Huskies Open Season With 1-0 Win Over Seattle
Sept. 1, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer team got a second-half goal from freshman sensation Ryan Moore and sophomore Tyler Klein and senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins combined to make a game-saving defensive play in the waning moments to help the Huskies hang on for a 1-0 victory in the season opener for both squads Tuesday at Championship Field.
The match marked the first-ever battle between the cross-town rivals since the Redhawks moved up to Division I last season.
After a scoreless first half which saw the Huskies out-shoot Seattle 9-4 but unable to capitalize on their opportunities, UW jumped out to the lead less than four minutes into the second half. Moore took a pass from off the foot of Brent Richards from the left side, which slipped past the Redhawks goalkeeper and Moore beat the Seattle defender to the ball and drilled it into the back of the net for his first career goal.
The Huskies had just missed a chance to score a minute earlier when Moore broke away from the defense and sent a pass forward for Casey Cunningham, who chased it down and made a sliding attempt at the ball but his shot went just wide.
Seattle started putting the pressure on UW as the half was winding down and had two great chances to equalize, but the Husky defense put the clamps on. In the 78th minute, the Huskies were whistled for a foul just outside the top of the box, but Ed Walugembe's curling shot around UW's wall of defense went just wide.
The Redhakws then had their best chance to score with less than four minutes remaining when a ball got loose inside the box and Seattle's Demaci Roussos made a sliding shot as Hawkins was also diving to make the save. Hawkins got just enough of the ball to slow it down and Klein was able to clear the ball just before it reached the goal line to preserve the win.
The game was a solid start for the Huskies, who out-shot Seattle 18-14, and will now test themselves against a pair of 2008 NCAA Tournament teams this weekend.
'Winning is a priority. Winning looking good would be nice and winning looking great would be even better but just winning is important so we got that taken care of,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzbeger said. 'The players looked like they had a touch of nerves with it being a cross-town darby and not an easy place to play which all played into some poor passing. We had a lot of turnovers and easy connections we didn't make so we made it hard on ourselves.
'Having said that, our backline and our goalkeeper kept us in the game and never wavered,' Wurzberger continued. 'They were strong when they had to be and until our team got together a bit and developed a bit of confidence and a bit of aggression, they kept us in it so my hat's off to them. Rylan made a couple very big saves and all in all I'm pleased given the start of the season and the aggression the opposition came with.'
The Huskies hit the road Friday when they head down to Portland for the Portland Nike Invitational. The Huskies play No. 21 Saint Louis on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Virginia at 7 p.m.
Men's Soccer Exhibition
Washington 1, Seattle 0
Championship Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Ryan Moore (Brent Richards), 48:43.
Shots - UW 18, SU 14
Corners - UW 3, SU 3
Saves - UW 4 (Rylan Hawkins), SU 5 (Emerson De Oliveira).
Fouls - UW 12, SU 10
Offsides - UW 0, SU 4
Attendance - 613