OSU Snaps Huskies' Five-Game Unbeaten Streak
Oct. 17, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington men's soccer team had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped by Oregon State on Saturday, falling 2-0 at Paul Lorenz Field in Pac-10 action.
The Huskies, who also lost for the first time in six road matches this season, are now 4-5-4 overall and 1-1-3 in conference. Oregon State is now 6-5-2 and 2-3-0.
UW was coming off a huge weekend in the Bay Area last week where they upset No. 5 Cal and tied No. 17 Stanford to put them in a tie for the conference lead. But the Huskies were understandably out of gas on Saturday, having gone to double overtime in three of their previous four matches, three of which were against ranked teams. UW has played six overtime matches this season and a total of 110 extra minutes of play.
The Huskies sluggishness showed early against the Beavers when Oregon State scored just 37 seconds into the match. Sophomore Danny Mwanga, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, broke away down the left sideline and fired a shot into the lower right corner past Husky goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins.
The Huskies would try to claw back and ended the the first half with a 5-3 shot advantage, but Oregon State came out fast again in the second half as they did to start the game.
Just five minutes into the second half, Mwanga struck again. This time Brian Ramsey sent a cross to Mwanga at the top of the box, who fired a shot into the lower left corner to give the Beavers some breathing room.
Each team took 11 shots in the match but the Huskies were unable to get on the board, getting shutout for the first time in five matches.
'It was hard for us to get our emotion up after the last couple weeks. We've been slugging it out week in and week out but we just couldn't answer tonight,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'I have to take responsibility for not being able to lift the lads' emotions enough and we didn't get the defense ready for such a dangerous striker. We just looked emotionally drained. We have a chance to regroup a bit and we get Tyler Klein back so we'll rally the troops. We have five games left and three are at home so we have to play like there's no tomorrow in every game.'
The Huskies will take next week off before hitting the pitch again at home, Oct. 30 against Cal and Nov. 1 against Stanford.
Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Oregon State 2, Washington 0
Paul Lorenz Field; Corvallis, Ore.
Scoring - 1, OSU, Danny Mwanga (Tanner French), 0:37. 2, OSU, Danny Mwanga (Brian Ramsey), 50:52.
Shots - UW 11, OSU 11
Corners - UW 5, OSU 6
Saves - UW 2 (Rylan Hawkins), OSU 7 (Steve Spangler 4, Alex Souza 3.
Fouls - UW 7, OSU 12
Offsides - UW 2, OSU 1
Attendance - 752