Golden Goal In 99th Minute Fuels Akron Upset Of No. 21 UW Men 2-1

Sept. 26, 2004

SEATTLE, WASH. - Ross McKenzie broke a 1-1 tie in the 99th minute, lifting Akron to a 2-1 victory over the 21st-ranked Washington men's soccer team as the Husky Fever Classic wrapped up at Husky Soccer Field Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Kevin Forrest scored the lone goal for the Huskies, his second in as many games.

After receiving a through pass from Steve Kalan that split the Husky defense, McKenzie found the open net with a shot past UW junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander to score the golden goal at 99:45.

It was the Zips (5-2-1) who jumped on the board first in the 18th minute of play, when Jeremy Field's header off a corner kick from Yohann Mauger made it past Eylander. Washington (6-3-1) found the equalizer just before the end of the second half at 40:46, when UW junior midfielder Mike Chabala launched a throw-in to Forrest who scored his second goal in as many games. It was the same pair of Forrest and Chabala who accounted for UW's first goal on Friday night versus UC Irvine.

'It was a hard fought game but a disappointing result,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We were hoping to finish off the weekend because we played pretty well Friday night. They (Akron) dialed up the intensity. Aggression was what they hung their hat on early and it caught us by surprise so it tested us a little bit in terms of our toughness. We gave a goal away when they were on top of the game and we leveled the score. I liked our chances in the second half, but we didn't create that many good opportunities. We've got to learn from this, that we have to be ready for an aggressive opponent.'

Both teams played an extremely physical game with at least 20 fouls being awarded to each side and a total of nine yellow cards issued. In addition, both teams lost players to injury as Akron's Brian Scheall was forced to leave after receiving an accidental kick to the head, and UW senior All-American C.J. Klaas had an early exit in the second half due to a strained calf muscle.

Although suffering defeat, Washington was named Husky Fever Classic champion based on goal differential. All four teams earned a win in the two-day tournament, but it was the Huskies' two-goal victory over UC Irvine on Friday that proved to be the tiebreaker as all the other matches were decided by just one goal. UC Irvine came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 20 Portland, 3-2, in the first game of today's doubleheader. On Friday, Portland was a 1-0 winner over Akron.

UW's Forrest was named the Offensive MVP, while Akron's Cameron Knowles was named Defensive MVP.

The Huskies hit the road next week, traveling to UC Riverside Friday, Oct. 1, for a 4 p.m. match, before opening Pac-10 play at UCLA, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 12 p.m.

NCAA Men's Soccer - Husky Fever Classic
Akron 2, #21 Washington 1 (ot)
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, AKRON, Jeremy Field (Yohann Mauger), 17:26. 2, UW, Kevin Forrest (Mike Chabala), 40:46, 3, AKRON, Ross McKenzie (Steve Kalan), 99:45.
Shots - AKRON 18, UW 17
Saves - AKRON 5 (Justin Christafaris), UW 6 (Chris Eylander)
Corner Kicks - AKRON 4, UW 5
Fouls - AKRON 20. UW 23
Offsides - AKRON 1, UW 1
Attendance - 688

NCAA Men's Soccer - Husky Fever Classic
UC Irvine 3, #20 Portland 2
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UCI, Lorne Howlett (Doug Franco, Sean Iliff), 20:52. 2, PORT, Alejandro Salazar (Heath Pearce), 54:22. 3, PORT, Bobak Talebi (Alejandro Salazar), 54:22. 4, UCI, Brad Evans (unassisted), 73:22. 5, UCI, Brad Evans, (Lorne Howlett), 82:09.
Shots - UCI 17, PORT 18
Saves - UCI 10 (Cameron Rossi) PORT 3 (Luis Robles)
Corner Kicks - UCI 8, PORT 6
Fouls - UCI 19, PORT 21
Offsides - UC 3, PORT 2
Attendance - NA

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