Fourth-Ranked Huskies Visit Oregon For Pair of Women's Soccer Games

Oct. 23, 2000

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Fri, Oct. 27 - #4 UW at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. PDT Paul Lorenz Field, Corvallis, Ore.

Sun., Oct. 29 - #4 UW at Oregon, 1:00 p.m. PDT Pape Field, Eugene, Ore.

In the midst of a school-record nine-game winning streak, the fourth-ranked Washington women's soccer team (15-1, 6-0) travels to Oregon this week in hopes of clinching its first ever Pacific-10 Conference championship. The Huskies are in first place as the only undefeated team in the conference and have defeated all four teams still alive in the title chase. They can clinch the Pac-10 title by winning two of their final three games, beginning Friday, Oct. 27 at Oregon State (6-9-2, 0-3-2). Kick-off is 3 p.m. at Paul Lorenz Field in Corvallis. UW owns an 8-1 series advantage over the Beavers, including wins in the last six meetings. The Huskies visit Eugene for a Sunday, Oct. 29 matchup with Oregon (4-11-1, 1-3-1). Kick-off is 1 p.m. at Pape Field. Washington won all four previous meetings with the Ducks. The Huskies, who have never won a Pac-10 women's soccer title, posted their best conference finish of second in 1996. Washington, which competed in four of the last six NCAA Tournaments, is seeking to return to the Tournament after a one-year absence. UW's schedule was rated among the nation's 10 most difficult in each of the last five years and this season is no different as eight foes are currently ranked.

Comments from Coach Lesle Gallimore-'I didn't want to address the Pac-10 championship topic before the (UCLA) game, but I can now. The players know what's going on and are aware of where we stand. They're excited about it. It's fun to be in the driver's seat and we're going to enjoy that. But we've still got three games to play and will have to play well, especially since we're on the road the rest of the way.'

Highest Ranking Ever:
The Huskies climbed two spots, from sixth to No. 4 in this week's (Oct. 23) American Soccer Writers' poll. That is the highest ranking ever for the UW booters. They received a No. 17 ranking on Sept. 5 that was their first mention in the national polls since Sept. 9, 1996. Washington rankings in other publications include: Soccer America (2nd), Soccer Times (3rd) and Soccer Buzz (4th).

UW vs. Ranked Foes:
Over half of Washington's games (9 of 16) have been against ranked opponents. The Huskies have an 18-46-5 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 7-1 mark this season. They lost to then-No. 2 and now top-ranked Notre Dame and have defeated Santa Clara (#3), UCLA (#7), California (#9), Stanford (#12), Brigham Young (#17), Portland (#21) and Arizona State (#21).

Oregon State (6-9-2, 0-3-2):
Third-year coach Steve Fennah's Beavers registered a 6-6 non-conference record before tying two and losing three Pac-10 games. Four of OSU's losses have come by one-goal margins. Dante Lipfert has a team-leading five goals, including three game-winners. Goalkeeper Jerika Duran has a 1.49 goals against average. Washington won the last six meetings en route to an 8-1 advantage in the series that began in 1992. The Huskies were 4-1 victors last season in Seattle as Carolyn Putz had two goals. OSU freshman Katie Walker was a high school teammate of UW goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Oregon (4-11-1, 1-3-1 pending a game Friday vs. Washington State):
Fifth-year coach Bill Steffen's squad has seven players from the state of Washington, including leading scorer Chalise Baysa. The Oak Harbor High School product leads the Ducks with six goals. Goalkeeper Sarah Peters, who has a 2.83 goals against average, hails from the same Woodinville (Wash.) High School as Huskies Dee Behler, Suzanne Culpepper and Vanessa Pierce. Washington won all four previous meetings with Oregon, including a 1-0 double-overtime decision last season in Seattle. Theresa Wagner ended that game with a goal with 1:10 left in the final overtime.

Sibling Rivalry:
Washington's roster features a pair of prolific-scoring sisters, Tami and Melissa Bennett. Tami, a senior, owns several UW school records, including career (32) and single-season (14) goals along with career (74) and season (32) points. Tami amassed 152 career goals at Seattle Christian High School to pry the state prep scoring record from U.S. National Team standout Michelle Akers. Melissa, a freshman, took that prep record away from Tami last spring by completing her career at Seattle Christian with 166 goals. Tami currently leads the Huskies with 14 goals. Melissa ranks fourth among Huskies with four goals, one more than Tami scored as a freshman. On Oct. 11 both sisters were named to the Soccer America Team of the Week after Tami scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Stanford and Melissa had the game-winner in a 2-1 win over Cal.

