This Week In Pac-10 Women's Soccer

Sept. 24, 2002

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Pac-10 programs post a formidable .699 winning percentage (43-16-9) against Division I non-conference opponents this season, with nine wins against ranked teams... The slate gets even tougher this week, as WASHINGTON (5-2-1 overall) visits No. 4/No. 3 Texas and No. 8/No. 7 Texas A&M this week... The Huskies begin a six-game road trip, with three straight matches against top-10 teams... OREGON (1-4-1) will continue its quest for its first home win when top-ranked North Carolina visits Eugene... WASHINGTON STATE (6-1-0) visits No. 24/No. 20 Peppderine... UCLA (6-1-0) hosts the Mexican National Team in an exhibition , Wednesday at 2 p.m... The match is free to the public and Bruin freshman Iris Mora is a starter on the Mexican squad.

Five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top-20 in this week's national polls (adidas/NSCAA and Soccer America, respectively): No. 2/No. 2 Stanford, No, 3/No. 4 UCLA, No. 5/No. 6 CALIFORNIA, No. 15/No. 16 Washington and NR/No. 18 USC.


Wed., Sept. 25
Brigham Young at #3/#4UCLA, 2 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 27
ARIZONA at Belmont, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Georgia, 7 p.m.
#5/#6CALIFORNIA at Penn, 3:30 p.m.
Air Force at OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.
#2/#2STANFORD vs. Tennessee, 5 p.m. (1)
San Diego at NR/#18USC, 3 p.m.
#16/#16WASHINGTON at #4/#3Texas, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at #24/#20Pepperdine, 3 p .m.

Sat., Sept. 28
Mexican National Team at #3/#4UCLA (exh.), 2 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 29
ARIZONA at Kentucky, Noon
ARIZONA STATE at Auburn, 11:30 a.m.
#5/#6CALIFORNIA at Hartford, Noon
#1/#1North Carolina at OREGON, 1 p.m.
Portland at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
#2/#2STANFORD vs. Montana, 11 a.m. (1)
NR/#18USC at UC Irvine, 1 p.m.
#15/#16WASHINGTON at #8/#7Texas A&M, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Loyola Marymount, Noon

(1) Santa Clara Tournament, Santa Clara, Calif.

All times are local to site.


Fri., Sept. 20
ARIZONA STATE 2, San Diego 0
Pacific 4, OREGON 0
OREGON STATE 4, Wisconsin-Green Bay 1
STANFORD 4, Oklahoma 0
UCLA 3, Fresno State 0
WASHINGTON 3, Harvard 1

Sat., Sept. 21
USC 1, Brigham Young 0

Sun., Sept. 22
San Diego 3, ARIZONA 0
CALIFORNIA 4, Fresno State 1
OREGON 4, Wisconsin-Green Bay 2
OREGON STATE 1, Pacific 0
STANFORD 4, Florida 0
UCLA 4, Cal State Northridge 0

WASHINGTON junior forward Melissa Bennett and ARIZONA STATE freshman midfielder Brittany Cooper have been named Co-Pac-10 Women's Soccer Players of the Week for Sept. 17-23.

Bennett, from Kent, Wash., scored one goal and assisted on three others as Washington won its first Husky/Nike Invitational Championship since 1996. Bennett was voted the tournament's Offensive MVP, with a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over Harvard, and two assists in the 3-0 shutout of UC Irvine. Bennett leads UW (5-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) with 18 points. Her 10 assists are the second-highest single-season total in Husky history, just two shy of the school record (12) set in 2000 by Theresa Wagner.

Cooper, from Albuquerque, N.M., also tallied five points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a pair of shutout victories for Arizona State. The Sun Devils (4-1-2 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10) blanked San Diego 2-0 and UNLV 3-0 for their second and third straight shutout wins. Cooper scored a goal and had two assists against the Rebels, and added another assist against the Toreros. She is tied for the Arizona State lead in points (7), leads the team in assists (3) and is second in goals (2).

This is Bennett's second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Washington's 11th such honor all-time. The Player of the Week honor is the first for Cooper and Arizona State's fifth all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Tracy Hamm, Fr F, CAL; Amanda Orand, Sr MF, ORE; Brianna Monka, Fr F, OSU; Natalie Spilger, Jr D, STAN; Lindsay Greco, So F, UCLA; Ali Fennell, Sr F, USC; Alix Rustrum, Fr F, WSU.

Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN
Sept. 10-Julie Peterson, USC
Sept. 17-Brittany Kirk, CAL
Sept. 24-Melissa Bennett, WASH;Brittany Cooper, ASU

ARIZONA: Coming off a 3-0 home loss to San Diego 3-0, UA is in the midst of a stretch that has it playing five of six matches on the road, including games at Belmont and Kentucky this week. Freshman F Mallory Miller and senior MF Naomi Chu are tied for the team scoring lead (4 points).

ARIZONA STATE: Freshman MF Brittany Cooper tallied five points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a pair of shutout wins last week. The wins marked ASU's second and third straight shutout victories. Cooper is now tied for the team high in points (7), leads the team in assists (3) and is second in goals (2).

CALIFORNIA: Riding a four-game unbeaten streak, the Bears wrap up a four-game road swing with a trip to Penn and Hartford this week. Freshman F Tracy Hamm posted her first career hat trick in the 4-1 win at Fresno State. The hat trick was the Bears' first since Oct. 1, 2000, by current senior Laura Schott. Hamm leads Cal with 12 points (6 goals) on the year.

OREGON: Leading the Ducks to a 4-2 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay, senior MF Amanda Orand notched her first two career goals and second career assist in the opening 15 minutes. Her two goals and five total points were one shy of the Oregon single-match records (3 goals, 6 pts.), held by current UO undergraduate assistant coach Chalise Baysa.

OREGON STATE: Freshman F Brianna Monka had a goal and an assist in Oregon State's 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Beavers downed Pacific to take the title at their own OSU/Nike Invitational, handing the Tigers their first loss on the season.

STANFORD: The No. 2 Cardinal took the title at the Stanford/Nike Invitational, downing Oklahoma and 16th-ranked Florida. Sophomore Nicole Barnhart posted one save and recorded her fifth shutout of the year in the 4-0 win over the Gators. The Cardinal outshot the Sooners 25-2 and did not allow an Oklahoma shot until the 55th minute.

UCLA: The Bruins posted a pair of shutout wins last week, blanking Fresno State and Cal State Northridge. Sophomore F Lindsay Greco registered five points in the two contests, with a goal and an assist against the Bulldogs, and another goal versus the Matadors. UCLA was the highest-ranked team to visit Fresno State since then-No. 19 San Diego in 1999.

USC: After opening its home slate with a 1-0 win over BYU, USC hosts San Diego and travels across town to UC Irvine this week. Senior F/D Ali Fennell posted her third goal in as many games. The Trojans' schedule is among the toughest in the nation, as USC has already played four top-25 teams at this juncture (North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia and Wake Forest).

WASHINGTON: In UW's 3-0 victory over UC Irvine, senior GK Hope Solo registered three saves en route to her school-record 17th career shutout. Solo now owns all of Washington's career goalkeeping records, including the standards for saves (266) and goals against average (0.91). Junior F Melissa Bennett needs just three assists to set the new Husky single-season record.

WASHINGTON STATE: After streaking to their best start in school history with five wins in a row, the Cougars fell 3-0 to No. 24 Utah on Sept. 20. Freshman Alix Rustrum tallied seven points (2 goals, 3 assists) in WSU's 8-0 win over Gonzaga Sept. 22. The three assists matched the Washington State single-match record.

Sept. 2- Melissa Bennett, Jr F, WASH; Sept. 9- Alisan Pabon, Jr D, STAN; Sept. 16- Nandi Pryce, Jr D, UCLA

The following student-athletes have recorded hat tricks in 2002...

Tracy Hamm, CAL, 9-22-02
Tina Frimpong, WASH, 8-30-02
Iris Mora, UCLA, 9-13-02
Kim Taylor, WASH, 9-1-02

The following teams have captured tournament titles in 2002...

Arizona - Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.; Iowa State Cyclone Classic, Ames, Iowa.
California - California Invitational, Berkeley, Calif.
Oregon State - OSU Nike Invitational, Corvallis, Ore.
Stanford - Stanford Nike Invitational, Stanford, Calif.
UCLA - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii
USC - UCLA Women's Cup, Los Angeles, Calif.
Washington - Husky/Nike Invitational, Seattle, Wash.
Washington State - Diadora Cup, Missoula, Mont.

ARIZONA - Iowa State Cyclone Classic - Amanda Martin, Naomi Chu (Offensive MVP), Erin Clewett, Vanesha Bailey (Defensive MVP).
UCLA - Hawaii Outrigger Resorts & Hotels Classic - Nandi Pryce, (Most Outstanding Player), Sarah-Gayle Swanson, Sarah Lombardo, Kathryn Lee, Jill Oakes, Iris Mora.
WASHINGTON - Nike/Husky Classic - Melissa Bennett, Offensive MVP; Andrea Morelli, Defensive MVP.

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