Huskies Earn Another Draw With No. 18 Stanford
Nov. 1, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer battled No. 18 Stanford to a 0-0 draw at Husky Soccer Field on Sunday, picking up another important point in Pac-10 play against a ranked team.
The Huskies tied a school record with their sixth tie of the season and established a new school record with their fourth conference draw. UW has tied all four of their conference matches at home this season, including a 1-1 draw with No. 4 UCLA a month ago. They are the second team in Pac-10 men's soccer history to have as many as four conference draws, one shy of San Diego State's record five in 2005.
UW is now 4-5-6 overall and 1-1-4 in Pac-10 while Stanford is 10-4-2, 4-3-2.
The Huskies controlled every facet of the game except the final score, outshooting the Cardinal by an astounding 24-7 and earning nine corner kicks to just two by Stanford. They also had dozens of re-start opportunities as Stanford was whistled for 21 fouls, but the Cardinal defense and their goalkeeper John Moore held firm.
UW controlled the run of the play from the beginning, outshooting the Cardinal, 9-1, in the first half. The Huskies had their best chance to take the early lead in the 39th minute when Jamie Finch blasted a free kick toward the goal from 30 yards out which seemed headed for the back of the net, but it slammed off the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.
The Huskies kept the pressure on in the second half, taking 11 shots, but Stanford also put some good runs together and fired six shots as the teams battled back and forth. Brent Richards had UW's best chance for the winner in the second half with less than a minute remaining when he unleashed a shot from just inside the midfield line which kept carrying Moore back toward the goal line, but he eventually got enough fingertips on it to tip it over the net.
On the ensuing corner kick, Finch sent in another good cross, but UW was unable to get a final shot off as they went into their eighth overtime of the season.
The Huskies did not allow Stanford a shot in the two extra periods and took four of their own, but Moore came up with one last save to send UW to its fifth tie in the last seven matches.
Husky senior Rylan Hawkins made two saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and lowered his goals against average to 0.84.
'I can't ask for much more from a team. I really thought they played well. I felt before the game they were ready to give a maximum effort and they gave it,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We dominated the stats but we've said it before, you can only go out there and try to win with the right spirit. We defended really well and shut down a rhythm team that's been on a roll. They just shut down UCLA and Oregon State but they never got in rhythm with us because we were so aggressive defensively. Our forwards are doing everything they can and we had one hit off the crossbar but I'm not disheartened. I thought our team played well and we've played well in every conference match here. We've got one left at home but before then we have to go down and be a good road team, which we have been all season. In terms of coaching a group of players and asking them to give everything they have, they did it so I walk away really happy with the effort.'
UW tied a school record with its eighth overtime game of the season, but their seven double-overtime matches set a new mark. They have played a total of 150 extra minutes this season, nearly two full additional games.
The Huskies will hit the road next weekend for their final regular-season road trip when they travel south to face San Diego State on Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. and No. 4 UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. UW closes out the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. against Oregon State when they will honor their six seniors.
Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Washington 0, Stanford 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring - None
Shots - UW 24, STAN 7
Corners - UW 9, STAN 2
Saves - UW 2 (Rylan Hawkins), STAN 7 (John Moore).
Fouls - UW 14, STAN 21
Offsides - UW 0, STAN 3
Attendance - 920