No. 9 UW Men Fall To California, 2-0
Oct. 8, 2006
SEATTLE - Ninth-ranked Washington men's soccer suffered its second straight home loss, Sunday afternoon, falling to California, 2-0, in front of 1,319 fans at Husky Soccer Field.
The loss came on the heels of another 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stanford, Friday night. After opening the season 8-0-0, the Huskies (8-4-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) have lost four-straight Pac-10 matches, the last two on their home pitch. California, led by goals from Andrew Jacobson and Javier Ayala-Hill in the 38th and 64th minutes, respectively, improved to 8-3-1 overall, 3-1-0 in league play.
The Huskies played Cal tough in the first half, but it was the Golden Bears who would score first. On a breakaway from midfield, Jacobson fired a bullet from 35 yards out past a diving Rylan Hawkins at the 37:40 mark. Cal's second goal came about midway through the second half, when the Bears split the UW defense with a pass from Eric Ebert to Ayala-Hill whose 10-yard shot found the back of the net.
Washington didn't lack any offensive opportunities, outshooting Cal, 15-13. For the second-straight game, sophomore midfielder George John led the team with four shots, while junior forward Ely Allen and junior midfielder Steve Mohn each had three. Freshman forward Daniel Phelps, filling in for an injured Kevin Forrest, also had three shots. Forrest, UW's leading scorer, has missed the last two matches with a knee injury.
UW has now been held scoreless for three straight matches after outscoring opponents 25-6 through its first nine.
'The guys are trying their best, but we're going through a bad patch, no question. Luck's not going our way,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'The finishing touch isn't there, and we've got to look to turn it around. One goal we think will turn it around. I never lost hope that that wouldn't come today. Their (Cal's) second goal was a real disheartening goal because we played well, creating chances again.'
The Huskies will have a chance to redeem themselves against Cal and Stanford next week, as they turn around and travel to the Bay Area to open the second half of Pac-10 play facing these same two teams. UW will face Stanford, Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in Palo Alto and California, Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Berkeley. UW's match at Stanford will be televised live to a national audience on the Fox Soccer Channel (Comcast Channel 401 for local digital subscribers).
California 2, #9 Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, CAL, Andrew Jacobson (unassisted), 37:40. 2, CAL, Javier Ayala-Hill (Eric Ebert), 63:37.
Shots - UW 15, CAL 13
Corners - UW 2, CAL 4
Saves - UW 2 (Rylan Hawkins), CAL 5 (Justin Myers)
Fouls - UW 8, CAL 18
Offsides - UW 5, CAL 3
Attendance - 1319