UW Women Open 2002 Soccer Season at Home

Aug. 28, 2002

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Friday, August 30
-- #12 Washington vs. Arkansas, 7:00 p.m. PDT

Sunday, September 1
-- #12 Washington vs. Colorado College, 12 noon PDT

Both Games at Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

The 12th-ranked Washington women's soccer team begins the 2002 campaign thisweekend with high hopes coming off their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance inthe last eight years. The Huskies open the season with a pair of home games,beginning Friday, Aug. 30 against Arkansas. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at HuskySoccer Field where Washington boasts an 18-3-2 record in its last 23 homecontests. The Lady Razorbacks won the only previous meeting, claiming a 3-2double-overtime decision during 1993 in Pullman, Wash. On Sunday, Sept. 1the Huskies host Colorado College at noon. UW won the last meeting 1-0 athome in 1994 to knot the all-time series with the Tigers at 1-1-1. TheHuskies have a 6-5 all-time record in season-opening games, including a 4-1victory at Utah State in the 2001 opener.

2002 Preview
Ten starters return from the 2001 team that posted a 13-5-2 record, tied forsecond in the Pac-10 standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAATournament. The Huskies lost the school's all-time assist leader CarolinePutz. They gain three-year starter Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defenderof the Year who missed the entire 2001 season with a knee injury. With acomplete cast of returning starters, the coaching staff won't beestablishing a lineup as much as fine-tuning it. Heading the list ofreturning starters is senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player ofthe Year. A veteran group of defenders should again make opposing goalsscarce as last season's 0.58 goals against average and 10 shutouts canattest. The midfield is highlighted by Canadian National Team member ClareRustad, a UW sophomore, and junior playmaker Jaime Carstensen who rankedthird on the squad with 12 points (4g/4a). A diverse group of forwardsfeatures speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong, last season's team leader withseven goals. The offense benefits from the return of last year's toprecruit, gifted forward Kim Taylor who returns from a knee injury thatlimited her to only two games last year. The 2000 Huskies won the Pac-10title and reached the Sweet 16, their furthest postseason performance. Lastyear's team advanced to the second round of NCAA play. This year's squadappears poised to advance even deeper into the NCAA Tournament than itspredecessors.

Gone but Not Forgotten
Just one full-time starter departed from the 2001 team, forward CarolinePutz who distributed a school-record 27 assists during her career. Putz ledthe team last year with 16 points on five goals and a team-high six assistsand was honored as a second-team All Pac-10 selection. Also gone areforwards Gina Brewer (3g/2a/8pts) and Erin Otagaki (2g/4pts) who started oneand five games, respectively.

Ranking Report
Washington is listed in all of the preseason polls that have been released,including a No. 12 ranking by Soccer America. The NSCAA coaches poll has theHuskies tabbed No. 22 and Soccer Buzz ranks UW No. 25. Last season,Washington was ranked every week during the 2001 season for the first timesince 1994, finishing No. 14 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 16 in SoccerAmerica, No. 19 by the NSCAA and No. 21 by Soccer Buzz.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes nine opponents rankedamong the preseason top 25, including six top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponentsare; No. 1 North Carolina, Portland (2), Texas (6), Stanford (7), UCLA (9),Texas A&M (10), California (14), Duke (21) and Arizona State (22). Twelveteams that participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, including two FinalFour qualifiers and four teams from the Elite Eight, appear on the UWschedule. The Huskies travel to Chapel Hill to take on the powerful NorthCarolina squad and also play NCAA semifinalist Portland on the road duringnon-conference action. Add to that five Pac-10 games with teams that earned2001 NCAA berths.

o The Huskies surrendered only 12 goals last season, nine fewer than anyprevious UW team. The 1991 squad allowed 21 goals for the previous schoolseason low mark.

o Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a preseason All-American, will miss at leastone game next week while training with the U.S. Nationals.

o Washington competed in the NCAA Tournament six times in the last eightyears (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001).

o UW returns 10 starters from last year's team that posted a 13-5-2 recordand advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Also returning isAndrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year who missed the 2001season with a knee injury

o The Huskies get a glimpse of the College Cup site during late Septemberwhen they meet Texas at Myers Stadium in Austin, the venue for the nationalsemifinals and finals on Dec. 6 and 8.

Sensational Solo
The most decorated player in Husky history is senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, athree-time All-Pac-10 first team honoree. She was named the 2001 Pac-10Player of the Year after recording seven shutouts and a school single-seasonrecord 0.68 goals against average. Solo was one of 13 finalists for the 2001Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. The Richland(Wash.) High School product should own every school record by the end ofthis season. Solo already boasts the best goals against average for a UWcareer (0.95) and is tied for the all-time shutout record (16). She is justone save shy of the UW-record total of 250. She may be forced to miss a fewHusky games due to obligations with the U.S. National Team. She is one offour 'keepers in the pool challenging for spots on the roster for the 2003World Cup. Solo has collected seven 'caps' for playing appearances with U.S.Nationals. She has been described as 'our future' by national team coachApril Heinrichs.

