Washington 1, Maryland 0
NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament - Third Round
November 20, 2004
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
The 1-0 win propels Washington on it's first trip to the Elite Eight. The No. 15 seed Huskies will face the No. 7 Princeton Tigers (18-2) in the quarterfinals at one of the school's home field. That quarterfinal venue will be determined Sunday.
The victory brings this season's Husky team within one of school's single-season record. The 2000 team had 18 wins and lost in the Sweet 16.
The Huskies opened their NCAA tournament run in Auburn, Ala. with a convincing 5-0 win over Big South Conference Champion Birmingham-Southern. Two days later, Washington defeated host Auburn 1-0.
Maryland's trip to the Sweet 16 began with a 3-0 win over Loyola (Maryland) at Jeffrey Field at Penn State University. A 1-0 upset of second-ranked Penn State sent the Nittany Lions home and brought the Terrapins to Seattle.
Prior to tonight's matchup, Washington has faced Maryland once in the teams' history, with the Huskies winning a nailbiter 2-1 in double overtime at Husky Soccer Field in 2003. The teams were supposed to meet during the 2004 regular season, but the game was cancelled due to thunderstorms and a tornado warning.
Sophomore Kelsey Rasmussen tallied her 10th shutout on the season, and fifth in a row, which brings her career shutouts total to 13. The Huskies have not registered five shutouts in a row since the 1991 season, where they shutout seven teams in a row to close out their season.
Senior forward Tina Frimpong lodged her 42nd career goal tonight, furthering her lead on the career goals list in the Husky record books. Her 42 goals are eight more than her closest opponent; the next spot is held by Husky assistant coach Tami Bennett with 34. Frimpong also moved within one goal of the single-season record. Bennett holds the record with 16, set in 2000.
Sophomore Alec Mills saw her first playing time of the year today, almost scoring within 30 seconds of entering the game. She played in nine games as a freshman, tallying two goals on 11 shots.