15th-Ranked Huskies Rout USC in Women's Soccer
Nov. 4, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Senior Caroline Putz scored a goal and broke the Washington women's soccer assist record Sunday with a pass that set up one of freshman Tina Frimpong's two goals in the 15th-ranked Huskies' 3-0 win over first-place USC at McAlister Field.
The defending Pac-10 champion Huskies (11-4-1) moved into a third-place tie with USC (10-5-1), both with 5-2 conference records. Washington enters the final week of the regular season one-game back in the standings, trailing Pac-10 leaders Stanford and UCLA who have matching 6-1 records.
Putz set up the opening goal in the 34th minute to record her 27th career assist and take sole possession of the school record. She eclipsed the UW record of 26 assists established last season by Theresa Wagner.
A forward from Bountiful, Utah, Putz beat a defender on the left flank and lofted a cross onto the head of Frimpong who knocked it into the goal at 33:29.
Putz pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal at 76:21 after she received a through ball from junior Megan McKinstry that enabled her to get behind the Trojan defense. Putz capitalized on the one-on-one situation with USC goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes by placing a shot to the left side of the goal from 10 yards out. That was the 21st career goal for Putz, tying her with Emily Thompson (1992-95) for fourth among all-time Washington scorers.
Frimpong capped the scoring at 83:30 on shot from a difficult angle at the right post. She had the ball at the goal line to the right of the goal from where she struck the ball with the outside of her right foot and placed it in the small gap between the post and Fernandes.
Junior Hope Solo, a Hermann Trophy national player of the year candidate, registered six saves en route to Washington's eighth shutout. Fernandes had eight saves for the Trojans who were outshot 18-15.
'This was a tale of two games this weekend,' said Coach Lesle Gallimore whose Huskies lost 1-0 Friday on an own goal at sixth-ranked UCLA. Washington was outshot by a 20-2 count in that game.
'We didn't do anything right on Friday. As a coach you are hoping your players don't come out and put two stinkers together,' Gallimore explained. 'Our team responded well and played one of our best games of the season against a fast, attacking USC team. We weathered some storms early on and finally broke through with some goals.'
The Trojans controlled play early and gained momentum in the 37th minute when Fernandes stopped a penalty shot by Putz.
'We had our chances today, but Washington came in with a good game plan,' said USC coach Jim Millinder. 'They did a good job of countering our opportunities. We were very frustrated today.'
The Huskies return home for two games that complete their regular-season. UW hosts Oregon on Friday at 5 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday at 11 a.m. The NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced next Sunday (Nov. 11).
NCAA Women's Soccer
#15 Washington 3, USC 0
McAlister Field, Los Angeles, Calif.
Shots - UW 18, USC 15.
Saves - UW 6 (Hope Solo), USC 8 (Shaelyn Fernandes).
Corner Kicks - UW 3, USC 11.
Fouls - UW 12, USC 12.
Attendance - 470.