On the Road Again, Huskies Visit Oregon

Oct. 20, 2004

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#7 Washington at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. PDT
Paul Lorenz Field (1,500); Corvallis, Ore.

#7 Washington at Oregon, 1:00 p.m. PDT
Papé Field (1,000); Eugene, Ore.

They barely had time to unpack their bags and now the seventh-ranked Washington women's soccer team (10-3-1, 1-2-1) hits the road again. The Huskies begin a three-game swing through the Northwest, beginning Friday, Oct. 22 at Oregon State (7-7, 1-2). Kick-off is 3 p.m. at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis where UW won in its last five visits. On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Huskies play Oregon (3-9-1, 0-3). Kick-off is 1 p.m. at Eugene's Papé Field. Washington is undefeated in eight all-time meetings with the Ducks, with seven wins and one tie.

On the Road Again
UW travels to Oregon for two games this week. Next week, the Huskies visit Washington State on Friday, Oct. 29 in what will be their 11th away outing during a 13-game stretch. The Huskies had 41 days between home dates on Sept. 3 and Oct. 15 during their longest stretch of road games in school history. UW played nine consecutive road games. A 10th road game was scheduled, but the Sept. 17 outing at Maryland was canceled due to a tornado warning. The Huskies completed non-conference play with a 9-1 mark, tying the 2000 team for their best record outside of Pac-10 play. UW returns to Seattle for its final homestand, Nov. 7 against Stanford and Nov. 9 against California.

Last Week
Washington drew a split at home last weekend against the Los Angeles schools. Tina Frimpong netted a golden goal with42 seconds left in the final overtime Friday (Oct. 15) for a 2-1 victory over USC. On Sunday (Oct. 17), UCLA's Bristyn Davis scored three unanswered goals in the second half of a 5-1 win over UW.

Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team remained No. 7 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Oct. 18. The Huskies dropped in the other three polls. They are ranked No. 15 by the coaches poll conducted by the NSCAA and are listed No. 12 by Soccer Times and No. 16 by Soccer Buzz. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.

Record Breaker
Senior forward Tina Frimpong already broke two school records this season. She is on the verge of another that will make her the most prolific offensive player in Husky history. Friday (Oct. 15), Frimpong scored her 35th career goal to eclipse the UW record of 34 established by current assistant coach Tami Bennett from 1997-2000. That was Frimpong's 15th game-winning goal, also a school record. She has amassed 79 total points based on the soccer statistical system that allows two points for a goal and one for each assist. The UW record of 80 points was set by Theresa Wagner from 1997-2000.

Youth Movement
Over half of UW's roster is comprised of underclassmen. UW has a nine-player freshman class and six sophomores. Eight freshmen have already seen game action, leaving backup goalkeeper Lizzy Showman as the only newcomer who hasn't played. A trio of freshmen are regular starters: Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark.

This Week's Opponents
Oregon State (7-7, 1-2)
- The Beavers boast the Pac-10's top scorer in freshman forward Jodie Taylor who has 11 goals. Goalkeeper Melissa Onstad has four shutouts and a 1.23 goals against average. Seventh-year coach Steve Fennah's squad is coming off a 3-0 win over Oregon. Washington owns an 11-2 series lead, including wins in their last five visits to Corvallis. The Beavers won last year's meeting 2-0, their first ever victory in Seattle.

Oregon (3-9-1, 0-3) - Oregon's junior Domenique Lainez is the most active goalkeeper in the Pac-10 with an average of 5.33 saves per game. She has one shutout and a 2.35 goals against average. The Ducks' balanced offense features four players with two goals apiece. Oregon is coached for the ninth year by Bill Steffen. Washington has never lost to the Ducks, with a 7-0-1 series advantage. The teams tied 1-1 in 2001. The Huskies were victorious in all four previous visits to Eugene.

• 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong broke the school scoring record Friday (Oct. 15) with her 35th career goal. She is one point from tying Theresa Wagner's total points mark of 80.

• Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (123) and conference (48) wins

• Eight Washington opponents are currently ranked by Soccer America, including four top-10 teams. UW's ranked foes are: Penn State (3), Portland (5), UCLA (6), Tennessee (8), Stanford (14), California (15), Arizona (16) and San Diego (25).

• The Huskies concluded non-conference play with a 9-1 record, equaling the school record. The 2000 Pac-10 champion UW team was also 9-1 outside of Pac-10 play.

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.

Fantastic Frimpong
Washington's most dangerous scoring threat 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. She scored her school-record 35th goal Oct. 15 against USC, a golden goal with 42 seconds left in the final overtime. She broke the record of 34 goals established between 1997-200 by current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett. Frimpong owns the UW record for career game-winning goals (15) and ranks No. 2 in total points (78), just one shy of Theresa Wagner's record of 79. She netted two hat tricks during her career and has 10 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 with Santa Clara. Before attending classes, she decided to enroll at UW beginning in August of 2000.

Last UW Game
#6 UCLA 5, #7 UW 1 (Oct. 17, Seattle)

Bristyn Davis scored three second-half goals less than three minutes apart Sunday, leading sixth-ranked UCLA to a 5-1 win over No. 7 Washington before a crowd of 2,176 at Husky Soccer Field. Davis broke open a 2-1 game, starting her scoring binge just under four minutes into the second half. Husky goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen deflected a point-blank shot by Crystal James, but the carom went right to Davis for the easy put back at 48:52. The same two Bruins hooked up again at 50:40. James fed a pass to Davis who dribbled toward the goal before chipping an 18-yard shot over the on-rushing Rasmussen. Davis completed the hat trick at 51:16, capping a long dribbling run with a 15-yard blast. Iris Mora was credited with an assist on the goal, her second of the game. Mora set up Lindsay Greco for UCLA's first goal just 57 seconds into the game. Mora netted the game's second goal that proved to be the game winner. UW drew within 2-1 before halftime on a brilliant goal by Nikki Gamble at 35:51. She intercepted a UCLA pass and weaved through the box before unleashing a 15-yard strike for her seventh goal of the season. Rasmussen registered three saves for the Huskies who were outshot by a 20-6 margin. UCLA's Valerie Henderson had two saves. The Huskies were coming off Friday night's 2-1 win over USC. Senior Tina Frimpong scored her school-record 35th career goal with 42 seconds remaining in the final overtime to end that marathon. This weekend marked UW's first home action in 41 days, following a nine-game road trip.

Terrific Taylor
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 16 career assists. The school record of 29 is held by Melissa Bennett (2000-03). Taylor is third on the career game-winning assists list with eight. The Husky record of 11 was established by Caroline Putz (1998-2001). Taylor has 16 career goals, ranking ninth among all-time UW scorers.

The Head Coach
The 'Dean of Pac-10 Coaches,' Lesle Gallimore has transformed Washington into one of the nation's premier programs since her hiring in 1994. She enters her second decade of service with the Huskies, standing atop the Pac-10 coaching charts in all-time victories (123) and conference wins (48). Last season, Gallimore directed UW to its seventh NCAA Tournament berth. She 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. 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 NCAAs and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time. Gallimore has a 15-year record of 155-102-23, including a 123-77-14 mark in 11 seasons at UW. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four years 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.

Pac-10 Poll
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 finish ever for the Huskies who won the 2000 title. Five Pac-10 teams received NCAA Tournament bids in 2003.

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