No. 22 Men's Soccer Blanks No. 11 South Carolina 3-0 En Route To Husky Classic Title
Sept. 28, 2003
SEATTLE - Sophomore midfielder Leo Totev scored two goals and assisted a third as 22nd-ranked Washington men's soccer won the Husky Fever Classic title with a 3-0 shutout over 11th-ranked South Carolina at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon.
The win propels the Huskies to an unbeaten record of 6-0-1, their best start since 1998. Washington has already equaled its number of victories from last season, after a 6-10-3 record in 2002. South Carolina, who allowed five goals in the Husky Classic after allowing just two in its seven previous games, falls to 7-2-0.
'This is an awesome win,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We knew it was going to be tough. It was a game of guts, is what it was. We knew fatigue was going to affect both teams and that's what it was at halftime, but we're finding a way to meet every challenge. We talk about being ahead, being behind and the guys have been absolutely incredible. I don't think I've ever seen a year so far when they've met every challenge this far into the season.'
Totev, who scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Portland's Paul Robinson was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Coupled with a 2-1 victory over Kentucky on Friday, Washington earned the tournament title based on goal differential. Portland (5-5-0) was runner-up, with a 2-1 overtime win over Kentucky (4-3-1) today and a 2-0 victory over South Carolina, Friday.
Totev gave the Huskies an early one-goal lead in the 25th minute, finessing his way around South Carolina goalkeeper Brad Guzan and finding the open net. Then in the 54th minute, sophomore Kevin Murray scored on a header off a corner kick from Totev, his first goal of the year.
Not quite two minutes later, the Huskies struck again as senior Sean Giudice, who also assisted Totev's first goal, dished a ball to Totev who blasted a 30-yard shot to the upper right corner of the net.
The Gamecocks' offense threatened late in the second half, but senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman thwarted any scoring opportunities, tallying all six of his saves in the second-frame. The Husky defense, led by freshmen Ty Harden and Will Flanagan and Murray, posted its second shutout of the season.
In the first game of the day, a goal from Alejandro Salazar in the 95th minute led Portland to a 2-1 overtime victory over Kentucky. Christopher Sanders got the Pilots on the board, scoring on a penalty kick in the 42nd minute before Chris Austin tied the game with a 16-yard shot in the 57th minute.
Washington continues its longest homestand of the season as it opens Pac-10 play at home hosting Fresno State, Fri., Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and second-ranked UCLA, Sun., Oct. 5, at 2:30 p.m.
NCAA Men's Soccer
Husky Fever Classic
(22) Washington 3, (11) South Carolina 0
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.
Scoring--1, UW, Leo Totev (Sean Giudice), 24:06. 2, UW, Kevin Murray (Leo Totev), 53:33. 3, UW, Leo Totev (Sean Giudice), 55:40.
Shots - SC 14, UW 11
Saves - SC 3 (Brad Guzen) UW 6 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - SC 6, UW 2
Fouls - SC 14, UW 24
Offsides - SC 0, UW 3
Attendance - 862
Records - South Carolina (7-2-0), Washington (6-0-1)
Portland 2, Kentucky 1 (ot)
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.
Scoring--1, PORT, Christopher Sanders (penalty kick), 41:33. 2, KEN, Chris Austin (unassisted), 56:51. 3, PORT, Alejandro Salazar (Patrick Mooney, Sean Babcock), 94:26.
Shots - KEN 9, PORT 16
Saves - KEN 4 (Andy Gruenebaum), PORT 0 (Luis Robles)
Corner Kicks - KEN 4, PORT 1
Fouls - KEN 25, PORT 18
Offsides - KEN 0, PORT 0
Attendance - 262
Records - Kentucky (4-3-1), Portland (5-5-0)