Senior Stoppers
Each member of the Huskies' six-player senior class plays on the defensiveside of the ball, including goalkeeper Hope Solo. Nearly the entire backline is expected to be drawn from a group of senior defenders that includes;Suzanne Culpepper, Cheryl Gies, Andrea Morelli and Vanessa Pierce. Anothersenior, Megan McKinstry, plays the defensive midfield position directly infront of the back line. That vastly experienced cadre of six seniors boastsa combined 274 games played (46-game average per player) and have 241 startsbetween them (40 start average).

The Defense Never Rests
The Huskies feature a tireless 'Dream Team' of veteran defenders thatsurrendered only 12 goals last season. That is nine fewer goals than anyprevious UW unit allowed. The defense returns all four starters from lastseason's squad that compiled a stunning 0.58 goals against average. Thatquartet is joined by Andrea Morelli, a two-time all-conference performer whoshould resume her position in the middle of the defense now that she iscompletely healthy. The stingy UW defense limited opponents to fewer thantwo goals in 18 of 20 games, shutting out 10 foes. The defense kept the teamin games, enabling UW to lose by more than one goal (2-0) only once in itslast 34 outings. One non-senior expected to start on defense is sophomoreNicole Martinez who filled in wonderfully for Morelli in the middle lastseason and should shift to an outside back spot this year.

Arkansas (6-14 in 2001)
The Lady Razorbacks won the only previous meeting, claiming a 3-2double-overtime decision during 1993 in Pullman, Wash. Arkansas posted a6-14 record last season, finishing fifth in the Southeastern Conference witha 2-7 mark. Fourth-year coach Alan Kirkup has a 20-37-3 mark with the LadyRazorbacks.

Colorado College (11-5-2 in 2001)
Washington won the last meeting 1-0 at home in 1994 to knot the all-timeseries with the Tigers at 1-1-1. Greg Ryan compiled an outstanding 177-74-16record in 14 seasons as a collegiate coach, including a 32-21-4 mark inthree years at Colorado College. The Tigers did not receive an NCAATournament invitation last season despite a fine 11-5-2 record.

Family Affair
Washington's leading goal scorer is speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong whosetwin sister, Crystal, is a junior starter at Florida. Tina is a year behindher sister in school because she did not play in 2000 while she was pregnantwith daughter MacKenzie who was born on March 8, 2001. Despite being out ofcompetitive soccer for over 18 months, Frimpong led the Huskies last seasonwith seven goals. She netted a hat trick against Idaho (Sept. 9) in herfourth game and had a two-goal performance at USC (Nov. 4). She also foundthe back of the net in UW's first-round NCAA win over San Diego. A productof Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed aletter of intent with Santa Clara. She never attended classes there anddecided to matriculate at Washington beginning in August of 2000.

Pac-10 Poll
Washington was picked third in the annual preseason coaches' poll that wasreleased Aug. 19 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion UCLA was tabbed asthe favorite by the coaches, receiving seven first-place votes and 95 totalpoints. The Bruins won the 2001 conference crown with an 8-1 record andreached the NCAA quarterfinals. Stanford received the remaining threefirst-place votes and finished with 92 points, just three behind the Bruins.The Huskies totaled 68 points to place third in the poll, ahead of ArizonaState (65), California (64), USC (59), Oregon State (37), Washington State(35), Oregon (18) and Arizona (17). UW and Stanford tied for second place inlast year's Pac-10 standings with matching 6-2-1 records. Five Pac-10 teamscompeted in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. UW won the 2000 Pac-10 title.

The Coaching Staff
The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lesle Gallimore led Washington to theNCAA Tournament in six of her eight seasons. Last year she guided UW to a13-5-2 record, a Pac-10 runner-up finish and a second-round playoff berth.Gallimore was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz afterher Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won their first Pac-10 title, receivedthe No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for thefirst time. She registered her 100th career coaching victory on Sept. 10,2000. Gallimore has a 13-year record of 125-84-16, including a 93-59-7 markin eight previous seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimorecompiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State. Gallimore'sstaff includes seventh-year assistant coach Amy Griffin, a goalkeeper withthe 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coachat New Mexico. Also on the staff is third-year assistant Chuck Sekyra whocoached the previous two years with the Seattle Pacific men's team andplayed on back-to-back SPU Division II national champions in 1985-86.

2001 Season Recap
The 2001 season solidified Washington as one of the nation's premier soccerprograms. The Huskies posted a 13-5-2 record, tied for second place in thePacific-10 Conference standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAATournament. UW defeated San Diego 2-0 in the first round before falling 2-0against Portland. Washington, which advanced to the postseason for the sixthtime in the last eight seasons, was listed in the national polls from thepreseason until the final rankings. That marked the first time since 1994they had been ranked for an entire season. Highlighting the season was theannouncement of goalkeeper Hope Solo as the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Solo,who was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club award,had seven shutouts and a 0.68 goals against average. UW again played adifficult schedule as all five defeats last season came against teams rankedin the final top 10: Portland (3) twice, UCLA (4), Texas A&M (5) andStanford (9).

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