UW Men Drop 3-2 Battle To No. 12 Creighton

Sept. 4, 2005

Final Stats

PORTLAND, ORE. - Trailing 1-0 after the first half, the Huskies battled back to tie the score twice in the second-half but it wasn't enough as No. 12 Creighton edged Washington, 3-2, in men's soccer action at the Nike Portland Invitational, Sunday.

The loss was the first for the Huskies (1-1-0), who won their season opener over Cal Poly (3-1), Friday. Creighton (1-0-1) and Portland battled to a 1-1 draw in the tournament's first day as well.

The match was a physical affair that included a wild second half - both teams combined for four goals in a 22-minute span and seven of the game's nine cautions were issued including a red card to Creighton head coach Bob Warming in the 74th minute.

Redshirt freshman midfielder Eric Blythe and senior midfielder Mike Chabala accounted for Washington's two goals. The Husky defense, already playing without the services of junior co-captain Ty Harden due to injury, lost its other central defender Derek Crismier after being injured during the celebration of Blythe's goal.

'Today was tough for us defensively,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Injury issues have wreaked havoc on our defense and we're paying for it. We played with a makeshift backline and weren't up to the task of stopping Creighton's forwards. At the end of the day we just couldn't stop them through the middle. We did show ambition to get back in the game twice so that's positive. It's a disappointing loss but we can definitely grow from it. The areas we need to improve upon are clear.'

The see-saw battle began with the Bluejays jumping on top 1-0 in the 37th minute. Jarod Tarver took advantage of a one-on-one situation with UW goalkeeper Chris Eylander, beating the Husky senior with a 16-yard shot for the Bluejays' early lead.

The momentum seemed to swing Washington's way after the intermission when Blythe's eight-year header inside the right post, assisted by sophomore midfielder Nick Loveless, tied the match at 1-1 in the 59th minute. It was Blythe's first career goal.

The Bluejays' struck again in the 65th minute, when Byron Dacy nailed a 16-yard shot past a sliding Eylander to give CU a 2-1 advantage. Refusing to go down quietly, the Huskies came back when Chabala scored on a 23-yard free kick. It was the second goal in as many games for Chabala, who also added on assist on Friday.

Ultimately it was Creighton that had the final say. In the 81st minute, Dacy served a cross to Michael Kraus who booted the ball from six yards into the net, giving the Bluejays' a 3-2 lead they did not relinquish. UW was unable to find the equalizer in the final nine minutes.

Washington continues its five-game season opening road trip and looks to bounce back facing St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif, Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. PT.

Nike Portland Invitational
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
No. 12 Creighton 3, Washington 2

Scoring - 1, CU, Jarod Tarver (Tony Schmitz), 36:46. 2, UW, Eric Blythe (Nick Loveless), 58:54. 3, CU, Byron Dacy (Joan Carvajal), 64:53. 4, UW, Mike Chabala (unassisted), 73:16. 5, CU, Michael Kraus (Byron Dacy), 80:14.
Shots - UW 14, CU 12
Corners - UW 4, CU 5
Saves - UW 2 (Chris Eylander), CU 2 (Matt Allen)
Fouls - UW 20, CU 17
Offsides - UW 3, CU 2
Attendance - na


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