UW Women Compete at Portland Soccer Tournament

Sept. 10, 2002

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Merlo Field (5,000) / Portland, Ore.

Friday, Sept. 13
-- #14 Washington vs. Denver, 3:00 p.m. PDT

Sunday, Sept. 15
-- #14 Washington vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12 noon PDT

The 14th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (3-1) seeks to rebound from its first setback of the season, traveling to the state of Oregon this weekend for the Portland Invitational. The Huskies meet a pair of undefeated opponents, beginning with Denver (1-0-2) on Friday, Sept. 13. Kick-off is 3 p.m. at Merlo Field where host Portland meets Cal State Fullerton at 5:15 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 15 the teams trade opponents as Washington meets Cal State Fullerton (3-0) at noon followed by a Denver-Portland game at 2:15 p.m.

Tournament Tidbits
Last year's Portland Invitational was canceled due to the national tragedy on Sept. 11. Washington competed in six of the previous eight UP tournaments, winning the 1999 championship. The host Pilots won their tournament four times (1993, '95, '96, '98). Notre Dame won the most recent crown, capturing the 2000 Portland Invitational title. All four teams in the 2002 field competed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Denver (1-0-2)
Friday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Denver. The Pioneers opened the season with a 2-0 win over Fresno State before tying Arizona State and San Diego by matching 1-1 tallies. Kristin Warren leads Denver with two goals while goalkeeper Erica Izard has a fine 0.58 goals against average. Coach Jeff Hooker guided the Pioneers to a 16-3-2 record last season and an NCAA Tournament berth.

Cal State Fullerton (3-0)
The Huskies and Titans have never before met in women's soccer. Cal State Fullerton has wins over Eastern Washington (3-1), Saint Mary's (1-0) and Montana (3-1) to its credit. Kandace Wilson leads the team with two goals while goalkeeper Karen Bardsley sports a 0.67 goals against average. Second-year Coach Ali Khosroshahin guided the Titans to a 13-7 record and NCAA Tournament berth in his inaugural campaign.

Ranking Report
Washington dropped three places, to No. 14, in this week's Soccer America rankings. UW is ranked No. 12 by Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times and No. 16 by the NSCAA coaches poll. The Huskies were a consensus preseason top-25 choice, including a No. 12 ranking by Soccer America, No. 18 by Soccer Times, No. 22 by the NSCAA and No. 25 by Soccer Buzz. Last season, Washington was ranked every week during the season for the first time since 1994, finishing No. 14 in the Soccer Times poll, No. 16 in Soccer America, No. 19 in the NSCAA coaching ratings and No. 21 in Soccer Buzz.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes nine opponents ranked in the current top 25, seven of which are top-10 foes. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 North Carolina, Stanford (2), Texas (3), UCLA (5), Portland (6), California (7), Texas A&M (10), Duke (15) and USC (21). Twelve teams that participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, including two Final Four qualifiers and four teams from the Elite Eight, appear on the Huskies' schedule. In 2001, the only teams to beat UW were ranked in the final top 10 poll: Portland (#3) twice, UCLA (#4), Texas A&M (#5) and Stanford (#9).

Season in Review
The Huskies got hat tricks in each of their first two games (Tina Frimpong & Kim Taylor) to begin the season at home with a 4-1 win over Arkansas (Aug. 30) and 5-0 triumph against Colorado College (Sept. 1). They split on their first road trip while goalkeeper Hope Solo was absent with the U.S. National Team. UW opened the Carolina Classic with a 4-3 overtime decision over No. 17 Duke (Sept. 6). Nicole Martinez netted a 106th-minute golden goal against the Blue Devils. Top-ranked North Carolina defeated the Huskies 5-1 (Sept. 8).

o Junior Melissa Bennett leads the team with seven assists, a figure that is the third-highest season total for a Husky. She has four more assists then she distributed during her entire first two seasons combined (3). Bennett was honored Sept. 3 on the national Team of the Week by both Soccer America and Soccer Buzz.

o Washington's difficult schedule includes North Carolina, Stanford and Texas who are currently ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 nationally. Nine Husky opponents are ranked this week, including seven top-10 foes.

o Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo re-joins the team after training with the U.S. National Team last week. She played the entire first half Sunday (Sept. 8) for the U.S. National Team that defeated Scotland 8-2 in an exhibition game in Columbus, Ohio. Solo owns all of the school's career goalkeeping records, including the standards for saves (252), shutouts (16) and goals against average (0.93).

o Washington's potent offense is averaging 3.5 goals per game, well ahead of the school-record pace of 2.7 goals that the 2000 Huskies averaged

o The five goals scored by top-ranked North Carolina were the most tallied by Husky opponent since a second-ranked Notre Dame squad beat UW 5-0 on Sept. 16, 2000. That Husky squad went on to win the Pac-10 title, receive the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Sweet 1Hope Solo played the entire first half Sunday (Sept. 8) for the U.S. National Team which defeated Scotland 8-2 in an exhibition game in Columbus, Ohio.

Sensational Solo
The most decorated player in Husky history is senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a three-time All-Pac-10 first team honoree. She was named the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year after recording seven shutouts and a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average. Solo was one of 13 finalists for the 2001 Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. The Richland (Wash.) High School product owns every UW career goalkeeping record, including the mark of 252 saves that she claimed in the 2002 season opener. Solo has the best goals against average for a Husky career (0.93) and is tied for the all-time shutout record (16). She missed both games last week while training in Columbus, Ohio with the U.S. National Team. Solo played the entire first half Sunday in the USA's 8-2 exhibition win over Scotland. She is one of four keepers challenging for spots on the roster for the 2003 World Cup. Solo has collected eight 'caps' for international appearances with the U.S. Nationals. She has been described as 'our future' by national team coach April Heinrichs.

