14th-Ranked Huskies Host No. 3 Portland in Women's Soccer

Sept. 25, 2001

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This Week's Schedule
Sat, Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. PDT

#14 Washington vs. #3 Portland
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

The 14th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (4-1-1) concludes a four-game homestand this week, hosting Northwest nemesis Portland (5-1) on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The Pilots were in Seattle last weekend where they defeated Texas A&M and Brigham Young by matching 2-1 scores en route to the Husky/Nike Invitational team championship. The Huskies opened the season with four straight victories before tying Brigham Young 1-1 (Sept. 21) and losing 1-0 to No. 12 Texas A&M (Sept. 22) on consecutive nights last weekend in Seattle.

Solo Returns
Despite suffering a severe tear in her groin two weeks earlier, Hope Solo started in goal last weekend during back-to-back games for Washington. She registered seven saves in 120 minutes during a 1-1 overtime tie against Brigham Young on Sept. 21. The following evening, Solo stopped four Texas A&M shots in a 1-0 UW loss. Solo tore the adductor muscle in her right leg on Sept. 8 while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp. Solo immediately returned to Seattle and was originally projected to be sidelined at least three weeks. She is still hampered by the groin injury that was tightly taped for both matches last week. For the season, Solo has recorded 12 saves, participated in two shutouts and posted a 0.70 goals against average. She increased her career total to 184 saves, a figure that ranks No. 3 among all-time Washington goalkeepers. Solo dropped her school-record for career goals against average to 1.05.

Missing in Action
Hope Solo surrendered just one goal in the first two Husky games before missing two games as one of three goalkeepers in the National Team camp preparing for the Nike U.S. Cup. The Richland (Wash.) High School product has earned seven 'caps' for international appearances with the U.S. Nationals. Solo missed the spring quarter of 2000 at Washington while training full time with the National Team in the U.S. pre-Olympic residency camp. Sophomore Lisa Walker played well in goal during Solo's absence, posting shutouts in both of her starts. Walker has not allowed a goal while recording nine saves in 193 minutes.

* Washington's Clare Rustad and Portland's Christine Sinclair are teammates on the Canadian National Team.

* Senior Caroline Putz has 23 career assists. She needs three to tie Theresa Wagner's (1997-2000) UW record of 26.

* Eleven UW opponents played in last year's NCAA Tournament, including runner-up UCLA and semifinalist Portland.

UW vs. Ranked Foes
The Huskies have a 19-48-5 all-time record against ranked teams, including a 6-2 mark last season. They lost 1-0 to No. 12 Texas A&M in their only meeting this season with a ranked opponent. Washington has a 5-31-2 all-time record against teams ranked in the top 10.

The Portland Pilots (5-1)
In his 13th season, Coach Clive Charles has guided the Pilots to the Final Four five of the last seven seasons, including last year. The Pilots won their last five games after opening the season with a 1-0 overtime setback against No. 2 UCLA. Portland defeated Texas A&M and Brigham Young by matching 2-1 scores to win last weekend's Husky/Nike Invitational in Seattle. Freshman Christine Sinclair, a Canadian National Team member, leads UP with four goals, including both game winners last week.

Series History
The Huskies won 2-1 at Portland last season on Sept. 23 behind goals from Erin Otagaki and Tami Bennett. That win was UW's first ever in the series, stopping a 10-game losing streak against the Pilots. Portland won last year's second matchup 1-0 on a 78th-minute goal by Vanessa Talbott during an NCAA third-round meeting in Seattle. That marked the third time the Pilots eliminated Washington from the NCAA Tournament, also winning by 1-0 tallies during 1995 and 1996 in Portland. The Pilots lead the all-time series 11-1-1. The inaugural meeting between these Northwest rivals, in 1991, resulted in a 1-1 tie and Portland won the next 10 meetings.

Prolific Putz
Senior forward Caroline Putz was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last season. The former two-time Parade prep All-American (1996, '97) should be in line for even more honors in 2001. Putz is Washington's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10 and is within striking distance of some other school records. Putz is second among all-time Huskies with 23 assists, three shy of Theresa Wagner's (1997-2000) record of 26. She ranks among the all-time UW career leaders in goals (5th with 18), game-winning goals (5th with 6) and points (4th with 59).

Ranking Report
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 14th by Soccer America, No. 13 by Soccer Buzz and No. 16 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll. This year marked the first preseason listing for the UW in seven seasons, dating to a No. 20 opening ranking in 1994. Washington was not ranked in last year's preseason polls, but completed the season at No. 5 in the Soccer America rankings. The Huskies face a difficult schedule that includes six opponents ranked among the current top 10.

