UW Caps Regular Season With 3-0 Win Over Arizona
Nov. 9, 2003
SEATTLE - Junior Tina Frimpong and sophomore Kim Taylor each scored once and assisted on the other's goal Sunday as the 24th-ranked Washington women finished the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Arizona at Husky Soccer Field.
The Huskies (11-6-3) evened their Pacific-10 Conference record at 4-4-1, finishing in fifth place for the second straight season. Arizona (6-11-2) dropped to 2-6-1 in Pac-10 play.
Washington is likely to receive a berth when the 64-team NCAA field is announced Monday at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Three of the Huskies' six defeats came against the top-three teams in the current national rankings. They posted two wins and two ties against ranked opponents.
'It's out of our hands now. We'll just watch the selection show and find out,' said Coach Lesle Gallimore whose teams were postseason participants in six of her previous nine seasons at Washington. 'I can't imagine that we're not a tournament team out of 64 teams, but you never know. We've got wins over Texas and Maryland, a tie against Connecticut and three of our losses were to the top teams in the country, North Carolina, UCLA and Portland, UCLA.'
Washington was a playoff bubble team last year with a 9-8-3 record. The Huskies were devastated after being passed over by the NCAA Tournament committee. They are optimistic that they won't be overlooked again this year.
'I have a better feeling right now than I had at this time last year,' explained Gallimore. 'Our late season performance has been better than last year. Our team will be watching the tournament selection with excitement as opposed to nervousness.'
Taylor opened the scoring in the 37th minute Sunday. She received Frimpong's pass and dribbled through several defenders before sending a 15-yard liner inside the left post.
Those two exchanged roles on UW's third goal, just 53 seconds before the end of the game. Frimpong collected a through pass from Taylor and found herself one-on-one with goalkeeper Natalie Juarez. She pounded it into the net for her conference-leading 13th goal. Frimpong's total is the second-highest in school history. Current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett established the single-season record with 16 goals during the 2000 season.
Frimpong moved into a second-place tie among UW career scorers with 27 goals. The school record of 34 is held by Bennett (1997-200) while Frimpong is tied with Tara Bilanski (1992-95) and Theresa Wagner (1997-2000).
The Huskies' second goal came early in the second half, set up by Kelley Schweighart who dribbled 35 yards down the left flank and lofted a cross from the goal line. Senior Jaime Carstensen drove a right-foot volley into the goal at 49:28.
Arizona's most dangerous opportunity came in the 40th minute when leading scorer Candice Wilks broke free with only UW goalkeeper Lisa Brookens to beat. Her low shot was denied as Brookens sprawled to her right to block the attempt.
Brookens was credited with five saves en route to her third shutout. She participated in one other shutout for the Huskies who blanked eight opponents this season. Juarez made two saves for the Wildcats who were outshot by a 14-9 margin.
'I thought Lisa Brookens was outstanding today. She played great against an Arizona team that has good speed,' Gallimore said. 'Lisa has worked hard for three years. She showed today what she's capable of when she focuses for 90 minutes.'
Brookens is one of six UW seniors for whom Sunday was their final home appearance unless the Huskies are selected as one of 16 hosts for first-round NCAA Tournament games that begin Friday. The other seniors are Carstensen, Dana Dibble, Blair Ruport, Liz Taylor and Melissa Bennett, who owns school records for assists in a career (29) and season (18 in 2002).
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
(#24) Washington 3, Arizona 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Shots -- UA 9, UW 14.
Saves --- UA 2 (Natalie Juarez), UW 5 (Lisa Brookens).
Corner Kicks -- UA 4, UW 3.
Fouls --- UA 11, UW 12.
Offsides -- UA 0, UW 1.
Attendance -- 1,268.
Washington 11-6-3, 4-4-1 in Pac-10
Arizona 6-11-2, 2-6-1 in Pac-10