15th-Ranked UW Hosts No. 8 Tennessee in Women's Soccer

Sept. 1, 2004

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 --
#8 Tennessee at #15 Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 --
Washington vs. UAB (Portland Invitational), 4:30 p.m. PDT
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.The 15th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (2-0) concludes its season-opening, three-game homestand on Friday, Sept. 3 against No. 8 Tennessee. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on UW's Seattle campus. The Lady Vols (1-0) are the third straight ranked opponent for the Huskies who knocked off No. 9 Penn State and No. 18 Ohio State last weekend by matching 2-1 scores. Friday marks the final home game of the month for UW which does not play again in Seattle until Oct. 15 against USC. The Huskies embark on a 10-game road trip next week at the Portland Invitational in Oregon.Last Week
The Huskies kicked off their 2004 campaign last weekend with a 2-1 upset over ninth-ranked Penn State (Aug. 27) and a 2-1 overtime triumph over No. 18 Ohio State (Aug. 29). Washington won its Husky/Nike Invitational tournament for the third straight season.Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team parlayed a pair of victories over ranked opponents last weekend into a No. 15 national ranking in the Soccer America magazine poll released Aug. 31. The Huskies also drew first-time attention in the Soccer Buzz rankings, moving into the No. 22 position. Washington (2-0) was unranked in the preseason polls before upsetting then ninth-ranked Penn State 2-1 on Friday (Aug. 27) and No. 18 Ohio State 2-1 on Sunday (Aug. 29). UW won its own Husky/Nike Invitational tournament, topping a field that also included Portland. The Pilots, who beat Ohio State 2-1 before losing 2-1 to Penn State, dropped from sixth to 11th in this week's poll. The Nittany Lions moved down to No. 10 in the rankings and Ohio State dropped out of the top 25. Six teams in the current rankings are on the Washington schedule, including three top-10 foes. The Huskies still have encounters remaining against No. 8 Tennessee (Sept. 3), No. 9 UCLA (Oct. 17), No. 11 Portland (Sept. 26) and No. 17 Arizona State (Oct. 8). Washington was not ranked entering the 2003 season, but a similar impressive opening weekend moved them into the first regular-season poll. The Huskies were ranked No. 25 in the final Soccer America poll last year.UW vs. Ranked Teams
The Huskies have a 25-62-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 2-0 mark this season. The two victories over ranked foes equals last season's entire total as UW recorded a 2-4-2 record in 2003 against ranked teams. Washington's all-time mark against top-10 opponents is 8-43-3 with a 1-0 mark this year and 1-3 in 2003.This Week's Opponent
Tennessee (1-0)
- The eighth-ranked Lady Vols rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win their season-opener 4-3 over Duke. Tennessee makes its first trip to Seattle for its inaugural meeting with Washington. Fifth-year coach Angela Kelly has a 59-25-4 record at UT, directing the team to three NCAA Tournaments. The Lady Vols posted a 17-5-2 record in 2003, won the SEC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Tennessee features forward Lyndsey Patterson who netted 11 goals last season. All-America candidate defender Keeley Dowling scored the game-winning goal against Duke. Returning goalkeeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart registered 12 shutouts and a 0.73 goals against average in 2003. Following Friday's game in Seattle, the Lady Vols travel to Pullman to play Washington State Sunday.Notable• The Huskies have never won consecutive games against three ranked opponents.• Six of the 15 players who saw time in Washington's first two games were freshmen. The Huskies have a nine-person freshman class.• Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong led the Huskies and the conference with 13 goals in 2003. Her 28 career goals are six shy of Tami Bennett's school record of 34.• Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (115) and conference (47) wins.• Seven of this year's 20 UW opponents were 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). 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.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.Fantastic Frimpong
Washington's most dangerous scoring threats is speedy senior Tina Frimpong who was the 2003 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 28 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 (11) and No. 6 in total points (64). 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.Youth Movement
'It's about playing as a team and improving as well as obviously blending the young players with the old players,' Husky coach Lesle Gallimore explained about her team's goal for the early part of the season. 'That seems to be coming along well so far.' Six of the 15 players who saw time during the opening weekend for Washington were freshmen, including starters Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark. Playing in a reserve role last weekend were freshmen Colby Branham, Dana Johnson and Katy Dowling.Senior Leadership
While the early contributions from newcomers was impressive, all of the scoring was done by upperclassmen. UW's four tournament goals were tallied by seniors Tina Frimpong, Kelley Schweighart and Cassie Giles along with Kim Taylor, a junior. Schweighart and Taylor each had assists during the weekend. Another senior, Nikki Gamble, was credited with an assist in both games.Last UW Game
UW 2, #18 Ohio State 1 ot (Aug. 29, Seattle)

Junior forward Kim Taylor scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime Sunday, leading Washington to a 2-1 victory over 18th-ranked Ohio State and its third straight Husky/Nike Invitational title. Taylor, who assisted on Tina Frimpong's game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 win over No. 9 Penn State, was voted the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She missed nearly the entire first half Sunday after being accidentally struck in the nose by a Buckeye player. Taylor returned to the lineup to start the second half and converted her only shot of the tournament eight minutes into overtime. Clare Rustad was named the Defensive MVP for the Huskies (2-0). After a scoreless first half, UW got on the board in the 54th-minute. Kelley Schweighart received a pass from Nikki Gamble and weaved through the box before finding the net with a 10-yard strike. The Buckeyes (0-2) recorded the equalizer with 1:01 left in regulation. Kathy Fulk's shot was deflected by UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen, but Danielle Dietrich collected the carom and hit the open goal from five yards out. Rasmussen registered eight saves for the second straight game. UW was outshot 19-6 in regulation, but attempted the only two shots in overtime. The decisive shot was Taylor's golden goal at 98:11. With her back to the goal, she spun with the ball on the left side and launched a 35-yard blast into the upper right corner.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 ranks No. 5 among all-time UW playmakers with 14 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor ranks fourth on the career game-winning assists last with six. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 14 career goals, needing one more 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 (115) 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 15-year record of 147-99-22, including a 115-74-13 mark in 11 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 (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 invitations last year.

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