Huskies Deadlock With Denver In 1-1 Double Overtime Draw

Sept. 19, 2004

SEATTLE, WASH. - The 10th-ranked Washington men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw with Denver in the final day of the Husky Invitational at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon. Senior All-American C.J. Klaas scored Washington's lone goal of the game in the 64th minute.

The Pioneers (3-2-1) got on the board first in the 24th minute, when Mike Seager blasted a shot from 35-yards that soared past the diving UW goalkeeper Chris Eylander and into the lower right corner of the net. The Huskies' (5-2-1) equalizer did not come until the 64th minute, when senior Casey Armstrong served a cross in the front of the goal to Klaas, who nailed a rocket from 18-yards past Denver goalkeeper Justin Durst.

Both teams played through a pair of scoreless overtime periods, with each team having opportunities to net the golden goal. Denver had three shots in the first overtime frame, including a chance from Travis Hendricks that was blocked by a UW defender. Washington senior Brett Wiesner had a chance to win the game in the second overtime period, hitting a shot over the cross bar with just over four minutes remaining. The Pioneers also had a late shot by Christian Bowers that was saved by Eylander.

Eylander made six saves for Washington, while Durst tallied five. The Huskies owned the advantage on corner kics, 12-2.

'It was a tough game for us,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'When they (Denver) hit a 35-yard shot to the lower corner, you know it's going to be a challenge that day and thank heavens we equalized. Denver battled hard, they did everything they could. We, at the end of the day, have to look at the chances that we had. You've got to score one of those. We're disappointed because when you outshoot a team and have 10 more corners, you'd think we could catch a goal. In the long-run I'm not as concerned about the draw, but it's very clear we've got to get our forwards in front of goal.'

UC Riverside, which defeated St. Mary's 4-2 in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader, was crowned tournament champion with a 2-0 record. It was an action-packed first half of play, as the teams paired for four goals in the opening frame including three in the first 13 minutes. In fact, UC Riverside scored on its first two shots of the match. UC Riverside forward Luc Harrington, the Husky Invitational Offensive MVP, scored the eventual gamewinner against St. Mary's on a penalty kick in the 54th minute.

Washington junior midfielder Mike Chabala was named the tournament's Defensive MVP.

Washington will remain at home next week to host its second-straight tournament, the Husky Fever Classic. The Huskies will face UC Irvine on Fri., Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., a match preceded by Portland versus Akron at 4:30 p.m.

NCAA Men's Soccer - Husky Invitational
#10 Washington 1, Denver 1
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, DEN, Mike Seager (unassisted), 23:19. 2, UW, C.J. Klaas (Casey Armstrong), 63:09.
Shots - DEN 16, UW 21
Saves - DEN 5 (Justin Durst), UW 6 (Chris Eylander)
Corner Kicks - DEN 2, UW 12
Fouls - DEN 24, UW 12
Offsides - DEN 4, UW 3
Attendance - 480

NCAA Men's Soccer - Husky Invitational
UC Riverside 4, St. Mary's 2
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UCR, Joey Pacheco (Charles Alamo), 4:47. 2, SM, Anthony Butler (Diego Rovira), 10:20. 3, UCR, Scott Barnett (unassisted). 4, SM, Adam Zielske (penalty kick), 32:07. 5, UCR, Luc Harrington (penalty kick), 53:36. 6, UCR, Andrew Villalobos (unassisted), 68:01.
Shots - SM 19, UCR 13
Saves - SM 3 (Brian Mason), UCR 4 (Charles Alamo)
Corner Kicks - SM 6, UCR 3
Fouls - SM 17, UCR 20
Offsides - SM 2, UCR 6
Attendance - 203

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