Tami Bennett's Overtime Goals Lifts #6 UW to 1-0 Women's Soccer Win Over #7 UCLA
Oct. 22, 2000
SEATTLE - Tami Bennett made her final regular-season game at Husky Soccer Field a memorable one.
The Washington senior scored in the fourth minute of overtime Sunday, lifting the sixth-ranked Husky women's soccer team to a 1-0 triumph over No. 7 UCLA before a school-record crowd of 3,403.
Bennett is Washington's all-time scoring leader with 32 career goals. Sunday's was arguably the biggest goal of her collegiate career.
'This is the best one,' exclaimed Bennett. 'Doing this against an opponent like UCLA makes it special. Also, this puts us in the running for the Pac-10 championship.'
The win extended the school-record winning streak to nine games and gave Washington (15-1, 6-0) a one-game lead in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. The Huskies are the only undefeated team in the conference and have defeated all four teams still alive in the title chase. Washington can clinch its first ever Pac-10 women's soccer title by winning two of its final three games.
'The result ranks up there as one of my best as a coach,' said seventh-year UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'I was going to be happy with a tie because that still kept us in the driver's seat for the Pac-10 championship, but to get the victory is just a thrill.'
Bennett's goal came on her first and the team's third shot of the game. UCLA (12-2-1, 3-1-1) suffered its first conference loss despite controlling the run of play and posting a 25-3 advantage in shots.
Freshman Jaime Carstensen dribbled the ball down the right side and pushed a pass to Bennett in the middle. Bennett controlled the ball and drilled a low 20-yard shot past the diving Bruin goalkeeper CiCi Peterson and inside the left post at 93:25. Bennett increased her UW single-season record to 14 goals and tied Tara Bilanski's (1992-95) career points record of 74.
Bennett is no stranger to records. She amassed a state prep record 152 goals at Seattle Christian High School, a record that was broken last spring by the 166 career goals of her sister Melissa Bennett who is now a freshman on the UW team.
As she has done all season, sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo played a huge role in the outcome with her fifth shutout. She was credited with five saves, including back-to-back denials of point-blank Bruin attempts with five minutes remaining in regulation. Solo tipped a 15-yard Tracey Milburn shot off the crossbar and then smothered a shot by Venus James who fielded the carom.
'Hope and our defenders gave us a chance to win it late. I've said all year that good defense wins games and today we were a living example of that,' Gallimore said. 'This was not our best game of the year, but as far as heart and determination I'm very proud and pleased with the team.'
The victory was Washington's eighth this season over a nationally ranked opponent. The only UW loss came against top-ranked Notre Dame. The Huskies' last six victories have all been by one-goal margins.
The Huskies are on the road for the final three regular-season games, beginning Friday at Oregon State.
NCAA Women's Soccer
(#6) Washington 1, (#7) UCLA 0
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.
Shots -- UCLA 25, Washington 3.
Saves -- UCLA 0 (CiCi Peterson), Washington 5 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks -- UCLA 9, Washington 3.
Fouls -- UCLA 14, Washington 11.
Attendance -- 3,403.