Senior Stoppers
Each member of the Huskies' six-player senior class plays on the defensive side of the ball, including goalkeeper Hope Solo. Nearly the entire back line will be drawn from a group of senior defenders that includes; Suzanne Culpepper, Cheryl Gies, Andrea Morelli and Vanessa Pierce. Another senior, Megan McKinstry, plays the defensive midfield position directly in front of the back line. That vastly experienced cadre of six seniors boasts a combined 292 games played (49-game average per player) and have 253 starts between them (42-start average).

The Defense Never Rests
The Huskies feature a tireless 'Dream Team' of veteran defenders that surrendered only 12 goals last season. That is nine fewer goals than any previous UW unit allowed. The defense returns all four starters from last season's squad that compiled a stunning 0.58 goals against average. That quartet is joined by Andrea Morelli, a two-time all-conference performer who should resume her position in the middle of the defense now that she is completely healthy. The stingy UW defense limited opponents to fewer than two goals in 18 of 20 games in 2001, shutting out 10 foes. The defense kept the team in games, enabling UW to lose by more than one goal only twice in its last 38 outings. One non-senior expected to start on defense is sophomore Nicole Martinez who filled in wonderfully for Morelli in the middle last season and should shift to an outside back spot this year.

Family Affair
Washington's leading goal scorer is speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong who has four goals, including a hat trick in the 2002 season opener against Arkansas (Aug. 30). Her sister, Crystal, is a junior starter at Florida.Tina is a year behind her sister in school because she 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 led UW in 2001 with seven goals. She netted a hat trick against Idaho in her fourth game and had a two-goal performance at USC. She also found the back of the net in UW's first-round NCAA win over San Diego. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. She never attended classes there and decided to matriculate at Washington beginning in August of 2000.

Last UW Game
#1 North Carolina 5, #11 Washington 1 (Sept. 8, Seattle)

Lindsay Tarpley and Alyssa Ramsey both had one goal and one assist Sunday as top-ranked North Carolina took advantage of the absence of the Huskies' regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo to defeat No. 11 Washington 5-1 at Fetzer Field. The Huskies (3-1) were without Solo who was in Columbus, Ohio where she trained all week with the United States National Team. She started in goal and played the entire first half Sunday for the U.S. which won an exhibition game against Scotland by an 8-2 tally. Lisa Brookens registered seven saves against UNC which outshot UW 23-5. Host North Carolina (3-0-1) claimed the Carolina Classic championship, improving its all-time home record to 220-7-2. UW advanced to Sunday's title game with a 4-3 overtime decision over No. 17 Duke on a 106th-minute golden goal by Nicole Martinez. The Huskies lone score Sunday was the game's final goal. Jaime Carstensen obtained the ball during a scramble in front of the Tar Heel goal and poked it past goalkeeper Aly Winget at 68:23. Winget registered UNC's only two saves, playing the second half in place of starter Jenni Branam. After 30 scoreless minutes, Carolina scored the first of five unanswered goals on Mary McDowell's tally at 30:15. The lead increased to 3-0 by halftime on a pair of 43rd-minute goals posted 49 seconds apart. The Tar Heels added two goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. The five goals were the most scored by an opponent since a second-ranked Notre Dame squad beat UW 5-0 on Sept. 16, 2000. That Husky squad went on to win the Pac-10 title.

Pac-10 Poll
Washington was picked third in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Aug. 19 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving seven first-place votes and 95 total points. The Bruins won the 2001 conference crown with an 8-1 record and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Stanford received the remaining three first-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 Arizona State (65), California (64), USC (59), Oregon State (37), Washington State (35), Oregon (18) and Arizona (17). UW and Stanford tied for second place in last year's Pac-10 standings with matching 6-2-1 records. Five Pac-10 teams competed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. UW won the 2000 Pac-10 title.

2002 Preview
Ten starters return from the 2001 team that posted a 13-5-2 record, tied for second in the Pac-10 standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies lost the school's all-time assist leader Caroline Putz. They gain three-year starter Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year who missed the entire 2001 season with a knee injury. With a complete cast of returning starters, the coaching staff won't be establishing a lineup as much as fine-tuning it. Heading the list of returning starters is senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. A veteran group of defenders should again make opposing goals scarce as last season's 0.58 goals against average and 10 shutouts can attest. The midfield is highlighted by Canadian National Clare Rustad, a UW sophomore, and junior playmaker Jaime Carstensen who ranked third on the squad with 12 points (4g/4a). A diverse group of forwards features speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong, last season's team leader with seven goals. The offense benefits from the return of last year's top recruit, skilled forward Kim Taylor whose knee injury limited her to only two games last year. The 2000 Huskies won the Pac-10 title and reached the Sweet 16, their finest postseason performance. Last year's team advanced to the second round of NCAA play. This year's squad appears poised to advance even deeper into the NCAA Tournament than its predecessors.

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

2001 Season Recap
The 2001 season solidified Washington as one of the nation's premier soccer programs. The Huskies posted a 13-5-2 record, tied for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference standings and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UW defeated San Diego 2-0 in the first round before falling 2-0 against Portland. Washington, which advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, was listed in the national polls from the preseason until the final rankings. That marked the first time since 1994 they had been ranked for an entire season. Highlighting the season was the announcement 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 a difficult schedule as all five defeats last season came against teams ranked in the final top 10: Portland (3) twice, UCLA (4), Texas A&M (5) and Stanford (9).

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