Men's Soccer Wins, 4-1, over St. Mary's

Oct. 12, 2001

Seattle - Senior co-captain Bryn Ritchie scored a pair of goals and assisted on another as the fifth-ranked Washington men's soccer team scored all four of its goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 non-conference victory in front 557 rain-soaked fans at Husky Soccer Field.

The Huskies won their fifth straight game to improve to 8-1-0 on the season while St. Mary's dropped to 5-4-1 overall.

The Huskies started the scoring early, finding the net twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Ritchie was the catalyst on the first score, collecting the ball in traffic near the goal and sending it to sophomore Seth Marsh, who shot the ball from eight yards out to the lower right corner at 3 minutes, 51 seconds into the match.

Ritchie scored the second goal all alone, less than five minutes later, when he headed the ball and hit the cross bar, collected his own rebound and sent a second header into the goal at 7:48.

It was Ritchie again on the third score when he drove the ball straight down the middle from 20 yards out at 16:58. The goals were the first for Ritchie this season.

St. Mary's got on the board shortly afterward when a free kick by Brian Rhodes went to Jady Nunan, who flicked a header into the right corner at 21:18.

Washington added one more goal in the first half for the final score of the game at 38:51. Freshman C.J. Klaas, the Huskies' leader in shots this season, scored his first collegiate goal at 38:51. Fellow freshman Brett Wiesner sent the ball across from the right side to Marsh, who took a shot that was deflected by a St. Mary's defender. Klaas collected the ball near the goal and sent it in to the right corner of the net.

Nearly every Husky player got in the game and Washington tallied 30 shots to the Gaels' 7. Dan Waltman earned the win in goal and tallied one save in the game.

'It was a great game in that everybody got the chance to play,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'We have another game tomorrow night, so it was nice being able to sub more liberally than we have in the past. It was a nice result. We took charge of the game early. We had a good first 20, 30 minutes when we seized control of the game. The conditions made it difficult, but everyone got in and we're happy with the result. Our finishing needs to improve. The chances we had were incredible, but you can't be unhappy with a 4-1 win.'

Washington opens Pac-10 Conference play and begins defense of its 2000 league title when it hosts Oregon State at 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13). The game is a doubleheader with the Husky women's team, which hosts Washington State at 5 p.m.

Collegiate Men's Soccer
St. Mary's at No. 5 Washington
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

(No. 5) Washington 4, St. Mary's 1
1, UW, Seth Marsh (Bryn Ritchie), 3:51.
2, UW, Ritchie, 7:48.
3, UW, Ritchie, 16:57.
4, SM, Jady Nunan (Brian Rhodes), 21:18.
5, UW, C.J. Klaas (Seth Marsh, Brett Wiesner).

Shots: UW 30, SM 7.
Corners: UW 12, SM 3.
Fouls: UW 16, SM 14.
Saves: SM 7 (McElhinney 6, Wilson 1), UW 2 (Waltman, Touton).
Yellow cards: UW 2 (Ritchie, Barros), SM 1 (Rhodes).

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