UW Women Defeat No. 17 Duke in Women's Soccer

Sept. 6, 2002

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Melissa Bennett scored one goal and assisted on two others Friday, including a golden goal by Nicole Martinez with four minutes remaining in the final overtime of 11th-ranked Washington's 4-3 victory over No. 17 Duke at North Carolina's Fetzer Field.

'This is one of the best wins I've ever had at Washington,' said ninth-year Coach Lesle Gallimore. 'To come from two goals down to a good Duke team on the road is a great result. We played with more heart and toughness than we have in a long time.'

Martinez' sudden-death goal ended a game that saw Washington (3-0) rally from a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered goals, only to have Duke (1-2) equalize to force overtime. The sophomore from Redmond (Wash.) High School, scored at 105:50 on a six-yard header off a corner kick from Bennett.

The Huskies won despite the absence of senior goalkeeper Hope Solo, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year who is training this week with the U.S. National Team. Junior Lisa Brookens played the entire game for Washington and registered three saves. Katie Straka had one save for Duke which outshot UW 16-12.

The Huskies advance to Sunday's championship game of the Carolina Classic where they will meet top-ranked North Carolina (1-0-1) on its home field. Since 1979 when they began playing at Fetzer Field, the Tar Heels have an astounding 219-7-2 home record with only three losses to collegiate opponents. UNC is the premier dynasty in college sports, having collected 16 national titles and played in all but one championship game since the NCAA began sponsoring women's soccer in 1982.

'We already did what we came her to do. We wanted to beat Duke and have a 3-0 record when we play Carolina,' Gallimore remarked. 'They are deep, they're talented and they are the best team in the country. What a great experience for our team to see how we stack up. It's a fun challenge.'

Solo's status for Sunday's game will not be determined until Saturday. If U.S. Coach April Heinrichs elects to use her in Sunday's exhibition against Scotland, then she will miss Washington's match-up against the top-ranked Tar Heels. If Solo is not required to attend the U.S. exhibition in Columbus, Ohio, she will re-join her Husky teammates late Saturday night.

Duke opened the scoring four minutes into the contest on a nine-yard shot by Gwendolyn Oxenham. The Blue Devils scored again at 26:19 on a Liz Wagner tally.

Junior Blair Ruport netted UW's first goal at 39:31, drawing the Huskies within 2-1 at halftime. She intercepted an errant pass and lofted the ball in from 10 yards out.

Bennett found the net from 15 yards away, assisted by Kelli Smith and Megan McKinstry, to even the score at the 59:49 mark. Bennett, who tied the Huskies' single-game record with four assists Sunday, has seven assists in three games this season. The playmaking role is somewhat unexpected from the UW forward who is better known for scoring goals after amassing a Washington state prep record with 166 career goals at Seattle Christian High School.

NCAA Women's Soccer
#11 Washington 4, #17 Duke 3 (2ot)
Fetzer Field; Chapel Hill, N.C.

Scoring--1, DUKE, Gwendolyn Oxenham, 3:59. 2, DUKE, Liz Wagner (Kate Seibert), 26:19. 3, UW, Blair Ruport, 39:31. 4, UW, Melissa Bennett (Kelli Smith, Megan McKinstry), 59:49. 5, Tina Frimpong (Bennett), 62:37. 6, DUKE, Carolyn Ford (Heidi Hollenbeck), 80:19. 7, UW, Nicole Martinez (Bennett), 105:50.

Shots - UW 12, Duke 16.
Saves - UW 3 (Lisa Brookens), Duke 1 (Katie Straka).
Corner Kicks - UW 8, Duke 4.
Fouls - UW 20, Duke 13 .
Offsides - UW 2, Duke 0.
Attendance - 785.

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