No. 17 Creighton Edges Huskies, 1-0
Sept. 25, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer team gave No. 17 Creighton all it could handle Friday but the Blue Jays held on after a first-half goal for a 1-0 win on day one of the Husky Fever Classic.
A 2008 NCAA Elite Eight participant, Creighton (2-1-1) boasts one of the nation's stingiest defenses, returning all of their backline from last season's team, which recorded a school-record 13 shutouts and led the nation in shutout percentage. In holding the Huskies scoreless on Friday, the Jays continued that stellar play by posting their third shutout in four matches this season.
UW (2-4-1) clawed its way back after allowing a goal in 25th minute and controlled the run of play for much of the second half. But while they maintained possession, they were unable to get past the Creighton defense to put many shots on goal. UW outshot the Jays, 6-3, in the second half, but none were on goal.
With top scorer Brent Richards also not at full strength due to an illness, UW was unable to mount a serious enough threat to break through Creighton's defense.
Matt Van Houten had two of UW's eight shots in the match, while senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made four saves. After Creighton took seven shots in the first half, the Huskies limited the Jays to just three in the second 45 minutes.
The Jays' goal was a tough break for UW as Hawkins made a save on Thomas Gjoesund's initial shot, but Ethan Finlay found the rebound at his feet and punched it in for what would be the game-winner.
'I was very proud of the way the guys played. It was a much more complete performance and I'm convinced that if we play with that kind of composure and that skill, we're going to be fine in the Pac-10 and we'll have a shot at accomplishing our goals,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'In the back and the midfield, it was an even game with one of the finer teams you're going to see. It was just in that middle third area where their defense is very good and Brent was sick so we had trouble creating a goal. But I'm lifted by the performance and I'm looking forward to Sunday and I'm looking forward to Pac-10. If we play with that intensity and focus, we'll be in every game with a chance to win.'
In the day's first game, Portland (4-1-1) defeated Cal Poly-SLO (2-5-0), 2-1.
The Huskies complete play in the Husky Fever Classic on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. when they take on Cal Poly. Creighton and Portland will go up against each other in the day's first match at 10 a.m. UW then begins Pac-10 play at home next weekend against San Diego State (Friday, 7 p.m.) and UCLA (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
NCAA Men's Soccer
Creighton 1, Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, CU, Ethan Finlay (Thomas Gjoesund), 24:44.
Shots - UW 8, CU 10
Corners - UW 4, CU 8
Saves - UW 4 (Rylan Hawkins), CU 1 (Brian Holt)
Fouls - UW 11, CU 14
Offsides - UW 3, CU 2