Home Sweet Home
For the fifth year, all Washington home games will be played on campus at the 1,800-seat Husky Soccer Field. The facility is located north of Husky Stadium on the southeast corner of the Montlake Boulevard parking lot. Lights were installed prior to the 2000 season, enabling the Huskies to play home games at night. The home field proved advantageous for the Huskies who had an 8-1 record at Husky Soccer Field during the 2000 season, including a 13-game winning streak that dated to 1999. Washington has a 23-12-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field. UW's average attendance of 1,592 was the second highest in the nation, including a school-record crowd of 3,403 against UCLA on Oct. 22.

Ticket Information
Tickets for all Washington women's soccer home games are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. A family pass is available for $10, allowing admission for one adult and four children or two adults and three children. Contact the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200) for details.

Season Update
The Huskies began the season with a pair of wins in Logan, Utah. They defeated Utah State 4-1 (Sept. 1) in the season opener on the strength of the two-goal, one-assist effort of Jaime Carstensen. Washington downed Northwestern 1-0 on a Katie Ernst goal in the seventh minute of overtime (Sept. 3). Washington won is last two games by matching 4-0 tallies. UW topped Gonzaga (Sept. 7) before beating Idaho (Sept. 9) in the home opener behind a hat trick from Tina Frimpong. Games against Nebraska (Sept. 14) and Alabama-Birmingham (Sept. 16) were canceled due to the national tragedy. The Huskies returned to action after a 12-day layoff and tied BYU 1-1 (Sept. 21) on an 85th-minute goal by Cassie Giles. UW lost 1-0 the next night to No. 12 Texas A&M (Sept. 21) on a goal with 2:09 remaining.

Coach Gallimore
The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lesle Gallimore led Washington to the NCAA Tournament in five of her first seven seasons. She was named the 2000 National Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz after her Huskies posted an 18-3 record, won their first Pac-10 title, received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time. Gallimore registered her 100th career coaching victory on Sept. 10. She has a 12-year record of 116-80-15, including an 84-55-6 mark in eight seasons at Washington. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Gallimore compiled a 32-25-9 record in four seasons at San Diego State.

Sensational Solo
Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout junior shot-stopper. The Richland (Wash.) High School product was the Soccer America Collegiate MVP goalkeeper last year. She earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000 after making the second team as a freshman in 1999. Solo is one of 13 candidates, the only goalkeeper nominated, for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year. Solo is one of the finest 'keepers in the nation, not just among collegians. She has earned seven 'caps' with the U.S. National Team that she re-joined on Sept. 4 in Chicago to train for the Nike U.S. Cup. Solo surrendered only five goals in nine Pac-10 contests last season, no more than one in any game. She posted a UW single-season record 0.76 goals against average and registered six shutouts while starting three other shutouts. Her presence between the posts was pivotal for the Huskies who won 10 games by one-goal margins.

Hermann Hopeful
Washington junior goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of 13 candidates for the prestigious Hermann Trophy, soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy that has been given annually since 1988 to the nation's best female college soccer player. The award is named for Robert R. Hermann, a founder and the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the old North American Soccer League. Solo is the only goalkeeper on the list of candidates that also includes: Santa Clara's Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner, Penn State's Christie Welsh, Florida's Abby Wambach, Brigham Young's Aleisha Cramer, UCLA's Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat, Portland's Lauren Orlandos, Texas A&M's Nicky Thrasher and North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel. The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches and selected media. Two spots on the final ballot will remain open until Oct. 1. At that time, a poll of coaches and media will be conducted to add the final two names to each of the 15-player ballot before the final voting is conducted. This is to ensure that any player having a stellar season will be eligible to win the prestigious player of the year award. Final ballots will be distributed to all Division I college coaches. The three finalists will be announced Dec. 1. The winner of the 2001 Hermann Trophy will be announced at the College Cup, on Dec. 8 in Dallas, Texas.

Strenuous Schedule
Washington's schedule ranked among the nation's top-10 most difficult each of the last six years. This year's schedule is no different. Eleven Husky opponents participated in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, including NCAA runner-up UCLA and semifinalist Portland. Six UW foes are ranked in the current Soccer America top-10, including four of the top five. Washington plays UCLA (2), Portland (3), Nebraska (4), Stanford (5), Texas A&M (7) and California (8).

Last Game -- #12 Texas A&M 1, #6 UW 0 (Sept. 22, Seattle)
Sixth-ranked Washington lost 1-0 to No. 12 Texas A&M on a goal with 2:09 remaining, Saturday during the final day of the Husky/Nike Invitational at Husky Soccer Field. Linsey Johnson scored the lone goal, receiving a pass from Heather Ragsdale and booting an 18-yard blast into the net at 87:51. The shot beat Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo who registered four saves. Aggie goalkeeper Esther Thompson made eight saves, including a brilliant diving stop of a Gina Brewer attempt just 13 seconds before halftime. The Huskies had another close chance just two minutes into the game, but Jaime Carstensen's shot glanced off the crossbar. In Friday's first round, Washington got an 85th-minute goal by freshman Cassie Giles that led to a 1-1 tied with Brigham Young. The Cougars scored in the 53rd minute as Jeni Viernes made a long run with the ball down the right flank, eluded UW goalkeeper Hope Solo and converted a 10-yard shot. Solo registered seven saves. Giles equalized on a 20-yard shot that deflected off a BYU defender and looped into the net for her first collegiate goal. The two teams remained scoreless through two 15-minute overtimes.

