6th-Ranked UW Women's Soccer Team Visits Arizona for Two Games

Oct. 11, 2000

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Fri, Oct. 13 -
#6 UW at #21 Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Sun Devil Soccer Field, Tempe, Ariz.

Sun, Oct. 15 -
#6 UW at Arizona, 1:00 p.m. PDT
Murphey Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.

Fresh off their first ever sweep of the Bay Area schools, the sixth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (11-1, 2-0) makes its first Pacific-10 Conference road trip of the season this weekend. The Huskies and 21st-ranked Arizona State (11-1, 2-0) square off on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in a battle of teams tied atop the Pac-10 standings. Washington won all three previous meetings with ASU, including a 2-1 overtime decision last season in Seattle. On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Huskies visit Tucson for a meeting with Arizona (3-7-2, 0-1-1) at 1 p.m. UW owns a 5-0 record in the all-time series with the Wildcats. The Huskies won their first two conference games in Seattle, shutting out No. 12 Stanford 1-0 before dealing No. 9 California its first loss 2-1. Washington participated in four of the last six NCAA Tournaments. The UW schedule ranked among the nation's 10 most difficult in each of the last five years and this season is no different as nine foes are currently ranked.

Return to Rankings:
The Huskies rose from eighth into a three-way tie at No. 6 with UCLA and Hartford in this week's (Oct. 9) American Soccer Writers' poll. That is the highest ranking ever for the UW booters. They received a No. 17 ranking on Sept. 5 that marked their first mention in the national polls since Sept. 9, 1996. Other Washington rankings this week- Soccer America (4th), Soccer Times (6th) and Soccer Buzz (8th).UW vs. Ranked Foes: The Huskies have a 16-46-5 all-time record against ranked opponents, including a 5-1 mark this season. They lost to then-No. 2 Notre Dame and have defeated Santa Clara (3), California (9), Stanford (12), BYU (17) and Portland (21).

Arizona State (11-1, 2-0):
The 21st-ranked Sun Devils are tied for first place with Washington, both sporting 2-0 Pac-10 records. The lone ASU setback was a 5-1 loss at Brigham Young, a team UW beat 1-0 in Seattle. ASU swept a pair of road games at Oregon (2-1) and Oregon State (2-0) last weekend. The Devils are outscoring opponents by a combined 36-8 count paced by the 11 goals of Stacey Tullock. Patrice Feulner chips in 10 goals and a team-leading six assists. Goalkeeper Erin Reinke has seven shutouts and a 0.66 goals against average. Washington won all three previous meetings, including a 2-1 decision during 1998 in the only previous meeting in Tempe. The Huskies claimed a 2-1 win last year in Seattle on a goal by Katey Ward in the fourth minute of overtime.Arizona (3-7-2, 0-1-1 pending a game Friday vs. Washington State): The Wildcats lost 2-0 at Oregon in their last outing after tying Oregon State 2-2. Liz Bartlett and Kristi Lorona are tied for team-high honors with four goals apiece. Washington won all five previous meetings, including a 4-0 victory last season in Seattle. The last time the Huskies visited Tucson, they escaped with a 3-2 overtime decision during the 1998 season. Tami Bennett ended the game with a goal in the sixth minute of extra time.

o Husky senior forward Tami Bennett has a school-record 29 career goals. She has 11 goals this season, just one shy of the UW single-game record of 12 established by Tara Bilanski in 1995.

o Washington boasts its highest national ranking ever, climbing two places into a tie at No. 6 in the American Soccer Writers' poll. The Huskies, whose only loss was to No. 1 Notre Dame, have beaten five ranked opponents.

o A goal in the 47th minute by Cal's Laura Schott on Sunday halted a 243-minute scoreless streak by the Washington defense. Sophomore Hope Solo played 198 of those scoreless minutes in goal.

o The Huskies have already amassed 38 goals, six more than the 32 they netted all last season ... The Washington single-season scoring record is 44, an average of 2.2 goals per game. The current team is scoring at a 3.2 goals-per-game clip.

Sibling Rivalry: Washington's roster features a pair of prolific-scoring sisters, Tami and Melissa Bennett. Tami, a senior, owns the school scoring record with 29 career goals. She amassed 152 career goals at Seattle Christian High School to pry the state scoring record from U.S. National Team standout Michelle Akers. Melissa, a freshman, took the record away from Tami last spring by completing her career at Seattle Christian with 166 goals. Tami currently leads the team with 11 goals, just one shy of the UW single-season record. Melissa ranks fourth among Huskies with four goals. Last week, Tami scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Stanford on Friday and Melissa had the game-winner in Sunday's 2-1 win over Cal.

