Virginia Edges Washington, 2-1, In Overtime

Sept. 6, 2009

Box Score

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Washington men's soccer team got off to a fast start Sunday but were unable to hold on, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Virginia on the final day of the Nike Portland Invitational.

The Huskies, who came out sluggish in their 2-1 loss to No. 21 Saint Louis on Friday, turned things around on Sunday and got on the board first less than six minutes into the contest. Sophomore Brent Richards threw the ball in toward junior Matt Van Houten, whose header from six yards out found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

UW held on to their lead for nearly the entire game until the Cavaliers struck in the 74th minute. Greg Monaco headed in a corner off the foot of Neil Barlow and the game would go into sudden death overtime.

The Huskies would be unlucky in the sudden-death period when almost nine minutes in, Barlow took hold of a loose ball in the box and fired a shot that got just past UW senior Rylan Hawkins to send UVA home happy.

Despite the loss, which dropped UW to 1-2, Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger was pleased with the way his team responded after Friday's disappointing performance.

'It was a tough loss, we thought we had the tie secured and we played well enough to win but it didn't work out that way,' Wurzberger said. 'One mistake in sudden death got magnified and good teams will take advantage of that and they did. But it was a huge step forward from Friday's first half and the guys came out with a solid mindset and a good plan. It was important for us to get a second goal but we couldn't produce it and as fatigue set in we had a couple lapses on re-starts. Even at 1-1, though, we were playing well enough to draw and we thought we were heading that way but it's cruel the way the overtime is set up where you're not able to answer.'

Both No. 21 Saint Louis and Virginia were NCAA Tournament teams in 2008 and were a good measuring point for the Huskies this early in the season.

'We're very uplifted by the effort and with what we saw on the field,' Wurzberger said. 'We're grateful to have this happen early in the season so we can build on a strong performance and get results later on. We've learned a lot about our team down here and we've improved. Those were two top-20 caliber teams so we know where we stand against the highly-ranked teams. We're right there for many parts of the game, we just have to keep working at it and develop our team.'

The Huskies stay on the road next week, playing at UC-Davis on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. UW will play its home opener on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. against Portland at Husky Soccer Field.

NCAA Men's Soccer
Virginia 2, Washington 1 (OT)
Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.

Scoring - 1, UW, Matt Van Houten (Brent Richards), 5:12. 2, UVA, Greg Monaco (Neil Barlow), 73:23. 3, UVA, Neil Barlow (un), 98:52.
Shots - UW 9, UVA 10>
Corners - UW 4, UVA 5
Saves - UW 1 (Rylan Hawkins), UVA 2 (Diego Restrepo).
Fouls- UW 14, UVA 13
Offsides - UW 1, UVA 3

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