UW Women are Husky/Nike Invitational Champions

Sept. 21, 2003

SEATTLE - Senior forward Tina Frimpong collected the Offensive MVP award Sunday after scoring two goals 29 seconds apart and adding an assist for 20th-ranked Washington which upset No. 6 Texas 3-1 to win the Husky/Nike Invitational women's soccer tournament at Husky Soccer Field.

Frimpong, who recorded two goals Friday in a 3-0 win over Fresno State, scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season during the 17th minute of play Sunday to break a scoreless tie. Both goals developed from one-on-one situations against Longhorn goalkeeper Dana Hall.

The Huskies (5-1-2), whose only loss was an overtime setback against top-ranked North Carolina, won their third consecutive game. UW was victorious in its own Nike Invitational for the second straight season by virtue of a superior goal differential compared to Portland.

The defending national champion Pilots (6-2) defeated Fresno State 1-0 Sunday and Texas 2-0 on Friday. Portland's Imani Dorsey was voted the tournament's Defensive MVP.

A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong already boasts a career-high eight goals this season after recording seven in each of her first two collegiate campaigns. She is tied for fourth among all-time Huskies with 22 career scores and is responsible for over half of the goals this season for Washington which has outscored opponents by a combined 15-6 tally.

Frimpong opened the scoring at 16:02, receiving a pass from Nikki Gamble and dribbling past Hall before slipping a 12-yard shot inside the right post. She found the net again at 16:31 on a play set up by Melissa Bennett and Kim Taylor. Frimpong gathered a pass, beat Hall and walked the ball into the goal.

'I just think my team is playing so well right now and they are the ones that find me open,' Frimpong said. 'They gave me awesome balls this weekend and I felt that I had to put them away.'

The Longhorns (4-4) applied constant pressure to the Washington goal during the second half, eventually breaking through on a penalty kick by Nikki Thaden at 54:18. Texas labored hard in pursuit of an equalizer until Gamble posted an insurance goal for UW.

Gamble controlled a low cross from Frimpong in front of the goal and booted it in from 15 yards out at 84:54. Taylor was credited with her second assist on the play.

Washington goalkeeper Lisa Brookens was credited with five saves while Hall had four for the Longhorns.

'These were big wins for us both games this weekend. Texas is a talented team with a lot of great players,' UW coach Lesle Gallimore remarked. 'Getting ahead early put the pressure on them and that's what we wanted to do. We knew with a 2-0 score at halftime that they would come out hard in the second half and sure enough they got one. But, we kept our composure and held the ball under a tremendous amount of pressure.'

The 13th-ranked Pilots dominated the run of play in Sunday's first game and finally found the goal in the 52nd minute when Lisa Sari netted a 10-yard header off a corner kick from Lindsey Huie.

Goalkeeper Jeannette Paine made seven saves for the Bulldogs (3-4-2) who were outshot 18-5. Portland's Cori Alexander was required to make only one save in a shutout performance.

Portland returns to Seattle next weekend for its annual meeting with Washington, Friday, Sept. 26. Kick-off is 4:30 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

GAME 4 -- (#20) Washington 3, (#6) Texas 1

Scoring--1, UW, Tina Frimpong (Nikki Gamble), 16:02. 2, UW, Frimpong (Kim Taylor, Melissa Bennett), 16:31. 3, UT, Nikki Thaden (penalty kick), 54:18. 4, UW, Gamble (Taylor, Frimpong), 84:54.

Shots -- UT 11, UW 12.
Saves -- UT 4 (Dana Hall), UW 5 (Lisa Brookens).
Corner Kicks -- UT 3, UW 3.
Fouls -- UT 14, UW 10.
Offsides -- UT 0, UW 6.
Attendance -- 944.
Records -- Washington 5-1-2, Texas 4-4-0.

GAME 3 -- (#13) Portland 1, Fresno State 0

Scoring ---1, UP, Lisa Sari (Lindsey Huie), 51:19.

Shots -- FSU 5, UP 18.
Saves -- FSU 7 (Jeannette Paine), UP 1 (Cori Alexander).
Corner Kicks -- FSU 1, UP 5.
Fouls -- FSU 11, UP 9.
Offsides -- FSU 1, UP 3.
Attendance -- 306.
Records -- Portland 6-2-0, Fresno State 3-4-2.

Team Champion
-- Washington.
Second Place -- Portland.
Third Place -- Texas.
Fourth Place -- Fresno State.

Offensive MVP -- Tina Frimpong, Washington.
Defensive MVP -- Imani Dorsey, Portland.

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