Undefeated UW Women Close Out Non-Conference Slate
Sept. 29, 2004
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 --
#4 Washington at San Diego, 5:00 p.m.
Torero Stadium (6,000); San Diego, Calif.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 --
#4 Washington at San Diego State, 1:00 p.m. PDT
SDSU Sports Deck (1,000); San Diego, Calif.
Off to the best start in school history, the fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (8-0) seeks to complete a perfect non-conference campaign this week. The Huskies travel to California for two games, beginning Friday, Oct. 1 at San Diego (4-6-1). Kick-off is 5 p.m. at Torero Stadium. The two teams last met in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament with UW winning 2-0. The Huskies close out their non-conference schedule on Sunday, Oct. 3 at San Diego State. Kick-off is 1 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck. UW coach Lesle Gallimore began her head coaching career at San Diego State, directing the Aztecs to a 32-25-9 record in four years from 1990-93. Washington seeks to register its first undefeated non-conference slate. The current high-water mark of 9-1 was established over the 2000 non-conference season. The Huskies are in the fourth of five consecutive weekends away from Seattle as they have 41 days between home dates. UW opens Pac-10 play next week with a pair of games in Arizona before returning to host USC on Oct. 15 in Seattle.
Washington swept a pair of non-conference games in the state of Oregon, defeating Portland State (Sept. 24) and Portland (Sept. 26) by matching 2-0 scores. The win over Portland was the second by UW in 18 all-time meetings with the Northwest rival. Four different Huskies accounted for the goals last weekend, including Tina Frimpong, Nikki Gamble, Kelley Schweighart and Dani Bridges.
Player of the Week
Washington sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after posting back-to-back shutouts. She made a career-high 10 saves Sunday (Sept. 26) in UW's 2-0 victory over No. 6 Portland. That was the Huskies' first shutout of the Pilots and only the second win in 18 all-time meetings. On Friday (Sept. 24), Rasmussen had three saves in a 2-0 blanking of Portland State. The Bellarmine Prep (Wash.) High School product has four shutouts and a 0.49 goals against average this year.
This Week's Opponents
San Diego (4-6-1) -- Second-year coach Ada Greenwood guided the Toreros to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season after serving five years as an assistant. The USD offense is paced by the six goals of Amy Epsten. Goalkeeper Karen Cook has two shutouts and a 1.30 goals against average. Washington owns a 4-0-1 series lead, including a 2-0 win in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. UW's Lesle Gallimore has a 4-1 record against the Toreros, including a 2-1 mark while coaching at San Diego State.
San Diego State (3-4-3) -- The Aztecs lost only one game in their last five outings, posting a 2-1-2 mark in that span. First-year coach Michael Giuliano's team is led by the three goals of Alexis Solovij. Goalkeeper Sophia Perez had four shutouts and a 0.62 goals against average. The Huskies own a 4-0-1 series advantage, including a 5-2 win in the last meeting during 2000 in Portland. Gallimore coached San Diego State to a four-year (1990-93) record of 32-25-9 before coming to Washington. She has a 2-0 record against her former school.
The Washington women's soccer team remained No. 4 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Sept. 27. The Huskies are also ranked No. 4 by Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times 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 six 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 eight games in front of sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen. Freshman Katy Dowling and Bridges have each scored.
Washington is one of only three undefeated, un-tied teams in NCAA Division I women's soccer, joining Notre Dame (10-0) and Virginia (9-0).
The Huskies are 8-0, topping their previous best season start of 6-0 in 2000. They seek to establish the school's best non-conference record which currently is a mark of 9-1, also set in 2000.
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 (121) 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 threat 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 32 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 (14) and ranks No. 4 in total points (73). 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 2, #6 Portland 0 (Sept. 26, Portland, Ore.)
Fourth-ranked Washington tallied two put-back goals on Sunday afternoon to defeat No. 6 Portland 2-0 in front of 2,130 fans at Merlo Field. The victory marks only the second time in history that the Huskies beat Portland. Coming in the game, the Huskies (8-0) had posted a record of 1-15-1 against the Pilots (8-2) with their lone win also coming at Merlo Field on Sept. 23, 2000. The win snapped UW's five-game losing streak against the Pilots. Pitching the Huskies' first-ever shutout against the Pilots was goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen who finished the game with 10 saves. Rasmussen has now allowed only one goal over the last five games and has two consecutive shutouts. The Huskies' first goal came just 4:43 into the contest when Kelley Schweighart collected the rebound on a shot 11 yards out and drilled it into the back of the net. Schweighart now has three goals on the season, one short of her career total entering this, her senior campaign. Adding an insurance goal at 70:43 was freshman Dani Bridges. Similar to the first goal, Bridges collected a shot that was deflected out, this time from 12 yards away, and fired the ball just under the crossbar. It was Bridges' second goal this season. Neither of the Huskies' goals were assisted. With the win, the Huskies are now 3-0 against top-10 ranked teams this season. UW defeated No. 9 Penn State and No. 8 Tennessee by matching 2-1 scores. Both of those victories were played at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle.
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 (121) 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 153-99-22, including a 121-74-13 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 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). 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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