Soccer Wins First Game in England
Aug. 21, 2001
Ewood Park, England - Freshman C.J. Klaas (Cherry Valley, Ill.) scored a goal in the first half and added an assist in the second to help lead the Washington men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over the Blackburn Rovers Reserves Tuesday, its first victory on the preseason tour through England.
Fellow freshman Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wisc.) added a second goal and senior Greg Foisie (Clovis, N.M.) came off the bench to score the final goal as the Huskies faced a Blackburn squad which included several players with first-team pro experience. Washington's six-game tour is comprised of matches versus reserve squads from some of the world's best known soccer franchises. Blackburn's starting lineup had an international flavor, with Premier League players from England (Marlin Broons, goalkeeper Alan Miller), Ireland (Damien Johnson, Jeff Kenner) and Wales (James Thomas) as well as a French player (Frank Queudrue) on trial.
Washington is now 1-0-2 on the tour, having tied its first two games, against Everton Reserves and Manchester City Reserves.
Klaas put Washington on the board with a penalty kick near the end of the first period, the first time the Huskies have held the lead in a tour game. Zach Kingsley was fouled and Klaas took the penalty kick at 41 minutes, 21 seconds into the game. Wiesner added to the lead with an unassisted goal at 53:15 after taking an errant back pass, kicking it off and touching it over the goalkeeper's head. Blackburn answered quickly, on a shot from the corner of the box that went through the Husky keeper's hands in the 58th minute.
Washington tallied the final goal when senior Ben Somoza (Edmonds, Wash.) sent a corner kick to Klaas who then chipped the ball back to Foisie, who headed it in the net.
'We had an outstanding performance, our best of the trip so far,' said Husky coach Dean Wurzberger. 'Blackburn was the first team we have played with a number of First Team professionals. To come away with a 3-1 win exceeded all our expectations. We've seen steady improvement with each game and look forward to the final three games of our tour. So far, the trip has exceeded all our expectations. Today, we made the University of Washington proud.'
Washington, in the midst of four games in four days, meets Crewe Alexandra Wednesday morning.
Washington Men's Soccer Preseason Tour - Game 3
Washington 3, Blackburn Rovers Reserves 1
Ewood Park Stadium (Blackburn Training Grounds), Ewood Park, England
Washington 1-2 -- 3
Blackburn 0-1 -- 1
1, UW, C.J. Klaas (penalty kick), 41:21. 2, UW, Brett Wiesner, 53:15. 3, Blackburn, 58:00 4, UW, Foisie (Klaas, Ben Somoza), 75:00
Shots: UW 5, BR 6.
Saves: UW 4, BR 2.
Corner kicks: UW 3, BR 6.
Fouls: UW 7, BR 5.
45:00 Ben Somoza for Russ Cahill
68:00 Greg Foisie for Brett Wiesner
Aug. 21 - UW 3, Blackburn Rovers Reserves 1
(CJ Klaas goal, penalty kick, Brett Wiesner goal, unassisted, Greg Foisie goal, assisted by Klaas)
Aug. 22 - Transfer to London, game vs. Crewe Alexandra at 11 a.m., four night stay at Avery Hill College,
Aug. 23 - Game vs. West Ham Reserves at Saville Road, Chadwell Heathe, Essex.
Aug. 24 - Tour London
Aug. 25 - Tour London
Aug. 26 - Depart London for Seattle.