No. 4 UW Women Continue 10-Game Trip
Sept. 14, 2004
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 --
#4 Washington at Maryland, 4:00 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT)
Ludwig Field (4,500); College Park, Md.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 --
#4 Washington vs. Loyola (Md.) College, 9:00 a.m. PDT (12 p.m. EDT)
Ludwig Field (4,500); College Park, Md.
The fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (5-0) continues a 10-game road trip this weekend, traveling across the country for a pair of games. The Huskies play at Maryland on Friday, Sept. 17 in a rematch of last year's season opener. UW won a 2-1 overtime decision in Seattle on Aug. 29, 2003. Friday's game kicks off at 4 p.m. Pacific Time (7 p.m. Eastern) at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. That is the same venue for a Sunday, Sept. 19 meeting with Loyola (Md.) College at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern). UW and Loyola have never met in women's soccer. The Huskies' stretch of 10 straight away games takes them to Maryland, Portland, Ore., San Diego and Arizona as they have 41 days between home dates. UW does not play again in Seattle until USC visits on Oct. 15.
Washington registered shutouts in both outings en route to the second 5-0 start in school history. The Huskies posted six wins to open the 2000 season, a year in which they won their only Pacific-10 Conference championship. The Huskies blanked UAB 1-0 on Friday (Sept. 10) behind Kim Taylor's 18th-minute goal. UW beat Weber State on Sunday (Sept. 12) on goals by Tina Frimpong and Katy Dowling.
This Week's Opponents
Maryland (3-1-1) - The Terrapins are coming off a 2-1 victory over then No. 8 UCLA on Sunday. Sixth-year Maryland coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski is a 1986 Mount Rainier (Wash.) High School graduate who was the 1989 National Player of the Year at North Carolina. She played on the 1991 U.S. World Cup winner with UW assistant coach Amy (Allmann) Griffin. Last year, Maryland had an 11-8-2 record and played in the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins are led by the four goals of midfielder Mallory Mahar. Goalkeeper Nikki Resnick has one shutout and a 1.13 goals against average. The Huskies lead the series 1-0 after beating Maryland 2-1 last year on Tina Frimpong's overtime goal.
Loyola College (3-2-0) - Sunday marks the first ever meeting between the Greyhounds and Washington. Located in Baltimore, Md., Loyola College is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds posted a 12-9-1 record in 2003, won the conference title and competed in the NCAA Tournament. Seventh-year coach Joe Mallia's squad has outscored opponents by a 17-6 count. The offense features a pair of four-goal scorers in Ali Andrzejewski and Naomi Daniels. Goalkeeper Erica Niemann has two shutouts and a 1.20 goals against average.
The Washington women's soccer team vaulted from 12th to fourth in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Sept. 13. The Huskies are ranked No. 4 by Soccer Times, No. 8 by Soccer Buzz and are No. 3 by the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.
Over half of Washington's roster is comprised of underclassmen. UW has a nine-player freshman class and seven sophomores. Eight freshmen have already seen game action, leaving backup goalkeeper Lizzy Showman as the only newcomer who hasn't played. The freshmen are making major contributions, including a trio of starters, Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark. Clark and Stirn start for the defense that has surrendered only three goals in five games in front of sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen. Freshman Katy Dowling scored Sept. 12 against Weber State, the only goal this season by an underclassman.
While the early contributions from newcomers have been impressive, nearly all of the scoring has been done by upperclassmen. Eight of UW's nine goals were tallied by seniors Kelley Schweighart (2), Tina Frimpong (2), Nikke Gamble and Cassie Giles along with Kim Taylor (2), a junior. Frimpong, Gamble (2), Giles, Schweighart (2), Taylor and seniors Clare Rustad and Kelli Smith accounted for all of the assists.
Fourth-ranked Washington (5-0) won its first five games for only the second time. The Huskies won six straight games to open the 2000 season, the same year they won their only Pac-10 title.
Only one UW women's soccer team has been ranked higher than the current No. 4. The Huskies held down the No. 3 ranking in October of 2000 before rising into the No. 2 spot for two weeks.
The current 10-game road swing marks UW's longest stretch away from Seattle. Previously, the longest streak was nine away games in 1992.
Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong led the Huskies and the conference with 13 goals in 2003. Her 29 career goals are five shy of Tami Bennett's school record of 34.
Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (118) and conference (47) wins.
