UW Women Win Portland's Nike Invitational Tournament

Sept. 14, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior Melissa Bennett assisted on all three goals in the opening 24 minutes for 25th-ranked Washington which defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-0 Sunday and captured the championship of the Nike Invitational women's soccer tournament at Portland's Merlo Field.

Washington (3-1-2) won the tournament title by virtue of a superior goal differential over No. 18 Connecticut which defeated host Portland 3-2 in overtime Sunday. The Huskies tied UConn 1-1 on Saturday despite a 20-10 shooting advantage.

'We got our non-scoring frustrations from Saturday out early today,' said coach Lesle Gallimore whose Huskies completed a four-game road trip without a loss, registering two wins and two ties. 'We played a solid game early and played with a lot of intensity. Being undefeated in four road games and winning the tournament championship is really good for this team at this point in the season.'

UW scored early and often, beginning with senior Dana Dibble's five-yard strike at 8:23. Bennett started the scoring play with a pass to Jaime Carstensen who found Dibble in front of the Titan goal.

Less than two minutes later the Huskies struck again. Junior Tina Frimpong received a long pass from Bennett and blasted home a 15-yard shot at 10:14. That was the team-leading fourth goal for Frimpong this season.

Carstensen capped the scoring at 23:04, netting her second goal of the weekend. She headed in Bennett's corner kick from close range. Carstensen tallied UW's lone goal in Saturday's 1-1 tie with UConn.

Washington goalkeepers Lisa Brookens and Kelsey Rasmussen combined for the shutout. Brookens saved two first-half shots before leaving at halftime. Rasmussen played the entire second half and was credited with one save in her collegiate debut. The product of Tacoma's Bellarmine Prep High School was one of five freshmen who saw their first UW action in the second half. Rasmussen joined newcomers Shannon Dillon, Shaela Ward, Katie Johnson and Alec Mills.

Fullerton (3-2) lost for the second-straight game after opening the season with three victories. Laura Janke recorded one save and Karen Bardsley had three in the second half for the Titans who were outshot by a 17-7 count.

Washington returns home to host the Husky/Nike Invitational, Friday (Sept. 19) at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (Sept. 21) at 11 a.m. The tournament field includes defending national champion Portland, No. 5 Texas and Fresno State.

NCAA Women's Soccer
Nike Invitational
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.

#25 Washington 3, Cal State Fullerton 0

Scoring--1, UW, Dana Dibble (Jaime Carstensen, Melissa Bennett), 8:23. 2, UW, Tina Frimpong (Bennett), 10:14. 3, UW, Carstensen (Bennett), 23:04.

Shots -- UW 17, CSUF 7.
Saves -- UW 3 (Lisa Brookens 2, Kelsey Rasmussen 1), CSUF 4 (Laura Janke 1, Karen Bardsley 3).
Corner Kicks --UW 5, CSUF 2.
Fouls -- UW 17, CSUF 11.
Offside -- UW 4, CSUF 0.
Records -- Washington 3-1-2, Cal State Fullerton 3-2-0.

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