UW Women Conclude Non-Conference Soccer Slate

Oct. 1, 2001

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 -
#16 Washington at Montana, 3:00 p.m. PDT

UM South Campus Field, Missoula, Mont.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 -
#16 Washington at Eastern Washington, 12 noon PDT

Sports & Recreation Center, Cheney, Wash.

The 16th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (4-2-1) concludes its non-conference schedule this weekend, beginning at Montana on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Mountain). The Huskies visit Eastern Washington on Sunday, Oct. 7 at noon. Washington seeks to get back on track after going winless in its last three outings. The Huskies opened the season with four straight victories before tying Brigham Young 1-1 (Sept. 21) and losing a pair of 1-0 decisions, to No. 12 Texas A&M (Sept. 22) and No. 3 Portland (Sept. 29). Washington needs at least one win to clinch its second straight winning non-conference record. Since Pacific-10 Conference play began in 1995, Washington has posted a winning non-conference record three times. The defending Pac-10 champion Huskies are in pursuit of their sixth NCAA Tournament berth in eight seasons.

Goal Drought
The Huskies have not tallied a goal since freshman Cassie Giles' 85th-minute score in their 1-1 tie with Brigham Young on Sept. 21, a span of 215 scoreless minutes. They suffered consecutive 1-0 home setbacks against No. 12 Texas A&M (Sept. 22) and No. 3 Portland (Sept. 29) in their last two outings. Washington has not won a game this season when its opponent scored the first goal, but has a 4-0 record when scoring first.

Notable
o The Huskies need at least one win this weekend to clinch a winning non-conference record for the second straight year.

o Senior Caroline Putz has 23 career assists. She needs three to tie Theresa Wagner's (1997-2000) UW record of 26.

o Eleven UW opponents played in last year's NCAA Tournament, including runner-up UCLA and semifinalist Portland.

Solo Returns
Despite suffering a severe tear in her groin on Sept 8, Hope Solo has started in goal the last three games. She amassed 21 saves in those contests, including a season-high 10 against Portland (Sept. 29). Solo tore the adductor muscle in her right leg on Sept. 8 while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp. Solo immediately returned to Seattle and was originally projected to be sidelined at least three weeks. While Solo did not miss any games, she is still hampered by the groin injury that is tightly taped for matches. For the season, Solo made 22 saves in 474 minutes, participated in two shutouts and posted a 0.76 goals against average. Solo moved into the No. 2 spot among all-time UW goalkeepers, increasing her career total to 194 saves. Solo's career goals against average is a school-record figure of 1.05.

Excused Absence
Hope Solo surrendered just one goal in the first two Husky games before missing the next two games as one of three goalkeepers in the National Team camp preparing for the Nike U.S. Cup. The Richland (Wash.) High School product has earned seven 'caps' for international appearances with the U.S. Nationals. Solo missed the spring quarter of 2000 at Washington while training full time with the National Team in the U.S. pre-Olympic residency camp. Sophomore Lisa Walker played well in goal during Solo's absence, posting shutouts in her starts against Idaho and Gonzaga. Walker has not allowed a goal while recording nine saves in 193 minutes.

Montana (3-3)
The Big Sky Conference champion Grizzlies seek to snap a two-game losing streak. Montana lost to Cal Poly (1-0) and Idaho (2-0) immediately following a three-game winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Oregon. Liz Roberts leads UM with three goals and Saraid Faville is the top playmaker with five assists. Washington owns a 4-1 lead in the all-time series, including a 5-0 victory in Seattle on Nov. 12, 2000 during the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Vanessa Pierce netted two goals in that game. The Huskies won 5-2 in 1995 during their only previous visit to Missoula. Washington's Lesle Gallimore has a 4-1 all-time coaching record against Montana which is coached for the eighth season by Betsy Duerksen who served at Seattle University from 1991-93.

Eastern Washington (1-6)
Washington is the fourth Pac-10 opponent for the Eagles, the first one they are playing in Cheney. Eastern lost to all three previous Pac-10 foes, falling 8-0 at Washington State, 2-0 at Oregon State and 5-0 at Oregon. The lone EWU win was a 2-1 decision over Hawai'i. Reserve Liz Hail leads the Eagles with two goals. Second-year coach George Hageage directed EWU to a 7-11 record last season. Assistant coach Tamara Hageage (formerly Browder) was a goalkeeper at Washington from 1991-93. The Huskies won the only previous meeting with Eastern, an 8-0 decision in the 2000 season opener.

