UW Women Host Husky/Nike Invitational Soccer Tournament

Aug. 24, 2004

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HUSKY/NIKE INVITATIONAL
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 --

#18 Ohio State vs. #6 Portland, 4:30 p.m. PDT
#9 Penn State vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT (Fox Sports Net TV)SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 --
#9 Penn State vs. #6 Portland, 11:00 a.m. PDT
#18 Ohio State vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. PDTThe Washington women's soccer team kicks off its 14th season of play this weekend, hosting the 10th-annual Husky/Nike Invitational. The four-team tournament, featuring three ranked teams, takes place, Friday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 29 at Husky Soccer Field on Washington's Seattle campus. Sixth-ranked Portland meets No. 18 Ohio State in Friday's opener at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time while the Huskies and No. 9 Penn State clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The UW-Nittany Lions matchup will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The teams trade opponents for Sunday's action that begins at 11 a.m. with a Penn State-Portland contest. At 1:30 p.m. the Huskies play Ohio State.Television Data
The Penn State at Washington women's soccer game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. The game airs locally on Fox Sports Northwest on Sept. 2 at noon Pacific Time and again on Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. Allen Hopkins calls the action with color commentary from Alan Hinton.Tournament Format
All Nike Invitational games will be regulation 90-minute contests with two sudden-victory 10-minute overtimes if needed. Games tied after overtime will be declared ties. The tournament champion is the team with the best win-loss record. The procedures for breaking ties for the team title are as follows: 1) head-to-head record, 2) goal differential, 3) total goals scored. Along with a trophy for the team champion, awards will be given to the Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP as voted by the coaches.Tournament History
Washington won the last two Husky/Nike Invitational championships, their first consecutive titles since 1996. The Huskies won their own tournament five times total (1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003), including the first three. Portland won the other four Nike Invitationals, capturing four straight titles from 1997-99 and 2001. There was no tournament held in 2000 ... Tina Frimpong of Washington was voted the Offensive MVP of the 2003 Nike Invitational and Portland's Imani Dorsey was the Defensive MVP.The Husky/Nike Invitational Field
Ohio State
-- The 18th-ranked Buckeyes make their first trek to Seattle. Eighth-year Coach Lori Walker has a 73-61-9 record at OSU, including a 13-5-2 mark in 2003. Ohio State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior midfielder Colleen Hoban scored 10 goals to pace the 2003 Buckeyes who outscored opponents by a 41-17 count. Washington won the only previous meeting with OSU, a 3-1 decision on Sept. 10, 2000 in Ann Arbor, Mich. That marked UW coach Lesle Gallimore's 100th career coaching victory.Penn State -- The ninth-ranked Nittany Lions make their second visit to Seattle for the Nike Invitational. Penn State participated in the 1995 Invitational and had a tough time, being shut out 5-0 by Washington and 3-0 by Portland. That was UW's only previous meeting with Penn State. Paula Wilkins compiled a 59-11-4 record in three years at PSU. Last year, the Nittany Lions had a 19-3-3 record, won their sixth straight Big Ten championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. All-American Tiffany Weimer returns after tallying 21 goals and nine assists her sophomore season.Portland -- The sixth-ranked Pilots advanced to the third round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament before losing a shootout to Santa Clara. Bill Irwin directed Portland to an 18-3-2 record last year in his first season in charge of the program. He replaced longtime coach Clive Charles who directed the Pilots to a 226-52-13 record in 14 seasons before passing away on Aug. 26, 2003 after a bout with cancer. Charles led Portland to the 2002 NCAA championship. The Pilots feature explosive junior forward Christine Sinclair who amassed 26 goals in 21 games last season. Sophomore goalkeeper Cori Alexander had 12 shutouts and a 0.56 goals against average in 2003.2004 UW Preview
Five starters and 11 letterwinners return from the 2003 Washington team that participated in the NCAA Tournament. UW posted an 11-7-3 record, finishing fifth in the Pac-10 with a 4-4-1 mark. Headlining the list of returnees is Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong, a senior forward who led the conference with 13 goals in 2003. She is joined up front by honorable mention All-Pac-10 forward Kim Taylor, a junior who totaled five goals and eight assists last season. The defense features three-year starters Nicole Martinez and Kelli Smith who helped UW record eight shutouts in 2003 while surrendering less than one goal per game (0.91). Lanky Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad is an imposing presence on defense. Sophomore Kelsey Rasmussen will take over starting goalkeeping duties after posting three shutouts and a 0.55 goals against average in four starts last season. The midfield undergoes the largest turnover in talent as senior Nikki Gamble is the lone holdover among primary starters.Tournament Tidbits
