UW Women Upset 7th-Ranked Cal in Soccer

Oct. 25, 2002

SEATTLE - Junior Melissa Bennett assisted on both Washington goals Friday, including Jaime Carstensen's 75th-minute tally that lifted the 25th-ranked Huskies to a 2-1 triumph over No. 7 California in a Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer game at Husky Soccer Field.

Washington (8-4-3) remained undefeated in Pac-10 play with a 3-0-1 conference record. The second-place Huskies host first-place Stanford (5-0) on Sunday at noon. The top-ranked Cardinal won 1-0 Friday at Washington State.

Friday's game was the first home outing in over a month for the Huskies who have a perfect 5-0 record in Seattle. They had been away from Husky Soccer Field since Sept. 22 while playing six straight road games.

'It's great to finally play at home again. Packing up, sleeping in hotels and taking buses and planes wears on you,' said UW head coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We played really tough on the road and tonight at home I was really proud of how our kids played, especially coming back from one goal down.'

California (9-5-1) dropped to 2-3 in conference action. The Golden Bears opened the scoring four minutes into the game on Dania Cabello's first goal of the season. Laura Schott dribbled down the right wing and tapped a pass to Cabello who veered to the center of the box and fired a shot into the lower left corner from 15 yards out.

Sophomore Nicole Martinez (Woodinville, Wash./Redmond HS) netted the equalizer for the Huskies, scoring on a seven-yard boot during a scramble in front of the goal mouth. Bennett served a corner kick into the box to set up the goal at 24:33.

The teams battled through 50 scoreless minutes before Washington converted another corner kick opportunity for the game winner. Bennett crossed a ball to the far post where Carstensen (Santa Rosa, Calif./Ursuline HS) headed it in from eight yards away at 74:46. Carstensen is tied for third among UW scorers with five goals.

Bennett continued her prolific playmaking, increasing to 16 her school-record assist total. The Seattle Christian High School product ranks third nationally and has 10 more assists this season than any other Pac-10 player.

'You can't get assists if your teammates aren't scoring,' Bennett remarked. 'I've been fortunate that my teammates are finishing real well when I pass to them.'

Senior goalkeeper Hope Solo (Richland, Wash./Richland HS), the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, registered two saves for Washington. Sani Post had six saves for Cal which was outshot by an 11-6 margin.

NCAA Women's Soccer
(#25) Washington 2, (#7) California 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, CAL, Dania Cabello (Laura Schott), 3:59. 2, UW, Nicole Martinez (Melissa Bennett), 24:33. 3, UW, Jaime Carstensen (Bennett), 74:46.

Shots -- CAL 6, UW 11.
Saves -- CAL 6 (Sani Post), UW 2 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks -- CAL 4, UW 7.
Fouls -- CAL 11, UW 5.
Offsides -- CAL 0, UW 1.
Attendance -- 850.
Records -- California 9-5-1, 2-3-0; Washington 8-4-3, 3-0-1.

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