Forrest's Golden Goal Lifts UW Men Over Furman 1-0

Sept. 23, 2007

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SEATTLE - Senior forward Kevin Forrest's golden goal in the 96th minute lifted No. 22 Washington men's soccer to a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 23 Furman during the final round of the Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon.

The win improved Washington's record to 5-2-1, while the Huskies handed Furman (7-1-0) its first loss of the season after opening the year with seven straight wins. The victory is also the 200th career win for UW head coach Dean Wurzberger whose 17-year tenure spans 16 years at UW and one year at Sacramento State. His overall record stands at 200-93-34.

Portland defeated Denver, 2-1, in the first game of the Sunday's double-header, but Denver was crowned tournament champion based on goal differential. The Pioneers defeated the Huskies 4-1 on Friday, while Furman defeated Portland, 2-0, on Friday as well. Denver's Joe Mathot was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and Furman's Jon Leathers was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Forrest's goal came after both the Huskies and Paladins battled through 95 minutes of scoreless soccer. The physical battled featured a red card issued to Furman's Rob Victor in the 85th minute, causing the Paladins to play a man down for the remainder of regulation and overtime.

Forrest scored when what looked to be a cross from the left side of the box cleared the goal inside the far post. It was Forrest's game-leading sixth shot of the match and his sixth goal of the season.

The Huskies' defense rebounded to notch the shutout after allowing four goals Friday to Denver, the most allowed by a UW squad since 2005. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung tallied two saves on the day.

'I'm very pleased with the way we responded to a bad performance on Friday night,' Wurzberger said. 'After a letdown we bounced back big. That's resilience, that's professionalism. Those are things the guys hold as values and I thought today they really hung in there. I'm really proud of the way they defended after conceding four goals on Friday night. The same players were great at the back and it's a big step forward for us.'

Washington had a golden scoring opportunity just before halftime when a penalty kick was awarded after a foul in the box by Furman defender Michael Erwood on UW freshman midfielder Matt Van Houten. Senior forward Ely Allen's attempt hit the crossbar.

Sunday's match marked the end of a 10-day stretch that saw the Huskies play five games, a span during which UW posted a 4-1 record.

'That's an amazing accomplishment, especially with the young defense that we have,' Wurzberger said. 'I think it's great to have that behind us. We'll not face that type of physical endurance challenge the rest of the season.'

Washington will now have almost a week to rest up for its last non-conference tilt at Creighton, Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. PT. The Huskies and Bluejays met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year, with UW notching a 3-0 win in Seattle.

Husky Fever Classic
#22/25 Washington 1, #23 Furman 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, Kevin Forrest (George John), 95:25.
Shots - UW 12, FURM 8
Corners - UW 4, FURM 0
Saves - UW 2 (Stephen Fung), FURM 6 (Bryan Amos)
Fouls - UW 21, FURM 18
Offsides - UW 2, FURM 2
Attendance - 844

Portland 2, Denver 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UP, Logan Emory (Alex Elliott), 35:13. 2, UP, Alex Elliott (penalty kick), 48:44. 3, DU, Joe Mathot, 82:48.
Shots - UP 5, DU 12
Corners - UP 6, DU 5
Saves - UP 6 (Austin Guerrero), DU 1 (Matt Bredehoft)
Fouls - UP 20, DU 12
Offsides - UP 0, DU 1
Attendance - 281

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