UW Women Shut Out Weber State in Soccer

Sept. 12, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior Tina Frimpong opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game Sunday and freshman Katy Dowling added an insurance goal midway through the second half of 12th-ranked Washington's 2-0 victory over Weber State in the final round of the Nike Invitational women's soccer tournament at Merlo Field.

Washington registered its second straight shutout en route to the second 5-0 start in school history. The Huskies posted six wins to open the 2000 season, a year in which they won their only Pacific-10 Conference championship.

The Huskies blanked UAB 1-0 on Friday. Host Portland defeated Weber State 4-0 on Friday and UAB 3-0 Sunday and was declared the tournament champion by virtue of a superior goal differential.

Sophomore UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) was not required to make a save while collecting her second shutout of the season and the fifth of her career. The Huskies have surrendered only three goals all season.

'We're happy to get our first two shutouts of the season against a solid UAB team and a team in Weber State that we didn't know much about,' said Husky coach Lesle Gallimore. 'It's great to come out on top in our first weekend of a long road trip.'

This weekend was the first action away from Seattle for UW which is in the midst of a 10-game road trip and does not play again at Husky Soccer Field until Oct. 15. The Huskies play at Maryland on Friday and at Loyola (Md.) College on Sunday.

Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay) put UW on the board at 13:40 with her second goal of the season. She ran on to a pass from senior Clare Rustad (Saltspring Island, B.C.) and sent a 16-yard strike inside the left post. The 2003 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year, Frimpong increased her career total to 29 goals. She moved within five of the school record of 34 goals established by current Husky assistant coach Tami Bennett.

Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) netted her first collegiate goal at 66:08 off an assist from senior Kelley Schweighart (Solana Beach, Calif.). Dowling collected the pass, dribbled past WSU goalkeeper Melanie Stratford and booted the ball into the open net. That was the first goal this season by an underclassman. Six of the previous eight UW goals were tallied by seniors and junior Kim Taylor (Woodland Hills, Calif.) scored two.

'It was fun for Katy Dowling to score our first goal by a freshman and almost our first goal by someone other than a senior,' Gallimore exclaimed. 'We got a chance to play a lot of people today and get a look a some who hadn't played much this year.'

Stratford made six saves for Weber State (2-5) which was outshot 18-3 by the Huskies.

Nike Invitational
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.

(#12) Washington 2, Weber State 0

Scoring -- 1, UW, Tina Frimpong (Clare Rustad), 13:40. 2, UW, Katy Dowling (Kelley Schweighart), 66:08.

Shots -- UW 18, WSU 3.
Saves -- UW 0 (Kelsey Rasmussen), WSU 6 (Melanie Stratford).
Corner Kicks -- UW 6, WSU 1.
Fouls -- UW 5, WSU 17.
Records -- Washington 5-0-0, Weber State 2-5-0.

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