UW Men Complete Weekend Sweep With 1-0 Upset Of No. 13 Cal
Oct. 16, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington men's soccer won it's second-straight Pac-10 match using a goal from senior midfielder Jeff Hoover in the 55th minute to upset No. 13 California, 1-0, at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Sunday. The Huskies handed the Golden Bears, a team ranked as high as third nationally this year, their first home loss of the season.
Washington improved its overall record to 8-3-1, and 2-2-1 in conference play, while Cal dropped to 9-3-1 and 2-3-0 in league action. The Huskies' win completed a road sweep of the Bay Area schools after their 1-0 victory over Stanford Friday. Washington's back-to-back wins this weekend came after a three-game scoreless drought.
'This really has been a special weekend for us,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We had been doing everything but scoring and the guys never lost faith. To come away with two wins down here could be the defining moment of our season. I'm so proud of the seniors, they all had a hand in this win. Again the goalkeeping from Chris (Eylander) was tremendous and the defense was superb. I couldn't be prouder of the guys.'
Hoover's goal, his first of the season, was the result of a 12-yard shot from the left side of the box, setup by a pass from senior Leo Totev. The score was one of 11 shots from the Huskies, three of which were saved by Cal goalkeeper Erik Kronberg.
Led by junior defender Ty Harden, the Husky backline turned in another stellar defensive effort, holding the Golden Bears scoreless on just seven shots. Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander recorded his third-straight shutout and sixth of the season. The win for Washington also marked its first in Berkeley since the 2000 season.
The Huskies will return to Seattle, but will face Cal for the second straight match, Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. UW will complete its brief two-game homestand hosting Stanford, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m.
Washington 1, #13/14 California 0
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.