15th-Ranked UW Women's Soccer Team Travels to Los Angeles

Oct. 30, 2001

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#15 Washington at #6 UCLA, 2:00 p.m. PST
(Fox Sports West, delayed)

Drake Stadium (11,700), Los Angeles, Calif.

#15 Washington vs. USC, 1:00 p.m. PDT

McAlister Field (1,000), Los Angeles, Calif.

This weekend will have major Pac-10 championship implications as the 15th-ranked Washington women's soccer team (10-3-1, 4-1) plays two conference contenders on the road. The Huskies visit No. 6 UCLA (13-2, 4-1) on Friday at 2 p.m. and USC (9-4-1, 4-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. UW swept USC and UCLA last season in Seattle by matching 1-0 scores. The Bruins and Trojans are locked in a second-place tie with defending champion Washington, all sporting 4-1 Pac-10 records. Stanford is the lone undefeated conference team with a 5-0 mark. The Huskies swept a pair of games last weekend in Seattle, shutting out Arizona 2-0 (Oct. 26) before posting a 2-1 triumph over Arizona State (Oct. 28) on a 'golden goal' by Melissa Bennett in the sixth minute of overtime. Washington completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 6-2-1 mark, its second straight winning non-conference record. UW has outscored opponents 30-8 with 13 different Huskies scoring at least one goal. Last year 12 different Huskies combined for a school record 56goals.

TV Coverage
Friday's game between Washington and UCLA will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports West. The game airs in the Northwest on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at noon. Bill MacDonald calls the action with color commentary from Paul Swangard.

o All three UW losses came against teams currently ranked in the top 10: Portland (#2), Stanford (#4) and Texas A&M (#7).

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.

Comments from Coach Lesle Gallimore-'We did what we wanted to do last week by sweeping at home. We now go on the road to play a very deep, talented UCLA team who I'm sure is still a little bitter about losing up here last year after outshooting us by so much. But, depth is depth and they can only play 11 of those players at a time. I think our depth is a little bit better this year and I like our chances. If we prepare well, we can go in and play very well against UCLA on Friday. Of course after that, we've got another tough game Sunday against a good USC team. There are no easy road trips in the Pac-10.'

Pac-10 Player of the Week
UW sophomore Melissa Bennett was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a goal in both UW victories last weekend. She netted a 'golden goal' in the sixth minute of overtime Sunday, lifting the Huskies to a 2-1 win over Arizona State. On Friday, she scored in the 62nd minute of a 2-0 win over Arizona. Bennett, who started 10 games this year, came off the bench in both games last week. 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 who graduated last spring from UW with a school-record 34 career goals.

#6 UCLA (13-2, 4-1 in Pac-10)
The sixth-ranked Bruins, led by third-year coach Jillian Ellis, are outscoring opponents by a 36-10 tally. Since opening the season with 11 wins, UCLA lost two of its last four outings. The Bruins lost their last game 2-1 at Oregon State. Goalkeeper CiCi Peterson has seven shutouts and a 0.62 goals against average. Stephanie Rigamat and first-year transfer Mary-Frances Monroe (UConn) lead the offense with 10 and nine goals, respectively. Both are Hermann Trophy candidates. The Bruins own a 4-2-1 series advantage despite losing 1-0 last year and tying 3-3 in 1999. UCLA outshot the Huskies 25-3 last season in Seattle, but lost 1-0 on an overtime goal by Tami Bennett.

USC (9-4-1, 4-1 in Pac-10)
Sixth-year coach Jim Millinder's Trojans have only one loss in their last 10 outings. They won six of their last seven games, the lone setback a 2-1 loss at UCLA. Shannon Cross and Brittany Savalkoul lead a balanced USC attack with four goals apiece. Goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes has five shutouts and a 0.94 goals against average. The Trojans hold a slim 4-3 lead in the all-time series in which the home team won every game. Washington won 1-0 last season in Seattle. Vanessa Pierce scored the lone goal in the 57th minute off a pass from Caroline Putz.

Ranking Report
Washington was a consensus top-10 pick in the preseason women's soccer polls. The Huskies are currently ranked 15th by Soccer America, No. 16 by Soccer Times and the NSCAA (coaches' association) and No. 19 by Soccer Buzz. This year marked the first preseason listing for the UW in seven seasons, dating to a No. 20 opening ranking in 1994. UW 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 with five currently ranked opponents, four of them listed in the top 10 of the Soccer America poll.

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 122-82-15, including a 90-57-6 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.

