John Leads UW Men Over Cal State Fullerton, 1-0

Sept. 19, 2008

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SEATTLE - Senior midfielder George John scored a goal in the 87th minute, lifting the Washington men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the opening round of the 20th annual Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.

John headed a free kick served by senior midfielder Josh Swett from the left corner of the field into the goal at the 86:32 mark. The score broke a scoreless tie and lifted the Huskies to their third win in four matches. Swett, a transfer from Manhatten College, came in as a second-half sub and notched his first assist as a Husky.

The match was the official home debut for the Huskies (3-3-0) who opened the season with five-straight road games. The loss dropped Cal State Fullerton to 2-5-0. New Mexico (3-2-2) and Portland (2-2-2) battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw in the tournament's first game, Friday.

'Fullerton is not an easy opponent, so I'm very pleased with the result,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'I think we deserved to win, although it looked like it would go into overtime. I'm delighted. It gives us a chance to turn our season back in the win column.'

Both teams had chances to score throughout the game, especially in the first half. The Huskies tallied eight shots in the opening 45 minutes, and the Titans answered with seven. Each squad had three shots in the second half, but it was UW that was able to find the back of the net.

Husky freshman forward Brent Richards had a game-high five shots, while fellow freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes added three. One of Richards' best scoring chances came in the first half when after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz, nailed a shot off the post.

UW junior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins tallied four saves and recorded the shutout. Goalkeeper Kevin Puder tallied three saves for Cal State Fullerton.

'Credit goes to our defense and our goalkeeping, and Swett as a sub who really did well,' Wurzberger said. 'Everyone else did their part and worked hard. It's one of those games where you have to be patient and stay at it. Brent (Richards) missed a lot of chances that he normally gets, hopefully those will come to him on Sunday. You can only create the chances and hope that someone has the quality to get that final shot in.'

The victory put Wurzberger just one win away from reaching 200 in 17 seasons as the Husky head coach. Wurzberger, who reached the 200-career win milestone last season, will enter Sunday's match with a 199-94-32 UW record. His career coaching record stands at 207-102-37.

In the earlier match of the day, New Mexico and Portland battled through double overtime to a 1-1 draw. Portland's Ryan Kawulok's header off a free kick tied the match in the 84th minute to force overtime, but neither team scored again in the extra 20 minutes. Jack Smithson scored New Mexico's goal in the 33rd minute.

The Husky Fever Classic will wrap up Sunday, Sept. 21, with Cal State Fullerton and Portland facing off at 11 a.m., followed by the Huskies versus New Mexico at 1:30 p.m.

Husky Fever Classic
Washington 1, Cal State Fullerton 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, George John (Josh Swett), 86:32.
Shots - UW 11, CSF 10
Corners - UW 4, CSF 4
Saves - UW 4 (Rylan Hawkins), CSF 3 (Kevin Puder)
Fouls - UW 14, CSF 11
Attendance - 970

Husky Fever Classic
New Mexico 1, Portland 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, NM, Jack Smithson (Stephen Brown), 32:30. 2, PORT, Ryan Kawulok (Collen Warner), 83:48.
Shots - NM 20, PORT 13
Corners - NM 6, PORT 6
Saves - NM 3 (Eric Staver), PORT 6 (Austin Guerrero 5)
Fouls - NM 16, PORT 13
Attendance - 192

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