Huskies Upend Creighton 3-0 In NCAA First Round
Nov. 10, 2006
SEATTLE - Junior forward Kevin Forrest notched his second hat trick of the season to lead Washington to a 3-0 upset over No. 21 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Div. I Men's Soccer Tournament on a rainy and cold Friday night at Husky Soccer Field.
Forrest, who just a day earlier was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, scored two goals in just over a minute during the first half and added a third in the second half. The win advances the Huskies (13-6-1) to the second round to face 10th-seed Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., Wed., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Creighton, making its 15th straight NCAA appearance, ended its season with an overall record of 13-5-3.
'Tournament games are decided by goals, they change games,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Forrest I thought tonight played exceptional, getting three goals on the heels of receiving the conference award, his timing is perfect. Defensively, that is a very strong team. They have been in the playoffs for 15 straight years, they travel every year. That is a tough team to open with. I am just delighted.'
Forrest scored his first goal on a penalty kick at 31:13. Fellow forward Ely Allen drew a foul in the box which set up the attempt for Forrest, who scored the gamewinner last week at Oregon on a penalty kick as well. Shortly after the first goal, the Huskies found themselves on the attack again when Ely Allen served a long pass to Forrest who lined a shot over Creighton goalkeeper Matt Allen at 32:28.
In the second half, Forrest completed his hat trick at 73:45 after receiving a pass from George John and nailing a low 10-yard shot that slipped through the hands of keeper Matt Allen. With the three goals Friday, Forrest upped his season total to 16, the most scored by a Husky since 1989.
UW redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins registered five saves en route to his seventh shutout of the season. Hawkins made some crucial saves late in the game on back-to-back shots from close range by Creighton players Andrew Peterson and Jarod Tarver.
The win advances Washington to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in program history and first time since 2003.
NCAA Div. I Men' s Soccer Championship
Washington 3, Creighton 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Kevin Forrest (penalty kick), 31:13. 2, UW, Kevin Forrest (Ely Allen), 32:28. 3, UW, Kevin Forrest (George John), 73:45.
Shots - UW 12, CU 14
Corners - UW 0, CU 9
Saves - UW 5 ( Rylan Hawkins), CU 4 (Matt Allen - 4, Nathan Gibson)
Fouls - UW 19, CU 24
Offsides - UW 1, CU 1
Attendance - 835