On the Road Again, UW Women's Soccer Visits the Desert

Oct. 28, 2002

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#20 Washington at Arizona, 6:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. MST)
Murphey Stadium (1,000); Tucson, Ariz.

#20 Washington at #17 Arizona State, 10:00 a.m. PST (11:00 a.m. MST)
Sun Devil Soccer Stadium (1,050); Tempe, Ariz.

The 20th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (8-5-3, 3-1-1) embarks on its final road trip of the regular season this weekend, beginning Friday, Nov. 1 at Arizona (5-9-1, 0-5). Kick-off is 6 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Mountain Time) in Tucson. The Huskies have never lost to the Wildcats in seven all-time meetings. Washington visits Tempe to play No. 17 Arizona State (10-3-2, 3-2) on Sunday at 10 a.m. PST (11 a.m. MST). That matchup pits the third-place Huskies against fourth-place ASU. UW drew a split with the Bay Area schools last weekend at home, defeating No. 7 California 2-1 before falling 1-0 to No. 1 Stanford. The Huskies are in the midst of a 10-game stretch during which they have eight road games. They return to Seattle to conclude the regular season against UCLA (Nov. 8) and USC (Nov. 10). UW is vying for its third straight NCAA Tournament berth, its seventh overall.

Ranking Report
Washington vaulted five spots, to No. 20, 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.

Rough Road
Washington has a 5-1 home record at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies have had a tougher 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.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 20-56-6 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 2-3-1 mark this season. They defeated then No. 7 California 2-1 and No. 17 Duke 4-3 in overtime. UW 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, 4-0 at No. 4 Portland and 1-0 to No. 1 Stanford.

Strenuous Schedule
The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes 10 opponents ranked in the current top 25, including the entire top-six. UW's ranked opponents are; No. 1 Stanford, North Carolina (2), Texas (3), UCLA (4), Portland (5), Texas A&M (6), USC (13), Arizona State (17), California (18) and Denver (22). 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.

Junior Melissa Bennett is tied for second nationally with 16 assists, already the highest single-season total ever for a UW player. She has nine more assists than any Pac-10 player ... All five UW defeats came against teams that are currently ranked, including four losses against teams listed among the top 6 ... Coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th win at Washington on Oct. 13 at OSU. She has a nine-year Husky record of 101-64-10 ... Sophomore midfielder Clare Rustad missed Sunday's game and is unavailable this weekend while competing with the Canadian National Team in the Gold Cup, the qualifying tournament for the 2003 Women's World Cup ... The Huskies remained winless in four all-time meetings with No. 1 teams with the 1-0 loss to Stanford. That was their second game this season against a top-ranked foe as they lost 5-1 at then No. 1 North Carolina (Sept. 8) ... Melissa Bennett is tied for UW's season record with five game-winning assists.

Arizona (5-9-1, 0-5 in Pac-10)
Third-year coach Cathy Klein's Wildcat squad is in the throes of a six-game losing streak. Red-shirt freshman Kelly Nelson leads Arizona with 11 goals, a figure that leads the Pac-10. Goalkeepers Amanda Martin and Natalie Juarez have combined for five shutouts and a 1.77 goals against average. Washington won all seven previous meetings with the Wildcats, including a 2-0 victory last season in Seattle.

Arizona State (10-3-2, 3-2 in Pac-10)
Second-year coach Ray Leone's 17th-ranked Sun Devils are outscoring opponents by a 25-13 margin. Elizabeth Bogus paces the ASU attack with nine goals, including a Pac-10 high seven game-winning tallies. Goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald has five shutouts and a 0.83 goals against average. Washington won all five previous meetings with the Sun Devils, including a 2-1 overtime decision last season in Seattle. Melissa Bennett's 96th-minute golden goal ended the contest in overtime.

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 (306) 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 second nationally, averaging one assist per game. Bennett has 16 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.

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 previous 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. Gallimore has a 13-year record of 133-89-19, including a 101-64-10 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.

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
#1 Stanford 1, #25 Washington 0 (Oct. 27, Seattle)

Jennifer Farenbaugh scored the lone goal in the 38th minute Sunday, lifting top-ranked Stanford to a 1-0 win over No. 25 Washington before a crowd of 2,515 at Husky Soccer Field. The Cardinal (15-1) remained in first place, improving to 6-0 in Pac-10 play. Washington (8-5-3) sustained its first conference defeat, dropping to 3-1-1. UW defeated No. 7 California on Friday by a 2-1 tally. Washington controlled the run of play for the opening 20 minutes, but managed only two shots during that span against the nation's stingiest defense. Stanford has surrendered only three goals all season. The best scoring opportunity for the Huskies came in the 10th minute when Tina Frimpong collected a ball in front of the Stanford net and fired a shot that was saved by Nicole Barnhart at the left side of the goalmouth. Barnhart leads all NCAA goalkeepers with a 0.19 goals against average. The Cardinal offense stepped up the pressure in the latter portion of the first half, attempting all nine of their first-half shots during the final 25 minutes. They were denied on three first-half attempts by UW goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Solo finished the game with four saves. Stanford finally broke through at 37:59 when Marcia Wallis fed a pass from the left wing to Marcie Ward whose shot was blocked by Solo. Farenbaugh collected the rebound and poked a 10-yard shot into the Husky goal. The teams each had five shots in the second half with Stanford presenting the most dangerous opportunity. Allyson Marquand veered toward the goal from the left side in the 52nd minute, drawing Solo off her line. Marquand's low, 20-yard shot slipped past the out-stretched arms of the diving Solo, but deflected off the right post.

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) ... Finally home for the first time in over a month, UW split with the top-10 ranked Bay Area schools, defeating No. 7 California 2-1 (Oct. 25) before falling 1-0 to No. 1 Stanford (Oct. 27).

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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