Husky Women's Soccer Caps Non-Conference Season With a Win

Oct. 7, 2001

CHENEY, Wash. - Freshman midfielder Kelley Schweighart scored three times Sunday and senior Caroline Putz set up three goals to tie the school career assist record in 16th-ranked Washington's 7-0 women's soccer victory at Eastern Washington.

Washington (6-2-1) completed its non-conference schedule with a winning record for the second straight season. The Huskies, who won the 2000 Pacific-10 Conference championship, begin defense of their title Saturday at home against Washington State.

'We're excited to get two wins on the road and finish the non conference with a winning record,' said UW Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We're anxious to get conference play started, especially because we are opening at home with Washington State. They were the only Pac-10 team to beat us last season so we're excited to open up with them for that reason.'

Schweighart responded to her first collegiate start by opening the scoring 5:10 into the game on an unassisted shot that deflected off Eagle goalkeeper Jonna Melton. That was the first collegiate goal for Schweighart who scored two more to record the 13th hat trick in Husky history, the third by a freshman.

Freshman forward Tina Frimpong posted a hat trick on Sept. 9 against Idaho. Frimpong scored at 39:41 against Eastern Washington (1-7) to give Washington a 5-0 halftime advantage.

Junior defender Vanessa Pierce scored the second goal in the 25th minute on a 12-yard header off a corner kick from Putz who also set up the third and fourth goals. Within a three-minute span, Putz found Schweighart twice with crosses that resulted in goals at 34:40 and 37:07.

Putz increased her career total to 26 assists to match the school record that Theresa Wagner established last season. It marked only the sixth time in Husky history that a player has been credited with three assists in a game. Putz distributed a team-leading five assists this season.

Freshman midfielder Clare Rustad, a member of the Canadian National Team, played a part in the final two goals. She fed a pass to junior Megan McKinstry for a goal at 47:48 and netted an unassisted score at 72:00.

Washington's fantastic freshmen class, which was rated the 10th-best recruiting group in the nation, accounted for five of the team's goals against Eastern. Four freshmen have scored this season, accounting for 10 of the Huskies' 22 goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lisa Brookens registered the shutout in her collegiate debut. She registered three saves, playing in place of All-America goalkeeper Hope Solo who was resting her injured groin after posting a 1-0 shutout at Montana on Friday.

Melton played the opening 70 minutes, making eight saves for the Eagles before giving way to Katie Grothkopp who had four saves. Those two faced a season-high 33-shot barrage by the Huskies who limited EWU to six shots.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#16) Washington 7, Eastern Washington 0
Sports & Recreation Center, Cheney, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Kelley Schweighart, 5:10. 2, UW, Vanessa Pierce (Caroline Putz), 24:05. 3, UW, Schweighart (Putz), 34:40. 4, UW, Schweighart (Putz), 37:07. 5, UW, Tina Frimpong, 39:41. 6, Megan McKinstry (Clare Rustad), 47:48. 7, UW, Rustad (72:00).

Shots - UW 33, EWU 6.
Saves - UW 3 (Lisa Brookens), EWU 12 (Jonna Melton 8, Katie Grothkopp 4).
Corner Kicks - UW 6, EWU 2.
Fouls - UW 13, EWU 5.
Attendance - 215.

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