Men's Soccer Knocks off UCLA, 2-1
Nov. 3, 2000
Seattle - On the strength of two second half goals, the No. 16 Washington men's soccer team came from behind to upset No. 13 UCLA, 2-1, in Pac-10 action in front of 2,098 fans at Husky Soccer Field Friday night. The win gives Washington its first Pac-10 season sweep of a league opponent.
The Huskies, who were playing their final regular season home game, improve to 11-5-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the Pac-10. The mark puts them in a tie with Stanford for first place in the conference. The Bruins, who have lost five of their last six, drop to 10-6-0, 1-5-0.
The Bruins scored late in the first half when Cliff McKinley took a cross from Jimmy Frazelle on the right side and headed the ball in from seven yards out at 32:45. Four yellow cards were issued in the first period, two on each side, as both teams were whistled for 11 fouls in the half.
Washington accumulated seven corner kicks in the second half, nine overall, and took advantage of the re-starts. The first Husky goal came at 74:06 when junior defender Bryn Ritchie put a header in at the right post, off a Mark Hogenhout corner kick. It was Hogenhout's corner again that sailed high into the box and was knocked in the net by a Bruin defender for an own goal to give Washington the win.
The Huskies, who knocked off their fourth ranked opponent of the season and kept themselves alive for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, took 17 shots in the game, including 12 in the second half. UCLA totalled 10 for the match, with just one corner kick.
Husky keeper Chad Olsen earned the win while making three saves on the night. D.J. Countess tallied four saves in goal for the Bruins.
'That was a tremendous game,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'This was a big game for us. If you look at one game on our schedule, we always knew this was going to be a big one. We're right back in the picture for postseason and it keep us tied for first in the Pac-10, so we had double motivation. Coming back from one goal down, it was great to see us stay with our game and not get frustrated. We kept at it. I told the team at halftime to keep things simple. We were trying to go at a speed beyond our ability and beyond the need. We just wanted to get the ball, control it and pass it, do the simple things well. It was a great job by everyone out there.'
Washington has concluded its regular season home schedule. The Huskies' next game is at Oregon State, at 1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5. The game is being televised by Fox Sports Northwest on a delayed basis. It will air Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Pac-10 Men's Soccer
(No. 16) Washington 2, (No. 13) UCLA 1
Husky Soccer Field
Shots: UW 17, UCLA 10
Saves: UCLA 4, UW 3
Corners: UW 9, UCLA 1
Fouls: UW 20, UCLA 19
Yellow cards: 4 (UCLA - McKinley, Tsakiris) (UW - Somoza, Casale)