16th-Ranked UW Defeats Arizona 2-0 in Women's Soccer

Oct. 26, 2001

SEATTLE - Both of Washington's reserves scored Friday, including a goal inside the final minute of the first half by senior Gina Brewer that sparked the 16th-ranked Huskies to a 2-0 women's soccer win over Arizona at Husky Soccer Field.

A crowd of 792 braved the constant rain and witnessed Washington improve its record to 9-3-1 overall and 3-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Wildcats dropped to 5-8-1 with a 2-3 conference mark.

'Anytime the weather is a factor it evens the game a little bit. Our team did a good job of dealing with the skipping balls,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We played a lot of through balls and got a lot of good chances. Our defense did a really good job of not giving them anything too dangerous. We limited their opportunities pretty well for the amount of speed they have up front.'

Brewer entered the scoreless game six minutes before halftime. She scored at 44:29 on a 25-yard blast that caromed off the crossbar down to the ground. The ball was collected at the goal line by Arizona goalkeeper Shannon Monti, but the linesman ruled that the ball had completely crossed over the line into the goal.

The Huskies' only other substitute, sophomore Melissa Bennett, entered the game in the 62nd minute. She scored just over 10 minutes later on a give-and-go with sophomore Blair Ruport. Bennett found Ruport on the right side with a pass and broke toward the goal. Ruport beat a defender and sent a low pass back to the middle that a sliding Bennett pushed into the goal from eight yards out at 73:27.

'Clearly for us one of the big things is to have players like Gina and Melissa come off the bench and score goals,' Gallimore remarked. 'Our center forward position has been a little bit of a rotating spot this year. Melissa and Gina came in and really played well, held the ball for us and played intelligent soccer.'

Bennett had another dangerous chance shortly after entering the game. She hit a shot off the right post in the 63rd minute. That was one of two shots off the post for the Huskies who had a Kelley Schweighart attempt glance off the frame in the 24th minute.

Monti made 10 saves for the Wildcats who were outshot 21-13. Washington's Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo registered four saves en route to her fourth complete-game shutout. It was the seventh shutout for the Huskies who have outscored their opponents by a combined 28-7 tally.

Washington concludes its two-game homestand on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Arizona State.

Women's Soccer
#16 Washington 2, Arizona 0
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Gina Brewer, 44:29. 2, UW, Melissa Bennett (Blair Ruport), 73:27.

Shots - UA 13, UW 21.
Saves - UA 10 (Shannon Monti), UW 4 (Hope Solo).
Corner Kicks - UA 4, UW 3.
Fouls - UA 7, UW 15.
Attendance - 792.

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