18th-Ranked UW Women Rally for Win at Cal

Nov. 2, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - Tina Frimpong and Blair Ruport combined for back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart Sunday, helping 18th-ranked Washington rally for a 3-1 victory over California in a Pac-10 women's soccer game at Edwards Stadium.

The Huskies (10-5-3) recovered from Friday's 3-0 loss at Stanford to draw a split on their Bay Area road trip. UW evened its conference record at 3-3-1 while California (7-7-4) dropped to 2-5-1 in Pac-10 play.

The Golden Bears scored in the 12th minute to stake a 1-0 lead they would maintain until halftime. Katie Ratican knocked the ball away from Washington goalkeeper Lisa Brookens. Sierra Schlesinger gathered the loose ball and booted it into the open net at 11:58.

That was the only goal allowed by Brookens who registered six saves for UW which was outshot by a 12-10 margin.

Sophomore Kim Taylor netted the equalizer for the Huskies early in the second half. She received a pass from Kelley Schweighart and blasted an 18-yard shot into the upper right corner at 47:50.

The game remained tied for over 24 minutes before Ruport found Frimpong open for a pair of goals within a span of 2:18. Ruport sent a through ball to the left side of the goal, enabling Frimpong to slip a five-yard shot past Cal goalkeeper Anna Key at 72:25.

Ruport and Frimpong hooked up again at 74:43 from the right side of the field, a mirror image of their first connection. That insurance tally was the team-leading 12th goal for Frimpong, tying her for the second-highest single-season total in school history. Current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett established the record with 16 goals during the 2000 season. Frimpong is tied with Tara Bilanski who tallied 12 goals in 1995.

Frimpong, a junior from Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., recorded the eighth multiple-goal game of her career. She ranks fourth among all-time Huskies with 26 career goals. The school record of 34 is held by Bennett (1997-200) while Bilanski (1992-95) and Theresa Wagner (1997-2000) are tied for second with 27 goals.

Key was credited with four saves for the Bears. She replaced starting goalkeeper Stephanie Mortling who left after four minutes.

Washington closes out the regular season next weekend in Seattle. The Huskies host Arizona State at Husky Soccer Field on Friday (Nov. 7) at 7 p.m. before entertaining Arizona on Sunday (Nov. 9) at noon.

Pac-10 Women's Soccer
Edwards Stadium; Berkeley, Calif.

(#18) Washington 3, California 1

Scoring -- 1, Cal, Seirra Schlesinger (Katie Ratican), 11:58. 2, UW, Kim Taylor (Kelley Schweighart), 47:50. 3, UW, Tina Frimpong (Blair Ruport), 72:25. 4, UW, Frimpong (Ruport), 74:43.

Shots -- UW 10, Cal 12.
Saves -- UW 6 (Lisa Brookens), Cal 4 (Stephanie Mortling 0, Anna Key 4).
Corner Kicks -- UW 5, Cal 2.
Fouls -- UW 9, Cal 10.
Offside -- UW 1, Cal 3.
Attendance -- 643.
Records -- Washington 10-5-3, 3-3-1; California 7-7-4, 2-5-1.

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