UW's Hope Solo is Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Year
Nov. 14, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo, who led the Huskies to a second-place women's soccer finish, was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday.
A junior from Richland (Wash.) High School, Solo was voted the top player by the conference coaches. She is a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Senior forward Caroline Putz, who established a new Washington record with her 27th career assist, was named to the All-Pac-10 second team for the third time.
Solo registered 68 saves this season and compiled an outstanding 0.64 goals against average to help the Huskies to a 6-2-1 conference record. She led Washington to a 12-4-1 overall record and its sixth NCAA Tournament berth in the last eight years. The Huskies meet San Diego on Friday in a first-round matchup at Portland's Merlo Field.
A 2000 All-American, Solo is one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. She is also a candidate for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year award. Solo is the only goalkeeper nominated for those two honors.
Solo is the first Washington athlete to receive the Pac-10's top soccer award. The honor is even more remarkable when considering that Solo has had limited mobility since Sept. 8 when she tore the adductor muscle in her right leg while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp in Chicago. She has earned seven 'caps' for international appearances with the national team.
Only one team has scored more than one goal in the last 28 games against Solo who has surrendered 45 goals in 48 career games. Her 0.95 goals against average is a UW career record.
Solo ranks second among all-time Husky goalkeepers with 240 career saves and is within 10 of the record of 250 held by Tina Thompson (1994-96). Solo also ranks second among all-time Huskies with 15 complete-game shutouts and is just one shy of Thompson's career record of 16.