#13 UW Women Host Pac-10 Home Opener

Oct. 13, 2003

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 --
(#13) Washington vs. Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 --
(#13) Washington vs. Oregon, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Still in search of its first Pac-10 victory, the 13th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (7-3-3, 0-1-1 in Pac-10) plays its first conference home games this weekend. The Huskies' Pac-10 home opener is Friday, Oct. 17 against Oregon State (4-7-1, 0-1). Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Washington won the last nine meetings with the Beavers. On Sunday, Oct. 19 the Huskies entertain Oregon (7-5-0, 1-0) at noon. UW has never lost to the Ducks, leading the all-time series by a 6-0-1 margin. Washington opened Pac-10 play last week with a pair of overtime contests in Los Angeles. UW tied No. 18 USC 1-1 on Thursday before falling 3-2 at No. 3 UCLA on a golden goal with less than two minutes left in the final overtime. The Huskies' completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 7-2-2 record that is the second-best in their history. UW opened the 2000 season with a 9-1 record before embarking on its only Pac-10 championship campaign. The Huskies seek to improve upon last year's fifth-place conference finish. They tied for second in the 2001 Pac-10 standings.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.78 goals per game, down nearly 50 percent from last season's final mark of 1.47. UW has five shutouts, two more than last year's entire season total. The Huskies surrendered more than one goal only twice this season, a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 1 North Carolina and 3-2 overtime loss at No. 3 UCLA.

Oregon State (4-7-1, 0-1 in Pac-10)
The Beavers were undefeated in their opening four games (3-0-1), but have gone 1-7 since. Sixth-year coach Steve Fennah's team is paced by the seven goals of Tessa Baker. Goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has registered three shutouts and a 1.32 goals against average. Washington won the last nine meetings with OSU en route to an 11-1 advantage in the series that began in 1992. The Huskies claimed a 3-1 decision last season in Corvallis. The Beavers last visit to Seattle resulted in a 1-0 UW win in 2001.

Oregon (7-5-0, 1-0 in Pac-10)
Eighth-year coach Bill Steffen's squad won its last two games, including a 4-3 overtime triumph at Oregon State in the Pac-10 opener. Nicole Garbin leads the Duck attack with five goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Domenique Lainez has one shutout and a 2.19 goals against average. Washington leads the all-time series 6-0-1. Last season, Tina Frimpong scored twice with assists from Melissa Bennett during the Huskies' 2-1 win in Eugene. The teams tied 1-1 in Oregon's last visit to Seattle, during 2001.

Ranking Report
Washington dropped one spot to 13th in this week's Soccer America and Soccer Buzz rankings. UW is listed No. 10 in the NSCAA (coaches) and Soccer Times polls. Impressive opening-weekend results vaulted the Huskies into the national polls on Sept. 1 after they did not receiving any preseason ranking recognition.

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 38-18-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field with a 30-9-2 ledger since 1999. They are 5-2 this season in Seattle. Washington ranked among the nation's top-10 attendance leaders every year since moving to the present venue in 1997.

Notable
* UW has played six overtime games (97 minutes), one shy of the school's season record.

* Melissa Bennett has distributed six assists. Her career total of 27 is tied for the school record of 27 set by Caroline Putz.

* Tina Frimpong leads UW with 9 goals. Her 24 career scores rank fourth all-time at UW.

* A tape-delayed broadcast of last Thursday's 1-1 tie at USC airs Thursday (Oct. 16) at 1 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 18) at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Northwest.

* All three of Washington's losses this season came by one-goal margins against teams currently ranked among national top-5. UW had a 2-1 overtime setback against top-ranked North Carolina, lost 1-0 against current No. 4 Portland, the defending national champion, and fell 3-2 in overtime at No. 3 UCLA.

* Freshman Alec Mills registered two goals on just eight shots while participating in five games this season. Mills scored UW's first goal at No. 3 UCLA.

* Senior goalkeeper Lisa Brookens recorded a career-high nine saves at UCLA.

Marvelous Melissa
Senior forward Melissa Bennett picked up where she left off last season, having distributed six assists in 2003. She has 27 career assists and is tied for the school record 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 in 2002. 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 Husky coaching staff. Melissa ranks fifth among all-time UW attackers with 63 total points. Her sister Tami ranks second on that list after compiling 78 points between 1997-2000.

The Coaching Staff
Tenth-year coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Oct. 13, 2002 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 141-95-22, including a 109-70-13 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.

Family Affair
Washington's most dangerous offensive threat is speedy junior Tina Frimpong who leads the team in scoring with 21 points, 11 more than any other Husky. She already boasts a career-high nine goals this season after recording seven in each of her first two collegiate campaigns. Frimpong ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 23 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
#3 UCLA 3, #12 UW 2 2ot (Oct. 11; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Bristyn Davis scored a golden goal with less than two minutes remaining in the final overtime session Saturday, lifting third-ranked UCLA to a 3-2 victory over No. 12 Washington in a Pac-10 women's soccer contest at Drake Stadium. Iris Mora assisted on all three goals for UCLA which improved to 9-1-2 with a perfect 2-0 Pac-10 ledger. The Huskies dropped to 0-1-1 in conference play with a 7-3-3 overall record. UW has been involved in six overtime games this season, including Thursday's 1-1 tie at No. 18 USC. Saturday's loss dropped UW's overtime record to 1-2-3. The Bruins owned a 1-0 halftime lead by virtue of a goal by Sarah-Gayle Swanson at 29:33. She headed in a corner kick from Mora. Husky freshman Alec Mills netted her second collegiate goal off a pass from Nikki Gamble, evening the score 1-1 at 52:27. UCLA reclaimed the lead at 64:12 when Mora sent a free kick to Whitney Jones who headed it into the goal. UW senior Melissa Bennett scored an unassisted goal from 20 yards out at 76:36 that forced overtime. Davis registered the game-winning goal at 108:35, capping a dribbling foray down the left flank with a low shot past Washington goalkeeper Lisa Brookens. UCLA won its last three meetings with the Huskies, all by one-goal margins. Brookens recorded a career-high nine saves for UW which was outshot by a 20-9 margin. Bruin goalkeeper Arianna Criscione had three saves.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all remaining Washington home games 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.

Strenuous Schedule
Washington encounters a difficult schedule that includes seven opponents ranked in the current top 25, including three of the nation's top four teams. UW's ranked opponents are: No. 1 North Carolina, UCLA (3), Portland (4), USC (18), Maryland (19), Connecticut (21) and Arizona State (24). Thirteen teams that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament appear on the Huskies' schedule, including national champion Portland and Final Four qualifier North Carolina.

So Long Solo
The most decorated player in Husky history, goalkeeper Hope Solo, moved on to guard 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.

Pac-10 Poll
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.

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.

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.

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