Hite, Cummings Lead No. 18 Huskies Over No. 13 Creighton 2-1
Sept. 12, 2004
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - No. 18 Washington men's soccer used a pair of goals in a four-minute span to knock off No. 13 Creighton, 2-1, in the final day of the UNLV FILA Invitational in Las Vegas, Sunday. Freshman Brett Hite and junior Evan Cummings scored quick back-to-back goals in the second-half, as the Huskies held on to hand the Bluejays their first loss of the year.
Washington (4-1) defeated the same Creighton squad (3-1) that upset No. 2 UCLA, 3-2, on Friday evening in the tournament's first game. UW went 2-0 in the tournament, also defeating UNLV 3-0 on Friday. The host Rebels lost a heartbreaker to the Bruins today, losing 1-0 on an own goal scored in overtime.
After a scoreless first half of play where the Huskies outshot Creighton 7-4, Washington needed just five minutes into the second frame to get their first goal. At the 50:24 minute mark, Hite took a pass in the box from senior Casey Armstrong eight yards out and sent the ball to the back of the net for a 1-0 UW lead. The Huskies struck again at 54:29, when Cummings scored after controlling the rebound off a deflected shot and save from CU goalie Andrew Brown. It was the second goal of the season for Hite, and first for Cummings.
Creighton cut the lead to one at 83:55 on a score from Brian Biggerstaff's shot off a rebounded save, but the Husky defense held tight and picked up the win. Washington junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander picked up eight saves, while Brown posted four saves.
The win was the first for Washington in the all-time series against Creighton. The Bluejays had won each of the 2000 and 2002 prior meetings.
The Huskies, having allowed just two goals in five games, will finally wrap their season-opening six-game road trip on Wednesday, Sept. 15, when they travel to Portland for a mid-week match-up. The 7 p.m. game will be first ever men's night game at Merlo Field. Washington will play St. Mary's in its home opener, Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.
NCAA Men's Soccer
#18 Washington, #13 Creighton
Peter Johann Field o Las Vegas, Nev.
Scoring--1, UW, Brett Hite (Casey Armstrong), 50:24; 2, UW, Evan Cummings, 54:29; 3, CU, Brian Biggerstaff, 83:55.
Shots - UW 15, CU 14
Saves - UW 8 (Chris Eylander), CU 4 (Andrew Brown)
Corner Kicks - UW 6, CU 8
Fouls - UW 11, CU 11
Offsides - none
Attendance - 950