No. 22 UW Men Upset By Denver 4-1 In Husky Classic First Round

Sept. 21, 2007

SEATTLE - The 22nd-ranked Washington men's soccer team surrendered two early goals in the first 18 minutes and couldn't quite recover, falling to Denver 4-1 in the first round of the Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.

The Huskies, who had won their last three matches via shutout, fell to 4-2-1 on the season. With the upset, Denver improved to 4-2-0 overall. The four goals allowed by the Washington defense were the most by a UW team since 2005. Junior midfielder George John provided the Huskies' only goal in the 25th minute.

Four different players accounted for Denver's goals led by sophomore forward Kellan Christensen who also added two assists on the night. Junior midfielder Joe Mathot, junior defender Colin Jones and senior midfielder Colby Pearce netted the other Pioneer goals.

The Huskies are in the midst of playing five games in 10 days and coming off the program's 500th overall victory by defeating Portland just three days earlier. The span also included wins against ranked teams New Mexico and SMU on the road.

'When you look at what we've done, that wasn't our team on the field mentally or physically,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Denver was too much for us. Our game Tuesday was a big emotional win and coming off the road, it's disappointing. We have a very young defense - two freshmen and two sophomores and a redshirt-freshman goalkeeper - and they were overpowered. We were down two-nil before we started the game. We met a motivated, fresh team and we couldn't stop them. We couldn't score either.'

Mathot and Christensen scored their goals in the 11th and 18th minutes of the match, the first goals allowed by Washington in over 270 minutes of play. The Huskies cut Denver's lead to one and seemed to have a little life brought back to them when John scored his second goal of the season off a cross from senior forward Kevin Forrest at 24:55.

The score remained 2-1 until halftime, but Denver added to their lead with scores from Jones and Pearce in the 53rd and 64th minutes, respectively. Jones scored his goal on a header off a free kick from Mathot, while Pearce nailed a shot from the left side of the box to the far post.

UW redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung tallied one save and gave up all four goals, with Denver goalkeeper Matt Bredehoft making four saves. The Huskies outshot the Pioneers 10-7 and ended with a 5-4 advantage on corner kicks.

In the first game of Friday's Husky Fever Classic doubleheader, No. 23 Furman shutout Portland 2-0. The tournament wraps up Sunday, Sept. 23 with Denver facing Portland at 11 a.m. and UW taking on Furman at 1:30 p.m.

Husky Fever Classic
Denver 4, #22/25 Washington 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, DU, Joe Mathot (Kellan Christensen), 10:40. 2, DU, Kellan Christensen (Collin Audley), 17:47. 3, UW, George John (Kevin Forrest), 24:55. 4, DU, Colin Jones (Joe Mathot), 52:32. 5, DU, Colby Pearce (Kellan Christensen), 63:06.
Shots - UW 10, DU 7
Corners - UW 5, DU 4
Saves - UW 1 (Stephen Fung), DU 4 (Matt Bredehoft)
Fouls - UW 17, DU 15
Offsides - UW 1, DU 2
Attendance - 761

#22 Furman 2, Portland 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, FURM, Eric Baffour (Shea Salinas, Brooks Duff), 61:12. 2, FURM, Eliot Paschalis (penalty kick), 79:21.
Shots - FURM 9, UP 11
Corners - FURM 4, UP 6
Saves - FURM 5 (Bryan Amos), UP 1 (Austin Guerrero)
Fouls - FURM 16, UP 21
Offsides - FURM 1, UP 5
Attendance - 188

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