Washington is the only team in the Nike Invitational that is not ranked in the Soccer America preseason poll. That was the same case last season when the unranked Huskies vaulted into the No. 17 spot in the polls after an impressive showing in their season-opening tournament ... Portland is listed No. 6 in the Soccer America rankings while Penn State is No. 9 and Ohio State No. 18.UW vs. Ranked Teams
The Huskies have a 23-62-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 2-4-2 mark last season. Washington's all-time mark against top-10 opponents is 7-43-3 with a 1-3 record in 2003.Fantastic Frimpong
Washington's most dangerous scoring threats is speedy senior Tina Frimpong who was the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. Frimpong, who shared the league's top honor with UCLA defender Nandi Pryce, led all Pac-10 players with 13 goals. Her 27 career goals are the second-highest total in UW history behind only the school-record 34 of current assistant coach Tami Bennett (1997-2000). Frimpong also ranks No. 2 among UW players in career game-winning goals (10) and No. 6 in total points (62). She netted two hat tricks during her career and has eight multiple-goal performances. Frimpong 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. She registered a hat trick against Idaho in her fourth game and had a two-goal performance at USC. Frimpong also found the back of the net in UW's first-round NCAA win over San Diego. She also had seven goals and a hat trick in 2002. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. Before attending any classes, she decided to matriculate at Washington beginning in August of 2000.Terrific Taylor
Junior forward Kim Taylor was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last season. She should be in line for even more honors in 2004. Taylor ranked second among Huskies with 18 total points last season. She tied for top team honors with eight assists and was second with five goals. Taylor is within striking distance of some schools records. She is tied with Erin Saltzman (1993-96) for the No. 5 spot among all-time UW playmakers with 13 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor ranks sixth on the career game-winning assists last with five. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 13 career goals, needing two to move onto the school's top-10 list.The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore has steadily transformed Washington into one of the nation's premier programs since her hiring in 1994. Gallimore enters her second decade of service with the Huskies, standing atop the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (113) and conference wins (47). Last season, she directed UW to its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. 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 seven of her previous 10 seasons at UW. Gallimore was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the 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 13-year record of 145-99-22, including a 113-74-13 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.The Assistant Coaches
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes ninth-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 last season after two seasons as an assistant at Portland State. Bennett concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals. Also on the staff is volunteer coach Stephanie Brennan, a four-year letterwinner at Missouri from 1998-2001.Pac-10 Poll
Washington was picked fourth in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Aug. 17 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving seven first-place votes and 75 total points. The Bruins won the 2003 conference crown with an 8-0-1 record and reached the NCAA semifinals. Stanford is projected second with two first place votes and 67 points, placing just ahead of Arizona State which received one first-place tally and 65 points. Washington was picked fourth with 55 points followed by No. 5 USC (52), No. 6 California (50), No. 7 Arizona (29), No. 8 Oregon State (25), No. 9 Washington State (21) and No. 10 Oregon State (11). UW placed fifth in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 4-4-1 record. That matched the lowest conference finish ever for the Huskies who won the 2000 Pac-10 title. Five teams from the Pac-10 received NCAA Tournament invitationsStrenuous Schedule
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes seven opponents ranked in the current Soccer America top 25, including four of the nation's top 10. UW's ranked opponents are: No. 6 Portland, Tennessee (8), Penn State (9), UCLA (10), Stanford (14), Ohio State (18) and Arizona State (20). Eleven teams that participated in the 2003 NCAA Tournament are on the Husky schedule, including national semifinalist UCLA. Making the schedule even more treacherous is the fact that 13 of 20 games are on the road.Notable
•All four Husky/Nike Invitational participants competed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.* Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong led the Huskies and the conference with 13 goals in 2003. Her 27 career goals are seven shy of Tami Bennett's school record of 34.* Lesle Gallimore begins her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (113) and conference (47) wins.* Seven of this year's 20 UW opponents are ranked in the preseason Soccer America poll, including four of the top 10 teams. Eleven UW foes competed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, including national semifinalist UCLA.Ticket Information
Season tickets are available for the 2004 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) or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). 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.

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