Huskies Win Women's Soccer Tournament

Sept. 22, 2002

SEATTLE - The 21st-ranked Washington women won their own tournament for the first time in six years, defeating UC Irvine 3-0 on Sunday to secure the Husky/Nike Invitational championship in front of 1,173 fans at Husky Soccer Field.

For the second-straight game the Huskies (5-2-1) tallied two goals inside the opening 14 minutes. They outscored opponents 6-1 during the two-day tournament, including Friday's 3-1 decision over Harvard. That plus-five goal differential proved decisive in determining the champion as No. 5 Portland was also undefeated in tournament play, edging Harvard 2-1 on Sunday after posting a 2-0 win over Irvine on Friday. UW last won its own tournament in 1996 and Portland won the four subsequent titles.

A pair of Huskies received individual honors as junior Melissa Bennett was named the tournament's Offensive MVP while senior Andrea Morelli collected the Defensive MVP award. Bennett had one goal and three assists during the Invitational, including a pair of assists off corner kicks against Irvine.

UW senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, registered three saves en route to her school-record 17th career shutout. She eclipsed the record of 16 shutouts established by Tina Thompson between 1994-96. Solo now owns all of Washington's career goalkeeping records, including the standards for saves (266) and goals against average (0.91).

Junior Jaime Carstensen opened the scoring, poking in a five-yard shot after Tina Frimpong relayed a Bennett corner kick to her at 9:51. The second goal was a 25-yard blast at 13:22 by red-shirt freshman Kim Taylor who picked the ball off from an Anteater defender.

Washington's final tally came at 35:04 on the first collegiate goal for freshman Sara Davis. Bennett served a corner kick to the far post and Clare Rustad flicked a header to Davis who was stationed 10 yards in front of the Irvine goal.

Sarah Swancutt and Chelsea McCarthy each played one half in goal and combined for five saves for UC Irvine (2-4) which was outshot 12-9.

The Huskies, who do not play at home again for over a month, embark on a six-game road trip. The next three games are against top-10 ranked opponents, Friday at No. 3 Texas, Sunday at No. 8 Texas A&M and Oct. 5 at No. 5 Portland. The next Washington home game is Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. against California.

'It feels good for us to get the tournament win. To put up some goals this weekend against two very tough teams and to get the shutout today is huge for us because now we go on the road for four weeks,' UW coach Lesle Gallimore remarked. 'You have to be able to play well on the road if you are a good team and this is a challenge that our team is up for.'

Portland (7-2) won its seventh straight game after opening the season with a pair of losses. The Pilots broke a scoreless tie at 39:41, taking advantage of an errant throw by Harvard goalkeeper Katie Shields. Erin Misaki intercepted the ball, dribbled down the left side and drew the Crimson defense to her before feeding a pass to Christine Sinclair for an easy five-yard open goal boot. That was the eighth score of the season for Sinclair, a Canadian National Team member who has netted half of Portland's goals this season.

The Pilots tallied a second goal at 71:44 when Lindsey Huie collected the ball in the defensive end of the field and dribbled 40 yards toward the Harvard goal before lofting a 20-yard shot into the net.

The Crimson (2-3) drew within 2-1 at 73:14 and controlled the run of play the rest of the game, but could not net the equalizer. Katie Westfall distributed a through pass to Joey Yenne who converted a 15-yard strike from a sharp angle on the right side.

Cristin Shea made two saves for Portland and Shields had 10 for Harvard which was outshot 19-12.

NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

HUSKY/NIKE INVITATIONAL GAME 4
(#21) Washington 3, UC Irvine 0

Scoring--1, Washington, Jaime Carstensen (Melissa Bennett, Tina Frimpong), 9:51. 2, Washington, Kim Taylor, 13:22. 3, Washington, Sara Davis (Bennett, Clare Rustad), 35:04.

Shots - UC Irvine 9, Washington 12.
Saves - UC Irvine 5 (Sarah Swancutt 4, Chelsea McCarthy 1), Washington 3 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks - UC Irvine 1, Washington 5.
Fouls - UC Irvine 13, Washington 13.
Offsides - UC Irvine 1, Washington 1.
Attendance - 1,173.

HUSKY/NIKE INVITATIONAL GAME 3
(#5) Portland 2, Harvard 1

Scoring--1, Portland, Christine Sinclair (Erin Misaki), 39:41. 2, Portland, Lindsey Huie, 71:44. 3, Harvard, Joey Yenne (Katie Westfall), 73:14.

Shots - Harvard 12, Portland 19.
Saves - Harvard 10 (Katie Shields), Portland 2 (Lauren Arase).
Corner Kicks - Harvard 1, Portland 3.
Fouls - Harvard 9, Portland 18.
Offsides - Harvard 0, Portland 0.
Attendance - 260.

TOURNAMENT AWARDS
Team Champion
-- Washington
Offensive MVP -- Melissa Bennett, Washington
Defensive MVP -- Andrea Morelli, Washington.

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