Men's Soccer Defeats Air Force, 2-1

Sept. 30, 2001

Seattle - Zach Kingsley scored less than two minutes into the game and Kyle Fukuchi came off the bench to add the game winner as the seventh-ranked Washington men's soccer kept its home record intact with a 2-1 victory over No. 19 Air Force in front of 996 fans on hand for the final game of the Nike Husky Classic Sunday afternoon.

Portland defeated UNLV, 3-2, in overtime in the first game of the day. The Pilots claimed the tournament title based on goal differential, after posting a 9-2 victory over Air Force in the first game of the tournament Friday night. Portland's Kelly Gray, who scored three goals in the tournament, earned Outstanding Offensive Player honors while Washington co-captain Bryn Ritchie was named Outstanding Defensive Player for the second year in a row.

The Huskies improve their record to 6-1 while Air Force, which entered the weekend undefeated, dropped to 5-2. Portland stands at 5-3 overall and UNLV is 4-4.

Washington got off to a quick start against the Falcons when Kingsley collected a rebound and found the net at 1 minute, 42 seconds into the match. The game was scoreless from there until junior midfielder Kyle Fukuchi came off the bench to score in the 69th minute. He collected an interior pass from Ben Somoza and blasted the ball in from close range.

The Falcons responded quickly to the Husky score when Dan Bolin sent a pass inside that was deflected by the goalkeeper out to Daniel Walsh, who knocked it in from five yards out at 69:44.

The Huskies tallied 20 shots in the game to the Falcons' 16. Junior goalkeeper Chad Olsen, who had a shutout in Washington's first game of the tournament, made five saves to earn the win. Air Force's Mike Brophy had eight saves.

'There were some unknowns coming into our game,' said Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'How was Air Force going to respond after getting absolutely blown out Friday night? How were they going to approach the game? Secondly, how were we going to get ourselves prepared for a team that looked dead on Friday. You put that combination together and you get a fight like that. Air Force came with everything they had. They showed that on the challenges to the ball, sliding in effort. They had a boat load of fouls and that's a measure of aggressiveness. You can always hustle and tackle and sometimes that is enough to get you back into the game. That's what's happened tonight.

'There was no question we didn't have a lot of quality in our game early. We tried to play our game without giving our 100-percent best and you can't do that in this game. We just a little short on things. Our concentration wasn't fully there. My hat is off the Air Force effort. I didn't ever feel we were in danger of losing the game, but there were moments there where we looked like we were losing the grasp, the control of the game. A good performance by our goalkeeper, Chad Olsen, saved us.'

The first game of the day saw Portland post two quick scores, on a header directly in front of the goal, off a corner kick at 7:04, and then a straight ahead shot that began at midfield at 13:44. UNLV got on the scoreboard when Tuomas Talvio sent a shot toward the goal that was deflected into the net by a defender at 33:25. Ryan Cariss got the equalizer in the 84th minute after he slipped past the keeper and put the ball into the bottom right corner. Portland's Sheldon Maistry quickly ended the overtime period when he punched one in, through traffic, at 95:13.

Washington returns to the road for its next game, a 7:30 p.m. match at Santa Clara, Oct. 5.

College Men's Soccer
Nike Husky Classic
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Game 3 -- Portland 3, UNLV 2 (1 OT)
Scoring: 1, UP, Kelly Gray (Eric Cronkite), 7:04. 2, UP, Brandon Henley, 13:44. 3, UNLV, Tuomas, 33:25. 4, UNLV, Ryan Cariss (Jason Melendez), 84:00. 5, UP, Sheldon Maistry (Nate Jacqua), 95:13.

Shots: UP 20, UNLV 15. Corners: UP 8, UNLV 6. Saves: UNLV 9 (Winstead), UP 5 (Spiteri). Fouls: UP 26, UNLV 22. Yellow cards: UP 5 (Henley, Picarelli, Jacqua, McNeil, Simpson), UNLV 1 (Meek).

Game 4 -- No. 7 Washington 2, No. 19 Air Force 1
Scoring: 1, UW, Kingsley, 1:42. 2, UW, Fukuchi (Ben Somoza), 69:08. 3, AFA, Walsh (Dan Bolin), 69:44.

Shots: UW 20, AFA 16. Corners: UW 10, AFA 0. Saves: AFA 8 (Mike Brophy), UW 5 (Chad Olsen). Fouls: AFA 26. UW 19. Yellow cards: AFA 3 (Alfaro, Sagastume, Rabe), UW 2 (Kinsgley, Olsen).

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Kelly Gray, Portland
Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Bryn Ritchie, Washington
Tournament Champion: Portland (by goal differential)

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