Men's Soccer Wins Home Opener

Sept. 20, 2001

Seattle - The No. 7 Washington men's soccer team made its 2001 home debut and defeated cross town rival Seattle University with a 3-1 victory over the Redhawks in front of 847 fans at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies improve their record to 4-1 while the Redhawks drop to 5-2.

Washington got on the board first when Zach Kingsley collected a rebound off his own shot and capitalized amid a flurry near the center of the box at 38:16.

Two quick scores followed, one by each team. The Redhawks equalized when Quauhtli Martinez picked up the ball from Even McNeley and fired a direct shot from 25 yards out to the lower right corner at 42:31. Washington answered right away though, as freshman Brett Wiesner headed a ball in less than half a minute later, at 42:55. Senior co-captain Ben Somoza sent the cross over for the assist.

The Huskies extended the margin late in the game when Somoza scored at 81:17 after collecting a throw in from freshman C.J. Klaas.

Sophomore Dan Waltman earned the win in goal for Washington, moving his record to 2-0 after making three saves. SU's Brandon Sewell stopped nine of the Huskies 24 shots in the game.

'I'm happy with the result,' said Husky coach Dean Wurzberger. 'It's not an easy game to play, in terms of being a cross town rival. They come over as big underdogs and we're expected to win. From that point forward, it's a tough game. They played a good game. I saw them Sunday and they were a different team.

'We've been off 10 days (from game action) and four of those days were off training,' he continued. 'We showed a little bit of rust, but that's to be expected. We got three quality goals. I'm happy with the goals we scored, two of the three especially. It was a tough game and it's good to get our first one under our belt at home. We're looking forward to our tournament next weekend. In some ways, playing an out of state team where we don't know the guys is an easier proposition, rather than playing so many people we know, as we did tonight. So many of these guys played together in the summer and the dynamics are always tough. All in all, it was a good game for everybody.'

Washington has the weekend off before hosting the Nike Husky Classic, Sept. 28 and 30. The Huskies meet UNLV in the first round and play Air Force in the second. The Redhawks host San Francisco State Sept. 23.

College Soccer
Seattle University at No. 7 Washington
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

No. 7 Washington 3, Seattle U. 1
Scoring: 1, UW, Zach Kingsley, 38:16. 2, SU, Quauhtli Martinez (Evan McNeley), 42:31. 3, UW, Brett Wiesner (Ben Somoza), 42:55. 4, UW, Somoza (C.J. Klaas), 81:17.

Shots: UW 24, SU 9.
Corners: UW 6, SU 3.
Fouls: SU 29. UW 13.
Saves: SU 9 (Sewell), UW 3 (Waltman).
Yellow cards: SU 5. UW 2.
Attn.: 847.

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