Huskies Breakout For 3-1 Victory Over Cal Poly
Sept. 27, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer team broke out for three goals for the first time this season en route to a 3-1 victory over Cal Poly Sunday in the Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field.
Freshman Ryan Moore led the charge for UW, scoring twice on a pair of assists from Jamie Finch, and Brent Richards added his team-leading fourth goal of the season as the Huskies improved to 3-4-1 on the season. Cal Poly dropped to 2-6-0 with the loss.
The Huskies had scored more than one goal in a game just once in their first seven matches, beating UC-Davis, 2-1, in overtime for their most recent victory. They equaled that total with Moore's two first-half goals and added Richards' late third goal for their biggest outburst of the season.
The victory left UW on a high note heading into next Friday's Pac-10 opener. The Dawgs played a challenging non-conference schedule which featured six ranked teams plus Portland, which defeated No. 17 Creighton earlier in the day, 2-1, to improve to 5-1-1. Each of UW's four losses this season have come by one goal.
Moore got things going for UW in the 30th minute when Finch sent in a ball from the right side toward the back post and the freshman sensation just managed to get a head on it to sneak it past the Mustangs' goalkeeper.
Just five minutes later, Finch this time sent a long through ball from the left side toward the box and as the Cal Poly keeper came out to make a play, Moore again got just enough on it to send it into the empty net.
Cal Poly made the score 2-1 a minute later when a Husky player was called for a foul inside the box and Efrain Burgos connected on the penalty kick to put the Mustangs a goal shy of the equalizer.
The Mustangs had a couple good chances to equalize in the second half, but Husky senior Rylan Hawkins made a couple of big saves to keep the Huskies on top.
Then at the 78-minute mark, Casey McCool sent a though ball that resulted in another breakaway for the Huskies and Richards looped it over the head of Cal Polt's keeper and it rolled in from 18 yards out to give UW some insurance.
The defense held off several advances from Cal Poly over the waning minutes and the Huskies won their first home match of the season.
'That's a result that's been a long time coming for us,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We have a good team that's played tough and we've been in a lot of one-goal games, both wins and losses. The challenge to the team today was to see if we could turn it around and put it altogether. They took it to heart and played hard and I'm proud of the team effort. I was happy for the players because they've worked hard and we haven't gotten any breaks. We've lost some close games but we've been training well, we're a good team and I told the team it would turn eventually. Maybe this is an indication that they believe that too.'
The Pilots won the Husky Fever Classic with a 2-0 record while the Jays and UW finished 1-1. Cal Poly went 0-2 on the weekend.
The Huskies open Pac-10 play at home next weekend against San Diego State on Friday at 7 p.m. and UCLA on Sunday, 2 p.m.
NCAA Men's Soccer
Washington 3, Cal Poly 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Ryan Moore (Jamie Finch), 29:11. 2, UW Ryan Moore (Jamie Finch), 34:37. 3, CP, Efrain Burgos (pk), 35:35. 4, UW, Brent Richards (Casey McCool).
Shots - UW 13, CP 12
Corners - UW 3, CP 3
Saves - UW 3 (Rylan Hawkins), CP 3 (Patrick McLain 2, Brett Finkelstein 1)
Fouls - UW 12, CP 17
Offsides - UW 2, CP 4
Attendance - 1,211