22nd-Ranked UW Women Host Apple Cup of Soccer

Oct. 21, 2003

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(#13) UW vs. Washington State, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Fox Sports Net Northwest TV
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

The 22nd-ranked Washington women's soccer team (8-4-3, 1-2-1 in Pac-10) seeks to even its conference record this week, hosting cross-state rival Washington State (5-8-1, 1-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 24. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The game is being televised by Fox Sports Net Northwest on a tape-delayed basis. The home team has been dominant in the 'Apple Cup' of soccer. The Huskies were victorious against WSU in the Cougars' last four visits to Seattle. In contrast, Washington is winless in its last three trips to Pullman, including a 2-2 tie last year on Oct. 19. The Huskies drew a split last weekend at home. They were shut out for only the second time this season, losing 2-0 to Oregon State (Oct. 17) despite outshooting the Beavers by a 25-4 margin. On Sunday (Oct. 19), Washington defeated Oregon 2-0. The Huskies' completed the non-conference portion of their schedule two weeks ago with a 7-2-2 record that is the second-best in their history. UW opened the 2000 season with a 9-1 non-conference record before embarking on its only Pac-10 championship campaign. The Huskies seek to improve upon last year's fifth-place conference finish. They tied for second in the 2001 Pac-10 standings.

Television Coverage
Friday's Washington-Washington State game will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net Northwest. The game is scheduled to air in Seattle and throughout the region on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon.

Record Breaker
Senior Melissa Bennett distributed her record 28th career assist Sunday (Oct. 19) against Oregon. She eclipsed the Washington record of 27 established by Caroline Putz from 1998-2001. Bennett already owned the school's single-season record after amassing 18 assists last year, a figure that was the second-highest total in the nation in 2002.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.82 goals per game, down significantly from last season's final mark of 1.47. UW has six shutouts, three more than last year's entire season total. The Huskies surrendered more than one goal just three times this season, versus North Carolina, UCLA and Oregon State.

Scouting Washington State (5-8-1, 1-2-1)
First-year Coach Matt Potter inherited a solid squad with nine starters returning from last season's NCAA Tournament team. This year's Cougars are led by the five goals of Rachel Roderick. Goalkeeper Katie Hultin has five shutouts and a 0.71 goals against average. Washington owns a 6-4-2 lead in the all-time series in which the home team won or tied the last six meetings. The teams tied 2-2 last season on Oct. 19 in Pullman as the Huskies rallied from a two-goal deficit. Melissa Bennett assisted on the first UW goal in the 73rd minute and netted the equalizer at 85:51. Washington owns a 4-1 series advantage over the Cougars during games played in Seattle.

Ranking Report
Washington dropped nine spots to 22nd in this week's Soccer America rankings. UW is listed No. 15 by Soccer Times, No. 18 by the NSCAA (coaches poll) and No. 24 by Soccer Buzz. Impressive opening-weekend results vaulted the Huskies into the national polls on Sept. 1 after they did not receive any preseason ranking recognition.

Strenuous Schedule
Washington encounters a difficult schedule that includes eight opponents ranked in the current top 25, including three of the nation's top four teams. UW's ranked opponents are: No. 1 North Carolina, Portland (3), UCLA (4), Stanford (17), USC (19), Connecticut (21), Texas (23) and Arizona State (25). Thirteen teams that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament appear on the Huskies' schedule, including national champion Portland and Final Four qualifier North Carolina.

Home Sweet Home
For the seventh year, all Washington home games are played on campus at 2,100-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed before the 2000 season. The Huskies have a 39-19-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field with a 31-10-2 ledger since 1999. They are 6-3 this season in Seattle. Washington ranked among the nation's top-10 attendance leaders every year since moving to the present venue in 1997.

* Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen posted shutouts in both of her starts. She has not allowed a goal in 315 minutes this season.

* The Huskies have played six overtime games (97 minutes), one shy of the school's season record.

* Junior Tina Frimpong leads UW with 10 goals. Her 24 career tallies rank No. 4 all-time at UW.

Marvelous Melissa
Senior forward Melissa Bennett picked up where she left off last season, having distributed seven assists in 2003. On Oct. 19 against Oregon, she registered her 28th career assist to claim the school record. The previous UW record of 27 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Bennett ranked second nationally last season with 18 assists, eclipsing the UW single-season record of 12. A second-team All-Pac-10 pick, Bennett also led the league with 34 total points in 2002. Despite the record-setting assist total, Bennett is better known for scoring goals than setting them up. Bennett tied for the team lead with eight goals in 2002. She amassed a Washington state prep record with 166 goals at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the state's high school record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett, a 2000 UW grad now in her first year on the Husky coaching staff. Melissa ranks fifth among all-time UW attackers with 64 total points. Her sister Tami ranks second on that list after compiling 78 points between 1997-2000.

The Coaching Staff
Tenth-year coach Lesle Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Oct. 13, 2002 at Oregon State. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in six of her previous nine seasons at UW. Last year she guided UW to a 9-8-3 record and a fifth-place Pac-10 finish (4-4-1). 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 14-year record of 142-96-22, including a 110-71-13 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. Gallimore's staff includes eighth-year assistant coach Amy Griffin (previously Allmann), a goalkeeper with the 1991 U.S. World Cup championship team who previously was the head coach at New Mexico. Tami Bennett joins the staff this season after two seasons as an assistant at Portland State. Bennett, whose sister Melissa is a senior on the UW squad, concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals. Also on the staff is volunteer coach Erin Otagaki, a four-year letterwinner at UW from 1998-2001.

