18th-Ranked UW Edges #15 Cal in Women's Soccer

Oct. 19, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. - Reserve forward Erin Otagaki entered the game at halftime Friday and scored the only goal 15 minutes later, lifting the 18th-ranked Washington women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 15 California at Goldman Field.

The defending Pac-10 champion Huskies improved to 2-0 in conference play with an 8-2-1 overall record. California lost its first Pac-10 game, dropping to 2-1 and 10-3-1 overall.

Husky senior Caroline Putz created the scoring opportunity, but was not credited with an assist. Putz crossed the ball into the middle toward Tina Frimpong. Golden Bear defender Lucy Brining intercepted the ball, but her errant clearance attempt was collected by Otagaki who directed it in into the goal from eight yards out at 59:48.

The game-winning goal was the second in consecutive contests for Otagaki, a senior from Honolulu, Hi. A regular starter last season, Otagaki played in a reserve role the last two games after battling an early-season ankle sprain. Otagaki tallied the decisive goal last Saturday in Seattle, leading the Huskies to a 2-1 win over Washington State. She entered the game in the 56th minute of that game and scored less than two minutes later.

'Erin has been a spark off the bench two games in a row now,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'She hasn't been starting and has shown real maturity by not sulking and by making the most of the opportunities she gets.'

Junior Hope Solo was impressive in goal for the Huskies who were outshot 13-5. She amassed nine saves, including three on extremely dangerous chances, en route to her third shutout.

A member of the U.S. National Team, Solo denied Cal's Laura Schott who has also played with the U.S. Nationals. Schott entered the game with 12 goals in 13 games, but was scoreless Friday despite attempting six shots.

The Golden Bears nearly scored the equalizer in the 70th minute. Schott blasted a ball that was deflected and slowed by Solo, but still headed goalward. Junior defender Suzanne Culpepper cleared the ball off the line to preserve the one-goal lead.

Washington has outscored opponents by a 25-5 count this season, shutting out six of them.

'We talked this week about how our schedule is tougher this season because we play all four California schools on the road,' explained Gallimore, a 1986 Cal graduate who has a 6-1 record against her alma mater while coaching at Washington. 'It's great to get the first one on a tough road trip and take the pressure off the second game. Anything we do on the road trip beyond that first win is a bonus.'

The Huskies close out their two-game Bay Area trip on Sunday against fourth-ranked Stanford.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#18 Washington 1, at #15 California 0
Goldman Field, Berkeley, Calif.

Scoring--1, UW, Erin Otagaki, 59:48.

Shots - UW 5, Cal 13.
Saves - UW 9 (Hope Solo), Cal 2 (Mallory Moser).
Corner Kicks - UW 2, Cal 3.
Fouls - UW 18, Cal 13.
Attendance - 456.

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