UW Women Host Arizona Schools at Husky Soccer Field

Oct. 23, 2001

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 --
#16 Washington vs. Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PDT

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 --
#16 Washington vs. Arizona State, 11:00 a.m. PDT

Both Games at Husky Soccer Field (1,800), Seattle, Wash.

Defending Pac-10 women's soccer champion Washington (8-3-1, 2-1) returns to the friendly confines of Husky Soccer Field this weekend to host a pair of conference contests. The 16th-ranked Huskies entertain Arizona (5-7-1, 2-2) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Arizona State (7-7, 1-3) visits on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. Washington hopes to keep intact its perfect record against those two schools as UW has a 6-0 all-time mark against Arizona and is 4-0 versus Arizona State. The Huskies earned a split on their Bay Area road trip last weekend that began Friday (Oct. 19) with a 1-0 shutout of 15th-ranked California. UW sustained its first Pac-10 defeat on Sunday (Oct. 21), losing 2-1 at No. 4 Stanford. The Huskies began defense of their Pac-10 title on 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 26-7 with 13 different Huskies scoring at least one goal. Last year 12 different Huskies combined for a school record 56 goals.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.56 goals per game. Stanford scored twice Sunday, snapping a streak of 25 consecutive games in which the Huskies had not allowed more than one goal. The last opponent to score two goals against the Huskies was San Diego State which accomplished the feat on Sept. 17, 2000 in a 5-2 loss to UW. Washington's 1-0 win at California on Friday was the team's sixth shutout.

Notable
o All three UW losses came against teams currently ranked in the top 10: Stanford (#3), Portland (#5) and Texas A&M (#10).

o Senior Caroline Putz has 26 career assists and is tied for the school record with Theresa Wagner (1997-2000).

o In 2000, Washington became the first school outside the state of California to win the Pac-10 championship.

Prolific Putz
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 returned to the starting lineup and 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 in assists (5) and total points (11). She is the school's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10. Putz ranks fifth among all-time UW goal scorers (20) and fourth in total points (66).

Arizona (5-7-1, 2-2 in Pac-10)
The Wildcats swept a pair of 2-1 decisions against the Oregon schools last week to even their conference record at 2-2. Second-year coach Cathy Klein's squad is led by the seven goals of freshman Candice Wilks. Goalkeeper Shannon Monti has a 1.86 goals against average. Washington won all six previous meetings, including a 2-1 victory last season in Tucson.

Arizona State (7-7, 1-3)
The Sun Devils are outscoring opponents by a combined 27-17 count paced by the 10 goals of sophomore Patrice Feulner. Goalkeeper Kristin Slater has three shutouts and a 1.19 goals against average. First-year coach Ray Leone took over the Arizona State program after being named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year last year at Clemson. Three players on the ASU roster hail from the state of Washington: Temryss Lane (Bellingham/Sehome HS), Stephanie Prouty (Gig Harbor HS) and Haley vanBlommestein (Tacoma/Washington HS). Washington won all four previous meetings with the Sun Devils, including a 1-0 decision last season in Tempe in which Caroline Putz's 29th-minute goal was the lone tally.

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, Soccer Times and the NSCAA (coaches' association) and No. 19 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. 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 five currently ranked opponents, all of them listed in the top 10 of the Soccer America poll.

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, 2000. She has a 12-year record of 120-82-15, including an 88-57-6 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.

Fabulous Freshmen
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' 26 goals. The only two hat tricks by Huskies this season were by freshmen Tina Frimpong (vs. Idaho) and Kelley Schweighart (at Eastern Washington). 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 0.56 goals per game. Kelli Smith started nine games on defense, helping UW post six shutouts.

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.

Sensational Solo
Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout junior shot-stopper. She helped the Huskies earn a split on their difficult Bay Area road trip last weekend. Solo saved nine shots on Friday (Oct. 19), posting the team's sixth shutout with a 1-0 victory against 15th-ranked California. Solo denied Cal's Hermann Trophy candidate Laura Schott who attempted six shots, none of which found the back of the net. On Sunday (Oct. 21), Solo had five saves in UW's 2-1 loss against No. 4 Stanford. For the season, Solo has three shutouts, 42 saves and a 0.76 goals against average. She ranks second among all-time UW goalkeepers with 214 career saves and is No. 2 with 12 career shutouts. Her career goals against average is a school-record figure of 1.02. 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.

Hermann Hopeful
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 15 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.

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. 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). UW drew a split on its Bay Area road trip, defeating No. 15 California 1-0 (Oct. 19) before losing 2-1 at No. 4 Stanford (Oct. 21).

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.

Last Game
#4 Stanford 2, #18 Washington 1 (Oct. 21, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Fourth-ranked Stanford rallied from a one-goal deficit with two second-half goals to defeat No. 18 Washington 2-1 in a Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer game on Sunday at Maloney Field. Marcia Wallis tallied the game-winner with eight minutes left in the game off a pass from Cardinal teammate Kelsey Carlson. Wallis booted a 17-yard shot that was tipped by Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo, but not enough to prevent the ball from going into the goal at 82:16. It marked the first time in 25 games that Washington allowed more than one goal in a game. The last opponent to score two goals against the Huskies was San Diego State which accomplished the feat on Sept. 17, 2000 in a 5-2 loss to UW. Senior Caroline Putz gave Washington the lead 13 minutes into the game. She received a pass from Megan McKinstry and drilled it into the upper corner from 35 yards away at 12:47. That was the 20th career goal for Putz, a figure that ranks fifth among all-time Huskies. Putz is listed fourth among UW players with 66 total points during her career. Stanford recorded the equalizer six minutes after halftime on a play set up by a cross from Alisan Pabon. Natalie Sanderson received the cross and tapped it to Allyson Marquand who one-timed a 20-yard shot into the net at 51:08. The Huskies were outshot 12-8, but had three dangerous opportunities to net a second goal. Freshman Tina Frimpong broke through the defense and had a one-on-one situation with Cardinal goalkeeper Carrie Walsh in the 61st minute, but her shot was high. Senior Gina Brewer headed a cross from Putz in the 73rd minute that was tipped by Walsh and deflected off the crossbar. Sophomore Jaime Carstensen blasted a shot inside the final 20 seconds of the game that sailed just wide of the goal. Solo made five saves for the Huskies and Walsh had four for Stanford.

2001 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. 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. Washington was the third most-improved team in the country during 2000, besting its previous year's record by 7 � games with an 18-3 mark. Unranked entering the 2000 season, Washington joined the polls in early September and completed the season ranked No. 5 in the final Soccer America poll.

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.

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.

Pac-10 Pride
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. Three Pac-10 teams are listed in the current Soccer America top-20 rankings, including No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA and No. 16 Washington.

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