UW Women Down Arkansas in Soccer Season Opener

Aug. 30, 2002

SEATTLE - Sophomore forward Tina Frimpong scored three goals in the opening 23 minutes Friday and goalkeeper Hope Solo became the school's all-time saves leader as 12th-ranked Washington opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Arkansas at Husky Soccer Field.

Solo saved three first-half shots, including a diving denial of Colleen Redmond's penalty kick in the 30th minute. The senior from Richland (Wash.) High School pushed her career total to 252 saves, eclipsing the previous UW record of 250 established by Tina Thompson (1994-96). Solo now owns every career goalkeeping record at Washington, including 16 shutouts and a 0.94 goals against average. She held the Lady Razorbacks scoreless before being replaced at halftime by junior Lisa Brookens.

Frimpong became the fourth player in Husky history to notch multiple hat tricks during her career. She also had a three-goal performance against Idaho in the 2001 home opener.

A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong opened the scoring with goal in the 13th minute off a fine pass from Dana Dibble. She followed that with goals at 18:20 and 22:52.

Melissa Bennett, who set up Frimpong's third goal, netted the final Husky score on a 25-yard blast in the 44th minute for a 4-0 halftime margin.

The lone Arkansas goal was a 70th-minute tally by Melissa Dziubinski on a 12-yard shot after Julie Williford's pass found her alone with the goalkeeper.

Megan Bals saved seven shots for Arkansas. Brookens had two saves in her second career game. She will be called upon to start for UW on Friday (Sept. 6) against No. 21 Duke.

The Huskies are playing in the Carolina Classic while Solo has a commitment to train next week with the National Team. If U.S. Coach April Heinrichs elects to use her in next Sunday's (Sept. 8) exhibition against Scotland, then Solo will miss Washington's match-up against top-ranked North Carolina. If Solo is not required to attend the U.S. exhibition in Columbus, Ohio, she will re-join the Huskies on Saturday in time for Sunday's meeting with the 17-time NCAA champion Tar Heels.

'It kills me to miss any of my college games. My college team is my home, it is where I want to be on any given day at any time,' remarked Solo who has seven caps with the U.S. Nationals. 'You have to have pride to play for the national team and I do except that it is my senior season and I want to go all the way and do what I can. It hurts to miss any of our games.'

Before departing Seattle to train with the national team, Solo will be in goal for the Huskies Sunday (Sept. 1) when they host Colorado College at noon.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#12 Washington 4, Arkansas 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Tina Frimpong (Dana Dibble), 12:06. 2, UW, Frimpong (Kim Taylor), 18:20. 3, Frimpong (Melissa Bennett), 22:52. 4, UW, Bennett, 43:15. 5, UA, Melissa Dziubinski (Julie Williford), 69:15.

Shots - UA 13, UW 20.
Saves - UA 7 (Megan Bals) UW 5 (Hope Solo 3, Lisa Brookens 2).
Corner Kicks - UA 5, UW 1.
Offsides - UA 0, UW 5.
Fouls - UA 11, UW 18.
Attendance - 631.

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