Pac-10 Champion Huskies Close Out Women's Soccer Regular Season at WSU

Oct. 30, 2000

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Fri, Nov. 3 -
(#3) UW at Washington State, 2:00 p.m. PST
Cougar Soccer Field, Pullman, Wash.

Having clinched their first ever Pac-10 women's soccer championship, the third-ranked Washington Huskies (17-1, 8-0) conclude their regular season schedule on Friday, Nov. 3 at Washington State. The Cats & Dawgs renew their annual Apple Cup rivalry at Cougar Soccer Field at 2 p.m. The Huskies are in the midst of a school-record 11-game winning streak. By winning the conference crown, Washington receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament while the Cougars (12-6, 4-4) are battling for a bid of their own. The Huskies will compete in the postseason for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Just before its last NCAA Tournament appearance, in 1998, Washington lost its final regular-season game 1-0 at WSU. The UW 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.

Quotable: Comments from Coach Lesle Gallimore
'Entering the season, our goal was to finish in the top three in the conference. Because the conference is so tough, we didn't want to set a goal of winning the Pac-10 and be unrealistic. After our non-conference schedule concluded and we had a great record, we changed our thinking about the Pac-10 and thought 'Why not us?' Right after the Oregon win we celebrated awhile, but then started thinking that we have to beat Washington State. First, because they are our rivals, but we also want to go into the tournament with a win. We're not going to take this game lightly. Finishing with an undefeated conference record would be huge for us. I can't tell you what a relief that is to know for sure that we're in the tournament instead of being nervous on announcement day. We can go into the tournament as one of the top teams and watch the pairings to see how the tournament committee rewards us for a great season.'

Tournament Tidbits:
As Pac-10 champions, the Huskies receive an automatic postseason berth and will play in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons. The Tournament pairings are announced Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 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. Hosting playoff games at home would be a big advantage for the Huskies who have won their last 12 games at Husky Soccer Field, including all seven games this season. UW averaged 1,421 fans at home this year, including a school-record 3,403 turnout Oct. 22 against UCLA.

o Washington is the first team from outside the state of California to win the Pac-10 title

o Washington's current 11-game winning streak is five games longer than any other win streak in its 10-year history

o Senior Theresa Wagner tied the school single-game record Sunday with four goals at Oregon. She also owns UW records for career points (78) and single-season assists (10)

o Sophomore GK Hope Solo allowed only two goals in her last 569 minutes

o The Huskies have netted 51 goals, seven more than the previous school season record of 44 set in 1995

o UW has trailed only three times in games this season

o This year's 17 victories are four more than any previous Washington team has recorded

Highest Ranking Ever:
Un-ranked in the preseason, the Huskies climbed one spot from fourth to No. 3 in this week's (Oct. 30) American Soccer Writers' poll. That is their highest ranking ever. 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 (4th), Soccer Buzz (4th), Soccer Times (2nd) and NSCAA (2nd).

Washington State (12-6, 4-4):
Third-year coach Dan Tobias' Cougars are vying for an NCAA Tournament berth and nothing could help there cause more than a win over third-ranked Washington. The last five WSU losses have all been by one-goal margins, including four in matchups with ranked opponents. The Cougars are outscoring opponents by a 39-18 count led by the 12 goals of Deka DeWitt. Goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen has four shutouts and a 0.95 goals against average. Washington won five of the last six meetings with WSU en route to a 5-3-1 series advantage. The Huskies won the last meeting, a 3-0 decision last season in Seattle, but lost 1-0 in 1998 during their last visit to Pullman.

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 (33) and single-season (15) goals along with single-season points (34). 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 15 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 -- (#4) UW 6, Oregon 1 (Oct. 29, Eugene, Ore.):
Theresa Wagner scored four goals and added an assist Sunday, helping fourth-ranked Washington (17-1, 8-0) win its first Pac-10 championship with a 6-1 victory over Oregon at Pape Field. Wagner scored two goals inside the opening six minutes. She found the net with a 20-yard blast at 2:47 and parlayed a cross from Caroline Putz into a goal at 5:54. At 12:58, Wagner helped put UW ahead 3-0 with a crossing pass that Tami Bennett directed into the goal from eight yards away. Wagner became the first player in Husky history to register three career hat tricks, netting her third goal on an eight-yard shot at 20:05. She converted a penalty kick at 30:06 to tie the school single-game scoring record of four goals established by Emily Thompson in 1994. Freshman Dana Dibble tallied her first collegiate goal at 35:05, giving the Huskies a 6-0 advantage they would take into halftime. Dibble received a pass from Katie Goodeve and booted it in from five yards out. The Ducks lone goal came at 66:38 as Beth Bowler fired an 18-yard shot past UW reserve goalkeeper Leslie Weeks. Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo posted three saves in a scoreless first half for Washington before giving way to Weeks who had two second-half saves. Jeanine Norstad and Sarah Peters combined to save six shots for the Ducks.

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 two goals in her last 569 minutes in goal, including a streak of 231 scoreless minutes. Solo has five shutouts and an 0.79 goals against average this season, including three shutouts and an 0.38 goals against average in eight Pac-10 contests. Her presence between the posts has been pivotal for the Huskies who have won 10 games by a one-goal margin, including seven of their last eight outings.

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.

Oct. 29 - Clinched Pac-10 title with 6-1 win at Oregon behind four Theresa Wagner goals.

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 (6), Brigham Young (10), California (12), Portland (14), Stanford (15), Santa Clara (19) and USC (21). The Huskies have an 8-1 record against ranked opponents.

UW vs. Ranked Foes:
Half of Washington's games (9 of 18) have been against ranked opponents. The Huskies have a 19-46-5 all-time record against ranked teams, including an 8-1 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), USC (#12), Brigham Young (#17), Portland (#21) and Arizona State (#21).

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 & Oct. 25)

Andrea Morelli
o 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year

Vanessa Pierce
o Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct. 25)

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
o Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 24)

Theresa Wagner
o UW record four assists vs. Eastern Washington (Aug. 26)
o UW record-tying four goals at Oregon (Oct. 29)

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