No. 15 Seed Huskies Visit Alabama for NCAA Tournament
Nov. 9, 2004
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 --
#15 Washington vs. Birmingham-Southern, 3:00 p.m. PST (5 CST)
#25 Clemson vs. #22 Auburn, 5:30 p.m. PST (7:30 CST)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 --
UW or BSC vs. Auburn or Clemson, 12:00 p.m. PST (2 CST)
The 15th-seeded Washington women's soccer team received its second straight postseason invitation and will meet Birmingham-Southern College on Friday, Nov. 12 in Auburn, Ala. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies (14-4-1, 5-3-1 Pac-10) will compete in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. They received their eighth all-time NCAA Tournament bid, all of them coming during Coach Lesle Gallimore's 11 seasons. Washington meets the BSC Panthers (12-7-3) at Auburn's AU Soccer Complex on Friday at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Central). A second-year NCAA Division I member, Birmingham-Southern is making its College Cup debut. Host Auburn (14-3-2) plays Clemson (10-7-2) at 5:30 p.m. PST in the second half of Friday's doubleheader. The first-round winners clash in Auburn on Sunday, Nov. 14 at noon PST for the right to advance to the round of 16. Tickets for the games will be $7 for adults, $5 for students and $1 for children 6-years-old and under. UW concluded the regular season Sunday in Seattle with a 1-0 triumph over No. 13 California. That pushed the victory total to 14, the second-highest number of wins in Husky history behind only the school-record 18 posted in 2000.
Washington has a 4-6-1 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, advancing to the round of 16 in 2000. The Huskies' last appearance was in 2003 when they lost a 2-1 first-round decision to Nebraska in Portland, Ore. UW outshot the Cornhuskers 20-10 in that game, but lost on a deflected free kick in the 89th minute. In the second round of the 1994 NCAA Tournament, the Huskies tied 0-0 at Stanford, but the Cardinal advanced on the strength of a 6-5 edge during the penalty-kick tiebreaker.
Senior forward Tina Frimpong, the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, recently broke several UW school scoring records. She has 39 career goals, 90 total points and 16 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 (127) and conference (52) wins
Twelve of Washington regular-season opponents are participating in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. UW posted a 9-3 mark against postseason teams, including a 4-2 mark over the 16 seeded squads. UW beat No. 2 Penn State, No. 5 Portland, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Tennessee.
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 Birmingham-Southern (12-7-3)
Big South Conference champion Birmingham-Southern College makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Panthers are in their second season as members of the NCAA's top division. Fourth-year coach Keidane McAlpine directed a tremendous turnaround as BSC turned last season's 7-12-2 record into a 12-7-3 mark in 2004. Birmingham brings a 10-game unbeaten streak into the postseason, outscoring foes 23-6 during that span. The Panthers' offense features Anne McIntyre who amassed 11 goals and six assists. The goalkeeping tandem of Tarra Kohler and Andria Gray combined for eight shutouts and a 1.09 goals against average. The Huskies and BSC have never met before in women's soccer. They share one common opponent as Washington recorded a 1-0 win over the same UAB team that defeated the Panthers 2-0.
Tournament FormatvReferred to as the 'College Cup,' the NCAA women's soccer tournament is a single-elimination playoff that features a 64-team field. The NCAA Tournament format calls for first-round games to be played Friday, Nov. 12, at campus sites with second-round contests scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14 at the same campus sites. Third-round games will be played on campus sites on Nov. 19, 20 or 21, as will quarterfinal matches on Nov. 26, 27 or 28.The semifinals and 23rd-annual championship game are scheduled for Dec. 3 and 5 at State Capital Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Huskies played 12 games this season against opponents from the 64-team NCAA Tournament field, registering a 9-3 record ... The top 16 tournament teams were seeded into the pairings. The other seeded schools in Washington's bracket are No. 2 Penn State, a potential round of 16 opponent, along with No. 7 Princeton and No. 10 Florida ... The Huskies defeated Penn State 2-1 on Aug. 27 in Seattle in the 2004 season opener ... Washington posted a 4-2 record against the tournament's 16 seeded squads, including wins over No. 2 Penn State, No. 5 Portland, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Tennessee ... Five of the Huskies' previous seven forays into the playoffs took them to Merlo Field in Portland. The Pilots eliminated UW from the NCAA Tournament four times (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001), three of them by 1-0 scores.
Coach Lesle Gallimore's Comments
'We're just elated. Getting into the tournament is always the No. 1 goal you have. This team has worked really hard to get where they are. We're encouraged by our draw and we're encouraged by the success we've had against teams in the tournament. With two wins this past weekend, we are happy with the way we are playing and feel real good about ourselves going into the weekend.'
On last season's first-round loss - 'Playing as well in the first round last year as we did against Nebraska and coming up empty-handed has been a little bit of a motivation for us all season. Going into this year's tournament, we are pleased to be playing new teams instead of the same old draw.'
On the difficult schedule - 'We are encouraged with our results against the teams we played that are in the tournament. We know we can play with the best of the best when we're executing on all cylinders. The road schedule that we had was unbelievable. Just looking at the teams we have played that are in the tournament clearly has prepared us for this day.'
