Solo leads U.S. National Team to Algarve Cup championship

March 16, 2005

FARO, Portugal - Former Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo helped lead the U.S. Women's National Team to their third consecutive Algarve Cup championship on Tuesday. The U.S. defeated Germany who is the top-ranked team in the FIFA Women's World Rankings by a score of 1-0 in the championship match.

The U.S. did not allow a goal in any of their four matches, marking the first time that the team has accomplished the feat in their 10 trips to the Algarve Cup. Solo was in goal for the final three matches of the tournament, earning her 15th cap in the championship match.

For Solo, the tournament could be considered a breakout performance. She was solid when tested and came up big when needed. It was never truer than when Solo grabbed a promising Germany cross in the final minutes of the match.

'We had so much confidence in her,' said U.S. interim head coach Greg Ryan following the championship match. 'That last high ball that went into the mix, she was going to have to catch it or we were going to be in trouble, and she went up into a crowd of some really tall German women and just stuck it. So her steady play gave us some tremendous confidence.'

As a Husky, Solo finished her career as UW's 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.

Named to the all-conference team all four years of her Husky career, 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.

Solo has been competing with the U.S. National Team since 2000.

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