Husky Men Defeat Gonzaga, 2-1, In Non-Conference Finale

Sept. 28, 2008

Box Score

SEATTLE - Senior midfielder Raphael Cox and sophomore defender Taylor Mueller scored goals for Washington, leading the Husky men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over cross-state rival Gonzaga in front of 2,981 fans at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday.

It was the third-straight win for Washington, which improved to 5-3-0 overall and 3-0 at home. The Bulldogs, which defeated Portland, 2-1, on Friday, dropped to 4-3-1. The match marked the final non-conference contest for the Huskies who open Pac-10 play at home next weekend.

Cox scored his fourth goal of the season in just the fifth minute of the match, only to have Gonzaga came back to equalize on a score from Ben Funkhouser in the 25th minute. Both squads played a fairly even first-half, but the Huskies took over after the intermission. Mueller's gamewinner came in the 70th minute on one of 12 second-half UW shots, while the Huskies held the Bulldogs to just three attempts on goal that period.

'I'm really pleased with the way the players reacted at halftime and seized control of the game, it was a big turning point for us,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We did a much better job of hanging onto the ball in the front-half, giving our other players a chance to get forward. The restarts looked dangerous, the corners looked dangerous all game long. They (Gonzaga) are a very good attacking side and we knew we would have to respect that. But it was going to be our attack against their defense that looked like would decide it and it did.'

After scoring a pair of goals in UW's last outing against New Mexico, it was Cox again who got the attack going for the Huskies exactly a week later. After receiving the ball from freshman midfielder Casey McCool, Cox fired a 15-yard shot to the far post to give UW a quick 1-0 lead at 4:35.

It didn't take long for Gonzaga to find the equalizer when Funkhouser found of the back of the net for his second goal of the season at 24:34.

The 1-1 tie stood until the intermission, but the Huskies came out firing in the second-half. After dominating much of the possession, Washington's gamewinner finally came on a set piece at 69:05. Cox fired a long free kick into the box that first found junior defender Casey Cunningham. Cunningham one-touched the ball to Mueller, who headed the ball past Gonzaga goalkeeper Scott Barnum. It was the first goal of the season for Mueller and just the second of his career.

The Huskies ended up with a 19-9 advantage on shots and an 8-0 advantage on corner kicks. Sophomore Stephen Fung and junior Rylan Hawkins each played one half in goal for UW. Fung made two saves and allowed the Zags' lone goal in the opening 45 minutes.

Washington will next open Pac-10 play at home hosting Stanford, Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. and California, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. The matches will mark the end of the Huskies' current five-game homestand.

NCAA Men's Soccer
Washington 2, Gonzaga 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, Raphael Cox (Casey McCool), 4:35. 2, GON, Ben Funkhouser (Philippe Garre), 24:34. 3, UW, Taylor Mueller (Casey Cunningham, Raphael Cox), 69:05.
Shots - UW 19, GON 9
Corners - UW 8, GON 0
Saves - UW 2 (Stephen Fung 2, Rylan Hawkins 0), GON 4 (Scott Barnum)
Fouls - UW 5, GON 10
Attendance - 2981

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