Huskies Come Back To Defeat New Mexico In Overtime, 3-2

Sept. 21, 2008

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SEATTLE - Senior midfielder Raphael Cox helped Washington mount a late comeback over No. 24 New Mexico, scoring both the equalizer in the 79th minute and the overtime game winner in the 98th minute as the Huskies defeated the Lobos, 3-2, in the final round of the Husky Classic, Sunday.

With the victory, Washington (4-3-0) won its 12th Husky Classic title in the 20-year history of the tournament. The Huskies opened tournament play Friday with a 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton. The victory also marked Dean Wurzberger's 200th career win in his 17th season as head coach of the Huskies.

Washington fell behind early on a pair of quick goals from New Mexico's P.J. Wilson and Michael Green in the 11th and 18th minutes. But the Lobos (3-3-2) were forced to play the last 21 minutes of regulation two men down due to a pair of red card ejections. The Huskies proceeded to capitalize on their advantage with three unanswered goals. Junior defender Taylor Hoss and Cox scored a pair of goals within four-minute span to equalize in the 75th and 79th minutes. Then it was Cox who netted the overtime gamewinner at 97:40.

'Two-nil is never the safest lead because one goal gets you back in it,' Wurzberger commented with regards to New Mexico's early advantage. 'We had to change all over the place, we pushed four forwards up. When you're chasing the game you have to make something happen. I was grateful that we were able to break them down and they helped us with some ejections, but that's part of the game. I'm proud of the comeback.'

New Mexico's first goal came from Wilson at 10:32 after he beat UW goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins and netted his shot to the far post. The Lobos struck again on a long 25-yard shot from Michael Green at 17:54.

The first New Mexico ejection came just before halftime in the 41st minute when Zach Tierney was issued a red card. Then Wilson, who had a team-high four shots in the match for the Lobos, received back-to-back yellow cards in the 64th and 69th minutes, resulting in his ejection as well.

Hoss helped the Huskies get back in the match with his first career goal, picking up a deflected shot and burying it past New Mexico goalkeeper Eric Staver at 74:15. Then just over four minutes later, freshman forward Brent Richards found Cox streaking down the left side who fired a 20-yard shot from top corner of the box to equalize.

The 2-2 score stood through regulation and the Huskies converted on one of their two shots in the first overtime period. It was the Richards and Cox tandem that accounted for the gamewinner in the 98th minute, with Cox once again scoring from the left side of the box after receiving a pass from Richards.

Already the all-time winningest head coach in men's soccer history, Wurzberger's milestones continue to mount. He is 200-94-32 at UW and has an overall career record of 208-102-37.

'That I'm proud of,' Wurzberger said with regards to reaching 200 at UW. 'Winning 200 games at this school against our competition I'll take as a huge step in the right direction. That honors all the players and coaches we've had here in my 16 years, but it does have meaning to me. We play the toughest schedule we can every year and nothing's a given.'

In the day's earlier game, Portland defeated Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, on goals from Frankie Lopez and Collen Warner. Warner was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player and New Mexico's Simon Ejdemyr was voted the Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Huskies have one more non-conference match on their slate when they host Gonzaga, Sun., Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m. UW will open conference play at home hosting Stanford (Oct. 3) and California (Oct. 5).

Husky Fever Classic
Washington 3, #24 New Mexico 2 (OT)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, NM, P.J. Wilson (Jack Smithson), 10:32. 2, NM, Michael Green (unassisted), 17:54. 3, UW, Taylor Hoss (unassisted), 74:15. 4, UW, Raphael Cox (Brent Richards), 78:23. 5, UW, Raphael Cox (Brent Richards), 97:40.
Shots - UW 17, NM 14
Corners - UW 6, NM 0
Saves - UW 0 (Rylan Hawkins), NM 6 (Eric Staver)
Fouls - UW 18, NM 12
Attendance - 578

Husky Fever Classic
Portland 2, Cal State Fullerton 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, PORT, Frankie Lopez (unassisted), 18:24. 2, PORT, Collen Warner (Bryan Irwin), 83:29.
Shots - PORT 8, CSF 17
Corners - PORT 5, CSF 4
Saves - PORT 6 (Austin Guerrero), CSF 3 (Kevin Puder)
Fouls - PORT 7, CSF 17
Attendance - 162

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