Team Effort Leads Huskies To 2-0 Upset of No. 3 SMU
Sept. 16, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior forward Kevin Forrest and junior midfielder George John tallied second-half goals to lead Washington men's soccer to a 2-0 upset of third-ranked SMU en route to claiming the tournament title at the Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational, Sunday.
The Huskies won the tournament with a 2-0 record after defeating host New Mexico on Friday. Washington's win over SMU improved its overall record to 3-1-1, while the Mustangs, which lost to defending NCAA champion UC Santa Barbara in the tournament's first round Friday, fell to 2-2-1.
While Forrest and John provided the goals, it was a total team effort for Washington to pick up the win. With UW goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins missing the game due to an injury suffered in Friday's contest, redshirt-freshman Stephen Fung made his first career start in the net and grabbed four saves for the shutout, while every player on the travel roster saw minutes on the field. Four Huskies were named to the all-tournament team in Forrest, senior forward Ely Allen, sophomore defender Taylor Hoss and freshman defender Taylor Mueller.
'I can't say how proud I am of this team,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Our guys were incredible as a unit covering for each other. We were dominating statistically at halftime and made the breaks in the second half that we needed to. Fung was great, but the team ahead of him played absolutely out of their skin. They were brilliant. We really came a long way as a team this weekend. I couldn't be happier.'
Both squads battled through a scoreless first half, but it was the Huskies who had a 7-4 shot advantage and a 5-0 edge on corner kicks at the intermission. Then six minutes into the second half was when UW got on the board. Sophomore Casey Cunningham served a cross from the right side of the field that found John at the top of the box who netted his first goal of the season at 51:06.
Forrest, who also provided the score in UW's 1-0 win Friday, scored an insurance-goal for the Huskies at 83:34. Allen put the play into motion from the left wing, cutting a ball into Forrest who found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the year and 33rd of his career.
Only one SMU player tallied more than one shot with reserve Manuel Mariel taking two. Mustang goalkeeper Steve Sandbo made five saves on the Huskies' 13 shots.
This weekend's tournament marked an end to UW's season-opening five-match road trip but the Huskies are also in the midst of playing five games in 10 days. That stretch continues on Tuesday, Sept. 18, when they make their home debut hosting Portland at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. UW will also host the Husky Fever Classic Friday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 23. Portland, Furman and Denver will round out the four-team field.
Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational
Washington 2, #3/4 SMU 0
UNM Soccer Complex; Albuquerque, N.M.
Scoring - 1, UW, George John (Casey Cunningham), 51:06. 2, UW, Kevin Forrest (Ely Allen), 83:34.
Shots - UW 13, SMU 9
Corners - UW 7, SMU 2
Saves - UW 4 (Stephen Fung), SMU 5 (Steve Sandbo)
Fouls - UW 23, SMU 18
Offsides - UW 2, SMU 1
Attendance - 157