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 Oct. 7 at Eastern Washington. Four freshmen have scored this season, accounting for 10 of the Huskies' 30 goals. The only two hat tricks by Huskies this season were by freshmen Tina Frimpong (vs. Idaho) and Kelley Schweighart (at Eastern Washington). 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 0.55 goals per game. Kelli Smith started 11 games on defense, helping UW post seven shutouts.

Stingy Defense
Washington's dynamic defense is yielding just 0.55 goals per game and has shut out seven opponents. Stanford's two-goal output during a 2-1 win on Oct. 21 was the only multiple goal game allowed by the Huskies in their last 28 games. Washington is limiting opponents' shots, having attempted 80 more shots than its foes (230-150).

Sensational Solo
Hermann Trophy candidate Hope Solo is Washington's standout junior shot-stopper. She is one of 15 nominees for the annual Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Soccer Player of the Year award. Solo helped Washington sweep two games last week, surrendering only one goal in 186 minutes to lower her goals against average to 0.71. Solo saved four shots on in a 2-0 win over Arizona (Oct. 26) that was the team's seventh shutout. For the season Solo has recorded 48 saves in 1020 minutes, registered four complete-game shutouts and posted a 0.71 goals against average. She still has limited mobility, the result of a torn adductor muscle in her right leg (groin) suffered on Sept. 8 while preparing for the Nike Cup at the U.S. National Team training camp. Solo ranks second among all-time Washington goalkeepers with 220 career saves. Her career goals against average is a school-record figure of 0.99 as she has allowed 43 goals in 44 games

Hermann Hopeful
Washington junior goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of 15 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, North Carolina's Danielle Borgman and Jena Kluegel, California's Laura Schott and Virginia's Lori Lindsey. The candidates were chosen by a ballot of Division I college coaches and selected media. 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 15 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.

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). The Huskies began defense of their Pac-10 title with win over the only team that beat them last year, a 2-1 decision over Washington State (Oct. 13). UW drew a split on its Bay Area road trip, defeating No. 15 California 1-0 (Oct. 19) before losing 2-1 at No. 4 Stanford (Oct. 21). The Huskies swept the Arizona schools at home, shutting out Arizona 2-0 (Oct. 26) and edging Arizona State 2-1 in overtime (Oct. 28) on a golden goal by Melissa Bennett.

Prolific Putz
Senior forward Caroline Putz was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last season. She has already started collecting honors this year. The former two-time Parade prep All-American (1996, 1997) was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 9. Putz scored the game-winning goal Oct. 5 and set up three scores Oct. 6 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 returned to the starting lineup and 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 in assists (5) and total points (11). She is the school's all-time leader in game-winning assists with 10. Putz ranks fifth among all-time UW goal scorers (20) and fourth in total points (66).

Last Game
#16 Washington 2, Arizona State 1 ot (Oct. 28, Seattle)

Reserve forward Melissa Bennett netted the game-winning goal in the sixth minute of overtime Sunday, lifting the 16th-ranked Washington women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Arizona State in front of a crowd of 763 at Husky Soccer Field. UW has played three overtime games this season, winning two and tying one. Bennett's 'golden goal' ended the game at 95:46. She had her back to the goal when she received a throw-in from junior Megan McKinstry. Bennett spun around and struck a 15-yard shot that carried just inside the right post. The goal was the second in as many games for the UW sophomore who also scored during Friday's 2-0 victory over Arizona. Bennett, who has three goals this season, started 10 games before playing as a reserve in the last three games. Junior defender Vanessa Pierce opened the scoring for Washington midway through the second half. She blasted a 22-yard free kick into the upper left corner at 77:47. Freshman Nicole Martinez made a long run with the ball and earned the free kick on a foul just outside the box. Arizona State's Amy LePeilbet was charged with the foul and also drew a yellow card on the play. The Sun Devils equalized at 81:05 on a 40-yard free kick from the right side by Antoinette Marjanovic. The ball carried across the goal mouth and into the lower left corner. ASU's Stephanie Peel narrowly missed a chance to re-direct the shot right in front of the goal. Instead, Peel's attempt drew the attention of Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo, enabling the ball to trickle into the net. Solo saved two shots while Sun Devil goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald had three saves. The Huskies had two other dangerous scoring opportunities. Freshman Tina Frimpong had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the 29th minute, but shot just wide. Martinez hit the crossbar with a shot in the 68th minute.

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. Washington was the third most-improved team in the country during 2000, besting its previous year's record by 7 � games with an 18-3 mark. Unranked entering the 2000 season, Washington joined the polls in early September 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 before returning for a fifth year in 2002. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick led a 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.

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.

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 28-13-3 all-time record at Husky Soccer Field. UW's average attendance of 1,592 was the second highest in the nation in 2000, including a school-record crowd of 3,403 against UCLA on Oct. 22.

2001 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.

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