4th-Ranked UW Women Begin Pac-10 Play in Soccer

Oct. 5, 2004

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 --
#4 Washington at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Sun Devil Soccer Stadium (1,050); Tempe, Ariz.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 --
#4 Washington at Arizona, 1:00 p.m. PDT
Murphey Stadium (1,000); Tucson, Ariz.

The fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (9-1) begins Pacific-10 Conference play this week, traveling to the state of Arizona for a pair of games. The Huskies visit Arizona State (4-6) on Friday, Oct. 8. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe. ASU won its last two meetings with Washington after losing the first five games in the series. On Sunday, Oct. 10 Washington clashes with Arizona (9-2) at 1 p.m. in Tucson's Murphey Stadium. The Wildcats have already posted a school single-season record nine victories. UW was swept by ASU and Arizona in 2002 during its last visit to the desert. The Huskies' 9-1 mark equals their best non-conference record. UW opened the 2000 season with a similar 9-1 record before embarking on its only Pac-10 championship campaign. Washington seeks to improve upon last year's 4-4-1 Pac-10 record and fifth-place conference finish.

Road Trip
The trip to Arizona marks the fifth straight weekend on the road for the Huskies who are in the midst of a 41-day stretch between home games. Washington, which last played at home on Sept. 3, returns to Husky Soccer Field on Oct. 15 to host USC.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.59 goals per game, down from last season's impressive mark of 0.91. UW has five shutouts and surrendered more than one goal only once this season, during a 2-1 loss at San Diego. The only carryover from last year's defense is senior Kelli Smith who is joined in the back by senior Clare Rustad along with freshmen Whitney Clark and Dana Stirn. Three-year defensive starter Nicole Martinez played in the last two games after missing the first eight games due to an injury.

Last Week
Washington split a pair of games on their final non-conference road trip of the season. UW sustained its first loss in a 2-1 setback at San Diego on Friday (Oct. 1). The Huskies rebounded to defeat San Diego State 1-0 on a 14th-minute goal by Kim Taylor. Senior Nikki Gamble scored a goal Friday and had an assist Sunday to take over the team scoring lead with 12 points (4 goals/4 assists).

Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team remained No. 4 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Oct. 4. The Huskies are also ranked No. 4 by the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA and are listed No. 5 in the Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times rankings. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.

Youth Movement
Over half of UW'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. A trio of freshmen are regular starters: Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark.

This Week's Opponents
Arizona State (4-6-0)
-- Fourth-year coach Ray Leone's Sun Devils lost four of their last five games. The lone win in that span was a 3-0 decision over the same San Diego State squad that Washington beat Sunday by a 1-0 count. Katie Leahy leads the ASU attack with four goals while the defense is anchored by goalkeeper Kim Bingham who has one shutout and a 1.89 goals against average. Washington leads the series 5-2 and won the first five meetings with ASU before losing the last two contests. The Sun Devils won 1-0 last season in Seattle on a 74th-minute goal by Patrice Feulner. UW lost 2-1 in 2002 during its last visit to Tempe.

Arizona (9-2-0) -- Arguably the most improved team in the Pac-10, Arizona already has posted a school record nine wins. Dan Tobias is in his second year coaching the Wildcats after directing Washington State to two NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons. The Arizona attack is paced by Mallory Miller who leads the team with seven assists and also has three goals. Goalkeeper McCall Smith has seven shutouts and a 0.45 goals against average. Washington won the first seven meetings in the series with Arizona before suffering a 2-1 overtime setback in 2002 during its last visit to Tucson. The Huskies won 3-0 last season in Seattle, increasing their series advantage to 8-1.

Notable
• Seven Washington opponents are listed in the current Soccer America rankings, including four top-10 teams. UW's ranked foes are: Penn State (5), Portland (6), UCLA (7), Stanford (10), Tennessee (11), California (13) and Maryland (23).

• The Huskies concluded non-conference play with a 9-1 record, equaling the school record. The 2000 UW team was also 9-1 outside Pac-10 play.

• Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (122) and conference (47) wins.

• 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.

• Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong led the Huskies and the conference with 13 goals in 2003. Her 32 career goals are two shy of Tami Bennett's school record of 34.

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 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 1, San Diego State 0 (Oct. 3, San Diego, Calif.)

Kim Taylor's 14th-minute goal gave fourth-ranked Washington a 1-0 victory at San Diego State, Sunday at the SDSU Sports Deck and helped the Huskies equal the best non-conference record in their 14-year history. The Huskies recovered from Friday's 2-1 loss at San Diego to close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 9-1 record, matching the school record established in 2000. Nikki Gamble, who scored UW's lone goal Friday, set up the game's only tally Sunday. She passed the ball to Taylor who blasted a 20-yard shot from the top of the box into the upper right corner at 13:16. That was the third goal of the season for Taylor and all of them have been game-winners. Goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen made the goal stand up, blanking her third opponent in the last four games. She saved three San Diego State shots, including a diving stop of a dangerous attempt by Ashley Cooper in the 76th minute. Last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, Rasmussen registered five shutouts this season and has surrendered just six goals in 10 games. Sophia Perez had three saves for the Aztecs (3-6-3) who were outshot by a slim 9-8 margin.

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 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 16 career goals, ranking ninth among all-time UW scorers.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore has transformed Washington into one of the nation's premier programs since her hiring in 1994. She enters her second decade of service with the Huskies, standing atop the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (122) and conference wins (47). Last season, Gallimore directed UW to its seventh NCAA Tournament berth. She 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. 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 NCAAs and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time. Gallimore has a 15-year record of 154-100-22, including a 122-75-13 mark in 11 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four years 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 finish ever for the Huskies who won the 2000 title. Five Pac-10 teams received NCAA Tournament bids in 2003.

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) 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.

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