UW's Melissa Bennett is Pac-10 Player of the Week

Oct. 29, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington sophomore forward Melissa Bennett was named the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer player of the week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.

Bennett led the Huskies to a pair of conference wins last weekend, scoring a 'golden goal' in the sixth minute of overtime that carried the Huskies to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Arizona State. Bennett came off of the bench in both contests as the Huskies swept the Arizona schools at the Husky Soccer Field.

On Friday, Bennett netted her first goal of the weekend from eight yards out during the 62nd minute of the Huskies' 2-0 shutout win over Arizona. Her game-winning goal Sunday against the Sun Devils came off a throw-in. Bennett received the ball, turned and struck a 15-yard shot just inside the right post breaking up the 1-1 tie in overtime.

A prolific prep scorer, Bennett amassed a Washington state record 166 goals during her career at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett. Tami graduated last spring from Washington after registering a school record 34 career goals.

This is the first time that Bennett has been awarded the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the 10th time a Washington player has received the weekly award. The Bennett family accounts for four of Washington's all-time player of the week selections as Tami earned the award three times during her UW career.

The 15th-ranked Huskies (10-3-1, 4-1-0) return to action Friday in Los Angeles against No. 6 UCLA. Defending conference champion Washington is tied for second place in the Pac-10 standings along with the Bruins and Sunday's opponent, USC.

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