Women's Soccer Players Of The Week

Sept. 24, 2002

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- 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, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

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.

2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 3- Marcie Ward, STAN; Sept. 10- Julie Peterson, USC; Sept. 17- Brittany Kirk, CAL; Sept. 24- Melissa Bennett, WASH; and Brittany Cooper, ASU.

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