No. 13 Husky Men Drop First Match Of The Season To No. 2 UCLA 1-0

Oct. 5, 2003

SEATTLE - The 13th-ranked Washington men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the defending NCAA champion and second-ranked UCLA Bruins, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon. UCLA midfielder Benny Feilhaber netted the only goal of the game in the 65th minute.

The loss halted a six-game winning streak for the Huskies, who drop to 7-1-1 overall and 1-1 against Pac-10 opponents. UCLA, whose only loss this season came to No. 1 Maryland, improves to 8-1-0 and 2-0 in the Pac-10. Sunday marked the first time this season the Husky offense has been held scoreless. Washington had also scored at least two goals in its previous five games, including Friday's 2-0 Pac-10 opening win over Fresno State.

'We're disappointed, but I'm not unhappy with the way we played,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'They have quality, obviously, and it was their day on making the chance that ended up being the decider. I'm not unhappy with any particular area. We didn't finish our chances and we didn't get a goal but having said that, UCLA is a good team. It was an even game, but they found the way to make the difference. They have incredible depth. They can bring guys on who add things. We not might have that type of depth, but our guys played to their maximum. I'm really proud of how we played. I don't think there was a gap between the two teams, today UCLA just had a bit more quality when they had to.'

Feilhaber scored his second goal of the season in the 65th minute after gaining control of a deflected cross by Ryan Valdez in the left corner of the box and knocking the ball past the near post. It was just the first goal allowed by UW senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman in three games.

Washington tallied 11 of its 13 shots in the second half and posed some threats in the last three minutes of the game on shots by sophomore midfielders Jeff Hoover and Evan Cummings. Hoover led the UW attack with three shots, one of nine different Huskies to contribute a shot. Matt Taylor and Chad Barrett each tallied three shots for UCLA.

The Huskies will look to rebound next weekend when they head to the Bay Area to face Cal (Fri., Oct. 10, 2 p.m.) and Stanford (Sun., Oct. 12, 1 p.m.).

NCAA Men's Soccer
(2) UCLA 1, (13) Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UCLA, Benny Feilhaber (Ryan Valdez), 64:40.
Shots - UCLA 14, UW 13
Saves - UCLA 1 (Zach Wells), UW 4 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - UCLA 4, UW 4
Fouls - UCLA 27, UW 17
Offsides - UCLA 1, UW 0
Attendance - 1826
Records - UCLA (8-1-0, 2-0 Pac-10), UW (7-1-1, 1-1 Pac-10)

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