Husky/Nike Invitational Recap
Late-game heroics were involved in every contest in the thrilling Husky/Nike Invitational, Sept. 21-22 at Husky Soccer Field. All four games were decided by goals during the final 13 minutes, including three inside the final six minutes. Christine Sinclair scored in the 78th minute Saturday, helping fourth-ranked Portland win 2-1 over Brigham Young and clinch the tournament's team title. Sinclair netted her second game-winner in as many days, eluding several defenders and finding the goal on a 15-yard shot at 77:36. The teams traded first-half goals as Portland got on the board in the 22nd minute on a goal by Erin Misaki and BYU equalized on Kimmie Davis' 43rd-minute score. Sinclair scored the decisive tally in the 86th minute on Friday as the Pilots defeated Texas A&M by a 2-1 count. In the other first-round match-up, Washington and Brigham Young tied 1-1 after playing 120 minutes. Texas A&M edged the Huskies 1-0 Saturday on a goal by Linsey Johnson with 2:09 remaining in regulation.

Morelli Missing
First-team All-Pac-10 player Andrea Morelli, the 1999 Pac-10 Defender of the Year, tore the ACL in her left knee during the summer while playing with the Seattle Sounders Select Team. She will be sidelined the entire season and is expected to return for a fifth year in 2002. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick led a UW defense that yielded only 17 goals in 21 games last season.

2000 Preview
Six starters return from the 2000 team that was the best in the school history. Heading the list of returning starters is junior goalkeeper Hope Solo, a member of the U.S. National Team who earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000. Solo had six shutouts and a 0.76 goals against average last season. Second-team All-Pac-10 pick Vanessa Pierce and Suzanne Culpepper are the two starters that return from a defense that limited 19 of 21 opponents to one goal or less. The midfield features the team's top returning scorer, senior Caroline Putz. The second-team All-Pac-10 selection tallied seven goals and nine assists last season. Putz has 23 career assists, three shy of the school record. Junior Megan McKinstry, who plays the defensive midfield position, will be critical for the Huskies who must break in two new defenders. Senior starter Erin Otagaki leads a group of forwards that includes sophomore Melissa Bennett who scored five goals as a freshman. Sophomore Blair Ruport, a part-time starter, returns after missing the final six games in 2000 with an MCL injury. Washington's group of freshmen was rated the nation's 10th best recruiting class by the Soccer Buzz website. That class features Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad and defender Nicole Martinez, who played with the Seattle Sounders Select Team during the summer. Speedy freshman forward Tina Frimpong, a former Santa Clara signee, is playing again after giving birth to a daughter in March.

2000 Recap
The 2000 season was the finest in the history of the Washington women's soccer program. The Huskies posted an all-time best 18-3 record, won their first Pacific-10 Conference championship, received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Head coach Lesle Gallimore, who guided UW to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Soccer Buzz National Coach of the Year. The Huskies registered 22 school records, including the marks for single-season victories (18) and longest winning streak (11). The 2000 team featured All-America goalkeeper Hope Solo along with senior standouts Tami Bennett and Theresa Wagner. Bennett completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career (34) and single-season (16) goals and points (36). Wagner finished with Washington records for career assists (26), points (80) and single-season assists (12). Washington wrested the Pac-10 trophy away from the southern powers, becoming the first school outside the state of California to win the conference women's soccer championship. Winning the conference crown wasn't easy as eight of nine Pac-10 games were decided by one-goal margins, including four 1-0 decisions. During the memorable season, UW had several notable victories, including a 2-1 win at Santa Clara that snapped the Broncos 32-game home winning streak. Washington defeated six ranked opponents, half of them top-10 teams. The Huskies, who had never before been seeded or played a postseason game at home, drew the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They hosted Montana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and defeated the Grizzlies 5-0 at Husky Soccer Field. A 1-0 third-round loss at home to Portland ended the season. On Sept. 10, 2000, Gallimore registered her 100th career coaching victory with a 3-1 win over Ohio State. Washington was the third most-improved team in the country during 2000, besting the previous year's record by 7 � games with an 18-3 mark. Attendance at Husky Soccer Field soared to an average of 1,592 spectators per game, the second-highest figure in the nation. The 1-0 overtime triumph over No. 4 UCLA on Oct. 22 drew a single-game record 3,403 fans. Un-ranked entering the 2000 season, Washington joined the polls in early September, its first ranking since 1996. During the season, the Huskies climbed as high as No. 2 and completed the season ranked No. 5 in the final Soccer America poll.

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