Husky Men Shutdown Denver 2-0

Sept. 16, 2005

Box Score

DENVER - Senior Leo Totev and freshman Jo Jo Katz scored goals leading the 21st-ranked Washington men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Denver at Pioneer Field in Denver, Colo., Friday afternoon.

It was the second-straight shutout for Washington which improves to 3-1, while Denver dropped to 2-2-1 and lost for the first time at home this year.

Totev put UW on the board in the 24th minute with his first goal of the season. Senior midfielder Evan Cummings had the ball, drew Denver goalkeeper Matt Bredehoft to him and then served a pass to Totev who found the open net.

Denver put the pressure on late in the first half but the Husky defense stepped up to the challenge. Sophomore defender Derek Crismier blocked two open shots on goal with sliding tackles, preserving the UW lead heading into the intermission.

The second half saw Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger use six subs, including Katz. The UW freshman came on for sophomore Ely Allen in the 70th minute and just over a minute later scored his first collegiate goal.

Katz was in the right place at the right time as the Denver defense missed a clearance. Katz broke in behind on the ball and when Bredehoft came out of the goal he 'rainbowed' a shot right over the goalkeeper's head for the score.

'Our goal was to go into halftime with a lead and that's what we did,' Wurzberger said. 'I'm really proud of the guys, it was a real team effort. We were good where it counted the most. We played very smart. They're a tough team at home and not a lot of teams will come out with a win here. Now we have to put our stock in Sunday and get ready for Air Force.'

UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander made six saves en route to his second-straight shutout, the 13th of his career. Eylander now holds sole possession of fifth place on Washington's career shutouts list.

The Huskies will remain in Denver to face Air Force Sunday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. PT. The neutral site match will also be played at Pioneer Field. Sunday's match will wrap a five-game road trip for Washington which returns home to host the Husky Fever Classic, Sept. 23 and 25.

No. 21 Washington 2, Denver 0
Pioneer Field, Denver, Colo.

Scoring - 1, UW, Leo Totev (Evan Cummings), 23:47. 2, UW, Jo Jo Katz (unassisted), 71:45.
Shots - UW 9, Denver 18
UW 2, Denver 4
Saves - UW 6 (Chris Eylander), Denver 1 (Matt Bredehoft)
Fouls - UW 15, Denver 18
Offsides - UW 5, Denver 0
Attendance - 380