Keller, Huskies Battle To 1-1 Draw With Cal
Oct. 30, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer team got an early goal from junior Brad Keller, but California fought back to tie the match and the teams would settle for a 1-1 draw in Pac-10 action Friday at Husky Soccer Field.
UW is now 4-5-5 overall and 1-1-4 in Pac-10 play. Their five ties are their most since the 1990 season and are one shy of the school record six set in 1986. Cal is now 8-7-1, 2-5-1.
Keller, who scored his first career goal and added an assist when the Huskies knocked off then-No.5 Cal earlier this season, struck again with his second goal of the season in the 12th minute off a cross from Matt Van Houten. But the Golden Bears would tie up the match in the 35th minute when the Pac-10's leading scorer, Andrew Wiedeman, struck for his 11th goal of the season.
The Huskies outshot Cal in both halves, holding a 9-5 advantage in the first half and an 8-5 edge in the second half. But Cal goalkeeper David Bingham was tough, making seven saves to keep UW off the board.
Sophomore Brent Richards - who fired nine shots in the match - had a couple of chances to score the game-winner for the Huskies in the second half, but one sailed just high and another saw Bingham make a save with just seven minutes remaining in regulation.
Cal then turned the tide and outshot UW, 6-3, in the two overtime periods, but Rylan Hawkins came up with one big save down the stretch and three in the match to help UW earn the conference point.
UW held a 20-16 shot advantage for the match and a 5-3 edge on corner kicks. Jamie Finch made several great services on re-starts but the Huskies were unable to knock in the game-winner.
'We've been off for two weeks so I thought we were in rhythm and we dominated the game early. We created many more chances after the goal but we are a little young up front in terms of the guys scoring,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'You look at Wiedeman who's a junior and he's the one guy you can't give space to and he took his chance well and made it count. It was against the run of play so it took the wind out of our sails after dominating the first 20 minutes. We gathered ourselves and I thought we should have beaten them based on chances and possession but our sport is just not like that. We're not getting any lucky bounces and their keeper came up with a couple of good saves. We have a will to win which I'm delighted to see and hopefully some of the breaks will go our way on Sunday. I commend the guys on playing hard and playing to win. I like the energy they played with.'
The Huskies will get back on the pitch on Sunday when they host the No. 18 Stanford Cardinal at 1 p.m.
Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Washington 1, California 1 (2 ot)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - 1, UW, Brad Keller (Matt Van Houten), 11:43. 2, CAL, Andrew Wiedeman (Jacob Wilson), 34:52.
Shots - UW 20, CAL 16
Corners - UW 5, CAL 3
Saves - UW 3 (Rylan Hawkins), CAL 7 (David Bingham).
Fouls - UW 14, CAL 12
Offsides - UW 4, CAL 0
Attendance - 577