UW Goalkeeper Hope Solo is Pac-10 Player of the Week

Oct. 24, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week after posting shutouts over two highly ranked opponents last weekend, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.

Solo helped the first-place Huskies (15-1, 6-0) to the first ever sweep of their Pac-10 rivals from Los Angeles. She had six saves against 12th-ranked USC on Friday in a 1-0 UW win. In Sunday's 1-0 overtime victory, she helped turn back No. 7 UCLA's potent offense that outshot the Huskies 25-3. Solo denied five Bruin shots, including back-to-back saves of point-blank attempts with five minutes left in regulation play.

The All-America candidate has surrendered only one goal in her last 407 minutes of play, including a current streak of 215 scoreless minutes. In six Pac-10 games, she has four shutouts and has allowed only two goals.

A product of Richland (Wash.) High School, Solo played two international games this summer with the U.S. National Team. She was one of four goalkeepers in the training pool for the Olympic team.

This is the first time Solo has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and the fourth time this season a Husky has received the award.

Solo's efforts this season have helped Washington earn its highest ranking ever, a No. 4 listing in the American Soccer Writers poll, after beginning the season unranked. The Huskies can clinch their first ever Pac-10 championship by winning two of their final three games. They play at Oregon State on Friday and at Oregon on Saturday.

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