Former University of Washington star Hope Solo, now with the Seattle Reign and USWNT, has been named the Pac-12’s Goalkeeper of the Century.
Hope Solo, who starred for the University of Washington from 1999-02 before embarking on a successful career with the U.S. Women’s National Team, was selected Monday as the Goalkeeper on the Pac-12’s All-Century Soccer Team. Another ex-Husky, Tina Frimpong, was named as a reserve forward.
The All-Century teams for Olympic sports are announced each Monday by the conference following a nomination process that involves all Pac-12 schools with research contributions from the Pac-12 Networks. A conference panel selects the winners.
A native of Richland, WA., Solo finished her collegiate career as Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325) and goals against average (GAA) (1.02). She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and was named an NSCAA All-America as a sophomore, junior and senior.
During her sophomore year, Solo was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming the first Husky and first goalkeeper to receive the award. As a senior, she was the only goalkeeper nominated for the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the top female collegian.
Former Stanford Cardinal Julie Foudy, a three-time Olympic medalist, was named the Pac-12’s Women’s Soccer Player of the Century.
Following graduation, Solo turned professional. She played with a number of teams in the U.S. and Europe before signing with the Seattle Sounders women in 2012. In 2013, she joined Seattle Reign FC, which began its third season last week.
Solo played with the USWNT since 2000 and won gold medals as the club’s starting goalkeeper at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London. She won a gold as a member of the 2015 USA team that won the World Cup. Solo has been a part of two USA team that won CONCACAF Gold Cups (2006, 2014).
Frimpong played at Washington from 2001-04, was Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year in 2003 and Player of the Year in 2004. She played briefly with the USWNT in 2007.