman served on Lesle Gallimore's staff from 1994-95 during her first two seasons with the Huskies, both of which ended with NCAA Tournament appearances. Oman is in his first season directing the Tigers who posted an 8-7-2 record in 2002. Washington leads the all-time series by a 2-1-1 count, including a 5-0 win last year in Seattle during which Kim Taylor registered a hat trick.
The Huskies hope for better road results this season after struggling last year away from home. Washington posted a fine 6-2 record at Husky Soccer Field and was 1-1-1 in neutral-site contests. The road record was 2-5-2. A pair of losses in the state of Arizona during UW's final road trip of 2002 likely cost the team an NCAA Tournament berth.
* Junior forward Tina Frimpong, the Pac-10 Player of the Week, has accounted for all three of UW's goals this season. Eight of Frimpong's 17 career goals have come in UW's last three home opening games.
* Husky junior Melissa Bennett distributed a school-record 18 assists last season, the second-highest total in the nation in 2002.
* Half (10) of this year's 20 UW opponents are currently ranked in the Soccer America poll, including the top three teams (UNC, Stanford, UCLA). Thirteen UW foes competed in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, a group that features national champion Portland and Final Four participant North Carolina.
Washington encounters a difficult schedule that includes 10 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including the nation's top three teams. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 North Carolina, Stanford (2), UCLA (3), Texas (7), Arizona State (13), Portland (15), Maryland (18), Connecticut (20), USC (22) and California (25). Thirteen teams that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament appear on the Huskies' schedule, including national champion Portland and Final Four qualifier North Carolina.
2003 UW Preview
Nine starters return from the 2002 Washington team that was snubbed by the NCAA Tournament committee. The Huskies posted a 9-8-3 record last season, including victories over three ranked opponents. Six of UW's eight losses came against ranked foes, five of them against top-10 teams. The 2003 Huskies are determined to make up for last season's postseason absence. With a near complete cast of returning starters, the coaching staff won't be establishing a lineup as much as fine-tuning it. UW returns the top seven scorers from last year led by senior Melissa Bennett who topped all Pac-10 players in points (34) and ranked second nationally in assists (18). Sophomore Kim Taylor tied for team-high honors with eight goals and explosive junior Tina Frimpong matched her 2001 total of seven goals. Senior Lisa Brookens and prep All-American Kelsey Rasmussen will battle for the starting goalkeeper spot vacated by standout Hope Solo. The other key departure was four-year central defensive starter Andrea Morelli. The midfield is directed by senior playmaker Jaime Carstensen who ranked fourth on the squad with 12 points. A diverse group of defenders features senior Liz Taylor and sophomore Sara Davis along with juniors Nicole Martinez and Kelli Smith. That quartet seeks to shore up a defense that surrendered 31 goals in 2002, the highest combined opponent tally since 1997. A large group of 11 newcomers, headed by Iowa State transfer Nikki Gamble, seeks to buoy the Huskies' NCAA Tournament aspirations.
Senior forward Melissa Bennett picked up where she left off last season, assisting on Tina Frimpong's goal against North Carolina (Aug. 31). Bennett ranked second nationally last season with 18 assists, eclipsing the UW season record of 12. A second-team All-Pac-10 pick, Bennett also led the league with 34 total points. Despite the record-setting assist total, Bennett is better known for scoring goals than setting them up. Bennett tied for the team lead with eight goals in 2002. She amassed a Washington state prep record with 166 goals at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the state's high school record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett, a 2000 UW grad now in her first year on the coaching staff.