Ranking Report
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 16th by Soccer America and No. 23 by Soccer Buzz. This year marked the first preseason listing for the UW in seven seasons, dating to a No. 20 opening ranking in 1994. Washington was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but completed the season at No. 5 in the Soccer America rankings. The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes seven currently ranked opponents, including six of the top 10.

Season Update
The Huskies began the season with a pair of wins in Logan, Utah. They defeated Utah State 4-1 (Sept. 1) in the season opener on the strength of the two-goal, one-assist effort of Jaime Carstensen. Washington downed Northwestern 1-0 on a Katie Ernst goal in the seventh minute of overtime (Sept. 3). Washington won is last two games by matching 4-0 tallies. UW topped Gonzaga (Sept. 7) before beating Idaho (Sept. 9) in the home opener behind a hat trick from Tina Frimpong. Games against Nebraska (Sept. 14) and Alabama-Birmingham (Sept. 16) were canceled due to the national tragedy. The Huskies returned to action after a 12-day layoff and tied BYU 1-1 (Sept. 21) on an 85th-minute goal by Cassie Giles. UW lost 1-0 the next night to No. 12 Texas A&M (Sept. 21) on a goal with 2:09 remaining. Portland dealt UW its second straight 1-0 setback in Seattle (Sept. 29) on an 84th-minute goal by Christine Sinclair.

Coach Gallimore
The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lesle Gallimore led Washington to the NCAA Tournament in five of her first seven seasons. She was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won their first Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time. Gallimore registered her 100th career coaching victory on Sept. 10. She has a 12-year record of 116-81-15, including an 84-56-6 mark in eight seasons at Washington. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.

Prolific Putz
Senior forward Caroline Putz was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last season. The former two-time Parade prep All-American (1996, '97) should be in line for even more honors in 2001. Putz is Washington's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10 and is within striking distance of some other school records. Putz is second among all-time Huskies with 23 assists, three shy of Theresa Wagner's (1997-2000) record of 26. She ranks among the all-time UW career leaders in goals (5th with 18), game-winning goals (5th with 6) and points (4th with 59).

Sensational Solo
Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout junior shot-stopper. The Richland (Wash.) High School product was the Soccer America Collegiate MVP goalkeeper last year. She earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000 after making the second team as a freshman in 1999. Solo is one of 13 candidates, the only goalkeeper nominated, for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. Solo is one of the finest 'keepers in the nation, not just among collegians. She has earned seven 'caps' with the U.S. National Team that she re-joined on Sept. 4 in Chicago to train for the Nike U.S. Cup. Solo surrendered only five goals in nine Pac-10 contests last season, no more than one in any game. She posted a UW single-season record 0.76 goals against average and registered six shutouts while starting three other shutouts. Her presence between the posts was pivotal for the Huskies who won 10 games by one-goal margins in 2000.

Hermann Hopeful
Washington junior goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of 13 candidates for the prestigious Hermann Trophy, soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy that has been given annually since 1988 to the nation's best female college soccer player. The award is named for Robert R. Hermann, a founder and the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the old North American Soccer League. Solo is the only goalkeeper on the list of candidates that also includes: Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner, Penn State's Christie Welsh, Florida's Abby Wambach, Brigham Young's Aleisha Cramer, UCLA's Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher and North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel. The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches and selected media. Two spots on the final ballot will remain open until Oct. 1. At that time, a poll of coaches and media will be conducted to add the final two names to each of the 15-player ballot before the final voting is conducted. This is to ensure that any player having a stellar season will be eligible to win the prestigious player of the year award. Final ballots will be distributed to all Division I college coaches. The three finalists will be announced Dec. 1. The winner of the 2001 Hermann Trophy will be announced at the College Cup, on Dec. 8 in Dallas, Texas.

Morelli Missing
First-team All-Pac-10 player Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year, tore the ACL in her left knee during the summer while playing with the Seattle Sounders Select Team. She will be sidelined the entire season and is expected to return for a fifth year in 2002. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick led a UW defense that yielded only 17 goals in 21 games last season.

Strenuous Schedule
Washington's schedule ranked among the nation's top-10 most difficult each of the last six years. This year's schedule is no different. Eleven Husky opponents participated in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, including NCAA runner-up UCLA and semifinalist Portland. Seven UW foes are ranked in the current Soccer America Top 20, including three of the top five and seven six of the top 10. Washington plays UCLA (2), Portland (3), Stanford (4), Nebraska (7), California (8), Texas A&M (10) and Brigham Young (19).

