Huskies Fall In Overtime To #10 Virginia Tech

Aug. 31, 2008

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Washington men's soccer took 10th-ranked Virginia Tech to double-overtime but the Hokies' Luiz Yamashita scored the golden goal gamewinner in the 106th minute to defeat the Huskies, 2-1, during the final round of the Nike Portland Invitational, Sunday.

For the second-straight game, Washington scored in the opening minutes, only to surrender the equalizer and a late gamewinner. The loss dropped the Huskies to 0-2-0 on the season, while Virginia Tech won its first game of the year, improving to 1-0-1.

Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz, who missed all of last season due to injury, put the Huskies on the board in just the third minute of the match, scoring on an unassisted shot from 12 yards out.

But Virginia Tech came back with the equalizer in the 20th minute when Emmanueal Akogyeram beat UW goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins to the lower right corner. Both teams played a scoreless second half and first overtime period, until Yamashita ended the match with his goal at the 105:51 minute mark.

In Washington's season opener Friday against Fairleigh Dickinson, it took just 46 seconds for the Huskies to score. The Knights then came back to tie and later scored the gamewinner just minutes before regulation expired.

It was a physical match, with seven yellow cards and one red card issued. Virginia Tech starter Akogyeram, who scored the Hokies' first goal, was ejected in the ninth minute of overtime.

'We played extremely well, but to lose twice late and to lose twice in a row to a team playing a man down has been tough for the guys to take,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'We defended well but Virginia Tech was a very good side. When you're not scoring goals and the opposition is even with you, one mistake is magnified and sure enough that is what happened.'

The Huskies ended regulation time with an 11-10 advantage on shots, but weren't able to attempt a shot in overtime while the Hokies connected on their fourth shot during extra minutes. UW freshman Brent Richards came off the bench to lead the Huskies with three shots, while sophomore defender Taylor Mueller added two. Three different Virginia Tech players attempted three shots apiece.

Hawkins played the entire game in goal, making his first start of the season since missing most of last year due to injury. Hawkins grabbed five saves, as did Hokie goalkeeper Brandan Dunn.

Washington will look for its first win of the year when it heads to the East Coast for the Diadora/Spinx Invitational, Sept. 5 and 7. The Huskies will face Charleston, Friday, and host Furman, Sunday.

'It's still early in the season and we're looking forward to a lot of big games in the future,' Wurzberger said. 'The team we put on the field today has the ability to beat anyone.'

Nike Portland Invitational
#10/20 Virginia Tech 2, Washington 1 (2 ot)
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.

Scoring - 1, UW, Jo Jo Katz (unassisted), 2:23. 2, VT, Emmanueal Akogyeram (Clarke Bentley), 19:09. 3, VT, Luiz Yamashita (Terry Boland), 105:51.
Shots - UW 11, VT 14
Corners - UW 10, VT 5
Saves - UW 5 (Rylan Hawkins), VT 5 (Brandan Dunn)
Fouls - UW 14, VT 10
Attendance - 1,434

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