Huskies Win Nike Portland Invitational, Defeat Vermont, 1-0

Sept. 3, 2006

Portland, Ore. - Washington (3-0) won the Nike Portland Invitational today, blanking Vermont (1-1-2) 1-0 in a hard-fought battle at Merlo Soccer Field in Portland, Ore. Senior defender Ty Harden logged his first career goal in the win, notching a slider from four-yards out into the net from sophomore George John and senior Matt Fischer during the 76th minute of the game.

'To come away as tournament champs is excellent,' head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'The guys all played a role and worked hard to get it done. It was an excellent result overall, and our team will grow from this game. We are learning each time how to deal with different game situations, and we just passed another big test.'

After scoring a combined nine goals in their last two games, Washington was held to just one goal on 12 shots today. Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins registered his second shutout of the season, and was relatively untested thanks to stiff defense from the Huskies. He registered no saves on the day to Vermont's five.

'This was a very important game for our team to get through and win,' Wurzberger said. 'We faced a very difficult opponent in Vermont, and playing a second game in three days is always a battle. Gutting out a 1-0 win is important, and it was very rewarding to see the guys deal with that.'

The physical match saw six players receive yellow cards, two for the Huskies.

Harden was the second Husky senior to log his first career goal this weekend, as Fischer netted his first during the Air Force game on Friday. Junior forward Kevin Forrest, coming off a three-goal performance against Air Force, took four shots on the game.

The Huskies continue their road trip next weekend, heading to Madison, Wisc. for the Wisconsin Soccer Invitational. Washington will face Wisconsin on Fri., Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m., and UW-Milwaukee on Sun., Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.

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