UW's Lesle Gallimore is Pac-10 Women's Soccer Coach of the Year

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Nov. 7, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Head coach Lesle Gallimore, who guided the Washington women's soccer team to its first ever Pac-10 championship, was voted the conference coach of the year by her peers and four Huskies were first-team all-conference selections Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.

In her seventh season at Washington, Gallimore guided the Huskies to an all-time best 17 victories, including a school-record 11-game winning streak. Washington (17-2) posted an 8-1 conference record to become the first Pac-10 champion from outside the state of California.

The Huskies earned the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and will host a second-round game on Sunday at noon against the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Montana and Washington State. That will be Washington's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons, all under Gallimore.

The Huskies had more first-team picks than any other school and all four UW first-team members are from the state of Washington. Earning first-team acclaim were senior forward Tami Bennett (Seattle Christian HS), junior defender Andrea Morelli (Eastside Catholic HS), sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo (Richland HS) and senior midfielder Theresa Wagner (Lakeside HS).

Bennett set several Husky records this season, including marks for goals in a career (33) and season (15), game-winning goals for a career (12) and season (7) and single-season points (34).

Morelli anchored a defense that limited opponents to only 16 goals, less than one per game. She was honored as the Pac-10 Defender of the Year in 1999, but that award was not presented this year.

A member of the U.S. National Team during the summer, Solo registered five shutouts against collegiate competition while compiling an outstanding 0.79 goals against average. Solo surrendered only five goals in nine Pac-10 contests, never more than one in any game.

Wagner also assaulted the UW record book this season, claiming every assist record. She owns records for assists in a game (4), season (10) and career (24). Wagner set a new UW standard for career points with 78.

Two Huskies received second-team All-Pac-10 accolades, junior midfielder Caroline Putz and sophomore defender Vanessa Pierce, a graduate of Woodinville (Wash.) High School.

The list of honorable mention all-conference honorees included two UW players: senior midfielder Malia Arrant and junior defender Katie Goodeve from Eastlake High School in Redmond, Wash.

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