Huskies Shut Down No. 10 UCLA, 2-0
Oct. 22, 2006
SEATTLE - Junior forward Ely Allen and sophomore midfielder George John netted goals in the first 18 minutes to lead Washington men's soccer to a 2-0 shutout of 10th-ranked UCLA at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Huskies (10-5-1, 3-5-1 Pac-10) snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for the Bruins (9-4-2, 4-2-2 Pac-10) who hadn't lost in exactly one month, on Sept. 22 versus Cal.
Allen connected on a penalty kick in the sixth minute of the match to give the Huskies the early lead, and John scored his fourth goal of the season in the 18th minute. UW used outstanding goalkeeping from redshirt freshman Rylan Hawkins, who saved five of the Bruin's nine shots including a penalty shot attempt by Kyle Nakazawa in the 84th minute.
'I'm just delighted with the way we played,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We put some things in to place to maybe take away some things they (UCLA) like to do. It was absolutely awesome. Rylan Hawkins stopping a penalty, you had it all there, domination in every aspect of the game. The two center mids (John and Derek Crismier) completely neutralized the center of their midfield and their forward play. The backline was brilliant, two freshmen (Taylor Hoss and Adam Lang) in the corners and our goalkeeper (Hawkins). Absolutely magnificent.'
Allen's penalty kick attempt was set up when he was fouled in the box by Bruin keeper Eric Reed. It was Allen's seventh goal of the season for the Huskies. Then 12 minutes later UW scored on a breakaway, as sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz carried the ball down the right wing and served it to John who was streaking down the middle of the field. In mid-stride, John nailed the ball from 15 yards past Reed into the lower left corner.
The UW defense then shut down the Bruins, holding them to just two shots in the first half. In the second half, Hawkins recorded four of his five saves including on a shot from UCLA's Chance Myers in a scramble in front of the goal after a corner kick in the 77th minute and the penalty kick attempt in the 84th minute.
The match marked the sixth shutout of the season for Washington, who has held opponents scoreless in six of the team's 10 victories. UW failed to concede a goal all weekend, after holding San Diego State scoreless in a 0-0 double overtime draw on Friday night.
The Huskies will take a break from Pac-10 play next week to face non-conference Northwest rivals Gonzaga and Portland. UW will host Gonzaga on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., the regular season home finale for the Huskies. UW will then travel South on I-5 to take on the Pilots, Sun., Oct. 29, at noon in Portland.
Washington 2, #10 UCLA 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Ely Allen (penalty kick), 5:23. 2, UW, George John (Jo Jo Katz), 17:40.
Shots - UW 11, UCLA 9
Corners - UW 3, UCLA 5
Saves - UW 5 (Rylan Hawkins), UCLA 2 (Eric Reed)
Fouls - UW 21, UCLA 13
Offsides - UW 1, UCLA 2
Attendance - 2303