Last UW Game
#1 North Carolina 2, UW 1 ot (Aug. 31, Seattle)
Lori Chalupny scored twice, including a golden goal in the second minute of overtime that lifted top-ranked North Carolina to a 2-1 win over Washington in the championship game of the inaugural Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge at Husky Soccer Field. A crowd of 2,656 saw Washington (1-1) take the lead on a 16th-minute goal from Tina Frimpong. The Tar Heels (2-0) equalized in the 42nd minute on Chalupny's first goal. Following a scoreless second half, Chalupny ended the contest at 91:43 on the first shot of the overtime session. Brookens registered six saves for the Huskies who were outshot 22-9. UNC's Aly Winget had two saves. The Huskies had to work overtime for the second straight game. Frimpong tallied both goals in Friday's 2-1 overtime triumph over No. 18 Maryland, including the game winner in the 106th minute. The UW junior received the tournament's Offensive MVP award by a vote of coaches. Another Husky junior, Kelli Smith, collected the Defensive MVP trophy. Maryland (1-1) captured third place with a 3-0 victory over Washington State (0-2).
The Coaching Staff
Tenth-year coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Oct. 13, 2003 at Oregon State. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in six of her previous nine seasons at UW. Last year she guided UW to a 9-8-3 record and a fifth-place Pac-10 finish (4-4-1). 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 14-year record of 135-93-19, including a 103-68-10 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. Gallimore's staff includes eighth-year assistant coach Amy Griffin (previously Allmann), a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Tami Bennett joins the staff this season after two seasons as an assistant at Portland State. Bennett, whose sister Melissa is a senior on the UW squad, concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals. Also on the staff is volunteer coach Erin Otagaki, a four-year letterwinner at UW from 1998-2001.
Season tickets are available for the 2003 Washington women's soccer season and can be obtained through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). Advanced single-game tickets are also available at the ticket office, or on-line via the athletic department website (www.gohuskies.com) or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. Other ticket options are also available, including group and Family Plans.
One of Washington's most dangerous scoring threats is speedy junior Tina Frimpong who has accounted for all three of the team's goals to date. Frimpong played with the Seattle Sounders Select team this summer, leading them to the W-League semifinals. She amassed eight goals in six games. Her sister, Crystal, is a senior starter at Florida who led the Gators in 2002 with six goals. 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 returned to lead 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. Frimpong also found the back of the net in UW's first-round NCAA win over San Diego. She also had a hat trick last season and ranked third among UW scorers. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. Before attending any classes, she decided to matriculate at Washington beginning in August of 2000.
So Long Solo
The most decorated player in Husky history, goalkeeper Hope Solo, is now guarding the nets for the Philadelphia Charge. A senior in 2002, Solo was the fourth overall selection in January's WUSA Draft. She left Washington as the school's leader in nearly every goalkeeping category, including career saves (325), shutouts (18) and goals against average (1.02) along with single-season goals against average (0.68 in 2001). The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Solo was one of 13 finalists for the national Player of the Year in each of her final two seasons.
Washington was picked sixth in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Aug. 19 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion Stanford was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving six first-place votes and 77 total points. The Cardinal won the 2002 conference crown with a 9-0 record and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. UCLA received the remaining four first-place votes and finished with 66 points. Arizona State was projected third with 61 points, USC was fourth with 50 and California was fifth with 48. The Huskies totaled 44 points to place sixth in the poll, ahead of Washington State (38), Oregon State (25), Arizona (18) and Oregon (13). UW placed fifth in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 4-4-1 record. That was the lowest conference finish ever for the Huskies who won the 2000 Pac-10 title. Six teams from the Pac-10 received NCAA Tournament invitations last year.
2002 UW Season Review
The Huskies finished the season with a 9-8-3 record against one of the nation's most difficult schedules. Six of the Huskies' eight defeats came against teams that were ranked in the final Soccer America poll, including five setbacks versus teams listed in the top 10. Washington played 11 games against opponents that received postseason berths, posting a 2-7-2 record in those encounters. Among the Washington seniors whose collegiate careers concluded were goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year. Solo departed as the Huskies' leader in nearly every goalkeeping category, including career shutouts (18), saves (325) and goals against average (1.02). The Huskies finished fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 4-4-1 record, capping the season with a 5-0 victory over 15th-ranked USC.