Bennett Ties UW Record in 5-0 Rout of Portland State

Oct. 3, 2003

SEATTLE - Senior Melissa Bennett scored one goal and tied the school record with her 27th career assist, leading the 13th-ranked Washington women to a 5-0 triumph over Portland State Friday night at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies (6-2-2) got goals from five different players in registering their highest scoring output of the season. Portland State (5-6) had a four-game winning streak stopped. The Vikings are coached for the third season by former Washington midfielder and assistant coach Tara Erickson (formerly Bilanski).

Bennett set up the game's first goal, passing to Jaime Carstensen who found forward Tina Frimpong with a long through ball. Frimpong beat a defender and had a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Joell Giger. She slipped a low, 12-yard shot inside the right post at 12:00 for her team-leading ninth goal. A product of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., Frimpong moved into the No. 4 spot among all-time UW scorers with her 23rd career goal.

The record-setting assist tied Bennett with Caroline Putz who amassed 27 assists for UW from 1998-2001. Bennett is tied for the team lead with six assists this season. She distributed a UW single-season record 18 assists last year.

Frimpong played a part in UW's second goal as she was fouled in the box, setting up Liz Taylor's successful penalty kick at 16:39.

Bennett increased the 2-0 halftime lead with a 15-yard blast from the center of the box into the upper right corner at 67:45. Senior Blair Ruport set up the goal with a pass from the right flank. Ruport assisted on the Huskies' final goal at 87:15 with a pass to freshman Alec Mills for her first collegiate score.

UW's fourth goal came at 76:06 on a give-and-go between Lindsy Humphrey and Clare Rustad. Humphrey received Rustad's return pass and netted the ball from 12 yards out.

Senior Lisa Brookens and freshman Kelsey Rasmussen each recorded a save in one half of action, combining for Washington's fourth shutout. Giger had three saves for the Vikings who were outshot by a 15-8 margin.

PSU's best scoring chance came in the 70th minute when Jamie Blakesley fired a close-range shot off the left post.

The Huskies conclude their five-game homestand Sunday against Idaho State. Kick-off is noon at Husky Soccer Field for UW's final non-conference game of the season. Washington begins Pac-10 play next week in Los Angeles.

NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
(#13) Washington 5, Portland State 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring -- 1, UW, Tina Frimpong (Jaime Carstensen, Melissa Bennett), 12:00. 2, UW, Liz Taylor (penalty kick), 16:39. 3, UW, Bennett (Blair Ruport), 67:45. 4, UW, Lindsy Humphrey (Clare Rustad), 76:06. 5, UW, Alec Mills (Ruport), 87:15.

Shots -- PSU 8, UW 15.
Saves --- PSU 3 (Joell Giger), UW 2 (Lisa Brookens 1, Kelsey Rasmussen 1).
Corner Kicks -- PSU 2, UW 5.
Fouls --- PSU 12, UW 18.
Offsides -- PSU 0, UW 3.
Attendance -- 697.
Records -- Washington 6-2-2, Portland State 5-6-0.

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