Last UW Game -- (#6) UW 1, (#7) UCLA 0 (Oct. 22, Seattle):
Tami Bennett scored in the fourth minute of overtime Sunday, lifting sixth-ranked Washington to a 1-0 triumph over No. 7 UCLA before a school-record crowd of 3,403 at Husky Soccer Field. The win extended the school-record winning streak to nine games and gave Washington (15-1, 6-0) a one-game lead in the Pac-10 standings. 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 Pac-10 loss despite 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 just inside the right post at 93:25. It was the 32nd career goal for Bennett who increased her UW single-season record to 14 goals and tied Tara Bilanski's (1992-95) career points mark of 74. Goalkeeper Hope Solo registered 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. The victory was Washington's eighth this season over a nationally ranked opponent.

Sensational Solo:
All-America candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout sophomore goalkeeper. She is one of the finest 'keepers in the nation, not just among collegians. Solo played two international games this summer with the U.S. National Team and was one of four goalkeepers in the training pool for the Olympic team. She has surrendered only one goal in her last 407 minutes in goal, including a current streak of 215 scoreless minutes. Solo has five shutouts and an 0.82 goals against average this season, including three shutouts and an 0.33 goals against average in six Pac-10 contests. Her presence between the posts has been pivotal for the Huskies who have won nine games by a one-goal margin, including their last six outings.

o Washington's current nine-game winning streak is three games longer than any other win streak in its 10-year history

o Senior forward Tami Bennett has established new UW school records for goals in a career (32) and season (14)

o Sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo has allowed only one goal in her last 407 minutes, including a current streak of 215 scoreless minutes

o The Huskies' 43 goals are one shy of the school-record total of 44 they netted in 20 games during 1995

o UW has trailed only three times this season

o This year's 15 victories are two more than any previous Washington team has recorded

Tournament Tidbits:
The Huskies seem certain to appear in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Tournament pairings are announced Sunday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. PST. The first round takes place on Nov. 8 with 16 schools in the 48-team field earning byes. The Huskies would likely play at home and, if they don't receive a bye, would play a first-round game on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. A potential second-round game in Seattle would be played Sunday, Nov. 12 at noon.

2000 Season Husky Highlights:
Aug. 26 - Erupted for school records for goals and scoring margin in season-opening 8-0 win over Eastern Washington. Tami Bennett has hat trick and Theresa Wagner sets school single-game record with four assists.

Aug. 29 -Beat No. 17 Brigham Young 1-0 in first ever night game at Husky Soccer Field.

Sept. 4 -Upset No. 3 Santa Clara 2-1 to snap the Broncos 32-game home winning streak. Santa Clara also had its streak of 45 consecutive regular-season wins stopped.

Sept. 8-10 - Won the Michigan Nike Invitational title by beating Michigan and Ohio State.

Sept. 23 - Beat No. 21 Portland for the first time ever, 2-1 at Merlo Field.

Oct. 6-8 - Swept the Bay Area schools for the first time, beating No. 12 Stanford (1-0) and No. 9 Cal (2-1) in Seattle. Tami and Melissa Bennett each tally a game-winner.

Oct. 13 - Defeated No. 21 Arizona State 2-1 for the sixth win over a ranked opponent.

Oct. 15 - Won 2-1 at Arizona to extend a school-record seven-game winning streak and register a UW record-tying 13th victory.

Oct. 20 - Vanessa Pierce scored in the 57th minute of a 1-0 home win over No. 12 USC.

Oct. 22 - Despite being outshot 25-3, UW dealt No. 7 UCLA its first Pac-10 defeat 1-0 in Seattle on a goal by Tami Bennett in the fourth minute of overtime.

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. Eight UW foes are ranked in the current American Soccer Writers' poll, including No. 1 Notre Dame, UCLA (7), California (7), Brigham Young (12), Stanford (14), Portland (15), USC (16) and Santa Clara (18). The Huskies have an 8-1 record against ranked opponents.

Husky Honors:
Melissa Bennett
o Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct. 11)

Tami Bennett
o Pac-10 Player of the Week (Aug. 28)
o Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 27 & Oct. 11)

Andrea Morelli
o 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year

Caroline Putz
o Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 5)
o Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 6)
o 1 U.S. Women's National Team Cap
o Member of 2000 Nordic Cup Champion Jr. National Team

Hope Solo
o 2 U.S. Women's National Team Caps
o Member of 2000 Nordic Cup Champion Jr. National Team

Theresa Wagner
o UW record four assists vs. Eastern Washington (Aug. 26)

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