Huskies Fall To Oregon State In Regular Season Finale, 1-0
Nov. 14, 2008
SEATTLE - Oregon State's Ryan Callahan scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, helping the Beavers to a 1-0 victory over Washington in both teams' regular season finale at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.
It was a disappointing result for the Huskies who held an 8-2 shot advantage at halftime and continued to control possession until OSU's lone score. Washington (8-8-2, 3-5-2 Pac-10) ended its season having lost three straight matches and was winless in its last five. Oregon State improved to 6-9-4 overall and matched UW with a 3-5-2 league record.
UW freshman defender Kohl Schoening committed a foul in the far left corner of the box that set up the penalty opportunity just two minutes after coming on as a second-half sub. Callahan then sent the ball past UW goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins at 64:06 which gave the Beavers a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
'I thought we worked as hard as we had for quite awhile in the first half, but we couldn't sustain it,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We had all the play, all the chances but couldn't convert. We don't have much left on the bench to change so we had to stay with our whole team practically the entire game. We wore ourselves out. In the second-half, we started losing the ability to get to the ball. I felt bad for Kohl (Schoening) who was subbing for a short spell because we were tiring at midfield and he ties the guys' legs up. He didn't mean it, obviously.'
The Huskies had several good scoring opportunities, especially in the first half. UW freshman forward Brent Richards had back-to-back shots in the 17th minute, the first nicely saved by OSU goalkeeper Stephen Spangler, and then Richards picked up the rebound to send a rocket just wide right of the far post.
UW continued to pressure with a shot from sophomore defender Taylor Mueller that was also saved by Spangler in the 28th minute, and three-straight corner kicks in a six-minute span. The Huskies kept Spangler busy in the net, forcing him to save another shot from freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes in the 41st minute. At the intermission, the Huskies held an 8-2 advantage on shots and a 4-0 advantage on corner kicks.
But the Huskies managed just three more shots in the second-half, including one from freshman midfielder Casey McCool that flew just wide of the left post in the 63rd minute.
OSU's score on the penalty kick re-energized the Beavers, who ended up outshooting the Huskies 6-3 in the second period. Oregon State had a golden opportunity to go up 2-0 in the 83rd minute when Hawkins came out on midfielder Colin Mitchell and Mitchell managed to get around Hawkins. With an open net he shot to the far post but it was Richards who slid and knocked the ball out of bounds to make the save.
The contest marked the final home games for Husky senior midfielders Raphael Cox, George John and Josh Swett. Cox and Swett started their final games for UW, with it being a bittersweet ending for John who watched from the bench having missed his fifth-straight game due to a knee injury.
In addition to John, the Huskies were without junior defender Casey Cunningham who sat out the game after earning a red card in UW's previous match at Cal.
NCAA Men's Soccer
Oregon State 1, Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, OSU, Ryan Callahan (penalty kick), 64:06.
Shots - UW 11, OSU 8
Corners - UW 6, OSU 1
Saves - UW 2 (Rylan Hawkins 1), OSU 4 (Stephen Spangler)
Fouls - UW 9, OSU 12
Attendance - 1121