6th-Ranked Huskies Win Record Seventh Straight Women's Soccer Game

Oct. 15, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Tami Bennett scored back-to-back goals within a two-minute span late in the second half Sunday to break the Washington single-season scoring record and rally the sixth-ranked Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Arizona at Murphey Stadium.

Washington (13-1, 4-0) remained alone atop the Pacific-10 Conference standings and extended its winning streak to a school-record seven games. The Huskies, who have five regular-season games remaining, tied the school-record victory total of 13 established during the 1994 season.

'We're in first place by ourselves, that puts a bullseye on our backs,' said seventh-year UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'Our only goal was this season was to finish in the top three in the Pac-10 and that would guarantee a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Obviously our goals have shifted. Now we're looking to vie for the top spot.'

After a scoreless first half, Arizona (3-9-2, 0-3-1) took the lead in the 59th minute on a goal by Twila Kaufman from six yards out. Liz Bartlett assisted on the goal at 58:26 that put Washington behind for only the third time all year.

Bennett evened the score at 18 minutes later. She intercepted a poor clearance attempt by a Wildcat defender and fired an 18-yard blast into the net at 76:12.

Less than two minutes after that goal, at 78:48, Bennett scored again. She parlayed a corner kick from Theresa Wagner into a 10-yard header for her 13th goal of the season. The previous UW single-season scoring record of 12 was set by Tara Bilanski in 1995.

Bennett increased her school career scoring record to 31. A product of Seattle Christian High School, Bennett completed her prep career with a state record 152 goals. That record has since been broken by the 166 goals of Melissa Bennett, Tami's sister who is a freshman on the UW squad.

Wagner's assist was her eighth, giving her the school single-season record. The graduate of Seattle's Lakeside High School is also the Huskies' career assist leader with 22.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo (Richland HS) registered three saves, including a brilliant one late in the game that preserved the victory. Shannon Monti had five saves for Arizona which was outshot 29-11.

'We knew it would be tough today with the hot weather and coming off a difficult game Friday,' said Gallimore, referring to the 85-degree temperatures and Friday's 1-0 victory over No. 21 Arizona State. 'Arizona did a good job of defending real tight, but Tami came through with some good goals for us.'

The Huskies return to Seattle for their final regular-season homestand at Husky Soccer Field. They host 14th-ranked USC on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 6 UCLA on Sunday at noon.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#6) Washington 2, Arizona 1
Murphey Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

Scoring--1, Arizona, Twila Kaufman (Liz Bartlett), 58:26. 2, Washington, Tami Bennett, 76:12. 3, Washington, Bennett (Theresa Wagner), 78:48.

Shots - Washington 29, Arizona 11.
Saves - Washington 3 (Hope Solo), Arizona 5 (Shannon Monti).
Corner Kicks - Washington 4, Arizona 8.
Fouls - Washington 11, Arizona 12.
Attendance - 638.

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