UW Women Embark on 10-Game Road Trip

Sept. 7, 2004

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NIKE INVITATIONAL
Merlo Field (5,000); Portland, Ore.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 --
#12 Washington vs. UAB, 4:30 p.m. PDT
Weber State vs. #10 Portland, 7:00 p.m. PDTSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 --
#12 Washington vs. Weber State, noon PDT
UAB vs. #10 Portland, 2:30 p.m. PDTThe 12th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (3-0) begins a 10-game road trip this week that will keep them away from Husky Soccer Field until mid-October. The Huskies travel to the state of Oregon for the annual Nike Invitational, beginning with a Friday, Sept. 10 game against UAB (2-1-1). Kick-off is 4:30 p.m. at Merlo Field where host Portland (3-1) plays Weber State at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 12 the teams trade opponents as Washington meets Weber State (1-3) at noon followed by a UAB-Portland matchup at 2:30 p.m. UW won last year's Nike Invitational over runner-up UConn. The Huskies' stretch of 10 straight road games takes them to Portland, Maryland, San Diego and Arizona as they have 41 days between home games. UW does not play again in Seattle until USC visits on Oct. 15.Last Week
The Huskies knocked off their third straight ranked opponent, defeating No. 8 Tennessee 2-1 on Friday (Sept. 3) in Seattle. UW upset No. 9 Penn State (Aug. 27) and No. 18 Ohio State (Aug. 29) by similar 2-1 scores. That marked the first time in school history that the Huskies registered three consecutive wins over ranked opponents.Tournament Tidbits
Washington competed in eight of the previous 10 Portland Invitationals, winning the championship in 1999 and 2003. Last year, UW defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-0 and tied Connecticut 1-1 to win the tournament title by virtue of a superior goal differential over UConn. The host Pilots won their tournament five times (1993, '95, '96, '98, 2002). Notre Dame won the 2000 tournament title and the 2001 competition was canceled due to the national tragedy on Sept. 11.This Week's Opponents
UAB (2-1-1)
- The Blazers and Washington meet for the first time. The teams were scheduled to play in Portland on Sept. 16, 2001, but the tournament was canceled due to the 9/11 national tragedy. Ninth-year coach Paul Harbin's squad is led by Tara Kidwell who has scored four of UAB's 10 goals this season. Goalkeeper Katie Forbis has a 1.66 goals against average. Nine starters return from last year's 13-5-1 team that won the Conference USA title.Weber State (1-3-0) - Sunday marks the first ever meeting between the Wildcats and Washington. Weber State is coached for the seventh year by the tandem of Lynn Kofoed and Tom VudhiVadhana. Naomi Felix has tallied three of the Wildcats' five goals this year. Goalkeeper Melanie Stratford has a 2.93 goals against average. Weber returns eight starters from last season's squad that posted a 6-10-3 record.Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team rose from 15th to 12th in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Sept. 7. The Huskies are ranked No. 15 by Soccer Buzz and No. 4 in the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.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 have seen time so far for Washington were freshmen, including starters Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark. Playing in a reserve role were freshmen Colby Branham, Dana Johnson and Katy Dowling. UW has nine freshmen.Senior Leadership
While the early contributions from newcomers were impressive, all of the scoring was done by upperclassmen. UW's six goals were tallied by seniors Kelley Schweighart, Tina Frimpong and Cassie Giles along with Kim Taylor, a junior. Schweighart, Gamble, Frimpong, Taylor and senior Kelli Smith have all of the assists.Notable
• Defending Nike Invitational champion Washington also won the Portland-hosted tournament in 1999.• The Huskies and UAB have never met in women's soccer. They were scheduled to play Sept. 16, 2001 in Portland before the tournament was canceled due to the 9/11 national tragedy.• 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 (116) 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.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. 5 in total points (65). 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.Last UW Game
#15 UW 2, #8 Tennessee 1 (Sept. 3, Seattle)

Kelley Schweighart netted the game-winning goal 14 minutes into the second half Friday to lead No. 15 Washington to its third consecutive win over a ranked opponent, a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Tennessee at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies (3-0) defeated three straight ranked opponents for the first time ever. Tina Frimpong set up the decisive goal after receiving a throw-in from Kelli Smith on the right flank. Frimpong raced down the sideline and sent a pass into the center of the box, finding Schweighart who lofted a 12-yard shot into the upper right corner at 59:02. Goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen registered two of her three saves in the second half, holding the Lady Vols (1-1) scoreless after halftime. Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart had five saves for Tennessee which was outshot by a slim 12-11 margin. Senior Nikki Gamble opened the scoring in the 13th minute for UW. She collected the ball with her back to the goal, turned and looped a 20-yard shot into the upper right corner. Tennessee scored the equalizer at 21:51 on a 17-yard blast by Jenny Jeffers that was assisted by Ali Christoph. The Lady Vols nearly took the lead just before halftime, but a 44th-minute goal off a corner kick was disallowed due to a hand-ball foul. Washington also came close to adding a second first-half goal. Schweighart sent a corner kick to the middle of the box where Clare Rustad's header caromed off the crossbar.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 list 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 (116) 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 148-99-22, including a 116-74-13 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.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.

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