Taylor Hat Trick, Bennett's Four Assists Highlight Women's Soccer Win

Sept. 1, 2002

SEATTLE - Red-shirt freshman forward Kim Taylor scored three goals and junior Melissa Bennett distributed a school-record four assists Sunday as the 12th-ranked Washington women blanked Colorado College 5-0 at Husky Soccer Field.

Bennett tied the Washington single-game record established by Theresa Wagner in 2000. Despite the four assists, she is better known for scoring goals after amassing a Washington state prep record with 166 career goals at Seattle Christian High School.

'Melissa is absolutely capable of that,' Washington coach Lesle Gallimore remarked about Bennett's playmaking abilities. 'She is a good soccer player that knows how to win games by doing unselfish running and giving unselfish passes. That's definitely what she did all weekend for us. She was tremendous.'

Bennett had a goal and assist in Friday's season-opening 4-1 win over Arkansas. That game also featured a hat trick by a Husky forward as sophomore Tina Frimpong accomplished the feat that Taylor replicated Sunday. It was apparent that Colorado College was aware of Frimpong's scoring prowess.

'We knew after Friday night, when Tina scored three goals, that she is going to start having two and three people on her. That's what happened,' Gallimore explained. 'They were swarming her when she got the ball.'

Taylor capitalized on Colorado's defensive game plan, beginning in the 34th minute with the lone first-half goal. Bennett fed a pass to Blair Ruport who found Taylor open 12 yards from the goal at 33:03. Taylor scored again four minutes into the second half, hitting a 17-yard liner from the left side. Junior Jaime Carstensen, who was credited with an assist on goal No. 2, scored the team's third goal at 57:33. She received a pass from Bennett and curved it into the left side of the goal from 17 yards away.

The Bennett-Taylor tandem teamed up a second time in the 83rd minute, leading to a 20-yard blast by Taylor into the upper right corner. Walk-on Lindsy Humphrey capped the scoring, netting a goal just three minutes after she entered the game. Bennett set up the successful 15-yard shot by Humphrey, a product of Bellevue's Newport High School who recently joined the team during preseason workouts at the end of August.

Taylor's three-goal outburst was not surprising to Gallimore. She was a highly regarded recruit who played only two games last year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.

'Once she got going, she was really focused, her touch was a little bit better, she was able to get around people and she clearly got some good shots off. She is goal dangerous,' Gallimore said. 'It's great for her to come out and get some confidence and know that she is capable of doing it, particularly before we go and start to play some tougher opponents.'

The schedule gets tougher immediately. The Huskies (2-0) take their first road trip of the season with a visit to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Carolina Classic. Washington meets No. 21 Duke on Friday (Sept. 6) before an encounter Sunday (Sept. 8) with host North Carolina, a 17-time NCAA champion.

The Huskies will be without the services of senior goalkeeper Hope Solo for at least one game this week. The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year has a commitment to train with the National Team. If U.S. Coach April Heinrichs elects to use Solo in next Sunday's (Sept. 8) exhibition against Scotland, then she will miss Washington's match-up against the top-ranked Tar Heels. If Solo is not required to attend the U.S. exhibition in Columbus, Ohio, she will re-join the Huskies on Saturday.

Solo and junior Lisa Brookens combined for the shutout Sunday without either needing to make a save. Solo played the opening 62 minutes before giving way to Brookens for the final 29 minutes. Brookens, who has played three career games in goal for UW, will start Friday against Duke.

Meghann Loseke saved seven shots for the Tigers (0-2) who were outshot by a 24-4 margin.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#12 Washington 5, Colorado College 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Kim Taylor (Melissa Bennett, Blair Ruport), 33:03. 2, UW, Taylor (Jaime Carstensen), 48:48. 3, UW, Carstensen (Bennett), 57:33. 4, UW Taylor (Bennett), 82:09. 5, UW, Lindsy Humphrey (Bennett), 85:22.

Shots - CC 4, UW 24.
Saves - CC 7 (Meghann Loseke), UW 0 (Hope Solo, Lisa Brookens).
Corner Kicks - CC 1, UW 5.
Offsides - CC 0, UW 2.
Fouls - CC 17, UW 15.
Attendance - 518.

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