UW's Tina Frimpong is Pac-10 Player of the Year
Nov. 13, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington forward Tina Frimpong, who led the conference with 13 goals, was named the Pac-10 co-Player of the Year for women's soccer along with UCLA defender Nandi Pryce, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.
A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong led the 25th-ranked Huskies to an 11-6-3 record and their third postseason berth in the last four years. Washington meets Nebraska (12-7-1) Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at Portland's Merlo Field.
Frimpong is the second Pac-10 Player of the Year award recipient in Husky history, joining goalkeeper Hope Solo who garnered that honor following her junior season in 2001.
The 13 goals scored by Frimpong represent the second highest single-season total in school history. Current UW assistant coach Tami Bennett established the school record with 16 goals during the 2000 campaign. Frimpong has nearly equaled the goal output from her first two years combined when she netted seven goals each season.
Frimpong is tied for second among all-time Huskies with 27 career goals. The school record of 34 is held by Bennett who played from 1997-2000. Frimpong is tied in the No. 2 career scoring spot with Tara Bilanski (1992-95) and Theresa Wagner (1997-2000).
Her twin sister, Crystal Frimpong, is a senior forward at Florida. The Gators (16-3-2) are also participating in the playoffs as the NCAA Tournament's No. 3 seed. Florida and UW are on opposite sides of the 64-team bracket and would both need to reach the championship game for the Frimpong sisters to play against each other.
Two other Washington players were honored by the conference. Senior midfielder Melissa Bennett was named to the All-Pac-10 second team and sophomore forward Kim Taylor was an honorable mention selection.
Bennett was a first-time pick for all-conference honors. The Seattle Christian High School graduate became the Huskies' all-time playmaking leader, increasing her career total 29 assists. Bennett, who eclipsed the school's single-season record with 18 assists in 2002, tallied two goals and eight assists this year.
Taylor registered four goals and eight assists for the Huskies, ranking second on the squad with 16 total points. She was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick last season.
Conference champion UCLA claimed most of the spots on the all-conference roster with four first-team selections. Jillian Ellis was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding the Bruins to an 8-0-1 conference record. Pryce anchored a UCLA defense that posted 11 shutouts and surrendered only 16 goals.
Co-Players of the Year -- Tina Frimpong, Washington and Nandi Pryce, UCLA