17th-Ranked Huskies Host Bay Area Schools

Nov. 2, 2004

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#17 Washington vs. #14 Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PST
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

#17 Washington vs. #13 California, 12:00 p.m. PST
Husky Soccer Field (2,100); Seattle, Wash.

The 17th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (12-4-1, 3-3-1 in Pac-10) jockeys for an NCAA Tournament berth this weekend while they close out the regular season at home. The Huskies host No. 14 Stanford (12-4-2, 4-2-1) on Friday, Nov. 5. Kick-off is 5 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The Cardinal won the last three meetings with UW. The Huskies conclude the regular season, Sunday, Nov. 7 at noon against California (10-4-3, 3-2-2). The Golden Bears lost their last four meetings against Washington.

Last Week
Host Washington State scored three goals inside the opening 16 minutes Friday (Oct. 29) and held off Washington for a 3-2 victory. Tina Frimpong scored both Husky goals before halftime, but they couldn't net the equalizer. The trip to Pullman concluded a stretch of 12 road games in a 14-game span for the Huskies.

Postseason Pursuit
Washington is vying for its fourth NCAA Tournament berth in the last five years, its eighth overall. The Huskies appear to be in good position to receive a postseason invitation, but hope to win this weekend and leave nothing to chance. They also are vying for the chance to play at home as the nation's top-16 teams host regional rounds.

Tournament Selection
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The selection show will be televised live on ESPNews. The playoff format for the third straight season is that 16 schools will be selected to host four-team regionals. The first-round doubleheaders take place Friday, Nov. 12 and a single second-round game will be played at each site on Sunday, Nov. 14.

Pac-10 Parity
This week should clear up the logjam in the middle of the Pac-10 standings as the top-seven teams have either three or four conference losses. Surprising Arizona leads the league with a 5-2 mark followed by Stanford and Arizona with matching 4-2-1 records. UCLA (5-3), California (3-2-2), Washington (3-3-1) and Washington State (3-3-1) all still have yet to be eliminated from title contention going into the final week of the season.

Ranking Report
The Washington women's soccer team dropped 10 spots to No. 17 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Nov. 2. The Huskies are also listed No. 17 by Soccer Times and are No. 19 in the Soccer Buzz rankings and No. 25 in the coaches' poll conducted by the NSCAA. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.

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.

• 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Tina Frimpong recently broke the school scoring and points records. She has 38 career goals, 87 total points and a UW record 15 game-winning goals.

• Lesle Gallimore is in her 11th season as UW's coach. She is the all-time leader among Pac-10 coaches in overall (125) and conference (50) wins

• Eight Washington opponents are currently ranked by Soccer America, including four top-10 teams. UW's ranked foes are: Penn State (3), Portland (6), Tennessee (7), Arizona (10), UCLA (11), California (13), Stanford (14) and Ohio State (24). UW is 4-2 vs. ranked foes this season.

• 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.

Scouting Stanford (12-4-2, 4-2-1)
The 14th-ranked Cardinal shut out their last three opponents en route to a three-game winning streak. Second-year coach Paul Ratcliffe's squad is outscoring opponents by an impressive 26-8 margin and has not surrendered more than one goal in any game. Marcie Ward leads the Stanford attack with eight goals. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has eight shutouts and a league-leading 0.44 goals against average. Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington by an 11-1-2 margin. The Cardinal won 3-0 last season in Palo Alto. The Cardinal have a 5-1 record in Seattle where the Huskies posted their lone series win, a 1-0 decision in 2000.

Scouting California (10-4-3, 3-2-2 in Pac-10)
Eighth-year coach Kevin Boyd's 13th-ranked Golden Bears feature a potent one-two scoring punch of Liz Eisenberg (9 goals) and Stephanie Wieger (7 goals). The goalkeeping tandem of Ashley Sulprizio and Anna Key have combined for 10 shutouts and a 0.72 goals against average. Washington holds an 8-5 lead in the all-time series, including a 3-1 triumph last season in Berkeley. The Huskies won the last four meetings against the Bears whose last victory over UW was in 1999. UW has a 5-1 advantage in Seattle where the Bears lone win came in 1992. Lesle Gallimore, a 1986 California graduate, has a 9-5 record against her alma mater with an 8-2 mark while at UW.

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. Frimpong scored her school-record 35th goal Oct. 15 against USC, a golden goal with 42 seconds left in the final overtime. She now has 38 goals, eclipsing the record of 34 goals established between 1997-200 by current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett. Frimpong also owns the UW records for career game-winning goals (15) and total points (87). She netted two hat tricks during her career and has 11 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 2001 first-round NCAA win over San Diego. She netted 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
Washington State 3, #6 UW 2 (Oct. 29, Pullman, Wash.)

Cailan McCutchan scored a goal and assisted on another for Washington State which tallied three goals inside the opening 16 minutes Friday and held off sixth-ranked Washington for a 3-2 victory at Lower Soccer Field. The Huskies (12-4-1) are winless in their last four visits to Pullman with three losses and one tie. Their last win at WSU came in 1996. The Huskies trimmed the deficit to 3-2 on a pair of first-half goals by senior Tina Frimpong, but the in-state rivals played a scoreless second half. Alix Rustrum opened the scoring just 1:36 into the game on a shot into the upper right corner from deep on the left side. The Cougars (8-6-3) added another tally less than six minutes later on McCutchan's header of a Megan Cecchini corner kick at 7:12 The third and decisive goal was scored at 15:44 by Haley Miller. She collected a pass from McCutchan and booted it into the goal from six yards out. Frimpong put Washington on the board in the 23rd minute. She received a pass at the top of the box from freshman Dani Bridges, took one dribble and sent a 15-yard strike into the net for her 10th goal of the season. Frimpong, who scored 13 goals in 2003, is the first UW player to register more than one double-figure scoring season. She netted her 11th goal seven minutes before halftime. Senior Kelley Schweighart served a corner kick into the box that was punched out by WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin. Frimpong gathered the loose ball and pushed it into the goal at 38:03. She increased her school record to 38 career goals, four more than the previous standard. Washington continued to pressure the Cougar defense and had several solid scoring opportunities, but could not find the back of the net. One UW shot caromed off the post, a near goal by Bridges was cleared off the line by a WSU defender in the 66th minute and Nikki Gamble had a dangerous chance saved by Hultin in the 84th minute. Hultin registered six saves for the Cougars who were outshot by a 12-10 margin. Sophomore Kelsey Rasmussen made four saves for the Huskies.

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 17 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 18 career goals, tying for 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 (125) and conference wins (50). 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 playoffs 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 157-103-23, including a 125-78-14 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.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all Washington games at Husky Soccer Field are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. For advanced tickets or information on special ticket plans, please contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200) or click on the following link:
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