18th-Ranked Huskies Visit Bay Area for Final Road Trip

Oct. 28, 2003

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(#18) Washington at Stanford, 7:00 p.m. PST
Maloney Field; Palo Alto, Calif.

(#18) Washington at California, 1:00 p.m. PST
Goldman Field; Berkeley, Calif.

The 18th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (9-4-3, 2-2-1 in Pac-10) embarks on its final road trip of the regular season this weekend. The Huskies play two games in the Bay Area, beginning on Friday, Oct. 31 against Stanford (8-7-2, 3-2-1) at 7 p.m. The Cardinal have not lost in seven all-time home games against Washington, posting a 5-2 record at Maloney Field. On Sunday, Nov. 2, Coach Lesle Gallimore brings the Huskies to play at her alma mater, California. Kick-off is 1 p.m. at Goldman Field in Berkeley. The Golden Bears (7-6-3, 2-4) have not defeated UW since 1999 and have a 2-7 record against the Huskies coached by Gallimore (Cal class of 1986). Washington registered matching 2-0 shutouts in its last two outings, blanking Oregon (Oct. 19) and Washington State (Oct. 24). 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 non-conference 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 Parity
This week should clear up the logjam in the middle of the Pac-10 standings as seven teams have either two or three conference wins. UCLA leads the league with a 5-0-1 mark followed by Stanford and USC with 3-2-1 records. Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State are 1/2-game back at 2-2-1, but have played one fewer game than the leaders.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.76 goals per game, down significantly from last season's final mark of 1.47. UW has seven shutouts, four more than last year's entire season total. The Huskies surrendered more than one goal just three times this season, versus North Carolina, UCLA and Oregon State.

Fabulous Frosh
Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen registered five saves Friday (Oct. 24) against Washington State en route to her third shutout in as many collegiate starts. Rasmussen faced 14 shots against the Cougars and averted several other dangerous chances by coming off her line to force hurried WSU attempts that went wide of the goal. An All-American last year at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma, Wash., Rasmussen has not surrendered a goal in 405 minutes against collegiate competition. She posted shutouts in her only three starts, including UW's last two games, against Oregon and WSU.

Record Breaker
Senior Melissa Bennett, who has 29 career assists, distributed her record 28th on Oct. 19 against Oregon. She eclipsed the UW record of 27 assists set by Caroline Putz from 1998-2001. Bennett already owned the school's single-season record after amassing 18 assists last year, a figure that was the second-highest total in the nation in 2002.

Stanford (8-7-2, 3-2-1 in Pac-10)
The defending Pac-10 champion Cardinal are directed by first-year coach Paul Ratcliffe. Stanford lost 1-0 at Oregon State in its last outing. The Cardinal have outscored opponents by a 20-14 margin, led by the seven goals of Allyson Marquand. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has six shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average. Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington by a 10-1-2 margin. The Cardinal won 1-0 last season in Seattle on a 38th-minute goal by Jennifer Farenbaugh. The Huskies are winless in seven all-time visits to Stanford with an 0-5-2 record. UW's lone win in the series was a 1-0 decision in Seattle during the 2000 season.

California (7-6-3, 2-4-0 in Pac-10)
Seventh-year coach Kevin Boyd's Golden Bears feature a balanced attack, having outscored foes by a 20-15 count. Kim Yokers and Kassie Doubrava pace the Cal offense with three goals apiece while five other players have scored twice. Goalkeeper Anna Key has four shutouts and a 1.06 goals against average. Washington holds a 7-5 lead in the all-time series, including a 2-1 triumph last season in Seattle. The Huskies won the last three meetings against the Bears whose last victory over UW was in 1999. Cal has a 4-2 record against the Huskies in Berkeley. Lesle Gallimore, a 1986 California graduate, has an 8-5 record against her alma mater with a 7-2 mark while at UW.

Ranking Report
Washington climbed four spots to 18th in this week's Soccer America rankings. UW is listed No. 14 by the NSCAA (coaches poll), No. 15 by Soccer Times and No. 24 by Soccer Buzz. Impressive opening-weekend results vaulted the Huskies into the national polls on Sept. 1 after they did not receive any preseason ranking recognition.

Marvelous Melissa
Senior forward Melissa Bennett picked up where she left off last season, having distributed a team-high eight assists in 2003. On Oct. 19 against Oregon, she registered her 28th career assist to claim the school record. She now has 29 assists. The previous UW record of 27 was held by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). 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 in 2002. Despite the record-setting assist total, Bennett is also extremely adept at scoring goals. She 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 65 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 143-96-22, including a 111-71-13 mark in 10 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 joined 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 23 points, 11 more than any other Husky. She already boasts a career-high 10 goals this season after recording seven in each of her first two collegiate campaigns. Frimpong ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 24 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
#22 UW 2, Washington State 0 (Oct. 24; Seattle)

Kim Taylor scored the game-winning goal Friday and freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen registered her third shutout in as many starts as 22nd-ranked Washington blanked Washington State 2-0 in a Pac-10 women's game at Husky Soccer Field. Rasmussen was credited with five saves en route to Washington's (9-4-3, 2-2-1) seventh shutout. She has not allowed a goal in 405 minutes against collegiate competition. UW netted an insurance goal at 41:36 on a penalty kick by Liz Taylor. The shot was awarded when Kim Taylor was taken down in the box by a WSU defender. Goalkeeper Katie Hultin had seven saves for the Cougars (5-9-1, 1-3-1) who were outshot 17-14.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all remaining UW 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 at (www.gohuskies.com). General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.

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 Pac-10 teams received 2002 NCAA Tournament invitations.

Strenuous Schedule
Washington encounters a difficult schedule that includes six 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, Portland (3), UCLA (4), Connecticut (17), Maryland (19) and Texas (21). Thirteen teams that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament appear on the Huskies' schedule, including national champion Portland and Final Four qualifier UNC.

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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