Huskies Shutout Stanford 1-0 In Pac-10 Opener
Oct. 3, 2008
SEATTLE - Freshman midfielder Casey McCool's first career goal in the 77th minute helped Washington men's soccer to a 1-0 victory over Stanford in both teams' Pac-10 opener played through a steady rain at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.
The win was the fourth-straight for the Huskies who improved to 6-3-0 overall and 1-0-0 in conference action. UW also maintained its perfect home record with the win (4-0-0). Stanford lost its fourth straight, falling to 2-5-1 and 0-1-0 in the Pac-10.
After a long battle in slick and rainy conditions, McCool provided Washington with the goal it would need to earn the victory. His 12-yard shot to the upper far right corner of the net at 76:36 proved to be the gamewinner.
Stanford upped their offensive pressure when faced with the deficit, recording three shots and two corner kicks in the last 10 minutes, but the Husky defense held on.
'It was a difficult night but I'm proud of them,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said of his Husky side in their winning effort. 'Not only did they find a way to get the goal we needed in the second half, but they hung on to the end. It's a step forward and it's no surprise that these Pac-10 games are close. Now we have a big task ahead with the defending champs coming in on Sunday.'
The Huskies finished with an 11-8 advantage on shots, but held the Cardinal to just one shot in the opening half. Stanford, though, ended up with a 7-3 advantage on corner kicks. Both goalkeepers grabbed two saves and Husky sophomore Stephen Fung picked up his first shutout of the season with the victory.
While the Huskies did have their chances on the attack, Wurzberger credited his defense for holding off a Stanford side that wouldn't let up.
'Stanford is a very possession-based team and they put us under pressure,' Wurzberger said. 'They controlled the ball better than we did under the rainy conditions. Our forwards had difficulty controlling the ball and keeping it for us. Our defense was brilliant while our attack tried to cope with the conditions to try to get it going. We had to hold strong because that team is good offensively. They are going to get chances. It came right down to the end.'
Washington will continue its Pac-10 opening weekend hosting 10th-ranked and two-time defending Pac-10 champion California, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. The match marks the end of the Huskies' current five-game homestand. UW will then play three-straight road matches.
NCAA Men's Soccer
Washington 1, Stanford 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.