Bennett Breaks UW Assist Record in 3-1 Victory

Oct. 13, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tina Frimpong and Kim Taylor teamed up for a pair of goals Sunday while junior Melissa Bennett distributed her school-record 13th assist as 20th-ranked Washington defeated Oregon State 3-1 in a Pac-10 women's soccer game at Lorenz Field.

Paired with Friday's 2-1 win at Oregon, the Huskies (7-4-2) remained perfect in conference play with a 2-0 record. Oregon State (7-4-2) dropped to 0-2 in Pac-10 action, losing to UW for the ninth straight time. The Huskies own an 11-1 advantage in the all-time series with OSU.

Bennett ranks second nationally, averaging one assist per game. She recorded her 13th assist in the 88th minute, serving a corner kick to Megan McKinstry for an insurance goal. Bennett eclipsed the Husky single-season record of 12 assists established by Theresa Wagner during the 2000 season. She has twice as many assists as any other Pac-10 player this season.

Despite the record-setting assist total, Bennett is better known for scoring goals than setting them up. She amassed a Washington state prep record with 166 goals at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett, a 2000 UW graduate.

Taylor opened the scoring at 26:49. She collected a centering pass from Frimpong and fired a shot inside the far post for her sixth goal of the season.

The Beavers scored the equalizer just seven seconds before halftime. Cassidy Temple sent a through ball into the box that Brianna Monka finished from 12 yards out at 44:53.

The teams played 28 scoreless minutes before Frimpong netted what proved to be the game-winner at 73:08. That was the team-leading seventh score for Frimpong who blasted a 12-yard shot into the goal off a pass from Taylor.

Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, registered four saves for the Huskies. Jo Fletcher saved five shots for OSU which was outshot by a 22-13 margin.

'I think the key to the game was in the second half with the score tied 1-1 when Hope Solo made a world-class save, which is not uncommon for her - she's a great keeper,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'I think Washington won the game with that save. If we go up 2-1 on that shot, I think it's a different game at that point.

'People sometimes say 'the keeper saved the game', and that was the case with that play.'

Washington concludes its stretch of six straight road games next weekend at Washington State. The cross-state rivals clash on Saturday at noon in Pullman.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#20) Washington 3, Oregon State 1
Lorenz Field; Corvallis, Ore.

Scoring--1, UW, Kim Taylor (Tina Frimpong), 26:49. 2, OSU, Brianna Monka (Cassidy Temple), 44:53. 3, UW, Frimpong (Taylor), 73:08. 4, UW, Megan McKinstry (Melissa Bennett), 87:45.

Shots -- UW 22, OSU 13.
Saves -- UW 4 (Hope Solo), OSU 5 (Jo Fletcher).
Corner Kicks -- UW 8, OSU 3.
Fouls -- UW 16, OSU 15.
Offsides -- UW 2, OSU 2.
Records -- Washington 7-4-2, 2-0, Oregon State 7-4-2, 0-2.

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