Freshmen Get Into The Scoring Act As Huskies Shutout Gonzaga 3-0 In Season Opener
Sept. 1, 2004
SPOKANE, WASH. - Led by a pair of freshmen, Brett Hite and Spencer Schmidt, the 21st-ranked Husky men's soccer (1-0-0) team breezed past intrastate rival Gonzaga (0-1-0), 3-0, in both teams' season opener at Martin Field in Spokane, Wednesday evening. Hite and Schmidt each scored in their Washington debuts, while veteran senior All-American C.J. Klaas also tallied a goal.The Huskies got off to a promising start, with Hite scoring his first collegiate goal just 2 minutes and 16 seconds into the match. Junior midfielder Mike Chabala served a long pass from the left side of midfield, which Hite received and put in the net.Klaas gave his teammates a two-goal edge in the 28th minute, blasting a shot from the left side of the box off a cross from sophomore defender Will Flanagan. The Huskies played a dominating first half, owning an 11-4 shot advantage at the intermission.Schmidt gave Washington its third goal of the game in the 72nd minute, punching a close low shot past Bulldog goalkeeper Sean Sosnovec. Junior midfielder Leo Totev was credited with the assist on the final goal.The Huskies ended up with a 21-7 shot advantage, led by five shots by Hite. Klaas, Schmidt and freshman Ely Allen each added three shots apiece. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander recorded four saves to earn his first shutout of the year.Sosnovec made seven saves for the Zags, while Arni Pjetersson led the Bulldog attack with three shots, two of which were saved by Eylander.Washington will continue its six-game season-opening road trip, as the Huskies head east this weekend. Washington will face fifth-ranked UConn on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. PT in Storrs, Conn., followed by a showdown with No. 2 St. John's, Monday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. PT, in Jamaica, NY.NCAA Men's Soccer
#21 Washington 3, Gonzaga 0
Martin Field o Spokane, Wash.
Scoring--1, UW, Brett Hite (Mike Chabala), 2:16. 2, UW, C.J. Klaas (Will Flanagan), 27:15. 3, UW, Spencer Schmidt (Leo Totev), 71:18.
Shots - UW 21, GONZ 7
Saves - UW 4 (Chris Eylander), GONZ 7 (Sean Sosnovec)
Corner Kicks - UW 7, GONZ 2
Fouls - UW 12, GONZ 10
Offsides - UW 5, GONZ 0
Attendance - 809