Huskies Defeat Cal Poly 3-1 In Men's Soccer Season Opener

Sept. 2, 2005

Final Stats

PORTLAND, ORE. - Sophomores Adam West and Spencer Schmidt scored their first career goals within a three-minute time span, breaking a 1-1 tie and leading Washington men's soccer to a 3-1 victory over Cal Poly in both teams' season opener at the Nike Portland Invitational, Friday afternoon.

The Huskies (1-0) trailed 1-0 after just a minute and a half of play, but scored three unanswered goals to hand the Mustangs (0-1) the loss.

The 2005 season was barely underway when Cal Poly's Nikhil Erlebach gave the Mustangs a fast start with a shot from 18 yards out that got past UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander.

Washington dominated the rest of the first half, firing off 15 shots to the Mustangs' four. Senior midfielder Mike Chabala tied the match at 1-1 scoring on a penalty kick in the 41st minute. It was the fourth career goal for Chabala, all scored on penalty kicks.

Back on even ground after the intermission, this time it was the Huskies who took advantage of a quick start. Ten minutes into the second half, West fired a 20-yard bullet to the lower right part of the net. The defender's first career goal gave Washington the lead at the 55:40 minute mark. Senior Evan Cummings was credited with the assist.

Just over two and a one-half minutes later, UW got an insurance goal from forward Schmidt, a 10-yard shot to the upper right corner, assisted by freshman forward Ely Allen and Chabala.

Eylander finished with seven saves in his season debut, while Cal Poly goalkeeper Jeremy Coupe grabbed four.

Four players made their Husky debuts Friday, including redshirt freshman Eric Blythe, redshirt sophomore Bobbak Talebi, freshman Jo Jo Katz and freshman George John. Talebi made his Washington debut but was no stranger to Merlo Field. He played two seasons (one redshirt) for Portland before transferring to UW.

Up next, Washington will wrap play at the Nike Invitational facing No. 12/14 Creighton, Sunday, Sept. 4, at noon.

Nike Portland Invitational
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Washington 3, Cal Poly 1

Scoring - 1, CP, Nikhil Erlebach (unassisted), 1:28. 2, UW, Mike Chabala (penalty kick), 40:17. 3, UW, Adam West (Evan Cummings), 55:40. 4, UW, Spencer Schmidt (Ely Allen, Mike Chabala), 58:16.
Shots - UW 20, CP 11
Corners - UW 10, CP 1
Saves - UW 7 (Chris Eylander), CP 4 (Jeremy Coupe)
Fouls - UW 12, CP 18
Offsides - UW 2, CP 2
Attendance - na

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