Family Affair
Washington's most dangerous offensive threat is speedy junior Tina Frimpong who leads the team in scoring with 23 points, 12 more than any other Husky. She already boasts a career-high 10 goals this season after recording seven in each of her first two collegiate campaigns. Frimpong ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 24 career goals. She was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week this season, on Sept. 1 and Sept. 23. Frimpong played with the Seattle Sounders Select team this summer, leading them to the W-League semifinals. She amassed eight goals in six games. Her sister, Crystal, is a senior starter at Florida who led the Gators in 2002 with six goals. 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 returned to lead UW in 2001 with seven goals and ranked third among UW scorers last season with seven goals. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. Before attending classes, she decided to enroll at Washington beginning in the fall of 2000.

Last UW Game
#13 UW 2, Oregon 0 (Oct. 19; Seattle)

Melissa Bennett set up the opening goal Sunday with her school-record 28th career assist, leading 13th-ranked Washington to a 2-0 victory over Oregon at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies (8-4-3, 1-2-1) have never lost to Oregon (7-7), winning seven and tying once in eight all-time meetings. A crowd of 1,186 watched as Bennett distributed the record-setting assist at 22:36. She served a corner kick to Jaime Carstensen who headed it into the goal from eight yards out on the left side for her fourth goal of the season. Bennett eclipsed UW's previous career assist mark of 27 set by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). The Huskies added an insurance goal less than two minutes into the second half when Kelley Schweighart found Tina Frimpong with a through ball. Frimpong collected the ball and dribbled 15 yards before sliding a 15-yard shot past onrushing Oregon goalkeeper Domenique Lainez at 46:35. Freshman Kelsey Rasmussen drew her second career start in goal for UW and posted her second shutout. She made eight saves against the Ducks who outshot UW 14-8. Rasmussen has not allowed a goal this season in 315 minutes. Lainez was not credited with a save. Oregon's most dangerous scoring threat occurred in the 81st minute when Mele French fired a point-blank shot from close range that was cleared off the goal line by UW freshman Shaela Ward.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all remaining UW home games can be obtained through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). Advanced single-game tickets are also available at the ticket office, or on-line at www.gohuskies.com. General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.

So Long Solo
The most decorated player in Husky history, goalkeeper Hope Solo, moved on to guard the nets for the Philadelphia Charge. A senior in 2002, Solo was the fourth overall selection in January's WUSA Draft. She left Washington as the school's leader in nearly every goalkeeping category, including career saves (325), shutouts (18) and goals against average (1.02) along with single-season goals against average (0.68 in 2001). The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Solo was one of 13 finalists for the national Player of the Year in each of her final two seasons.

Pac-10 Poll
Washington was picked sixth in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Aug. 19 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion Stanford was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving six first-place votes and 77 total points. The Cardinal won the 2002 conference crown with a 9-0 record and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. UCLA received the remaining four first-place votes and finished with 66 points. Arizona State was projected third with 61 points, USC was fourth with 50 and California was fifth with 48. The Huskies totaled 44 points to place sixth in the poll, ahead of Washington State (38), Oregon State (25), Arizona (18) and Oregon (13). UW placed fifth in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 4-4-1 record. That was the lowest conference finish ever for the Huskies who won the 2000 Pac-10 title. Six Pac-10 teams received 2002 NCAA Tournament invitations.

2002 UW Season Review
The Huskies finished the season with a 9-8-3 record against one of the nation's most difficult schedules. Six of the Huskies' eight defeats came against teams that were ranked in the final Soccer America poll, including five setbacks versus teams listed in the top 10. Washington played 11 games against opponents that received postseason berths, posting a 2-7-2 record in those encounters. Among the Washington seniors whose collegiate careers concluded were goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year. Solo departed as the Huskies' leader in nearly every goalkeeping category, including career shutouts (18), saves (325) and goals against average (1.02). The Huskies finished fifth in the Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 4-4-1 record, capping the season with a 5-0 victory over 15th-ranked USC.

2003 UW Preview
Nine starters return from the 2002 Washington team that was snubbed by the NCAA Tournament committee. The Huskies posted a 9-8-3 record last season, including victories over three ranked opponents. Six of UW's eight losses came against ranked foes, five of them against top-10 teams. The 2003 Huskies are determined to make up for last season's postseason absence. With a near complete cast of returning starters, the coaching staff won't be establishing a lineup as much as fine-tuning it. UW returns the top seven scorers from last year led by senior Melissa Bennett who topped all Pac-10 players in points (34) and ranked second nationally in assists (18). Sophomore Kim Taylor tied for team-high honors with eight goals and explosive junior Tina Frimpong matched her 2001 total of seven goals. Senior Lisa Brookens and prep All-American Kelsey Rasmussen will battle for the starting goalkeeper spot vacated by standout Hope Solo. The other key departure was four-year central defensive starter Andrea Morelli. The midfield is directed by senior Jaime Carstensen. A diverse group of defenders features senior Liz Taylor and sophomore Sara Davis along with juniors Nicole Martinez and Kelli Smith. That quartet seeks to shore up a defense that surrendered 31 goals in 2002, the highest combined opponent tally since 1997. A group of 11 newcomers, headed by Iowa State transfer Nikki Gamble, seeks to buoy the Huskies' NCAA Tournament aspirations.

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