4th-Ranked UW Women Play Two in Portland
Sept. 21, 2004
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 --
#4 Washington at Portland State, 3:00 p.m.
Nike Ronaldo Field; Beaverton, Ore.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 --
#4 Washington at #6 Portland, 2:00 p.m. PDT
Merlo Field (5,000); Portland, Ore.
In the midst of a five-week stretch away from home, the fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (6-0) visits the state of Oregon for a pair of games. The Huskies play Portland State (1-4-1) on Friday, Sept. 24 in a 3 p.m. game at Ronaldo Field on Nike's Beaverton, Ore. campus. Washington defeated the Vikings 5-0 last season in Seattle during the only previous meeting. The Huskies visit No. 6 Portland (7-1) on Sunday, Sept. 26. Kick-off is 2 p.m. at Merlo Field on the UP campus. Sunday marks the second time the two Northwest rivals have met while both were ranked in the top 10. In 1994, a second-ranked Portland team hosted and beat No. 8 Washington 2-1 in overtime. The Huskies are in the third of five consecutive weekends away from Seattle as they have 41 days between home dates. UW does not play again in Seattle until USC visits on Oct. 15.
Washington defeated Loyola (Md.) College 4-1 behind a pair of goals from Tina Frimpong. Sunday's game was played at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. where the Huskies were scheduled to play Maryland on Friday. Thunderstorms and a tornado warning forced the postponement of the game that was eventually cancelled.
This Week's Opponents
Portland State (1-4-1) - Friday is the home opener for Portland State of the Big Sky Conference. The Vikings are coached for the fourth year by Tara Erickson (Bilanski), a midfielder at Washington from 1992-95. Jamie Blakesley and Karly Larsen lead the PSU attack with two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Niki Brooks has one shutout and a 1.77 goals against average. UW won the only previous meeting, a 5-0 decision last season in Seattle.
Portland (7-1) - The sixth-ranked Pilots won their last six games after losing 2-1 to Penn State at the Nike Invitational in Seattle. 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 has 10 goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Cori Alexander has one shutout and a 1.07 goals against average.
UW-UP Series History
Portland owns a 15-1-1 advantage in the all-time series with Washington that began with a 1-1 tie in 1991. The Northwest rivals met four times in the postseason (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001) with the Pilots winning all four times. The Huskies lost last year's matchup in Seattle by a 1-0 count. Washington's lone win in the series was a 2-1 decision on Sept. 23, 2000 at Merlo Field that snapped a 10-game losing streak against UP. The Huskies have a 1-8-0 record against the Pilots in Portland.
UW vs. Ranked Teams
The Huskies have a 26-62-8 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 3-0 mark this season. UW's all-time record against top-10 opponents is 9-43-3 with a 2-0 mark this year that includes wins over No. 9 Penn State and No. 8 Tennessee.
The Washington women's soccer team remained No. 4 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Sept. 20. The Huskies are ranked No. 4 by Soccer Times, No. 6 by Soccer Buzz and are No. 3 by the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.
Over half of Washington's roster is comprised of underclassmen. UW has a nine-player freshman class and seven sophomores. Eight freshmen have already seen game action, leaving backup goalkeeper Lizzy Showman as the only newcomer who hasn't played. The freshmen are making major contributions, including a trio of regular starters: Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark. Clark and Stirn start for the defense that has surrendered only four goals in six games in front of sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen. Freshman Katy Dowling and Bridges have each scored a goal.
Washington is one of only three undefeated, un-tied teams in NCAA Division I women's soccer, joining Notre Dame (8-0) and Virginia (8-0).
Washington equaled the school record by opening the season with six victories. The Huskies won six straight games to open the 2000 season, the same year they won their only Pac-10 title.
Only one UW women's soccer team has been listed higher in the Soccer America poll than the current No. 4 ranking. The Huskies held down the No. 3 ranking in October of 2000 before rising into the No. 2 spot for two weeks.
Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (119) and conference (47) wins.
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.
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 31 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 owns the UW record for career game-winning goals (13) and ranks No. 4 in total points (71). She netted two hat tricks during her career and has nine multiple-goal performances, including two at Loyola on Sept. 19. 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
#4 UW 4, Loyola College 1 (Sept. 19, College Park, Md.)
Fourth-ranked Washington traveled across the country and ended up playing only one game. Sunday's 4-1 victory over Loyola (Md.) College made the long, strange trip worthwhile. Tina Frimpong scored twice early in the second half, helping UW (6-0) equal the fastest start in school history with its sixth straight victory. The Huskies also opened with six wins in 2000, the same season they won their only Pac-10 championship. Sunday's game was played at Ludwig Field in College Park where the Huskies were scheduled to play Maryland on Friday. Thunderstorms and a tornado warning forced the cancellation of that game. UW's Nikki Gamble tallied the only first-half goal in the 12th minute, dribbling through the box and beating goalkeeper Erica Niemann. Frimpong recorded a pair of goals less than eight minutes apart. She collected the carom from teammate Kim Taylor's missed shot and booted it in at 48:52. At 56:13, Frimpong received a pass from Gamble and deked Niemann. Husky freshman Dani Bridges netted her first collegiate goal at 63:12, scoring on a 25-yard strike. UW's peculiar road trip included an unusual injury to starting goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen who suffered a leg infection believed to be caused Wednesday by a spider bite. Rasmussen healed sufficiently to play Sunday and registered four saves. The Greyhounds (3-3) broke up the shutout in the 71st minute on a goal by Tyhira Glenn originated by a corner kick.
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 15 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor is tied for third on the career game-winning assists list with seven. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 15 career goals, tying her for ninth among all-time UW scorers.
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 (119) 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 151-99-22, including a 119-74-13 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.
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 title. Five Pac-10 teams received NCAA Tournament bids in 2003.
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.