UW Men Sink Kentucky 2-1 In Husky Classic First Round Match

Sept. 26, 2003

SEATTLE - Husky midfielders Jeff Hoover and C.J. Klaas scored second-half goals to lead 22nd-ranked Washington men's soccer over Kentucky, 2-1, in the first round of the Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening. Portland recorded a 2-0 upset over 11th-ranked South Carolina in the first game of the day.

With the victory, Washington has won four-straight and improves its unbeaten record to 5-0-1. Kentucky, which dropped its first road game of the year, falls to 4-2-1.

Following a scoreless first half of play, the Huskies didn't waste any time getting on the board in the second frame when Hoover, a sophomore from Kirkland, Wash., blasted a 20-yard shot from the left side of the box to the far corner and past Wildcat goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Klaas, a junior from Cherry Valley, Ill., followed suit nearly 14 minutes later, with another long shot from 25 yards out to the lower right corner of the goal. The Husky defense held tight for the remainder of the game, allowing the only Kentucky goal with 40 seconds left. Olli Lehtimaki, amidst a cluster of players in front of the goal, knocked the ball across the goal line off a corner kick from Jamal Shteiwi.

'It was a tough game, but what we expected,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Kentucky's a decent team and they made it hard for us with that direct style of play. I think the guys in the back, as young as they are, were up to the task. In the last minute, we bended a little, showed a little weakness, but we had a lot more chances to make it 3-0. It's a good win for us and gives us every chance to be in the running for the tournament championship when we face South Carolina, whose going to come back hard after their disappointment.'

Washington outshot Kentucky 13-11, while the Wildcats held a 7-5 advantage on corner kicks. Klaas led the Husky attack with four shots, while sophomore Leo Totev added three. UW senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman tallied three saves , while Gruenenbaum recorded just one.

The first match of the Husky Fever Classic featured a 2-0 upset by Portland (4-5-0) over 11th-ranked South Carolina (7-1-0). The Gamecocks, who suffered their first loss of the season, had only allowed two goals in seven games before allowing a pair within 17 minutes to the Pilots. South Carolina had also posted five shutouts going into the tournament.

Portland scored both its goals in the second half, the first coming on a shot by Christopher Sanders from six yards, who was played the ball in front of the goal from Kyle Tanner. Bobak Talebi recorded the second assist on the eventual game-winner. The Pilots' second score came on a diving header by Paul Robinson off a curving free kick from Eric Cronkite.

The Husky Fever Classic wraps up Sunday, with Kentucky facing Portland at 11 a.m., followed by Washington's game with South Carolina at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be held at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus.

NCAA Men's Soccer
Husky Fever Classic

Game #2
(22) Washington 2, Kentucky 1
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Jeff Hoover (unassisted), 48:57. 2, UW, C.J. Klaas (unassisted), 62:20. 3, KEN, Olli Lehtimaki (Jamal Shteiwi), 89:20.
Shots - KEN 11, UW 13
Saves - KEN 1 (Andy Gruenebaum), UW 3 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - KEN 7, UW 5
Fouls - KEN 8, UW 20
Offsides - KEN 1, UW 6
Attendance - 1710
Records - Kentucky (4-2-1), Washington (5-0-1)

Game #1
Portland 2, (11) South Carolina 0
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, PORT, Christopher Sanders (Kyle Tanner, Bobak Talebi), 55:58. 2, PORT, Paul Robinson (Eric Cronkite), 72:41.
Shots - SC 15, PORT 14
Saves - SC 6 (Brad Guzan), PORT 3 (Luis Robles)
Corner Kicks - SC 5, PORT 4
Fouls - SC 17, PORT 24
Offsides - SC 0, PORT 5
Attendance - 225
Records - South Carolina (7-1-0), Portland (4-5-0)

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