No. 4 Men's Soccer Upset, 1-0, at Cal
Oct. 26, 2001
Berkeley, Calif. - An unranked California team on a two-game losing streak handed the No. 4 Washington men's soccer team its first loss since Sept. 8 when it staged a 1-0 upset of the Huskies in Pac-10 Conference action in front of 100 fans Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.
The Huskies, defending Pac-10 champions, dropped to 10-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the Pac-10. The Bears, who had been shutout their last two games, improved to 7-5-1 overall, 1-1-0 in the conference.
California senior forward Austin Ripmaster came through with the gamewinner early when he slipped past two Husky defenders and launched a shot from 20-yards out at 18 minutes, 28 seconds into the match. It was Ripmaster's sixth goal of the season and gave the Bears' their second win over a ranked opponent.
Washington had two close opportunities in the first half. The first came in the 29th minute when Seth Marsh took a shot that sailed just over the cross bar. The other chance came when a shot was misdirected, landing in front of Kyle Fukuchi just five yards from the goal, who was unable to capitalize.
The second half saw Washington come out strong and force Cal back on its heels. The Huskies controlled possession for most of the first five minutes but the Bears staved off the initial wave of attacks and settled in, allowing five shots the rest of the way. The battle was at midfield in what ultimately turned out to be a defensive struggle for both sides in the second half.
'It was an off day by so many players on our team,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'There is no question, it would hard to point to a player who really played close to what he normally does. It seemed difficult to raise the emotion when we needed it. Clearly, we have to get ourselves back together emotionally for a big game Sunday to have any chance of being successful at Stanford. The only positive about this is that we will play California again in Seattle. Perhaps we can show that we are not as bad as we were today. It's a disappointing loss. We have to win at home as well as on the road. It's going to be a major challenge for us to see if we can bring what we need Sunday at Stanford.'
Washington has a day off before it faces No. 6 Stanford at Maloney Field at 2:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 28. The Cardinal, who play Oregon State Friday night, own a record of 11-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the Pac-10. Seven of the last eight meetings between Stanford and Washington have been decided by one goal. While the two schools are close in the current Soccer America rankings, Stanford actually stands at No. 4 in the Oct. 22 NSCAA coaches poll while Washington checks in at No. 8.
College Men's Soccer
No. 4 Washington at California
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
California 1, (No. 4) Washington 0
Scoring: 1, California, Austin Ripmaster, 18:28.
Shots: UW 7, Cal 7.
Corners: UW 4, Cal 1.
Saves: Cal 3 (Saunders), UW 2 (Olsen)
Fouls: Cal 17, UW 15.
Cautions: UW 2, Cal 2.