Last UW Game -- (#8) UW 2, (#9) California 1 (Oct. 8, Seattle):
Freshman Melissa Bennett scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation Sunday, lifting eighth-ranked Washington to a 2-1 triumph over No. 9 and previously undefeated California before 1,708 spectators at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies (11-1, 2-0) extended their winning streak to five games. Washington, which has a 5-1 record against ranked teams, defeated defending Pac-10 champion and 12th-ranked Stanford 1-0 on Friday. California (11-1-1, 1-1) surrendered more than one goal for the first time this season en route to its first loss. Bennett's decisive goal, her fourth of the season, came with 2:49 left in the game. Cal goalkeeper Maite Zabala dove to her right to deflect a shot from Malia Arrant, but she was unable to collect the ball. Bennett ran on to the carom off Zabala and pushed the ball into the net from eight yards away at 87:11. Arrant opened the scoring at 32:56, accepting a through pass from Suzanne Culpepper and touching it into the right side of the goal from eight yards out. Cal forward Laura Schott tallied the equalizer at 46:37 for her conference-leading 17th goal. Kim Yokers' shot rebounded off the crossbar to Schott who unleashed a 12-yard blast off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal line. UW goalkeeper Hope Solo was credited with five saves, including a diving denial of a dangerous attempt by Schott in the 11th minute. Zabala had five saves for Cal which was outshot 18-16.

Season Update:
The Huskies opened the season by tying the school record for goals and scoring margin with an 8-0 win over Eastern Washington, powered by Tami Bennett's hat trick and a school-record four assists from Theresa Wagner. UW upset No. 17 Brigham Young 1-0 in the first ever night game at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies swept a pair of games in the Bay Area, defeating San Francisco 3-1 before stunning No. 3 Santa Clara 2-1 to snap the Broncos' 32-game home winning streak. Santa Clara had won 45 consecutive regular-season games. UW won the Nike Invitational in Ann Arbor, beating host Michigan 4-0 and Ohio State 3-1. Then second-ranked Notre Dame dealt the Huskies their first setback, 5-0 at the Portland Invitational. UW recovered to beat San Diego State 5-2 the next day on goals by five different players. The Huskies stopped a 10-game losing streak against Portland, defeating the No. 21 Pilots 2-1 at Merlo Field. After the seven-game road trip, UW returned home for the first time in a month and routed Gonzaga 7-0. The Huskies swept the Bay Area schools at home, beating No. 12 Stanford for the first time ever, 1-0. UW edged No. 9 Cal 2-1 on a goal by Melissa Bennett with 2:49 remaining.

Strenuous Schedule:
Washington's schedule ranked among the nation's top-10 most difficult each of the last five years. This year's schedule is no different. Nine opponents on the 2000 Husky schedule participated in the 1999 NCAA Tournament, including Final Four qualifiers Notre Dame and Santa Clara. Nine UW foes are ranked in the current American Soccer Writers' poll, including No. 1 Notre Dame, UCLA (5), California (9), Santa Clara (10), Stanford (12), USC (15), Portland (16), Brigham Young (20) and Arizona State (21). Another opponent, Michigan, was listed in the preseason poll.

Home Sweet Home:
For the fourth year, all Washington home games will be played on campus at the 1,500-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. A new twist in 2000 is the addition of lights, enabling Washington to play four of its seven home games at night (7:00 p.m.). The Huskies won their last 10 games at Husky Soccer Field where they averaged 1,201 spectators during 1999, the 11th-highest attendance figure in the nation.

2000 Preview:
Optimism is high for the Washington women's soccer team that finished with a flurry in 1999, posting a 4-1-2 record over its final seven games. Eight starters return from that team, including the top three scorers, both goalkeepers and 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year Andrea Morelli. Senior Theresa Wagner led the team with nine goals, four of them game-winners. Her team-leading seven assists were matched by junior Caroline Putz who added seven goals. Senior Tami Bennett had six goals and four assists. Any foe getting past the Morelli-anchored defense must confront sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo who played with the U.S. National Team during the spring and summer in pursuit of an Olympic team berth. She is joined by senior Leslie Weeks, who compiled nine career shutouts and a 1.45 goals against average, to form the finest goalkeeping tandem in the Pac-10. An outstanding group of newcomers includes Washington state prep scoring leader Melissa Bennett and Salt Lake City, Utah product Dana Dibble, a pair of Gatorade State Players of the Year. Washington's freshmen group was rated the nation's 25th best recruiting class by the Soccer Buzz website.

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