Finally Home, UW Women Host #7 Cal & #1 Stanford in Soccer

Oct. 23, 2002

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

#25 Washington vs. #1 Stanford, 12 noon PDT
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

The 25th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (7-4-3) hosts a pair of top-10 opponents this weekend when it plays at home for the first time in over a month. The last UW game at Husky Soccer Field was on Sept. 22. The Huskies host No. 7 California (9-4-1) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. UW won the last two meetings with the Golden Bears. Top-ranked Stanford (13-1) invades Husky Soccer Field on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon. The matchup pits the top two teams in the Pac-10 standings as neither has lost a conference game. Stanford is 4-0 while Washington has a 2-0-1 Pac-10 ledger. Sunday marks UW's second meeting against a No. 1 team, including a 5-1 loss at then No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 8. The Huskies concluded a six-game road stretch on Saturday, rallying from a two-goal deficit to tie Washington State 2-2. They finished with a 2-2-2 record on the road trip that included three straight games against top-10 teams; No. 3 Texas, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 4 Portland.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all Washington games at Husky Soccer Field are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200) for advanced tickets or special ticket plans or click on the following link:
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UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 19-55-6 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 1-3-1 mark this season. They defeated then No. 17 Duke 4-3 in overtime, tied No. 3 Texas 1-1 and lost 5-1 at No. 1 North Carolina, 2-1 in overtime at No. 7 Texas A&M and 4-0 at No. 4 Portland. UW has a 5-38-3 all-time record against top-10 teams.

UW vs. Top-Ranked Foes
Sunday marks Washington's fourth all-time meeting with the nation's top-ranked team and the second this season. The Huskies are winless against No. 1 teams, losing 2-0 at North Carolina on Sept. 19, 1993, 3-1 at home to Santa Clara on Sept. 10, 1999 and 5-1 at North Carolina on Sept. 8, 2002. Although 0-3 against top-ranked teams, Washington does have a victory over a No. 2 team to its credit. UW staged a 2-1 road upset of No. 2 Santa Clara on Sept. 4, 2000.

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 2-3-2 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.

Ranking Report
Washington dropped six spots, to No. 25, in this week's Soccer America ratings. UW is ranked No. 22 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
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes 10 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including seven of the top eight in the Soccer America poll. UW meets 12 teams that played in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, including two Final Four teams.

o Junior Melissa Bennett ranks third nationally with 14 assists, already the highest single-season total ever for a UW player. She has eight more assists than any Pac-10 player.

o The Huskies will have played six road games in a span of 33 days between this Friday's game and their last home game on Sept. 22.

o Coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th win at Washington on Oct. 13 at OSU. She has a nine-year Husky record of 100-63-10.

California (9-4-1, 2-2 in Pac-10)
Seventh-ranked California is outscoring foes by a 24-14 count led by the eight goals of Tracy Hamm. All-America forward Laura Schott recently returned from an MCL injury and had a goal and assist in both games last weekend. Goalkeeper Sani Post has a 0.77 goals against average. The Huskies took a 6-5 series lead with a 1-0 win last year in Berkeley, their second straight win over the Bears. Lesle Gallimore, a Cal alum, has a 7-5 record against her alma mater with a 6-2 mark while at UW.

Stanford (13-1, 4-0 in Pac-10)
The lone blemish on top-ranked Stanford's ledger is a 1-0 loss to North Carolina. The Cardinal are outscoring opponents by a 37-3 margin. Nicole Barnhart leads all NCAA goalkeepers with a 0.22 goals against average. Marcie Ward paces the SU offense with seven goals and six assists. The Cardinal lost in their last visit to Seattle, a 1-0 decision in 2000. That was UW's first win in the series which Stanford leads 9-1-2.

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 (300) and goals against average (0.99). 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 third nationally, averaging one assist per game. Bennett has 14 assists this season, a total that is nine more than any other Pac-10 player. She recorded her 13th assist on Oct. 12 to establish a new school record. Bennett eclipsed the previous Husky single-season record of 12 assists set in 2000 by Theresa Wagner. 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 Oct. 11-13, 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
#19 Washington 2, Washington State 2, 2ot (Oct. 19, Pullman, Wash.)

Melissa Bennett assisted on the first goal and netted the tying score with just over four minutes remaining in regulation time Saturday as 19th-ranked Washington rallied for a 2-2 tie against Washington State at Cougar Soccer Field. Both teams remained undefeated in Pac-10 play, the Huskies (7-4-3) moving to 2-0-1 and WSU (7-4-2) to 1-0-2. The Huskies have not won in Pullman since 1996, registering a tie and two losses since that victory. The Cougars opened a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals late in the first half. Shelby Brownfield scored an unassisted tally at 30:19, just 14 seconds after entering the game. On the second WSU goal, Kim Morgan rebounded a missed shot and found the UW net just over one minute before halftime. Rachel Rodrick and Nicole Wilcox were credited with assists on the goal at 43:53. The state rivals were scoreless in the opening 27 minutes of the second half before Bennett sent a cross to sophomore Clare Rustad who tallied the first UW goal at 72:31. Bennett added to her school single-season record with her 14th assist. The same two Huskies reversed roles and combined for the equalizer at 85:51. Rustad fed a pass to Bennett who raced past a WSU defender to score. Neither team scored in 20 overtime minutes as Washington attempted the only two shots during the extra sessions. The Cougars posted a slight advantage for the entire 110 minutes, outshooting UW by a 12-10 margin. Hope Solo and WSU's Katie Hultin each had one save.

Coach Gallimore
Ninth-year coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Oct. 13 at Oregon State. 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 132-88-19, including a 100-63-10 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 ... Melissa Bennett assisted on the first goal and scored the equalizer in the 86th minute, helping UW rally for a 2-2 tie at Washington State (Oct. 19).

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.

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.

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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