Last Game -- #3 Portland 1, #14 UW 0 (Sept. 29, Seattle)
Christine Sinclair scored in the 54th minute Saturday, leading third-ranked Portland to a 1-0 win over No. 14 Washington in front of 1,561 spectators at Husky Soccer Field. The Pilots improved their record against Washington to 12-1-1 with the eighth one-goal decision in the series. Portland ended the Huskies' 2000 season with a 1-0 win in Seattle during the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Sinclair netted the lone tally on a 25-yard blast after charging to the goal from midfield. Hope Solo registered 10 saves for Washington which was outshot 18-9. Pilot goalkeeper Lauren Arase saved one shot en route to the shutout.

Home Sweet Home
For the fifth year, all Washington home games will be played on campus at the 1,800-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed prior to the 2000 season, enabling the Huskies to play home games at night. The home field proved advantageous for the Huskies who had an 8-1 record at Husky Soccer Field during the 2000 season, including a 13-game winning streak that dated to 1999. Washington has a 23-13-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field. UW's average attendance of 1,592 was the second highest in the nation, including a school-record crowd of 3,403 against UCLA on Oct. 22.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all Washington women's soccer home games are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. A family pass is available for $10, allowing admission for one adult and four children or two adults and three children. Contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200) for details.

2000 Preview
Six starters return from the 2000 team that was the best in the school history. Heading the list of returning starters is junior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a member of the U.S. National Team who earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000. Solo had six shutouts and a 0.76 goals against average last season. Second-team All-Pac-10 pick Vanessa Pierce and Suzanne Culpepper are the two starters that return from a defense that limited 19 of 21 opponents to one goal or less. The midfield features the team's top returning scorer, senior Caroline Putz. The second-team All-Pac-10 selection tallied seven goals and nine assists last season. Putz has 23 career assists, three shy of the school record. Junior Megan McKinstry, who plays the defensive midfield position, will be critical for the Huskies who must break in two new defenders. Senior starter Erin Otagaki leads a group of forwards that includes sophomore Melissa Bennett who scored five goals as a freshman. Sophomore Blair Ruport, a part-time starter, returns after missing the final six games in 2000 with an MCL injury. Washington's group of freshmen was rated the nation's 10th best recruiting class by the Soccer Buzz website. That class features Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad and defender Nicole Martinez, who played with the Seattle Sounders Select Team during the summer. Speedy freshman forward Tina Frimpong, a former Santa Clara signee, is playing again after giving birth to a daughter in March.

2000 Recap
The 2000 season was the finest in the history of the Washington women's soccer program. The Huskies posted an all-time best 18-3 record, won their first Pacific-10 Conference championship, received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Head coach Lesle Gallimore, who guided UW to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Soccer Buzz National Coach of the Year. The Huskies registered 22 school records, including the marks for single-season victories (18) and longest winning streak (11). The 2000 team featured All-America goalkeeper Hope Solo along with senior standouts Tami Bennett and Theresa Wagner. Bennett completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career (34) and single-season (16) goals and points (36). Wagner finished with Washington records for career assists (26), points (80) and single-season assists (12). Washington wrested the Pac-10 trophy away from the southern powers, becoming the first school outside the state of California to win the conference women's soccer championship. Winning the conference crown wasn't easy as eight of nine Pac-10 games were decided by one-goal margins, including four 1-0 decisions. During the memorable season, UW had several notable victories, including a 2-1 win at Santa Clara that snapped the Broncos 32-game home winning streak. Washington defeated six ranked opponents, half of them top-10 teams. The Huskies, who had never before been seeded or played a postseason game at home, drew the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They hosted Montana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and defeated the Grizzlies 5-0 at Husky Soccer Field. A 1-0 third-round loss at home to Portland ended the season. On Sept. 10, 2000, Gallimore registered her 100th career coaching victory with a 3-1 win over Ohio State. Washington was the third most-improved team in the country during 2000, besting the previous year's record by 7 � games with an 18-3 mark. Attendance at Husky Soccer Field soared to an average of 1,592 spectators per game, the second-highest figure in the nation. The 1-0 overtime triumph over No. 4 UCLA on Oct. 22 drew a single-game record 3,403 fans. Un-ranked entering the 2000 season, Washington joined the polls in early September, its first ranking since 1996. During the season, the Huskies climbed as high as No. 2 and completed the season ranked No. 5 in the final Soccer America poll.

Gone but Not Forgotten
Four starters from last year's team have graduated, including forward Tami Bennett who completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career (34) and single-season (16) goals. Midfielder Theresa Wagner finished with UW records for career assists (26), points (80) and single-season assists (12). Wagner was selected in the ninth round of the WUSA Draft and played for the champion Bay Area CyberRays. Also graduating from UW were Malia Arrant and Katie Goodeve.

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