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

Sept. 24, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington junior forward Melissa Bennett, who registered one goal and three assists in a pair of victories last weekend, was named the Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Bennett scored a goal and set up another Friday during a 3-1 win over Harvard. She distributed two assists Sunday for UW which shut out UC Irvine 3-0. Bennett was voted the tournament's Offensive MVP after Washington won its own Husky/Nike Invitational for the first time since 1996.

She is tied for the team lead with four goals and is Washington's top playmaker with 10 assists, five more than any other Pac-10 player has recorded this season. Bennett's 10 assists are the second-highest single-season total in Husky history, just two shy of the record of 12 established in 2000 by Theresa Wagner.

Despite the lofty assist total, Bennett is better known for scoring goals after amassing a Washington state prep record with 166 career goals at Seattle Christian High School. Melissa broke the record of 152 goals previously held by her sister Tami Bennett. A 2000 Washington graduate, Tami finished her collegiate career with a school record 34 career goals.

Bennett was also honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week last year on Oct. 29. The Bennett family accounts for five of Washington's 11 all-time player of the week selections as Tami earned the award three times during her four-year career.

Bennett and the 16th-ranked Huskies are starting a stretch of six straight road games, including three consecutive meetings with top-10 teams. Washington plays at No. 3 Texas on Friday and No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday.

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