Men's Soccer Wins in OT
Aug. 31, 2001
Storrs, Conn. - The Washington men's soccer team played to overtime and came away with a win in its 2001 season opener, with a 3-2 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the first game of the UConn Soccer Classic Friday evening.
Fairleigh Dickinson opened the scoring late in the first half, with a goal at 40 minutes, 11 seconds into the match. Washington answered quickly when junior Zac Tallman headed the ball in the net, following a corner kick by freshman C.J. Klaas, at 44:32.
The quick pace continued in the second half as FD took the lead back with a goal near the top of the box at 48:54. Again, the Huskies answered quickly, this time when senior Zach Kingsley tallied an unassisted goal at 52:09. It was scoreless after that, to the end of regulation.
Overtime didn't last long tough, as senior forward Greg Foisie broke the tie on a header in front of the goal at 91:39. Fellow senior Trevor Frobose was credited with an assist on the score. Washington dominated the game statistically, taking 21 shots in the game to FD's 9. Junior goalkeeper Chad Olsen earned the win in for the Huskies.
'It was a difficult game for us,' said coach Dean Wurzberger, 'mostly because we had to take the game to our opponent. They sat back and gave the ball to us. We had a difficult time dealing with the opponent's defensive strategy. We totally dominated the game statistically, but had a couple lapses in concentration that cost us a few goals. It seemed like once we settled down and played our game, it was just a matter of time before we got a goal to win it.
'There were some nerves at the beginning of the game,' he continued. 'There is a lot of expectation from the team after our successful trip to England. We were not at our best. I think we will put together a much better showing Saturday against Connecticut, number one, because they will come out and play against us and attack us, and number two, we have a game under our belt now.'
Washington meets host Connecticut in the second round of the tournament, at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 PST) Saturday at Morrone Stadium. The UConn Huskies, who won the NCAA championship last year, are ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll. Connecticut posted a 3-3 double overtime tie in its first game of the tournament Friday night. Saturday's game will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Collegiate Men's Soccer
No. 12 Washington 3, Fairleigh Dickinson 2 (1 OT)
Morrone Stadium, Storrs, Conn.
Shots: UW 21, FD 9. Corners: UW 10, FD 4. Saves: UW 2, FD 10. Fouls: FD 12, UW 4. Yellow cards: UW 1 (Birklid), FD 1. Attendance: 100