#24 UW Women Cap Soccer Regular Season at Home

Nov. 4, 2003

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(#24) Washington vs. (#22) Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PDT

(#24) Washington vs. Arizona, 12:00 p.m. PDT

Both Games at Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

The 24th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (10-5-3, 3-3-1 in Pac-10) jockeys for an NCAA Tournament berth this weekend while they close out the regular season at home. The Huskies host No. 22 Arizona State (10-4-3, 4-2-1) on Friday, Nov. 7. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The Sun Devils are the eighth, ranked opponent the Huskies have met this season. UW plays its final regular-season game Sunday, Nov. 9 at noon against Arizona (5-10-2, 1-5-1). The Wildcats won 2-1 last season in Tucson, their first victory in eight all-time meetings with UW. The Huskies drew a split on a Bay Area road trip last weekend, losing 3-0 at Stanford before rallying for a 3-1 victory at California.

Postseason Pursuit
Washington is vying for its third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four years, its seventh overall. The Huskies appear to be in good position to receive a postseason invitation, but plan to win this weekend and leave nothing to chance. Last year's UW squad had a 9-8-3 record, but was passed over by the tournament committee. A pair of losses suffered on a road trip to Arizona and ASU likely sealed the Huskies' fate in 2002.

Tournament Selection
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 10 at 1 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. 14 and a single second-round game will be played at each site on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Pac-10 Parity
This week should clear up the logjam in the middle of the Pac-10 standings as six teams have either three or four conference wins. UCLA leads the league with a 6-0-1 mark followed by Arizona State (4-2-1) and Stanford (4-3-1). Washington, USC and Oregon State are all one game out of second place with matching 3-3-1 records.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.89 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 four times this season, versus North Carolina, UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford.

Prolific Scorer
Junior Tina Frimpong scored two goals Sunday at Cal for the eighth multiple-goal game of her career. She leads the Pac-10 with 12 goals, tying her for the second-highest single-season total in school history. Current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett established the record with 16 goals during the 2000 season. Frimpong is tied with Tara Bilanski who tallied 12 goals in 1995. Frimpong ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 26 career goals. The school record of 34 is held by Bennett (1997-200) while Bilanski (1992-95) and Theresa Wagner (1997-2000) are tied for second with 27 goals.

Ranking Report
Washington dropped six spots to 24th in this week's Soccer America rankings. UW is listed No. 13 by the NSCAA (coaches poll) and No. 14 by Soccer Times. Impressive opening-weekend results vaulted the Huskies into the national polls on Sept. 1 after they did not receive any preseason ranking recognition.

Arizona State (10-4-3, 4-2-1 in Pac-10)
Third-year coach Ray Leone's 22nd-ranked Sun Devils are outscoring opponents by a 34-20 margin. Brittany Cooper leads the ASU attack with eight goals. The goalkeeping tandem of Kelly Fitzgerald and Kim Bingham combined for seven shutouts and a 1.12 goals against average. Washington won the first five meetings with ASU, including all three Seattle clashes, before losing 2-1 last year in Tempe.

Arizona (5-10-2, 1-5-1 in Pac-10)
Dan Tobias is in his first year coaching the Wildcats after directing Washington State to two NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons. Arizona's offense is paced by Mallory Miller and Candice Wilks who each have six goals. Goalkeeper Natalie Juarez has two shutouts and a 1.58 goals against average. Washington won the first seven meetings with Arizona, including all four Seattle contests, before suffering a 2-1 overtime setback last season in Tucson.

Marvelous Melissa
Senior forward Melissa Bennett has proven to be the finest playmaker in school history, 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, including two this season. She tied for the team lead with eight goals in 2002. Bennett 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 144-97-22, including a 112-72-13 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 Pac-10 in goals (12) and total points (27). She already boasts a career-high 12 goals this season after recording seven in each of her first two collegiate campaigns. Frimpong ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 26 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.

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 40-19-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field with a 32-10-2 ledger since 1999. They are 7-3 this season in Seattle. Washington ranked among the nation's top-10 attendance leaders every year since moving to the present venue in 1997.

Last UW Game
#18 UW 3, California 1 (Nov. 2; Berkeley, Calif.)

Tina Frimpong and Blair Ruport combined for back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart Sunday, helping 18th-ranked Washington rally for a 3-1 victory over California at Edwards Stadium. Cal's Katie Ratican knocked the ball away from UW goalkeeper Lisa Brookens. Sierra Schlesinger booted the loose ball into the open net at 11:58. That was the only goal allowed by Brookens who registered six saves for UW which was outshot by a 12-10 margin. Sophomore Kim Taylor netted the equalizer for the Huskies early in the second half. She received a pass from Kelley Schweighart and blasted an 18-yard shot into the upper right corner at 47:50. The game remained tied for over 24 minutes before Ruport found Frimpong open for a pair of goals within a span of 2:18. Ruport sent a through ball to the left side of the goal, enabling Frimpong to slip a five-yard shot past Cal goalkeeper Anna Key at 72:25. Ruport and Frimpong hooked up again at 74:43 from the right side of the field, a mirror image of their first connection. Key was credited with four saves for the Bears. She replaced starting goalkeeper Stephanie Mortling who left after four minutes.

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 or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200. General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.

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.

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.

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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