Huskies Battle #10 Cal To 2-2 Double Overtime Draw
Oct. 5, 2008
SEATTLE - A back and forth battle between Washington and 10th-ranked California ended in a 2-2 double overtime draw in Pac-10 men's soccer action played at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman scored twice for the Golden Bears (6-1-3, 1-0-1 Pac-10) in both the first and second halves, but each time the Huskies (6-3-1, 1-0-1) came back to equalize. UW senior midfielder Raphael Cox tied the match, 1-1, in the 36th minute and sent a corner kick into junior defender Casey Cunningham whose header tied the match, 2-2, in the 73rd minute.
Both sides played a pair of evenly matched overtime periods, with the Huskies getting an excellent chance for the gamewinner on a header from senior midfielder Josh Swett that sailed just above the crossbar in the 107th minute.
'It was a hard fought game,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We can't win them all, obviously, but when you play a good team like that and come back twice, I thought it was a good performance. Maybe a month ago our team loses that game, maybe doesn't have the fortitude or the belief to come back. It was an even game, an excellent soccer match played by both sides. Both coaches said the same. A draw seemed to be the fair result on the day.'
The draw improved Washington's unbeaten streak to five matches and gave the Huskies an unbeaten start to conference play after defeating Stanford, 1-0, on Friday. The two goals scored by UW were the first goals allowed by the Golden Bears after holding their last three opponents scoreless. Two-time defending Pac-10 champion Cal, ranked anywhere from No. 4 to No. 11 in the various soccer polls this past week, is unbeaten in its last four matches.
Wiedeman's first goal came in just the eighth minute of the match after receiving a long pass into the box from junior defender Evan Sassano. The Huskies came back to equalize on Cox's team-leading fifth goal of the season at 35:40. Redshirt-freshman defender Jamie Finch served a free kick into the box that was headed by sophomore midfielder Matt Van Houten to Cox who found the back of the net.
Back on equal ground at 1-1, it was Cal that came out on top again on another score from Wiedeman at 57:26. Cal midfielder Hector Jimenez served a ball to Wiedeman, who with his back to the goal turned and nailed a shot past UW goalkeeper Stephen Fung to put the Bears ahead, 2-1.
The Huskies weren't about to go down easily though, scoring late in the match to equalize yet again. A corner kick from Cox found Cunningham who headed in first career goal at 72:22.
Each team had one shot in each of the two overtime periods, but neither side was able to find the game winner.
After playing five-straight home games that saw the Huskies post a 4-0-1 record, UW will now hit the road for three-straight beginning at Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
NCAA Men's Soccer
Washington 2, #10/11 California 2 (2 OT)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, CAL, Andrea Wiedeman (Evan Sassano), 7:48. 2, UW, Raphael Cox (Matt Van Houten, Jamie Finch), 35:40. 3, CAL, Andrew Wiedeman (Hector Jimenez), 57:26. 4, UW, Casey Cunningham (Raphael Cox), 72:22.
Shots - UW 9, CAL 13
Corners - UW 3, CAL 2
Saves - UW 5 (Stephen Fung), CAL 3 (Stefan Frei)
Fouls - UW 9, CAL 13
Attendance - 653