Hope Solo Shutout Helps Lead United States to 3-0 Victory Over Finland

March 11, 2005

GUIA, Portugal - Former University of Washington Goalkeeper Hope Solo is continuing to make stops on the international level. On Friday, Solo recorded a shutout, which helped the United States National Team to a 3-0 victory over Finland, at the Algarve Cup.

Solo, who was making her first start for the U.S. National Team since October 2002, recorded four saves on eight shots, including two in the final ten minutes and a spectacular save where she had to push a 25-yarder over the cross-bar. The shutout was her first since 2002, where she shutout England 2-0 at the Algarve Cup.

The United States will play Denmark, Sunday, for a chance to win their group and play Germany in the championship game.

Solo completed her collegiate career as the Huskies' all-time leader in every goalkeeping category. She started 68 games, amassing 325 saves, 18 shutouts and a 1.02 goals against average. In each of the last two seasons (2001, 2002), she was one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year.

A four-time all-conference honoree, Solo received the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year award. She surrendered only 12 goals in 17 games in 2001 en route to a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average.

In 2000, Solo led Washington's to its only Pac-10 women's soccer championship.

She came to Washington after a stellar prep career at Richland (Wash.) High School during which she was twice honored as a Parade All-American (1997, 1998).

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