UW Men Suffer 1-0 Setback To Portland

Nov. 4, 2005

Box Score

SEATLE - Washington men's soccer was held scoreless for the third-straight match, falling to Northwest rival Portland, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.

Portland's Sean Babcock scored the game's only goal in the 30th minute to hand the Pilots the victory. The Huskies' scoring woes continued as they were unable to find the trigger on 27 shots, including seven on goal. Portland capitalized on one of its six shots.

Washington, having lost the last two straight matches by identical 1-0 scores, fell to 9-6-2 overall, while Portland improved to 5-9-2. The Huskies have been held scoreless for the last 290 minutes, their last goals coming in a 3-0 shutout over Stanford (Oct. 23).

'It was more than just the missed opportunities,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberber said. 'Our attitude was not right, that's a very disappointing result for us. Our team looked tired, there was no defensive intensity. I think we made a big mistake thinking we'd just come out and glide around the offense and take this team. People forgot about their defensive jobs, they outplayed us in the middle of midfield and our senior class let us down a bit there.'

Portland got on the board relatively early, when Matthew Dallman served a short pass through a pack of Husky defenders that found Babcock who lined a shot to the far corner and past UW goalkeeper Chris Eylander.

Babcock's goal came after three straight shots from UW senior midfielder Jeff Hoover in a four-minute span. His back-to-back shots were blocked by a defender and saved by Pilot goalkeeper Luis Robles, while his third sailed high over the post.

The Huskies had four players with at least four shots including Hoover (four), sophomore forward Ely Allen (four), senior midfielder Leo Totev (five) and sophomore forward Spencer Schmidt (six).

Schmidt just missed a golden opportunity for the equalizer in the 54th minute, when he blasted a shot off the right post after receiving a pass from Hoover.

Five of Portland's six shots came in the first half, with Eylander saving just one of those shots. Robles grabbed seven saves on the night.

'That's a really surprising result with so much to play for,' Wurzberger said. 'We're not in the NCAA Tournament, we're not there yet. We had a chance to take a step forward against a team that's having bumpy year. That's a very disappointing result and I'm really surprised that was the attitude of our players. Our backs are really against the wall to produce in these next two games to give ourselves a fighting chance.'

The Huskies will look to get back in the win column when they travel to cross-state rival Gonzaga for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday at Martin Field in Spokane. UW will then host Oregon State in the regular season finale, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

Portland 1, Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, PORT, Sean Babcock (Matthew Dallman), 29:41.
Shots - PORT 6, UW 27
Corners - PORT 1, UW 5
Saves - PORT 7 (Luis Robles), UW 1 (Chris Eylander)
Fouls - PORT 14, UW 10
Offsides - PORT 1, UW 0
Attendance - 778

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