Huskies Blank Saint Mary's 1-0
Sept. 11, 2005
MORAGA, CALIF. - Sophomore midfielder Nick Loveless' header off a throw-in at the 44-minute mark was all the Huskies would need as they blanked Saint Mary's College, 1-0, in men's soccer action at Saint Mary's Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The win improves Washington's record to 2-1 overall, while the Gaels fell to 2-2.
Loveless' first career goal just before halftime proved to be the eventual gamewinner. Senior midfielder Mike Chabala's throw-in set the play in motion and sophomore forward Ely Allen flicked a header to Loveless. Chabala has either scored or recorded an assist on four of the Huskies' six goals this year.
The shutout was the first on the season for Washington and senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander. The UW backline was greatly improved by the return of junior co-captain Ty Harden who sat out the first two matches with a hamstring injury.
Washington outshot Saint Mary's 12-8, including seven shots in the opening frame. Sophomore forward Spencer Schmidt tallied a team-high three shots for UW, while freshman Michael Clegg led the Gaels with three shots. SMC's goalie Brian Mason grabbed five saves.
The Huskies will wrap their season opening five-match road trip at a tournament hosted by the University of Denver next weekend. Washington will face the host Pioneers on Fri., Sept. 16 (3 p.m.), and Air Force, Sun., Sept. 18 (11 a.m.). UW then returns to make its home debut hosting the Husky Fever Classic, Sept. 23 and 25. The Huskies host Wisconsin Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in their official home opener.
Washingon 1, Saint Mary's 0
Saint Mary's Stadium, Moraga, Calif.
Scoring - 1, UW, Nick Loveless (Ely Allen, Mike Chabala), 44:00.
Shots - UW 12, SMC 8
Corners - UW 4, SMC 2
Saves - UW 0 (Chris Eylander), SMC 5 (Brian Mason)
Fouls - UW 9, SMC 14
Offsides - UW 0, SMC 2
Attendance - 635