Frimpong's School-Record Goal is Golden for UW Women
Oct. 15, 2004
SEATTLE - Senior forward Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash./Hudson's Bay) scored her school-record 35th career goal with 42 seconds left in the final overtime Friday, lifting the seventh-ranked Washington women to a 2-1 triumph over USC at Husky Soccer Field.
An overflow crowd of 2,873 watched the Huskies play their first game in Seattle since Sept. 3, a span of 41 days between home dates. UW improved its record to 10-2-1 and 1-1-1 in Pac-10 play. USC dropped to 8-4-1 overall with a 2-1 conference mark.
"What an unbelievable ending, for Tina to break the record like that." Washington coach Lesle Gallimore said. "We needed to win this game at home after being on the road so long."
Frimpong collected a pass from junior Kim Taylor (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and sent a 15-yard strike from the right side of the box into the upper left corner for the golden goal. That was the eighth goal of the season for the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and her fifth game-winning tally.
"It's an amazing feeling to get the record and do it on a goal like that to win the game," Frimpong exclaimed.
Frimpong became the Huskies' all-time scoring leader, moving past Tami Bennett who amassed 34 goals from 1997-2000. Bennett is currently a UW assistant coach.
After a scoreless first half, USC got on the board just over nine minutes after intermission. Rosa Anna Tantillo received a through pass from Shannon Cross and slipped it inside the right post at 49:23.
UW senior Nikki Gamble (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor) netted the equalizer at 65:41 with her sixth goal of the season. She gathered a cross from Shannon Dillon (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) and booted it into the left side of the goal. Dillon was credited with an assist just three minutes after entering the game as Washington's only reserve.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) registered two saves for the Huskies. Veronica Simonton had six saves for the Trojans who were outshot by an 18-7 margin.
The Huskies host No. 6 UCLA on Sunday at noon.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
#7 Washington 2, USC 1 (2ot)
Shots -- USC 7, UW 18.