Frimpong Nets Lone Goal in Win over No. 13 Cal
Nov. 7, 2004
SEATTLE - Senior forward Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay) scored on a header with her back to the goal in the 28th minute Sunday to lead the 17th-ranked Washington women to a 1-0 victory over No. 13 California in the regular-season finale at Husky Soccer Field.
An crowd of 1,551 witnessed the Huskies complete a sweep of the Bay Area schools as they defeated Stanford 1-0 in overtime on Friday. Washington improved to 14-4-1 with the second-highest win total in school history behind only the 18 wins of the 2000 squad. UW finished third in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-3-1 record. The Golden Bears dropped to 11-5-3 and 4-3-2.
Washington is likely to receive a berth when the 64-team NCAA field is announced Monday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time on ESPNews. There is a chance that the Huskies will be selected as one of 16 hosts for a four-team regional as their resumé features wins over six teams ranked in the current Soccer America poll, including three top-10 teams. UW defeated No. 3 Penn State, No. 6 Portland, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 13 California, No. 14 Stanford and No. 24 Ohio State.
First-round doubleheaders will be played Friday, Nov. 12 at each of the regional sites with the winners meeting in a single-game Sunday, Nov. 14.
'To enter the tournament on the heels of two wins is great for our team,' said 11th-year Coach Lesle Gallimore who appears headed for her eighth playoff appearance with the Huskies. 'After the overtime game Friday, I knew that today would be a challenge physically for us. Our kids came out mentally focused enough to get through 45 minutes and score a goal against the flow of play. We held off a very tough, dangerous and physical Cal team.
'This was a big win not only for our standings and everything else, but just to send this group of seniors out on the right note.'
If Washington is not selected to host NCAA Tournament games, then Sunday's contest was the final home appearance for seven Huskies. The senior class includes Frimpong, Nikki Gamble, Cassie Giles, Nicole Martinez, Clare Rustad, Kelley Schweighart and Kelli Smith. Three of those seniors teamed up for the only goal of the game against Cal.
Schweighart (Solana Beach, Calif.) sent a free kick from the left side to the far right of the goal. Rustad (Saltspring Island, B.C.) was able to re-direct the ball back toward the center of the goalmouth where Frimpong stood with her back to the goal. Frimpong flicked the ball backward with her head five yards into the goal at 27:03. That was the team-leading 12th goal of the season for Frimpong who increased her school-record career total to 39.
'All of us were going up for the ball and Clare got a good body on it and hit it off one of the defenders,' explained Frimpong, the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year. 'It was coming straight at me and I just flicked it over my head. It looked kind of crazy, but you do whatever you can to get the ball in.'
California's most dangerous opportunity came in the 24th minute when Chioma Igwe's 20-yard blast from the right side forced goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) to dive to her right to snatch the ball.
Rasmussen registered three saves for the Huskies who outshot Cal by a 13-11 margin. She posted her seventh shutout of the season and her 10th career blanking.
California goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio was not credited with a save.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
#17 Washington 1, #13 California 0
Shots -- CAL 11, UW 13.
Saves -- CAL 0 (Ashley Sulprizio), UW 3 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- CAL 3, UW 2.
Fouls -- CAL 9, UW 8.
Attendance -- 1,551.
Washington 14-4-1, 5-3-1 Pac-10.
California 11-5-3, 4-3-2 Pac-10.