Last-Minute Goal Gives UW Win in OT Thriller

Sept. 23, 2005


SEATTLE - Washington men's soccer staged its second dramatic rally in less than a week Friday, scoring in the final minute of double overtime for a stunning 2-1 come-from-behind win over Wisconsin in first-round action of the Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field.

Senior Leo Totev scored the dramatic winner, sliding at the goal line to deflect a cross from freshman Jo Jo Katz.

'Just like we drew it up,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger chuckled after the game.

Much as in their 3-2 win at Air Force on Sunday, when the Huskies scored three goals in the final 10 minutes to stun the Falcons, UW dominated the run of play throughout most the contest, but were unable to break through until late in the game.

Badgers' sophomore Dirk Pearson scored against the run of the play in the 12th minute, turning a through ball past Husky senior Chris Eylander for an early 1-0 lead.

That lead held up for the next 74 minutes, despite a significant advantage in shots taken for the Huskies. Sophomore Ely Allen finally put Washington (5-1) on the scoreboard in the 74th minute, sliding the ball underneath Wisconsin keeper Jake Settle from the left side of the goal after a well-placed through ball from Katz.

After the goal, Allen's first this season and fourth of his Husky career, Washington continued to attack the Wisconsin net, finishing regulation with 24 shots, opposite just eight for the Badgers (4-3).

The two sides played even for the first 15 minutes of overtime, before Husky sophomore Brett Hite found himself with a clear path to the goal. Keeper Mike Hood, though - who replaced Settle after an injury late in regulation - came out well to challenge the play, deflecting Hite's shot away when the UW sophomore attempted to chip the ball over a sliding Hood.

Just as it appeared the Huskies would have to settle for a draw in their 2005 home opener, Hite found himself free again on the right wing in the 110th and final minute of play, sending the ball in to Katz who in turn played it into the box to find a sliding Totev for the game-winner.

The game could easily have ended sooner were it not for the outstanding play of Wisconsin keepers Settle and Hood, who combined for 11 saves including several point-blank stops. Huskies' keeper Eylander was rarely tested, making his only save on a harmless shot in the first overtime.

Hartwick College defeated Portland, 2-1, Friday in the tourney opener. Hartwick (5-2) will meet Washington (4-2) for the tournament title Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with Portland (1-3-1) and Wisconsin (4-3) facing off at 11 a.m.

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