UW Women Improve to 3-0 in Soccer with 4-0 win at Gonzaga

Sept. 7, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash.- Forwards Gina Brewer and Melissa Bennett each registered a goal and an assist Friday, leading the eighth-ranked Washington women's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Gonzaga at Martin Field.

Washington improved to 3-0, marking only the second time in school history the team opened a season with three victories. The 2000 Huskies began the season with six straight wins en route to an 18-3 final record. Last year's squad won UW's first Pacific-10 Conference championship, received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.

The Huskies have never lost to Gonzaga (0-2-1), winning all six meetings by a combined 33-0 tally.

'We were intent on coming out strong and we did that by scoring four goals in the first half,' Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore explained. 'We eased up a bit in the second half and didn't create as many chances or score any goals.'

The Huskies opened the scoring in the 21st minute, a goal that was initiated by a corner kick. Jaime Carstensen distributed her third assist in as many games, receiving the corner kick and crossing it to sophomore Liz Taylor who put it in for her first collegiate goal.

The second goal, at 25:26, was scored by Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad who is a freshman at Washington. Senior Caroline Putz set up the goal, posting her 22nd career assist. Putz is within four assists of Theresa Wagner's Husky career record of 26.

Brewer and Bennett connected on the final two goals. Brewer converted a pass from Bennett for the team's third goal at 37:26. The two exchanged roles for the final tally with Brewer passing to Bennett for a goal at 41:03.

Brooke Longacre made six of her seven saves in the second half for the Bulldogs who were outshot 22-7 by the Huskies.

'It was another solid effort defensively. Liz Taylor came in and started for the first time ever, playing in place of Vanessa Pierce who is nursing a knee injury that we're trying to rest for Sunday,' said Gallimore. 'Liz came in and did a great job defensively and also got the game winner. It was a great goal on a cross from Jaime Carstensen.'

Sophomore goalkeeper Lisa Walker recorded five saves and was credited with the shutout in her first collegiate start.

Walker was starting in place of All-America and Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo, a junior at Washington who is currently in Chicago with the U.S. National Team in preparation for the upcoming Nike U.S. Cup competition. The U.S. meets Germany on Sept. 9, Japan on Sept. 11 and China on Sept. 16. Solo is one of three goalkeepers on the 24-player roster for the Americans.

Solo will also miss the next UW game, but is expected to re-join her Husky teammates for their Sept. 14 confrontation with No. 4 Nebraska.

The Huskies host Idaho on Sunday (Sept. 9) in their home opener. Kick-off is noon at Husky Soccer Field.

Washington 4, Gonzaga 0

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot ------------------------------- WASHINGTON HUSKIES......4  0 -  4 GONZAGA BULLDOGS........0  0 -  0

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 20:53 WASH Taylor, Liz (Carstensen, Jaime) 2. 25:26 WASH Rustad, Clare (Putz, Caroline) 3. 37:26 WASH Brewer, Gina (Bennett, Melissa) 4. 41:03 WASH Bennett, Melissa (Brewer, Gina)

Shots: Washington 22, Gonzaga 7 Saves: Washington 5 (Walker, Lisa 5), Gonzaga 7 (Longacre, Brooke 7)

Attendance: 305

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