Bennett Breaks School Assist Record in UW Victory

Oct. 19, 2003

SEATTLE - Senior Melissa Bennett set up the opening goal Sunday with her school-record 28th career assist, leading 13th-ranked Washington to a 2-0 victory over Oregon in a Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer game at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies (8-4-3) picked up their first conference win, improving to 1-2-1 in Pac-10 play. Washington has never lost to the Ducks, winning seven and tying once in eight all-time meetings. Oregon (7-7) dropped to 1-2 in conference contests.

A crowd of 1,186 watched as Bennett distributed the record-setting assist at 22:36. She served a corner kick to Jaime Carstensen who headed it into the goal from eight yards out on the left side for her fourth goal of the season.

A product of Seattle Christian High School, Bennett eclipsed UW's previous career assist standard of 27 established by Caroline Putz between 1998-2001. Last year, Bennett claimed the school's single-season record with 18 assists. She has seven assists this year, tying with Kim Taylor for the team lead.

The Huskies added an insurance goal less than two minutes into the second half when Kelley Schweighart found Tina Frimpong with a through ball. Frimpong collected the ball and dribbled 15 yards before sliding a 15-yard shot past onrushing Oregon goalkeeper Domenique Lainez at 46:35. The goal increased Frimpong's team-leading total to 10.

Freshman Kelsey Rasmussen, a graduate of Tacoma's Bellarmine Prep High School, drew her second career start in goal for Washington and posted her second shutout. Rasmussen registered eight saves against the Ducks who outshot UW 14-8. She has not allowed a goal this season in 315 minutes. Lainez was not credited with a save.

'Kelsey had a great game today, the kind of game we expected her to have because she has been doing really well in training,' said Coach Lesle Gallimore whose Huskies suffered a 2-0 setback Friday against Oregon State. 'There was a lot of pressure on her because of how we performed on Friday night and she knew we needed a result. She was calm, composed and had a lot of key saves and catches on crosses.'

Oregon's most dangerous scoring threat occurred in the 81st minute when Mele French fired a point-blank shot from close range that was cleared off the goal line by UW freshman Shaela Ward.

The Washington women remain at home to host Washington State on Friday (Oct. 24) at 7 p.m.

(#13) Washington 2, Oregon 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring -- 1, UW, Jaime Carstensen (Melissa Bennett), 22:36. 2, UW, Tina Frimpong (Kelley Schweighart), 46:35.

Shots -- UO 14, UW 8.
Saves --- UO 0 (Domenique Lainez), UW 8 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- UO 5, UW 2.
Fouls --- UO 12, UW 11.
Offsides -- UO 3, UW 2.
Attendance -- 1,186.
Records -- Washington 8-4-3, 1-2-1; Oregon 7-7-0, 1-2-0.

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