2004 UW Preview
Five starters and 11 letterwinners return from the 2003 Washington team that participated in the NCAA Tournament. UW posted an 11-7-3 record, finishing fifth in the Pac-10 with a 4-4-1 mark. Headlining the list of returnees is Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong, a senior forward who led the conference with 13 goals in 2003. She is joined up front by honorable mention All-Pac-10 forward Kim Taylor, a junior who totaled five goals and eight assists last season. The defense features three-year starters Nicole Martinez and Kelli Smith who helped UW record eight shutouts in 2003 while surrendering less than one goal per game (0.91). Lanky Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad is an imposing presence on defense. Sophomore Kelsey Rasmussen will take over starting goalkeeping duties after posting three shutouts and a 0.55 goals against average in four starts last season. The midfield undergoes the largest turnover in talent as senior Nikki Gamble is the lone holdover among primary starters.
Washington's most dangerous scoring threats is speedy senior Tina Frimpong who was the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. Frimpong, who shared the league's top honor with UCLA defender Nandi Pryce, led all Pac-10 players with 13 goals. Her 29 career goals are the second-highest total in UW history behind only the school-record 34 of current assistant coach Tami Bennett (1997-2000). Frimpong also ranks No. 2 among UW players in career game-winning goals (12) and No. 5 in total points (67). She netted two hat tricks during her career and has eight multiple-goal performances. Frimpong 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. She registered a hat trick against Idaho in her fourth game and had a two-goal performance at USC. Frimpong also found the back of the net in UW's first-round NCAA win over San Diego. She also had seven goals and a hat trick in 2002. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong initially signed a letter of intent with Santa Clara. Before attending any classes, she decided to matriculate at Washington beginning in August of 2000.
Last UW Game
#12 UW 2, Weber State 0 (Sept. 12, Portland, Ore.)
Tina Frimpong opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game Sunday and freshman Katy Dowling added an insurance goal midway through the second half of 12th-ranked Washington's 2-0 victory over Weber State in the final round of the Nike Invitational at Merlo Field. Washington (5-0) registered its second straight shutout. The Huskies blanked UAB 1-0 on Friday. Host Portland defeated Weber State 4-0 on Friday and UAB 3-0 Sunday and was declared the tournament champion by virtue of a superior goal differential. UW goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen was not required to make a save while collecting her second shutout of the season and the fifth of her career. The Huskies have surrendered only three goals all season. Frimpong put UW on the board at 13:40 with her second goal of the season. She ran on to a pass from Clare Rustad and sent a 16-yard strike inside the left post. Dowling netted her first collegiate goal at 66:08 off an assist from senior Kelley Schweighart. Dowling collected the pass, dribbled past WSU goalkeeper Melanie Stratford and booted the ball into the open net. That was the first goal this season by an underclassman. Six of the previous eight UW goals were tallied by seniors and junior Kim Taylor scored two. Stratford made six saves for Weber State (2-5) which was outshot 18-3 by the Huskies.
Junior forward Kim Taylor was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last season. She should be in line for even more honors in 2004. Taylor ranked second among Huskies with 18 total points last season. She tied for top team honors with eight assists and was second with five goals. Taylor is within striking distance of some schools records. She ranks No. 5 among all-time UW playmakers with 14 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor ranks fourth on the career game-winning assists list with six. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 15 career goals, tying her for ninth among all-time UW scorers.
The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore has steadily transformed Washington into one of the nation's premier programs since her hiring in 1994. Gallimore enters her second decade of service with the Huskies, standing atop the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (118) and conference wins (47). Last season, she directed UW to its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. Gallimore posted her 100th Washington victory on Oct. 13, 2003 at Oregon State. The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year led UW to the NCAA Tournament in seven of her previous 10 seasons at UW. Gallimore was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won the 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 15-year record of 150-99-22, including a 118-74-13 mark in 11 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.
The Assistant Coaches
Lesle Gallimore's staff includes ninth-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 joined the staff last season after two seasons as an assistant at Portland State. Bennett concluded her collegiate career in 2000 as Washington's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals. Also on the staff is volunteer coach Stephanie Brennan, a four-year letterwinner at Missouri from 1998-2001.
Washington was picked fourth in the annual preseason coaches' poll that was released Aug. 17 by the Pac-10 office. Defending champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite by the coaches, receiving seven first-place votes and 75 total points. The Bruins won the 2003 conference crown with an 8-0-1 record and reached the NCAA semifinals. Stanford is projected second with two first place votes and 67 points, placing just ahead of Arizona State which received one first-place tally and 65 points. Washington was picked fourth with 55 points followed by No. 5 USC (52), No. 6 California (50), No. 7 Arizona (29), No. 8 Oregon (25), No. 9 Washington State (21) and No. 10 Oregon State (11). UW placed fifth in last year's Pac-10 standings with a 4-4-1 record. That matched the lowest conference finish ever for the Huskies who won the 2000 Pac-10 title. Five teams from the Pac-10 received NCAA Tournament invitations last year.
Season tickets are available for the 2004 Washington women's soccer season and 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 via the athletic department website (www.gohuskies.com) or through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. Other ticket options are also available, including group and Family Plans.