Men's Soccer Falls to Indiana

Nov. 25, 2000

Seattle, Wash. - For the second year in a row, the Washington men's soccer team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round by Indiana, as the two-time defending national champion Hoosiers advanced to the elite eight with a 2-1 victory in front of 1,805 fans at Husky Soccer Field.

The Pac-10 champion Huskies, who were making their sixth consecutive tournament appearance, end the 2000 season with an overall record of 14-6-0. The Hoosiers, who also knocked the Huskies out of the second round back in 1992, improve to 15-6-0 and will meet the winner of Sunday's second-round game between No. 1-seed North Carolina and Rhode Island.

Washington jumped on the scoreboard early when junior midfielder Ben Somoza sent a free kick into the net six minutes into the match. His shot was a low line drive that went into the left corner over IU keeper Colin Rogers, who was playing for injured senior goalkeeper T.J. Hannig.

The Hoosiers answered quickly when Marcus Chorvat collected a loose ball and sent it into the net at 11:37, after Husky sophomore keeper Chad Olsen had deflected a shot from Pat Noonan. Indiana tallied the game-winner at 52:18 when Matt Fundenberger headed the ball in after collecting a cross from Ryan Mack. Tyler Hawley started the play with a header that was blocked by a Husky defender, Mack corralled the ball and sent it to the near post where Funderberger finished with the header.

'I think it was very important that we got a goal right after Washington's,' said Indiana coach Jerry Yeagley .' It was a big, big factor. On the road, down a goal, six minutes in, it was big swing in momentum.We feel very fortunate to travel to the West Coast two weeks in a row and come back with victories against two excellent teams.' Indiana won at San Jose State, 4-0, in the first round last weekend.

It was a fairly even match between the teams, although Indiana played the final stretch a man down after Chorvat was ejected when he received his second yellow card at 73:31. The Hoosiers finished with 16 shots while Washington had 15. UW had an 8-7 advantage in corner kicks and fouls were even at 19 apiece. Olsen collected five saves in goal for Washington while Rogers tallied four.

'There was a lapse there in the second half and Indiana went ahead, 2-1,' added Husky coach Dean Wurzberger. 'We just did not seem to be sharp in terms of closing down the cross and then when the cross came over, a guy ran unmarked, that cost us. But, having said that, we had a plan in place should we have to chase the game like that. We created chances, unfortunately, the equalizer did not come. After the dream start of catching a goal early, we were very optimistic, but a counter-attack led to their equalizer and then we had to battle back.'

NCAA Men's Soccer Championship
Second Round
Indiana 2, Washington 1
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring: 1, UW, Ben Somoza, 6:00. 2, IU, Marcus Chorvat (Pat Noonan), 11:37. 3, IU, Matt Fundenberger (Ryan Mack), 52:18.
Shots: IU 16, UW 15
Saves: UW 5, IU 4
Corner kicks: UW 8, IU 7
Fouls: IU 19, UW 19
Attendance: 1,805

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