Coach Gallimore and Four UW Women's Soccer Players Earn Regional Honors

Dec. 14, 2000

SEATTLE - Washington's Lesle Gallimore was named the West Region Coach of the Year and four Husky players received all-region women's soccer acclaim, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced today.

Gallimore, the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, led the Huskies to their best season ever. Washington posted an 18-3 record, won its first Pac-10 championship and received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time before falling 1-0 to eventual Final Four qualifier Portland.

Along with the NSCAA/adidas regional honors, Gallimore is on the ballot for the National Coach of the Year award which will be announced in January.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo received first team All-West Region honors, one day after being named a second-team All-American. Junior defender Andrea Morelli and senior midfielder Theresa Wagner were second-team selections while junior midfielder Caroline Putz was a third-team pick.

Solo is on the U.S. National Team roster for Sunday's game in Phoenix, Ariz. against Japan. The Richland (Wash.) High School product registered six shutouts and a 0.76 goals against average this season.

Morelli was the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year and member of the first-team All-Pac-10 squad this year. A graduate of Bellevue's Eastside Catholic High School, Morelli was also a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree.

The Bay Area CyberRays selected Wagner in the ninth round earlier this week during the inaugural Women's United Soccer Association Draft. The product of Seattle's Lakeside High School owns every assist record in Husky history and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection for the 2000 season as well as a first-team All-Academic-Pac-10 honoree.

Putz earned one U.S. Women's National Team cap and was a member of the 2000 Nordic Cup Champion Junior National Team. She was a second-team All-Pac-10 honoree and an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic team member.

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