No. 4 Huskies Extend Streak with 3-1 Win Over No. 20 UCLA
Oct. 19, 2001
Seattle - The fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer team won its eighth-straight game and fourth in a row over No. 20 UCLA with a 3-1 Pac-10 Conference victory in front of 1,587 fans at Husky Soccer Field. It was the widest margin of victory in the series since the Huskies shutout the Bruins, 2-0, back in 1998.
The Huskies, who have not lost since Sept. 8, improve to 10-1-0 on the season while the Bruins drop to 6-5-2. Friday night's game was televised by Fox Sports Northwest and will replay at 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21.
Senior co-captain Ben Somoza gave Washington an early lead in the game when he converted a free kick at 8 minutes, 52 seconds into the match. It wasn't until the 67th minute that UCLA equalized. Tim Pierce collected a ball from Chad Davis and from 18 yards out on the left sent the ball to the upper right corner of the net at 67:04.
Washington answered when senior Greg Foisie checked in the game at 65:54 and scored the game-winner less than seven minutes later. Somoza sent a cross from the right side to Foisie who sent a header in the net from six yards out at 72:25. It was the third game-winner of the season for Foisie.
Junior keeper Chad Olsen had an impressive night in goal for the Huskies, tallying six saves, including two in a barrage of three quick shots by the Bruins late in the game. UCLA's Zach Wells had four saves after facing 17 shots by the Huskies.
'I was concerned about our emotion at the beginning of the game,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'We are going into games as the favorite now. Things have changed for Washington. The guys weren't at their best in terms of their emotional level. We started fast enough, to be fair, and caught an early lead. But you could see there was a flatness there. The changes helped. It sparked us a little. (Greg) Foisie had a great goal. But overall, we seemed to be in cruise control and only did enough to get ahead in the game. It was slippery out there and it made for a nervous time at the back and UCLA is very direct in their play. We are pleased with the result though. We got out in front and kept it there.'
Washington is on the road for its next series, playing at California Oct. 26 and at Stanford Oct. 28.
College Men's Soccer
No. 20 UCLA at No. 4 Washington
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.
Shots: UCLA 18, UW 17.
Corners: UW 6, UCLA 6.
Saves: UW 6 (Olsen), UCLA 4 (Wells)
Fouls: UCLA 21, UW 17.