Huskies Fall Just Short In Season Finale
Nov. 14, 2009
SEATTLE - When Washington and Oregon State play each other in men's soccer, it is always a battle. Only twice in the last eight meetings between the two teams has the margin of victory been decided by more than one goal.
On a night when the UW program honored six seniors playing their final regular-season match, it was only fitting it would be a down-to-the wire affair.
OSU got two goals from forward Danny Mwanga to tie the game, then a 72nd-minute score from Brian Ramsey gave the Beavers a thrilling 3-2 victory over Washington in front of 588 fans at Husky Soccer Field
The game left Washington with a final record of 5-7-6 on the season and 2-3-5 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State improved to 9-6-3 overall and 5-4-1 in conference games.
'Obviously, we are really disappointed with tonight's result,' said UW head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'OSU was able to take advantage of a couple of key mistakes and they were able to turn them into scores. Their excellent forward, Mwamba, is the best player we've seen in conference this season. He was a big influence for them against us in both of our games this season.
'You could really see that once they tied the game at two goals apiece, they had energy and we seemed to dip a little. Our guys gave it a good effort at the end, but we could just not get the equalizer.'
Washington got on the scoreboard quickly, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the third minute when junior forward Matt Van Houten was on the receiving end of a looping cross from the left side of the penalty box from sophomore midfielder Brad Keller.
A junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., Keller raced down the near sideline and sent a long cross over the outstretched hands of OSU keeper Alex Souza. Van Houten did a nice job of timing his run into the box, leaped into the air and finished with a header into the upper right side of the goal.
Just nine minutes later, alert senior midfielder Casey Cunningham followed-up a rebound after Van Houten took a hard shot on a free kick from 25 yards out. Van Houten blasted the free kick into the four-man wall and it caromed into the air into the box. Cunningham took the rebound and put it into the back of the net.
Oregon State pulled a goal back in the 41st minute when the leading scorer Mwanga took advantage of a poor clearance from the UW back line. After hitting the back of a UW player, Mwanga found the ball at his feet with a one-v-one situation just outside the box with UW keeper Rylan Hawkins. The OSU sophomore cooly finished the opportunity pull the Beavers to within a goal at halftime.
The Beavers tied the score in the 63rd minute when Mwanga worked his way into the box and had his second one-v-one situation with Hawkins. This time, the Portland native slotted the ball low to the left side of the goal for the tying score.
Mwanga improved his scoring total to four against the Huskies this season and 14 overall.
OSU took the lead in the 72nd minute after Mwanga's corner kick found the head of teammate Brian Ramsey at the far post. Ramsey's flick to the middle of the box found the foot of Travis Sanchez, who blasted the ball to the far corner.