UW Men Fall To Oregon State 4-1 In Regular Season Finale
Nov. 13, 2005
SEATTLE - Senior forward Ryan Johnson scored two goals and assisted two more, leading Oregon State to a 4-1 victory over Washington men's soccer in both teams' regular season finale at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon.
Washington took an early 1-0 lead on sophomore forward Ely Allen's fourth goal of the season in the 25th minute, but then proceeded to allow four unanswered goals by the Beavers. With both teams needing a win to better their chances for an at-large berth to the 48-team NCAA Tournament field, OSU finished the regular season 9-7-4 overall and 5-5 in Pac-10 play. Washington finished with a 10-7-2 record, 3-5-2 in the conference.
The postseason tourney field will be announced Monday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. on ESPNews.
Just two minutes after Allen gave Washington a lead, Ryan Johnson's first goal tied the game at one all in the 27th minute. Junior forward Bryan Jordan scored the go-ahead goal in the 41st minute, an 18-yard shot to the upper right corner off a pass from Ryan Johnson. Johnson struck again, scoring right at the 62-minute mark before recording one of two assists on the Beavers' final goal by senior Matt Johnson in the 78th minute.
The four goals allowed by Washington were a season-high and the most since a 5-3 loss versus Portland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year. The Beavers even had a shot for a fifth goal, but a penalty kick attempt from Robbie Findley in the 73rd minute was stopped by a stellar save from UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander.
'I thought we were very tentative, especially in the defense,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'I thought they unsettled us. Our centerbacks and our defending have been the strength of our team all year. It's made our whole year because we've struggled to score. They (OSU) play with two very fleet-footed physical forwards. They took over control of the center of our defense. We looked tired and fatigued. We got out-hustled in every phase of play, there wasn't one area where we dominated. Our forwards couldn't get behind their backs. Their midfield kind of took charge and their forwards worked our backline.'
Eylander, who will finish his career as one of the top goalkeepers to play in the Husky program, made five saves on the day, as did his counterpart Packy Deenihan for Oregon State.
The match marked the final regular season home game for six Husky seniors, including midfielder Mike Chabala, midfielder Evan Cummings, midfielder Mike Cusenza, Eylander, midfielder Jeff Hoover and midfielder Leo Totev.
The Huskies' hopes for a 10th postseason berth in the last 11 seasons will lie in the hands of the NCAA selection committee when the bracket is announced, Monday. The field includes 48 teams with the 16 seeded teams receiving first round byes. First round matches will be played at campus sites either Friday, Nov. 18, or Saturday, Nov. 19.
Oregon State 4, Washington 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Ely Allen (Spencer Schmidt), 24:39. 2, OSU, Ryan Johnson (unassisted), 26:55. 3, OSU, Bryan Jordan (Ryan Johnson), 40:56. 4, OSU, Ryan Johnson (Robbie Findley), 62:00. 5, OSU, Matt Johnson (Ryan Johnson, Ryan Callahan), 77:09.
Shots - OSU 18, UW 18
Corners - OSU 7, UW 10
Saves - OSU 5 (Packy Deehihan), UW 5 (Chris Eylander)
Fouls - OSU 13, UW 17
Offsides - OSU 2, UW 4
Attendance - 864