UW Women's Soccer Recruiting Class Named the Nation's 10th Best

Aug. 9, 2001

NEW YORK - The Washington women's soccer team signed six players to letters of intent in February, a group that was recently named the 10th best recruiting class in the nation by Soccer Buzz magazine.

Soccer Buzz selected Virginia's class as the best for 2001, followed by North Carolina, Texas, Santa Clara and Tennessee. Washington rounded out the top 10 that included Portland, UCLA, Florida State and Stanford in the Nos. 6 through 9 spots.

Washington's recruiting classes have been listed nationally by Soccer Buzz during each of the last four seasons, ranking 25th in 2000, No. 14 in 1999 and No. 12 in 1998.

The Huskies are members of the tough Pacific-10 Conference that was ranked No. 2 in the league recruiting ratings. The Atlantic Coast Conference was listed No. 1. The Pac-10 led all conferences last fall with seven teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Soccer Buzz (www.soccerbuzz.com) has been ranking NCAA women's soccer recruiting classes since 1998 and is the only publication to devote itself solely to the coverage of collegiate women's soccer.

The Huskies are coming off the finest season in their 10-year history, posting an 18-3 record in 2000. They won their first ever Pac-10 championship and received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time before falling 1-0 to eventual Final Four qualifier Portland.

Washington returns 15 letterwinners from last season, including seven starters. The six incoming recruits seek to help fill the void left by the departure of six seniors, including the school's all-time career scorer Tami Bennett (34 goals) and playmaker Theresa Wagner (26 assists).

'We really feel that what we lost in experience, we gained in talent,' said head coach Lesle Gallimore. 'The players coming in are talented enough to come in and have an immediate impact next year and we needed that.'

The Huskies' 2001 season begins with an intra-squad scrimmage on Aug. 25. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Washington begins regular-season play on Sept. 1 at Utah State.

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