UW Women's Soccer Team Makes First Pac-10 Road Trip
Oct. 16, 2001
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 --
#18 Washington at #15 California, 3:00 p.m. PDT
Goldman Field (22,000), Berkeley, Calif.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 --
#18 Washington at #4 Stanford, 1:00 p.m. PDT
Maloney Field (2,000), Palo Alto, Calif.
Defending Pac-10 women's soccer champion Washington (7-2-1) embarks on its first conference road trip this weekend and it should be a difficult journey. The 18th-ranked Huskies play two games in the Bay Area, beginning on Friday, Oct. 19 at No. 15 California (10-2-1, 2-0). Kick-off is 3 p.m. at Goldman Field. Washington meets fourth-ranked Stanford (9-1, 2-0) at Maloney Field on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Last year in Seattle UW swept the Bay Area schools for the first time, beating Stanford 1-0 and California 2-1. The Huskies began defense of their Pac-10 title on Saturday (Oct. 13) in Seattle with a 1-0 win over Washington State, the only conference team to defeat them last year. A crowd of 2,490 was present, the third-highest attendance in school history. Washington completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 6-2-1 mark, its second straight winning non-conference record. UW has outscored opponents 24-5 with 13 different Huskies scoring at least one goal. Last year 12 different Huskies combined for a school record 56 goals.
Something's gotta give this weekend in the Bay Area when a stingy Washington defense meets two high-scoring opponents. The Huskies are surrendering only 1/2 goal per game (0.50) and have not allowed more than one goal in any of their last 23 games dating back to Sept. 17, 2000. Stanford is the highest scoring team in the Pac-10, averaging 2.90 goals per game. California is third in the Pac-10 with 2.54 goals per game and features the conference's leading scorer. Forward Laura Schott has 12 goals in 13 games. Last season in Seattle, Washington beat Stanford 1-0 and California 2-1.
o The Huskies have not allowed more than one goal in their last 23 games, dating back to Sept. 17, 2000.
o In 2000, Washington became the first school outside the state of California to win the Pac-10 championship.
Senior forward Caroline Putz was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last season. She has already started collecting honors this year. The former two-time Parade prep All-American (1996, 1997) was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 9. Putz scored the game-winning goal Oct. 5 and set up three scores Oct. 6 to tie the school career assist record. Playing in a reserve role for the first time this season, Putz converted a penalty kick within five minutes after entering the game to lift UW to a 1-0 win at Montana. The goal was the seventh game-winner for Putz, moving her into a tie for second among Husky career leaders. Putz moved into the No. 5 spot among all-time UW goal scorers with her 19th career tally. Putz was back in the starting lineup Sunday and she distributed three assists in a 7-0 victory at Eastern Washington. 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 leads Washington this season with five assists and is second with nine total points. She is the school's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10.
UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 19-49-5 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 6-2 mark last season. They are 0-2 this year, losing 1-0 to both Texas A&M (No. 12) and Portland (No. 3). Washington has a 5-32-2 all-time record against top-10 teams.
California (10-2-1, 2-0 in Pac-10)
The 15th-ranked Golden Bears swept a road trip against the Oregon schools last week. Fifth-year coach Kevin Boyd's team has outscored opponents 33-13 on the strength of the Pac-10 leading 10 goals of Laura Schott. Goalkeeper Mallory Moser has four shutouts and a 0.87 goals against average. The Huskies evened the all-time series 5-5 with a 2-1 win last year in Seattle. Lesle Gallimore, a Golden Bear alum, has a 5-5 coaching record against her alma mater with a 5-1 mark while at Washington.
Stanford (9-1, 2-0 in Pac-10)
The fourth-ranked Cardinal won the 1999 Pac-10 title and Washington won in 2000. Second-year coach Andy Nelson's team is outscoring opponents 29-11 led by the eight goals of Marcia Wallis. Stanford lost 1-0 last year in Seattle, its first loss to the Huskies. The Cardinal boasts an 8-1-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 18th by Soccer America, No. 16 by Soccer Buzz, No. 14 by Soccer Times and No. 20 by the NSCAA. This year marked the first preseason listing for the UW in seven seasons, dating to a No. 20 opening ranking in 1994. UW 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 with six currently ranked opponents, including three of the top five.
