Hawkins Shuts Down Pioneers As Huskies Settle For 0-0 Draw

Sept. 20, 2009

Box Score

DENVER - Washington senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made a career-high nine saves and withstood a barrage of shots from Denver, helping the Huskies settle for a tough 0-0 draw on the road Sunday.

The Huskies, who were outplayed in the first half, came back to take control in the second half but were unable to get the game-winner in regulation. The teams then played two overtime periods but neither side was able to break through for the victory.

UW's record now stands at 2-3-1 while Denver is 2-2-1 on the season. The Huskies have gone to overtime three times in their first six matches, including two double-overtime contests.

Denver came out the aggressor in the first half, holding the Huskies to zero shots in the half while getting 12 of their own, but Hawkins played brilliantly, making five saves.

UW turned the tide in the second half, taking 10 shots but the Huskies were unable to get the game-winner in regulation as Denver's goalkeeper Joe Willis made three saves of his own.

The Huskies had two shots in the second overtime period but Willis saved both to preserve the tie.

Matt Van Houten and Taylor Cochran each had three shots to lead UW while Brent Richards and Brad Keller had two apiece.

Hawkins faced a total of 23 shots in the match and came up with nine big saves to record his second shutout of the season.

'I'm proud of the way the guys hung in there. We were up against it, facing a little fatigue after playing Thursday and (Denver) didn't play this week so we had to fight,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'They have a slippery surface here and that made it tough for us to control the ball so we had a lot of turnovers. We needed our goalkeeping and our defense to come up big, not only for 90 minutes but 20 extra minutes and they did that. We had great defending and we were able to stop the bleeding from the first half and not concede the goal. We played a bit stronger in the second half and out-shot them so I was proud of the effort they came up with. It was an important result for us on the road and a step in the right direction.'

The Huskies return home this week to host the Husky Fever Classic where their tough non-conference schedule continues with a pair of 2008 NCAA Tournament teams. UW will face Creighton on Friday at 7 p.m. and Cal Poly on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

NCAA Men's Soccer
UW 0, Denver 0 (2 ot)
Pioneer Field; Denver, Colo.

Scoring - None.
Shots - UW 12, DU 23
Corners - UW 3, DU 8
Saves - UW 9 (Rylan Hawkins), DU 5 (Joe Willis)
Fouls - UW 6, DU 15
Offsides - UW 1, DU 2
Attendance - 828

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