UW Rallies to Tie WSU in Women's Soccer

Oct. 19, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior forward Melissa Bennett assisted on the first goal and netted the tying score with just over four minutes remaining in regulation time Saturday as the 19th-ranked Washington women rallied for a 2-2 tie against Washington State at Cougar Soccer Field.

Both teams remained undefeated in Pacific-10 Conference play, the Huskies (7-4-3) moving to 2-0-1 and WSU (7-4-2) to 1-0-2. Washington completed its month-long, six-game road trip with a 2-2-2 record. The Huskies have not won in Pullman since 1996, registering a tie and two losses since that victory.

The Cougars opened a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals late in the first half. Shelby Brownfield scored an unassisted tally at 30:19, just 14 seconds after entering the game. On the second WSU goal, Kim Morgan rebounded a missed shot and found the UW net just over one minute before halftime. Rachel Rodrick and Nicole Wilcox were credited with assists on the goal at 43:53.

The state rivals were scoreless in the opening 27 minutes of the second half before Bennett sent a cross to sophomore Clare Rustad who tallied the first UW goal at 72:31.

Bennett added to her school single-season record with her 14th assist. The Seattle Christian High School product ranks second nationally with an average of one assist per game. She has distributed nine more assists than any other Pac-10 player.

The same two Huskies reversed roles and combined for the equalizer at 85:51. Rustad fed a pass to Bennett who raced past a WSU defender to score her fifth goal of the season. Neither team scored in 20 overtime minutes as Washington attempted the only two shots during the extra sessions. The Cougars posted a slight advantage for the entire 110 minutes, outshooting UW by a 12-10 margin.

Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and WSU's Katie Hultin each registered one save.

'For us to come back from two goals down late in the game is definitely a better result than where we were at halftime,' said Husky coach Lesle Gallimore. 'The light at the end of the tunnel is that we get to come home, finally.'

Washington, which last played at Husky Soccer Field on Sept. 22, hosts a pair of top-10 opponents this weekend. UW entertains No. 7 California on Friday at 5 p.m. before top-ranked Stanford invades Husky Soccer Field on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#19 Washington 2, Washington State 2 (2ot)
Cougar Soccer Field; Pullman, Wash.

Scoring--1, WSU, Shelby Brownfield, 30:19. 2, WSU, Kim Morgan (Rachel Rodrick, Nicole Wilcox), 43:53. 3, UW, Clare Rustad (Melissa Bennett), 72:31. 4, UW, Bennett (Rustad), 85:51.

Shots -- UW 10, WSU 12.
Saves -- UW 1 (Hope Solo), WSU 1 (Katie Hultin).
Corner Kicks -- UW 9, WSU 2.
Fouls -- UW 9, WSU 12.
Offsides -- UW 6, WSU 3.
Records -- Washington 7-4-3, 2-0-1, Washington State 7-4-2, 1-0-2.

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