14th-Ranked Huskies Open Defense of Pac-10 Women's Soccer Title

Oct. 8, 2001

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#14 Washington vs. Washington State, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Husky Soccer Field (1,800), Seattle, Wash.

The 14th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (6-2-1) begins defense of its Pacific-10 Conference title this weekend against cross-state rival Washington State (5-3). The Cats and Dawgs renew their annual Apple Cup rivalry at Husky Soccer Field on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. The Cougars were the only Pac-10 opponent to defeat Washington last season, claiming a 1-0 double-overtime decision in Pullman on the final day of the regular season after UW had already clinched the title. That win propelled the Cougars into the NCAA Tournament and halted the Huskies' school-record 11-game winning streak. Washington, which has outscored opponents 22-4, secured its second straight winning non-conference season with a pair of road wins last week at Montana (1-0) and Eastern Washington (7-0).

Capacity Crowd
A capacity crowd is expected Saturday as advanced ticket sales have been brisk. The ticket office recommends that you purchase tickets in advance and arrive early. Gates will open at 4 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field which seats 1,800 spectators. Standing-room tickets will be sold on game day at the ticket kiosk by the field entrance.

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.

o The Huskies have not allowed more than one goal in their last 22 games, dating back to Sept. 17, 2000.

o Senior Caroline Putz has 26 career assists and is tied for the school record with Theresa Wagner (1997-2000).

o In 2000, Washington became the first school outside the state of California to win the Pac-10 championship.

Fabulous Freshmen
Washington's fantastic freshmen were rated the nation's 10th-best recruiting class by Soccer Buzz and they are proving worthy. Freshmen accounted for five of the team's seven goals Sunday at Eastern Washington. Four freshmen have scored this season, accounting for 10 of the Huskies' 22 goals. The only two hat tricks by Huskies this season are by freshmen Tina Frimpong (vs. Idaho) and Kelley Schweighart (at EWU). The class also includes Canadian National Team member Clare Rustad who has two goals and two assists, and Nicole Martinez who started every game for a defense that is yielding 0.43 goals per game. Kelli Smith started six games on defense, helping UW post five shutouts.

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, 1997) should be in line for even more honors in 2001. Putz scored the game-winning goal Friday and set up three scores Sunday to tie the school career assist record. Playing in a reserve role for the first time this season, Putz converted a penalty kick within five minutes after entering the game to lift UW to a 1-0 win at Montana. The goal was the seventh game-winner for Putz, moving her into a tie for second among Husky career leaders. Putz moved into the No. 5 spot among all-time UW goal scorers with her 19th career tally. Putz was back in the starting lineup Sunday and she distributed three assists in a 7-0 victory at Eastern Washington. Putz increased her career total to 26 assists to match the school record that Theresa Wagner established last season. It marked only the sixth time in Husky history that a player has been credited with three assists in a game. Putz leads Washington this season with five assists and nine total points. She is Washington's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10.

Coaches' Comments
'We're excited to get two wins on the road and finish the non- conference with a winning record,' said Washington Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We're anxious to get conference play started, especially because we are opening at home with Washington State. They were the only Pac-10 team to beat us last season so we're excited to open up with them for that reason.'

Washington State (5-3)
After an 0-2 start, the Cougars have won five of their last six games. Sophomore forward Rachel Rodrick has five goals and four assists to pace a WSU attack that has outscored opponents 19-9. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen has 25 saves and a 1.11 goals against average. Fourth-year coach Dan Tobias guided the Cougars to a 13-7 record and NCAA Tournament berth in 2000. Washington owns a 5-4-1 edge in the series, including a 3-1 record against WSU in Seattle. The Cougars got a 112th-minute goal from Kim Morgan to defeat UW 1-0 last season in Pullman. That was the lone Pac-10 loss the Huskies sustained during the their 2000 conference championship run.

Ranking Report
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 14th by both Soccer America and Soccer Times. 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 currently ranked opponents, including five of the top 10.

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. Portland dealt UW its second straight 1-0 setback in Seattle (Sept. 29) on an 84th-minute goal by Christine Sinclair. UW closed out non-conference play with a 6-2-1 record after a pair of road victories. Caroline Putz netted a penalty kick in a 1-0 win at Montana (Oct. 5) and she had three assists while Kelley Schweighart had a hat trick in a 7-0 victory at Eastern Washington (Oct. 7).

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, 2000. She has a 12-year record of 118-81-15, including an 86-56-6 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. Solo posted her second shutout Friday (Oct. 5) in Washington's 1-0 victory at Montana. She registered three saves to blank the Grizzlies. Solo extended to 19 the streak of games in which she has not surrendered more than one goal. That streak dates back to Sept. 17, 2000. For the season, Solo has 25 saves and a 0.64 goals against average. She ranks second among all-time UW goalkeepers with 197 career saves. Her career goals against average is a school-record figure of 1.02. Solo did not play Sunday (Oct. 7) in Washington's 7-0 win at Eastern Washington. The coaches opted to let Solo rest her injured groin. She still has limited mobility, the result of a torn adductor muscle in her right leg suffered on Sept. 8 while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp.

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.

Solo's Super 2000 Season
A two-time Parade All-American at Richland (Wash.) High School, Hope Solo 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 in 2000.

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 23-13-3 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.

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 20, including three of the top five and five of the top 10. Washington plays UCLA (2), Portland (3), Stanford (5), Nebraska (6), Texas A&M (9) and California (15).

Last Game
#16 Washington 7, Eastern Washington 0 (Oct. 7, Cheney, Wash.)

Freshman Kelley Schweighart scored three times Sunday and senior Caroline Putz set up three goals to tie the school career assist record in 16th-ranked Washington's 7-0 victory at Eastern Washington. Schweighart responded to her first collegiate start by opening the scoring 5:10 into the game on an unassisted shot that deflected off Eagle goalkeeper Jonna Melton. That was the first collegiate goal for Schweighart who scored two more to record the 13th hat trick in Husky history, the third by a freshman. Freshman forward Tina Frimpong posted a hat trick on Sept. 9 against Idaho. Frimpong scored at 39:41 against Eastern Washington (1-7) to give Washington (6-2-1) a 5-0 halftime advantage. Vanessa Pierce scored the second goal in the 25th minute on a 12-yard header off a corner kick from Putz who also set up the third and fourth goals. Within a three-minute span, Putz found Schweighart twice with crosses that resulted in goals at 34:40 and 37:07. Putz increased her career total to 26 assists to match the school record that Theresa Wagner established last season. It marked only the sixth time in Husky history that a player has been credited with three assists in a game. Freshman Clare Rustad, a member of the Canadian National Team, played a part in the final two goals. She fed a pass to junior Megan McKinstry for a goal at 47:48 and netted an unassisted score at 72:00. Sophomore goalkeeper Lisa Brookens registered the shutout in her collegiate debut. She registered three saves, playing in place of All-America goalkeeper Hope Solo who was resting her injured groin after posting a 1-0 shutout at Montana on Friday. Melton played the opening 70 minutes, making eight saves for the Eagles before giving way to Katie Grothkopp who had four saves. Those two faced a season-high 33-shot barrage by the Huskies who limited EWU to six shots.

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. 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.

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.

Gone but Not Forgotten
Four starters from last year's team have graduated, including forward Tami Bennett who completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career (34) and single-season (16) goals. Midfielder Theresa Wagner finished with UW records for career assists (26), points (80) and single-season assists (12). Wagner was selected in the ninth round of the WUSA Draft and played for the champion Bay Area CyberRays. Also graduating from UW were Malia Arrant and Katie Goodeve.

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