7th-Ranked Huskies Finally Return Home

Oct. 12, 2004

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 --
USC at #7 Washington, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 --
#6 UCLA at #7 Washington, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

This week's visitors from Los Angeles aren't the only teams that might need directions to Husky Soccer Field. The home team might need a map. The seventh-ranked Washington women's soccer team (9-2-1, 0-1-1) hosts USC (8-3-1, 2-0) on Friday, Oct. 15 for its first game in Seattle since Sept. 3. The Huskies had 41 days between home dates during their longest stretch of road games in school history. UW played nine consecutive road games. A 10th road game was scheduled, but the Sept. 17 outing at Maryland was canceled due to a tornado warning. Washington is unbeaten in its last four meetings with USC with a tie in 2003 following three straight wins. On Sunday, Oct. 17 the Huskies host No. 6 UCLA (9-3-0, 2-0). Kick-off is noon at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The Bruins won their last three meetings with UW, including last season's 3-2 double-overtime result. The Huskies completed non-conference play with a 9-1 mark, tying the 2000 team for their best record outside of Pac-10 play. UW hits the road against next week with a trip to Oregon.

Home Sweet Home
For the eighth year, all Washington home games are played on campus at 2,100-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed before the 2000 season. The Huskies have a 44-20-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field with a 36-11-2 ledger since 1999. They are 3-0 this season in Seattle. Washington ranked among the nation's top-10 attendance leaders every year since moving to the present venue in 1997.

Last Week
Washington ended its nine-game road trip with a tough weekend in the desert. The Huskies rallied to tie Arizona State 3-3 Friday behind two Tina Frimpong goals. On Sunday, UW sustained a 3-1 loss at Arizona which netted three straight second-half goals.

Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team fell from fourth to No. 7 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Oct. 11. The Huskies are also ranked No. 7 by the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA and are listed No. 9 by Soccer Times and No. 13 by Soccer Buzz. 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.

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. Group and Family Plans tickets are also available.

This Week's Opponents
USC (8-3-1, 2-0)

Ninth-year coach Jim Millinder's Trojans bring a five-game winning streak to Seattle. Sophomore midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo leads USC with eight goals, including four of the game-winning variety. Veronica Simonton has three shutouts, a 0.52 goals against average and a 6-0-1 record in goal for the Trojans. Washington owns a slim 5-4-1 edge in the series with a four-game undefeated streak against USC. The two teams tied 1-1 last year in Los Angeles and UW won the three previous meetings.

UCLA (9-3-0, 2-0)
The sixth-ranked Bruins swept the Oregon schools last weekend by a combined 9-1 score. Sixth-year coach Jillian Ellis' team averages 2.5 goals per game, outscoring foes by a 30-10 tally. Danesha Adams leads the UCLA attack with eight goals. Goalkeeper Valerie Henderson has five shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average. The Bruins own a 7-2-1 series advantage over UW, including three straight wins. UCLA won a 3-2 overtime decision last season in Los Angeles on a 109th-minute goal by Bristyn Davis. Washington's last win over the Bruins was a 1-0 decision during 2000 in Seattle.

Notable
• 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong led the Huskies and the conference with 13 goals in 2003. She is tied with Tami Bennett for the school scoring record with 34 career goals.

• 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

• Eight Washington opponents are currently ranked by Soccer America, including five top-10 teams. UW's ranked foes are: Penn State (3), Portland (5), UCLA (6), Tennessee (9), Stanford (10), California (14), Maryland (23) and Arizona (24).

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

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 34 career goals are tied for the highest total in UW history. Current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett established the school-record with 34 goals between 1997-2000. Frimpong owns the UW record for career game-winning goals (14) and ranks No. 3 in total points (77). She netted two hat tricks during her career and has 10 multiple-goal performances, including two at Loyola (Sept. 19) and two at Arizona State (Oct. 8). 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 with Santa Clara. Before attending any classes, she decided to matriculate at Washington beginning in August of 2000.

Last UW Game
Arizona 3, #4 UW 1 (Oct. 3, Tucson, Ariz.)

Mallory Miller scored the first two of Arizona's three unanswered second-half goals Sunday during a 3-1 victory over fourth-ranked Washington at Murphey Stadium. The Huskies (9-2-1, 0-1-1) dominated the first half, outshooting Arizona 7-2 in the opening 45 minutes. Freshman Katy Dowling came off the bench to give UW a 1-0 halftime lead with a 39th-minute goal. She caught up with a through pass from freshman Colby Branham and sent a strike into the upper right corner for her second goal of the season. The Wildcats (11-2, 2-0) netted the equalizer just 53 seconds into the second half. Miller scored on a 15-yard shot off passes from Candice Wilks and Jennifer Klein. Wilks also assisted on the other two UA goals, including Miller's game-winning header at 72:10. The Huskies aggressively pushed forward with their defenders late in the game and Arizona capitalized with a counter-attack score. Kamaya Damwijk broke away and beat UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen for a goal at 87:55. Arizona played tight defense on UW forward Tina Frimpong, limiting her to only one shot attempt. Frimpong scored twice in Friday's 3-3 tie at Arizona State to tie for the school's all-time scoring lead. She has 34 career goals, equaling the mark established by current Husky assistant coach Tami Bennett between 1997-2000. Rasmussen registered two saves for the Huskies who outshot Arizona by a 10-8 margin for the game, but were outshot 6-3 in the second half.

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 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 154-101-23, including a 122-76-14 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 staff is volunteer coach Stephanie Brennan, a four-year Missouri letterwinner 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.

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