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, 2000. She has a 12-year record of 119-81-15, including an 87-56-6 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.
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. UW closed out non-conference play with a 6-2-1 record after a pair of road victories. Caroline Putz netted a penalty kick in a 1-0 win at Montana (Oct. 5) and she had three assists while Kelley Schweighart had a hat trick in a 7-0 victory at Eastern Washington (Oct. 7). The Huskies began defense of their Pac-10 title with win over the only team that beat them last year, a 2-1 decision over Washington State (Oct. 13).
Washington's fantastic freshmen were rated the nation's 10th-best recruiting class by Soccer Buzz and they are proving worthy. Freshmen accounted for five of the team's seven goals Oct. 7 at Eastern Washington. Four freshmen have scored this season, accounting for 10 of the Huskies' 24 goals. The only two hat tricks by Huskies this season were by freshmen Tina Frimpong (vs. Idaho) and Kelley Schweighart (at EWU). The class also includes Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad who has two goals and two assists, and Nicole Martinez who started every game for a defense that is yielding 0.48 goals per game. Kelli Smith started seven games on defense, helping UW post five shutouts.
Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout junior shot-stopper. She has not surrendered more than one goal in any of her last 20 games. That streak dates back to Sept. 17, 2000. For the season, Solo has two shutouts, 28 saves and a 0.69 goals against average. She ranks second among all-time UW goalkeepers with 200 career saves. Her career goals against average is a school-record figure of 1.00. Solo still has limited mobility, the result of a torn adductor muscle in her right leg suffered on Sept. 8 while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp.
Washington junior goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of 15 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, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, California's Laura Schott and Virginia's Lori Lindsey. The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches and selected media. 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.
Solo's Super 2000 Season
A two-time Parade All-American at Richland (Wash.) High School, Hope Solo 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.
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. Six UW foes are ranked in the current Soccer America Top 20, including three of the top five. Washington plays UCLA (2), Stanford (4), Portland (5), Nebraska (9), Texas A&M (12) and California (15).
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 24-13-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field. UW's average attendance of 1,592 was the second highest in the nation in 2000, including a school-record crowd of 3,403 against UCLA on Oct. 22.
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.
Last Game -- #14 Washington 2, Washington State 1 (Oct. 13, Seattle)
Senior forward Erin Otagaki scored the decisive goal shortly after entering the game in the second half Saturday, lifting 14th-ranked Washington to a 2-1 victory over Washington State in the Pac-10 women's soccer opener before a crowd of 2,490 at Husky Soccer Field. The attendance figure was the third largest in school history for the Huskies (7-2-1, 1-0) who began defense of their conference championship by defeating the only Pac-10 team that beat them last season. Washington State (5-4, 0-1) won a 1-0 double-overtime decision in Pullman last year. UW's Jaime Carstensen opened the scoring just over six minutes into the contest. Vanessa Pierce passed to Kelley Schweighart who fed a through ball that Carstensen lofted from 15 yards into the upper right corner at 6:02. That was the third goal of the season for Carstensen who had not found the net since a two-goal performance in the season opener on Sept. 1 at Utah State. Otagaki scored what proved to be the game winner at 57:30, exactly 1:30 after entering the game as a substitute. She collected a ball that deflected off a Cougar defender and fired it into the goal from 12 yards out. The goal was the first of the season for Otagaki, a starter last year who has battled injuries early this season. WSU scored just over one minute later. Cougar forward Keegan Hughes received a pass from Katrine Stroh and blasted a 10-yard shot past goalkeeper Hope Solo at 58:41. Solo and Cougar goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen were each credited with three saves. The Huskies outshot WSU 13-8, but the Cougars had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.
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. 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.
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 ï¿½ 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.
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.
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.
Last year, Washington became the first school from outside the state of California to capture the Pac-10 women's soccer championship. Winning the conference title in 2000 was an even more remarkable feat when considering that the Pac-10 was the nation's toughest league in the eyes of the selection committee. Seven Pac-10 teams earned NCAA bids, including three of the top eight seeds. UCLA advanced to the championship game before losing 2-1 to North Carolina. Four Pac-10 teams are listed in the current Soccer America top-20 rankings, including No. 2 UCLA, Stanford (4), California (15) and Washington (18).