Flanagan Lifts No. 8 Men's Soccer To 1-0 Victory Over Stanford
Oct. 12, 2003
PALO ALTO, CALIF. - Freshman Will Flanagan's first career goal just before halftime lifted eighth-ranked Washington men's soccer (8-1-2, 2-1-1 Pac-10) to a 1-0 Pac-10 victory over Stanford (2-8-2, 0-3-3 Pac-10) in front of 465 fans at Maloney Field in Palo Alto, Calif., Sunday afternoon.
The win marked the fourth shutout of the season for senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman and the Huskies, and broke a slight two-game winless streak, which featured Washington's only loss of the season to No. 1 UCLA, Oct. 5, and a tie to Cal on Friday. The Washington win also broke a five-game losing streak against Stanford that dated back to the 2000 season.
The lone goal of the game came at the 42:22 mark on a play sequence started by a short corner kick from UW sophomore Jeff Hoover. Sophomore Evan Cummings then gained control of the ball and passed to Flanagan who dribbled near the top of the penalty box and took a shot that rolled through several players on both teams before finding its way into the lower left-hand corner of the net.
Washington had a chance to make it 2-0 before the halftime horn, when a shot by Casey Armstrong at 44:45 hit off the crossbar.
Waltman made four saves on the day, including a couple critical stops in the second half. In the 66th minute, Waltman's diving save on the left post of a shot by Stanford's James Twellman thwarted a game-tying goal. Waltman also saved a header by Marcus Ryan off a corner kick in the 89th minute.
Stanford outshot Washington 14-8, including an 8-3 advantage in the second half. The Huskies held a slim advantage on corners kicks, 6-4. Armstrong and Flanagan led the Husky attack with two shots apiece. Junior forward Brett Wiesner made his first start of the season, after coming in as a sub in the previous three matches. Wiesner has eased his way back into the lineup after sitting out the first seven games with a hamstring injury suffered in a preseason exhibition match.
Stanford goalkeeper Robby Fulton made three saves and by surpassing the minimum career total of 2500 minutes needed to qualify, he moved into the top spot on the Cardinal's all-time goals against average list (0.52 GAA, 15 goals in 2573:29 minutes).
Up next, Washington remains on the road and travels to Northwest rival Oregon State for a 1 p.m. match, Sun., Oct. 19.
NCAA Men's Soccer
(8) Washington 1, Stanford 0
Palo Alto, Calif.
Scoring--1, UW, Will Flanagan (Evan Cummings), 42:22.
Shots - UW 8, STAN, 14
Saves - UW 4, (Danny Waltman), STAN 3 (Robby Fulton)
Corner Kicks - UW 6, STAN 4
Fouls - UW 12, STAN 12
Offsides - UW 2, STAN 1
Attendance - 465
Records - Washington (8-1-2, 2-1-1 Pac-10), Stanford (2-8-2, 0-3-0 Pac-10)
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