UW Women Complete Six-Game Soccer Road Trip

Oct. 15, 2002

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#19 Washington at Washington State, 12 noon PDT
Cougar Soccer Field (2,000); Pullman, Wash.

#19 Washington vs. #7 California, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

The 19th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (7-4-2) concludes its six-game road stretch this weekend in Pullman, Wash. The Huskies face cross-state rival Washington State (7-4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kick-off is noon at Cougar Soccer Field where Washington was defeated in its last two visits. The Huskies won six of the last eight meetings with WSU, but lost by 1-0 tallies in Pullman during the 1998 and 2000 seasons. The Apple Cup of soccer features two of the four remaining undefeated teams in Pac-10 play. Washington is 2-0 and tied atop the conference standings with Stanford while the Cougars are in fourth place at 1-0-1. Washington won the 2000 Pac-10 championship and tied for second place last season. The Huskies are in the midst of six straight road games, a streak that keeps them away from Husky Soccer Field for over a month. They last played in Seattle on Sept. 22 and do not host another home game until California visits on Oct. 25. UW's road trip included three straight games against top-10 teams; No. 3 Texas, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 4 Portland.

Rough Road
Washington boasts a perfect 4-0 home record at Husky Soccer Field. They have had a rougher time on the road with a 2-3-1 record at enemy fields. That mark is deceiving as four UW away games were against teams ranked among the top 10. Washington tied No. 3 Texas and lost at No. 1 North Carolina, No. 4 Portland and No. 7 Texas A&M. The Huskies have a 1-1-1 record in neutral-site contests.

o Junior Melissa Bennett ranks second nationally with 13 assists, already the highest single-season total ever for a UW player. She has eight more assists than any Pac-10 player.

o Coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th win at Washington on Sunday. She has a nine-year Husky record of 100-63-9.

o Sophomore Tina Frimpong played a role in four of UW's five goals last weekend with three goals and an assist in the two victories.

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

Strenuous Schedule
All of UW's losses and ties came against teams that are listed in this week's Soccer America rankings. The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes 11 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including seven of the top eight. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 Stanford, Portland (2), North Carolina (3), Texas (4), UCLA (6), California (7), Texas A&M (8), USC (12), Arizona State (17), Denver (22) and Cal State Fullerton (25). 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 finished the year ranked in the final top 10 poll.

Washington State (7-4-1, 1-0-1)
Fifth-year Coach Dan Tobias' Cougars are outscoring opponents by a 27-12 margin. Washington State opened the season with five straight wins, but have gone 2-4-1 since then. A trio of scorers, Nicole Wilcox, Rachel Rodrick and Katrina Stoh, pace the WSU offense with five goals apiece. Alix Rustrum is the top playmaker with five assists. Goalkeeper Sara Liebowitz has four shutouts and an outstanding 0.79 goals against average. Washington owns a 6-4-1 lead in the series, but trails 2-3-1 over games played in Pullman. The Huskies lost 1-0 in each of their last two visits to WSU (1998, 2000). The most recent setback was UW's lone Pac-10 loss during the 2000 conference championship run. Washington was victorious over WSU 2-1 last season in Seattle.

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.

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 standard for shutouts after blanking her 17th opponent on Sept. 22 (UC Irvine). She also has the school career records for saves (299) and goals against average (0.98). Solo was extremely busy during one three-game stretch, facing 76 shots and recording 28 saves in that span. She saved 10 shots at No. 3 Texas, a season-high 12 at No. 7 Texas A&M and six at No. 4 Portland. Solo missed two early-season games, against Duke and top-ranked North Carolina, while training in Columbus, Ohio with the U.S. National Team. She played the entire first half Sept. 8 in the USA's 8-2 exhibition win over Scotland. Solo is one of four keepers challenging for spots on the roster for the 2003 World Cup. She has collected eight 'caps' for international appearances with the U.S. Nationals. Solo has been described as 'our future' by national team coach April Heinrichs.

