#13 UW Women Wrap Up Non-Conference Soccer Schedule
Sept. 29, 2003
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 --
Portland State at (#13) Washington, 5:00 p.m. PDT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 --
Idaho State at (#13) Washington, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Both Games at Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
The 13th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (5-2-2) wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a pair of home games this weekend. Washington entertains Portland State (5-5) on Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. The Vikings are coached by former UW standout Tara Erickson (formerly Bilanski). The Huskies entertain Idaho State on Sunday, Oct. 5 at noon. Both games will be played at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus, capping a five-game homestand. The Huskies have never before played against either team. Washington sustained its second loss last week, falling 1-0 to then eighth-ranked Portland on Friday (Sept. 26). This season's only other UW setback was a 2-1 overtime loss against top-ranked North Carolina. Next week, Washington begins Pac-10 play with a tough road trip to Los Angeles. The Huskies play at No. 14 USC on Thursday, Oct. 9 and at No. 3 UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 11. UW seeks to improve upon last year's fifth-place conference finish. The Huskies won the 2000 Pac-10 championship and tied for second in 2001.
Home Sweet Home
For the seventh year, all Washington home games are played on campus at 2,100-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed before the 2000 season. The Huskies have a 36-18-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field with a 28-9-2 ledger since 1999. They are 3-2 this season in Seattle. Washington ranked among the nation's top-10 attendance leaders every year since moving to the present venue in 1997.
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.73 goals per game, down 50 percent from last season's final mark of 1.47. UW has three shutouts, matching last year's entire season total. The Huskies surrendered more than one goal only once this season, during a 2-1 overtime loss to top-ranked North Carolina.
Scouting Portland State (5-5)
Friday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Portland State of the Big Sky Conference. The Vikings evened their record at 5-5 with wins in their last four outings, including Sunday's 2-0 win at Oregon State. Coach Tara Erickson (Bilanski), a midfielder at Washington from 1992-95, is in her third season at PSU. The Vikings were the nation's most improved team from 2001 to 2002, with a 13-5-4 record last year. Jamie Blakesley lead the PSU attack with six goals while Julie Forrest has five assists. Goalkeeper Joelle Giger has two shutouts and a 1.44 goals against average.
Scouting Idaho State (4-3-1)
Sunday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Idaho State of the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, having suffered consecutive 2-0 losses to Brigham Young and Utah. Shawna Park paces the ISU offense with four goals and Heather Jones is the top playmaker with seven assists. Goalkeeper Shannon Boyle has two shutouts and a 1.17 goals against average.
Washington remained in the No. 13 spot in this week's Soccer America rankings. UW is listed No. 9 in the NSCAA (coaches) rankings and is No. 13 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Impressive opening-weekend results vaulted Washington into the national polls on Sept. 1 after not receiving any preseason attention.
Washington encounters a difficult schedule that includes nine opponents ranked in the current top 25, including three of the nation's top six teams. UW's ranked opponents are: No. 1 North Carolina, UCLA (3), Portland (6), Connecticut (12), USC (14), Arizona State (16), Stanford (18), Maryland (22) and California (23). Thirteen teams that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament appear on the Huskies' schedule, including national champion Portland and Final Four qualifier North Carolina.
* Both of the Huskies losses came against teams currently ranked in the top 10. They lost 2-1 in overtime to No. 1 North Carolina and 1-0 to current No. 6 Portland.
* UW was shutout Friday for the first time in a 1-0 loss to defending NCAA champ Portland.
* At 5-2-2 and with two games remaining, the Huskies have clinched a winning non-conference record for the fourth consecutive season. They finished 5-4-2 outside of Pac-10 play last year and were 7-3-1 in 2001 and 10-2 in 2000.
* Junior Clare Rustad joined the Huskies Sept. 11 after spending a month training with the Canadian National Team. Rustad is the injury alternate for Canada's World Cup squad.
Senior forward Melissa Bennett picked up where she left off last season, having distributed five assists in 2003. She has 26 career assists, one away from the school record of 27 established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Bennett ranked second nationally last season with 18 assists, eclipsing the UW single-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.
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 Jaime Carstensen. 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 group of 11 newcomers, headed by Iowa State transfer Nikki Gamble, seeks to buoy the Huskies' NCAA Tournament aspirations.
One of Washington's most dangerous scoring threats is speedy junior Tina Frimpong who leads the team with eight goals. She already boasts a career-high eight goals this season after recording seven in each of her first two collegiate campaigns. Frimpong is tied for fourth among all-time Huskies with 22 career goals. She was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week this season, on Sept. 1 and Sept. 23. 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 and ranked third among UW scorers last season with seven goals. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. Before attending classes, she decided to enroll at Washington beginning in the fall of 2000.
Last UW Game
#8 Portland 1, UW 0 (Sept. 26; Seattle)
Wanda Rozwadowska gathered a rebound and booted it into the open goal in the 33rd minute Friday, lifting the eighth-ranked Portland women to a 1-0 win over No. 13 Washington before a crowd of 1,014 at Husky Soccer Field. The defending national champion Pilots (7-2) defeated Washington (5-2-2) for the fifth consecutive time, improving their all-time record in the series to 15-1-1. Eight of Portland's victories over UW have come by one-goal margins. The Huskies were shut out for the first time this season and had a three-game winning streak snapped. Lisa Sari set up the scoring play with a hard shot to the right side of the UW goal that was deflected by goalkeeper Lisa Brookens who dived far to her left. Rozwadowska collected the carom and swiftly slipped it inside the right post at 32:13 for her team-leading fourth goal. The run of play was fairly even during the first half as the Pilots posted a slim 6-5 advantage in shot attempts. The second half was a completely different story with Washington peppering the UP goal with eight shots. Portland did not get off a second-half attempt and was outshot by a 13-6 tally in the final totals. Pilot goalkeeper Cori Alexander registered four saves en route to her seventh shutout. But, Alexander did not factor in to the Huskies' most dangerous opportunities, both by senior midfielder Jaime Carstensen. In the 17th minute, Carstensen received a back pass from Tina Frimpong and blasted a 25-yard strike off the crossbar. Carstensen had a header carry just over the goal in the 58th minute. Brookens was credited with two saves. She has surrendered only seven goals in nine games this season.
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 139-94-21, including a 107-69-12 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). 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.
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.