UW Wins Pac-10 Women's Soccer Championship

Oct. 29, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Theresa Wagner scored four goals and added an assist Sunday, helping fourth-ranked Washington win its first Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer championship with a 6-1 victory over Oregon at Pape Field.

The Huskies (17-1, 8-0), who have won 11 consecutive games, are the only undefeated team in conference play. Washington is the first team from outside the state of California to win the Pac-10 title.

'Entering the season, our goal was to finish in the top three in the conference,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'Because the conference is so tough, we didn't want to set a goal of winning the Pac-10 and be unrealistic. After our non-conference schedule concluded and we had a great record we changed our thinking about the Pac-10 and thought 'Why not us?''

A midfielder all season, Wagner was switched to a forward position to start the Oregon game. The move paid immediate dividends as she scored two goals inside the opening six minutes. Wagner found the net with a 20-yard blast at 2:47 and parlayed a cross from Caroline Putz into a goal at 5:54.

At 12:58, Wagner helped put UW ahead 3-0 with a crossing pass that Tami Bennett directed into the goal from eight yards away. It was 15th goal of the season and 33 career score for Bennett, both Husky records.

Wagner became the first player in Washington history to register three career hat tricks, netting her third goal on an eight-yard shot at 20:05. She converted a penalty kick at 30:06 to tie the school single-game scoring record of four goals established by Emily Thompson in 1994. Wagner has 10 goals and a UW record 10 assists this season.

'We wanted to go out early and attack them and I was able to get some good shots playing up forward,' explained Wagner a product of Seattle's Lakeside High School. 'It's the greatest way to end your senior year. It feels awesome to win the Pac-10 championship.'

Freshman Dana Dibble tallied her first collegiate goal at 35:05, giving the Huskies a 6-0 advantage they would take into halftime. Dibble received a pass from Katie Goodeve and booted it in from five yards out.

The Ducks lone goal came at 66:38 as Beth Bowler fired an 18-yard shot past UW senior goalkeeper Leslie Weeks.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo posted three saves in a scoreless first half for Washington before giving way to Weeks who had two second-half saves. Jeanine Norstad and Sarah Peters combined to save six shots for the Ducks.

Sunday's five-goal victory over Oregon (4-13-1, 1-5-1) was a stark contrast to the Huskies' previous Pac-10 games, all seven of which were decided by one-goal margins. Washington struggled on Friday before winning 2-1 at Oregon State on a goal by Wagner with four minutes remaining in the final overtime.

'Our players were not happy with the way we played Friday and had fire in their eyes today,' Gallimore said. 'It was a great collective team effort to get up early and keep the pressure on Oregon.'

Washington concludes the regular season on Friday at Washington State. As Pac-10 champions, the Huskies receive an automatic postseason berth and will play in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons. The NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 5.

'I can't tell you what a relief that is to know for sure that we're in the tournament instead of being nervous on announcement day,' Gallimore exclaimed. 'We can go into the tournament as one of the top teams and watch the pairings to see how the tournament committee rewards us for a great season.'

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#4) Washington 6, Oregon 1
Pape Field, Eugene, Ore.

Scoring--1, Washington, Theresa Wagner, 2:47. 2, Washington, Wagner (Caroline Putz), 5:54. 3, Washington, Tami Bennett (Wagner), 12:58. 4, Washington, Wagner, 20:05. 5, Washington, Wagner (penalty kick), 30:06. 6, Washington, Dana Dibble (Katie Goodeve), 35:05. 7, Oregon, Beth Bowler (Crystal David), 66:38.

Shots - Washington 15, Oregon 20.
Saves -- Washington 5 (Hope Solo 3, Leslie Weeks 2), Oregon 6 (Jeanine Norstad 2, Sarah Peters 4).
Corner Kicks -- Washington 3, Oregon 4.
Fouls -- Washington 5, Oregon 10.
Attendance - 401.

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