UW Women Equal Best Soccer Start with Sixth Win

Sept. 19, 2004

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team traveled across the country and ended up playing only one game. Sunday's 4-1 victory over Loyola (Md.) College made the long, strange trip worthwhile.

Senior forward Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay) scored twice early in the second half, helping Washington (6-0) equal the fastest start in school history with its sixth straight victory. The Huskies also opened with six wins in 2000, the same season they won their only Pac-10 championship.

Sunday's game was played at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. where the Huskies were scheduled to play Maryland on Friday. Thunderstorms and a tornado warning forced the postponement of the game that was eventually canceled because the Terrapins had to travel to Florida on Saturday for an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Miami on Sunday.

'Having been off so long and being back here without playing the first game, we started a little slow,' said Coach Lesle Gallimore whose Huskies arrived in Maryland on Wednesday. 'Getting a goal in the first half was key, but we didn't put them away early like we could have.'

UW senior Nikki Gamble (Oak Harbor, Wash.) tallied the only first-half goal in the 12th minute. She dribbled through the box and beat goalkeeper Erica Niemann for her second goal of the season.

Frimpong, the 2003 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year, stretched the margin with a pair of goals less than eight minutes apart. She collected the carom from teammate Kim Taylor's missed shot and booted it in at 48:52. At 56:13, Frimpong received a pass from Gamble and deked Niemann for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.

The two scores were the 30th and 31st goals of Frimpong's career, moving her within three of the school record. Current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett established the Husky record with 34 career goals from 1997-2000.

Husky freshman Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) netted her first collegiate goal at 63:12, putting UW ahead 4-0. Bridges scored on a hard strike from 25 yards out.

Washington's peculiar road trip included an unusual injury to starting goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) who suffered a leg infection believed to be caused Wednesday by a spider bite. Rasmussen healed sufficiently to play Sunday. She registered four saves in an outstanding performance.

'I was proud of how we came out in the second half and got some goals,' Gallimore said. 'We were able to play a lot of people and a lot of people contributed. Loyola is a solid team that won their conference and played in the NCAA Tournament last season. They have given a lot of top teams really tough games.'

The Greyhounds (3-3) broke up the shutout in the 71st minute. Tyhira Glenn gathered a loose ball off a corner kick, turned and sent it into the goal. That was just the fourth goal allowed this season by Washington.

Niemann allowed all four UW goals and made five saves before being replaced in the 68th minute by backup goalkeeper Kate Gilfillan who had one save. Loyola had more corner kicks (4-3) than UW, but was outshot by a 12-8 margin.

The Huskies continue to play on the road next weekend for the third of five straight weeks away from home. UW plays at Portland State on Friday, Sept. 24 and at No. 6 Portland on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Ludwig Field; College Park, Md.

(#4) Washington 4, Loyola College 1

Scoring -- 1, UW, Nikki Gamble, 11:01. 2, UW, Tina Frimpong (Kim Taylor), 48:52. 3, UW, Frimpong (Gamble), 56:13. 4, UW, Dani Bridges, 63:12. 5, LOY, Tyhira Glenn (Carolyn Kennington), 70:09.

Shots -- UW 12, LOY 8.
Saves -- UW 4 (Kelsey Rasmussen), LOY 6 (Erica Niemann 5, Kate Gilrillan 1).
Corner Kicks -- UW 3, LOY 4.
Fouls -- UW 8, LOY 1.
Records -- Washington 6-0-0, Loyola (Md.) College 3-3-0.

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