UW Alum Hope Solo is Olympic Soccer Alternate

Aug. 11, 2004

SEATTLE - Former Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo has joined the United States women's soccer team in Greece and will serve as an alternate for the Olympic Games.Solo, who played in 2003 with the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, joined the U.S. Nationals on Saturday and trained with them in Crete.The Americans opened Olympic play Wednesday with a 3-0 win over host Greece. Solo will remain in Athens for the entire tournament and will be available to join the active roster in the event of an injury to starting goalkeeper Briana Scurry or backup Kristin Luckenbill.Solo is playing professionally in Sweden with the Kopparbergs/Goteborg club in Gothenburg and the 23-year-old has received sparking reviews for her play, with the media tabbing her as one of the top goalkeepers in the Swedish First Division. The Swedish season is taking a break during the Olympics.Solo, whose father is of Italian heritage, joined the National Team in after a brief vacation in Italy.She completed her collegiate career as the Huskies' all-time leader in every goalkeeping category. She started 68 games, amassing 325 saves, 18 shutouts and a 1.02 goals against average. In each of the last two seasons (2001, 2002), she was one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year.A four-time all-conference honoree, Solo received the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year award. She surrendered only 12 goals in 17 games in 2001 en route to a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average.In 2000, Solo led Washington's to its only Pac-10 women's soccer championship.She came to Washington after a stellar prep career at Richland (Wash.) High School during which she was twice honored as a Parade All-American (1997, 1998).

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