6th-Ranked UW Women Play Final Regular-Season Road Game

Oct. 26, 2004

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#6 Washington at Washington State, 2:00 p.m. PDT
Lower Soccer Field (2,000); Pullman, Wash.

#6 Washington vs. #14 Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

The sixth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (12-3-1, 3-2-1 in Pac-10) plays its final regular-season road game, Friday, Oct. 29 against cross-state rival Washington State (7-6-3, 2-3-1). Kick-off is 2 p.m. at Lower Soccer Field on the WSU campus. The game is being televised by FSN Northwest on a tape-delayed basis. The home team has been dominant in the 'Apple Cup' of soccer. The Huskies were victorious against WSU in the Cougars' last five visits to Seattle. In contrast, Washington is winless in its last three trips to Pullman, including a 2-2 tie in 2002 following 1-0 losses in 2000 and 1998.

Television Coverage
Friday's Washington-Washington State game will be televised on a delayed basis by FSN Northwest. The game is scheduled to air in Seattle and throughout the region on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Randy Hahn and Michelle French call the action.

On the Road Again
Washington travels to Pullman this week for its final regular-season road game. That marks UW's 12th away outing in the last 14 games. The Huskies had 41 days between home dates on Sept. 3 and Oct. 15 during the 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. 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 returns to Seattle for its final homestand, Nov. 7 against 14th-ranked Stanford and Nov. 9 against No. 13 California.

Last Week
Washington swept a pair of games in the state of Oregon. Nikki Gamble netted a golden goal three minutes into the second overtime Friday (Oct. 22), lifting UW to a 3-2 win at Oregon State. On Sunday (Oct. 24), the Huskies tallied four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 triumph at Oregon.

Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team rose one spot to No. 6 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Oct. 25. The Huskies are listed No. 10 by Soccer Times, No. 11 by Soccer Buzz and are ranked No. 12 by the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.

Player of the Week
Washington senior forward Tina Frimpong, who scored a goal and assisted on both game-winning tallies last weekend while breaking the school record for points, was named the Pac-10 women's soccer Player of the Week on Tuesday. Frimpong fueled a two-game sweep in the state of Oregon. She set up Nikki Gamble's golden goal three minutes into the second overtime of Friday's 3-2 win at Oregon State. On Sunday at Oregon, Frimpong distributed an assist on Kim Taylor's game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory. She netted UW's third goal against the Ducks, increasing her school-record career total to 36. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong became the Huskies' all-time leader in career points Sunday as the goal and assist pushed her total to 83. The previous school record of 80 points was established by Theresa Wagner from 1997-2000. The 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, Frimpong leads UW with nine goals this season and is tied for team-high honors with 21 total points.

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.

Scouting Washington State (7-6-3, 2-3-1)
Second-year Coach Matt Potter's Cougar squad is led by the eight goals of Alix Rostrum. Goalkeeper Katie Hultin has six shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average. Washington owns a 7-4-2 lead in the all-time series in which the home team won or tied the last seven meetings. UW won 2-0 last season in Seattle and the in-state rivals tied 2-2 during the last meeting in Pullman in 2002. The Huskies have a 2-3-2 record in Pullman where they have not won a game since 1996.

• 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong recently broke the school scoring and points records. She has 36 career goals and 83 total points.

• Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (125) and conference (50) wins

• Eight Washington opponents are currently ranked by Soccer America, including four top-10 teams. UW's ranked foes are: Penn State (3), UCLA (5), Portland (8), Tennessee (10), California (13), Stanford (14), Arizona (18) and Maryland (20).

• 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. Frimpong scored her school-record 35th goal Oct. 15 against USC, a golden goal with 42 seconds left in the final overtime. She now has 36 goals, eclipsing the record of 34 goals established between 1997-200 by current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett. Frimpong also owns the UW records for career game-winning goals (15) and total points (83). She netted two hat tricks during her career and has 10 multiple-goal performances. 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 2001 first-round NCAA win over San Diego. She netted 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 classes, she decided to enroll at UW beginning in August of 2000.

Last UW Game
#7 UW 4, Oregon 1 (Oct. 24, Eugene, Ore.)

Senior Tina Frimpong became the school's all-time women's soccer points leader, assisting on the game-winning goal and scoring another Sunday as the seventh-ranked Huskies defeated Oregon 4-1 at Pape Field. The Ducks (3-10-2, 0-4-1) scored in the 13th minute, forcing UW to play from behind for the sixth straight game. Kami Kapaku gathered a ball off a Husky defender and finished from six yards out, giving Oregon a lead it would maintain for 25 minutes. Washington (12-3-1, 3-2-1) evened the score at 37:01 on a tally credited as an own goal. Senior Clare Rustad provided the impetus with a 35-yard free kick that Duck defender Katie Abrahamson headed into her own net while attempting to clear the ball. Junior forward Kim Taylor netted the decisive goal six minutes before halftime. She collected a cross from Frimpong and sent a seven-yard strike into the net at 38:47 for her fourth game-winning goal of the season. Senior Kelley Schweighart was credited with an assist on the play as well as UW's third goal. Schweighart sent a long free kick to Frimpong who booted it past UO goalkeeper Domenique Lainez from 12 yards out at 49:19. Frimpong increased her school record to 36 career goals and pushed her career point total to 83. UW freshman Katy Dowling capped the scoring at 73:59 with an unassisted goal. She lofted a 25-yard shot into the goal for her third tally of the season. Lainez registered five saves for the Ducks who were outshot by a 15-6 margin. Sophomore Kelsey Rasmussen, who has played all 1,503 minutes this year for UW, made three saves.

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 17 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 eight. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 18 career goals, tying for 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 (125) and conference wins (50). 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 playoffs 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 157-102-23, including a 125-77-14 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.

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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