Marvelous Melissa
Junior forward Melissa Bennett ranks second nationally, averaging one assist per game. She recorded her 13th assist on Sunday (Oct. 13) to establish a new school record. Bennett eclipsed the previous Husky single-season record of 12 assists set in 2000 by Theresa Wagner. Bennett has eight more assists than any other Pac-10 player. Despite the record-setting assist total, Bennett is better known for scoring goals than setting them up. She amassed a Washington state prep record with 166 goals at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett, a 2000 UW graduate.

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. Led by those veteran defenders, Washington surrendered only 12 goals last season en route to a 0.58 goals against average. That is nine fewer goals than any previous UW unit allowed. The stingy UW defense limited opponents to fewer than two goals in 18 of 20 games in 2001, shutting out 10 foes.

Family Affair
Washington's leading goal scorer is speedy sophomore Tina Frimpong who has seven goals, including a hat trick in the 2002 season opener against Arkansas (Aug. 30). She had three goals and an assist last weekend, leading the Huskies to a pair of wins in Oregon. 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
#20 Washington 3, Oregon State 1 (Oct. 13, Corvallis, Ore.)

Tina Frimpong and Kim Taylor teamed up for a pair of goals Sunday while junior Melissa Bennett distributed her school-record 13th assist as 20th-ranked Washington defeated Oregon State 3-1 at Lorenz Field. Paired with Friday's 2-1 win at Oregon, the Huskies (7-4-2) remained perfect in conference play with a 2-0 record. Oregon State (7-4-2) dropped to 0-2 in Pac-10 action, losing to UW for the ninth straight time. The Huskies own an 11-1 advantage in the all-time series with OSU. Bennett recorded her 13th assist of the season in the 88th minute, serving a corner kick to Megan McKinstry for an insurance goal. Taylor opened the scoring at 26:49. She collected a centering pass from Frimpong and fired a shot inside the far post for her sixth goal of the season. The Beavers scored the equalizer just seven seconds before halftime. Cassidy Temple sent a through ball into the box that Brianna Monka finished from 12 yards out at 44:53. The teams played 28 scoreless minutes before Frimpong netted what proved to be the game-winner at 73:08. That was the team-leading seventh score for Frimpong who blasted a 12-yard shot into the goal off a pass from Taylor. UW goalkeeper Hope Solo registered four saves. Jo Fletcher saved five shots for OSU which was outshot by a 22-13 margin.

Coach Gallimore
Ninth-year coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Sunday. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in six of her eight seasons. Last year she guided UW to a 13-5-2 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 after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won their first Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time. She registered her 100th career coaching victory on Sept. 10, 2000. Gallimore has a 13-year record of 132-88-18, including a 100-63-9 mark in nine seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.

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) ... Washington lost 1-0 to Denver (Sept. 13) in the first round of the Portland Invitational before settling for a 1-1 tie against Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 15) despite a 24-5 shot advantage ... UW won its own Husky/Nike Invitational for the first time since 1996, defeating Harvard 3-1 (Sept. 20) and UC Irvine 3-0 (Sept. 22). Andrea Morelli was the tournament's Defensive MVP and Melissa Bennett was the Offensive MVP after totaling one goal and three assists ... UW was outshot 31-13, but got 10 saves from Hope Solo to post a 1-1 tie at No. 3 Texas ... Solo was busy again at No. 7 Texas A&M, saving half of the 24 shots she faced in a 2-1 overtime loss ... The Huskies completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-4-2 record, capped by a 4-0 loss at Portland (Oct. 5). Hope Solo saved six shots in a losing effort ... Tina Frimpong had three goals and an assist during the weekend, helping UW win 2-1 at Oregon (Oct. 11) and 3-1 at Oregon State (Oct. 13). The win at OSU was coach Lesle Gallimore's 100th victory at Washington.

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 Team member 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 career assists. 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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