On the Road Again
The NCAA Tournament takes the Huskies 2,200 miles away from home, to Auburn, Alabama. A road trip is nothing unique for Washington, which played 12 of their 19 games away from home. UW had a 41-day stretch from Sept. 4 through Oct. 14 during which it played nine consecutive road games. A 10th road game in the middle of that span, at Maryland on Sept. 17, was cancelled due to thunderstorms and a tornado warning. Prior to the regular-season ending two-game homestand, the Huskies played 12 of their previous 14 games on the road.
The Washington women's soccer team rose two spots to No. 15 in this week's Soccer America magazine poll released Nov. 8. The Huskies are listed No. 12 in the Soccer Buzz rankings. Last week, they were ranked No. 17 by Soccer Times and No. 25 in the coaches' poll conducted by the NSCAA. UW was not ranked in the preseason polls.
Washington encountered a difficult schedule with eight opponents ranked in the current Soccer America top 25, including four of the nation's top-10. UW's ranked opponents are: No. 5 Portland, Ohio State (6), Penn State (7), UCLA (10), Arizona (13), Tennessee (14), California (18) and Stanford (19). Twelve teams from the 2004 NCAA Tournament field were on the UW schedule, including seeded teams Penn State (1), Portland (5), Ohio State (6), Arizona (13) and UCLA (14).
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 leads the 2004 team with 12 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 39 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 (16) and total points (90). 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 Year's NCAA Recap
Nebraska 2, #25 UW 1 (Nov. 14, 2003; Portland, Ore.)
Jenna Cooper assisted on the opening goal and scored the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining, lifting Nebraska to a 2-1 victory over 25th-ranked Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Merlo Field. Cooper blasted a low 30-yard free kick from the right side, just outside the box. The ball brushed the outside of Washington's defensive wall and trickled across the box just inside the left post at 88:21. The hard-luck Huskies ended the season with an 11-7-3 record. UW lost despite outshooting the Cornhuskers 20-10 and controlling the run of play for the majority of the 90 minutes. Only three shots were directed on goal by Nebraska which converted two of them. The Huskies fired 12 shots directly on goal, but three of them were cleared off the line by Nebraska defenders and another caromed off the crossbar. The Cornhuskers opened the scoring on an 18th-minute tally set up by a free kick. Cooper's kick from the left side was deflected right back to her. She then sent a cross toward the right post that was headed in by Jessie Bruch from five yards out. Nebraska led 1-0 at halftime despite an 11-5 shot deficit. Katie Wright was credited with eight saves for NU while senior Lisa Brookens saved one shot for the Huskies. UW's Kim Taylor netted the equalizer 12 minutes into the second half on a 15-yard strike. She quickly collected the ball off an errant clearance by Ingram and placed it into the upper right corner at 57:13.
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 frequent starters: Dani Bridges, Dana Stirn and Whitney Clark.
Washington finished third in the Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 5-3-1 record. The Pac-10 produced five postseason teams as Washington is joined by No. 13 seed Arizona, No. 14 UCLA, California and Stanford. Birmingham-Southern won its last 10 games en route to the Big South Conference title.
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 19 career goals, ranking seventh among all-time UW scorers and is No. 3 with 9 game-winning goals.
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 (127) and conference wins (52). Gallimore is directing UW to its eighth 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 eight of her 11 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 159-103-23, including a 127-78-14 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 UW's all-time scoring leader with 34 goals.
Scouting Auburn (14-3-2)
The 22nd-ranked Tigers are making their third consecutive postseason appearance, their first as host school. Auburn advanced to the second round each of the last two years. Sixth-year Coach Karen Hoppa (Richter) was the 1990 Goalkeeper of the Year at Central Florida where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Washington assistant coach Amy Griffin (Allmann) is also a UCF Hall of Famer and was the 1987 Goalkeeper of the Year. The Tigers lost 3-0 to Ole Miss in their last outing, stopping an 11-game unbeaten streak. Auburn is outscoring opponents by a 33-14 tally. Chrissy Culver scored a team-high seven goals while Sarah Steinmann has six goals and six assists. Goalkeeper Megan Rivera has seven shutouts and a 0.72 goals against average. Washington and Auburn have never met in women's soccer.
Scouting Clemson (10-7-2)
The 25th-ranked Tigers are making their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. They advanced to the Sweet 16 on five occasions and the Elite Eight three times. Fourth-year coach Todd Bramble's squad features a balanced attack that outscored opponents 40-21. Courtney Foster tallied seven goals while Kelly Schneider and Lindsay Browne each have six. Goalkeeper Lauren Johnston has four shutouts and a 1.14 goals against average. Clemson won the only previous meeting with Washington, a 3-0 decision on Sept. 3, 1999 in South Carolina.
Home Sweet Home
For the eighth year, all Washington home games were played on campus at 2,100-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed before the 2000 season. The Huskies have a 47-21-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field with a 39-12-2 ledger since 1999. They were 6-1 this season in Seattle and averaged 1,641 spectators. Washington ranked among the nation's top-10 attendance leaders every year since moving to the present venue in 1997.