UW Women's Soccer Team Wins, Advances to Third Round of NCAAs

Nov. 12, 2000

SEATTLE - Sophomore defender Vanessa Pierce scored two goals on Sunday, helping No. 2 seed Washington to a 5-0 second-round victory over Montana in front of 2,308 spectators who witnessed the first ever NCAA Tournament women's soccer game at Husky Soccer Field.

Pacific-10 Conference champion Washington (18-2), which had a first-round bye, advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. The Huskies have a Sweet 16 matchup with Portland (16-3) which defeated Arizona State 3-1 at home on Saturday. One of the participants will be selected to host the game. That announcement will be made Monday.

If Washington is chosen to host, they will play the Pilots at noon on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies won their last 13 home games, including all eight this season.

'We couldn't be more pleased to come away with not only a victory, but a significant victory,' said coach Lesle Gallimore whose teams have played in five NCAA Tournaments during her seven seasons at Washington. 'We have been itching for this day since we clinched the conference title two weeks ago. Our team did a tremendous job setting the tone against a very good Montana team that has been on a roll.'

Montana (16-5-1), the Big Sky Conference champion, had a nine-game winning streak snapped Sunday. The Grizzlies won a 1-0 NCAA first-round decision at Washington State on Wednesday.

'We knew we needed to defend well to have a chance. We thought that Washington, coming off a weeks rest, would come out really hard in the first 20 minutes,' Montana coach Betsy Duerksen explained. 'We wanted to put our best defenders out to hold them off and then bring in our scorers. We only had two days to work on it. I guess it didn't work.'

Husky freshman Melissa Bennett opened the scoring in the 11th minute. She ran on to a long through ball from Theresa Wagner and pushed a low 12-yard shot into the net at 10:38. Her sister, senior Tami Bennett, tallied the second goal on an eight-yard shot at the right post off a pass from Katie Goodeve at 17:14.

That was the school-record 16th goal of the season for Tami who also owns the UW career mark with 34 goals. She was a prolific prep scorer, amassing a state-record 152 career goals at Seattle Christian High School. That standard that was eclipsed last spring by Melissa who finished with 166 prep goals.

Pierce, a product of Woodinville (Wash.) High School, scored the next two goals. She lofted a 25-yard free kick into the left corner of the net at 34:21 to put UW ahead 3-0 at halftime. Pierce fired an 18-yard shot inside the right post at 55:30 off a pass from Wagner who increased her school-record assist totals to 11 this season and 25 for her career. Pierce nearly had a hat trick, but her header into the goal off a corner kick in the 21st minute was disallowed by a foul.

Freshman Jaime Carstensen capped the scoring with her first collegiate goal. She lofted a 20-yard shot that brushed the underside of the crossbar on its way into the goal at 82:52.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo saved four shots for the Huskies en route to her sixth shutout. Solo has surrendered only two goals in her last 579 minutes in goal. Natalie Hiller had eight saves for Montana which was outshot 25-12.

NCAA Women's Soccer Championship
(2) Washington 5, Montana 0
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Melissa Bennett (Theresa Wagner), 10:38. 2, UW, Tami Bennett (Katie Goodeve), 17:14. 3, UW, Vanessa Pierce, 34:21. 4, UW, Pierce (Wagner), 55:30. 5, UW, Jaime Carstensen, 82:52.

Shots - Montana 12, Washington 25.
Saves -- Montana 8 (Natalie Hiller), Washington 4 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks -- Montana 1, Washington 12.
Fouls -- Montana 10, Washington 8.
Attendance - 2,038.

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