Freshman Tina Frimpong Nets Hat Trick in UW Women's Soccer Victory

Sept. 9, 2001

SEATTLE - Freshman forward Tina Frimpong tallied the first three goals Sunday, including a score just over one minute into the game, leading the eighth-ranked Washington women to a 4-0 victory over Idaho in the home opener at Husky Soccer Field.

Washington (4-0) has outscored opponents 13-1 this season en route to its second-best start ever. Last year's team, which opened with six straight victories, is the only other UW squad to begin the season with more wins. The 2000 Huskies finished with an 18-3 record, won their first Pacific-10 Conference championship, received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Frimpong opened the scoring 1:20 into the game on a pass from Jaime Carstensen who registered her fourth assist in as many games. Frimpong drove a low liner off the left post and into the goal for her first collegiate score.

'It was a good feeling to finally put one in the net,' said Frimpong who was scoreless in the UW's first three games despite leading the team with 10 shots. 'I still have a lot of work to do. I'm still getting used to the game pace and getting my touch back. I have to keep working at it and hopefully I'll get it back up where it should be.'

Frimpong admits to being a little rusty after being out of competitive soccer for an entire year. A 2000 graduate of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong originally signed to play at Santa Clara. She did not attend classes there last year and decided to come to Washington after the birth of her now 6-month-old daughter MacKenzie in March.

Frimpong's other two goals were unassisted. She scored on a 17-yard blast at 33:48 to give UW a 2-0 lead it would take into halftime. In the second half, Frimpong connected on a 20-yard liner into the upper right corner at 67:28 to secure the 12th hat trick in Husky history and only the second by a freshman.

Junior defender Vanessa Pierce capped the scoring at 70:43 on a 10-yard header off a cross from senior Caroline Putz who distributed her 23rd career assist. Putz is within three assists of Theresa Wagner's (1997-2000) school record of 26.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lisa Walker made her second collegiate start and recorded her second shutout by making four saves. Jenell Miller had six saves for Idaho (1-3-1) which was outshot 28-6 by the Huskies.

The Vandals best scoring opportunity came during a scramble in front of the UW net in the 19th minute. Jaclyn Pelton's shot got past Walker, but was cleared off the line by Husky defender Suzanne Culpepper. The ball rebounded to the Vandals' Megan Cummings who booted a shot wide.

'Anytime we can put up a shutout on the board against a team like this it's good,' said Washington coach Lesle Gallimore whose lineup had six players that did not start a game last season, including four freshmen. 'We are a work in progress. The challenge now gets more difficult as we start facing tougher teams, starting next Friday against Nebraska.'

The Huskies return to action next weekend at the Portland Invitational, beginning with a game against the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers on Friday at Merlo Field in Oregon.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#8) Washington 4, Idaho 0
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, Washington, Tina Frimpong (Jaime Carstensen), 1:20. 2, Washington, Frimpong, 33:48. 3, Washington, Frimpong, 67:28. 4, Vanessa Pierce (Caroline Putz), 70:43.

Shots - Idaho 6, Washington 28.
Saves - Idaho 6 (Jenell Miller), Washington 4 (Lisa Walker).
Corner Kicks - Idaho 1, Washington 6.
Fouls - Idaho 3, Washington 9.
Attendance - 762.

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