Men's Soccer Sweeps Washington with 3-2 Comeback Win
Nov. 14, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Oregon State men's soccer team scored three unanswered goals to finish the season sweep of the Washington Huskies in a 3-2 victory Saturday night in Seattle, Wash.
'We came out flat on Washington's senior night and found ourselves down 2-0 quickly,' Oregon State men's soccer head coach Steve Simmons said following the victory. 'Washington asked some questions of us early and the guys responded well.'
The Beavers (9-6-3 overall, 5-4-1 Pac-10) fell behind early in the first half by giving up two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game but that was all they were going to give up.
Washington's Matt Van Houten scored the first goal of the game in the second minute when he headed the ball off of a long cross from Brad Keller past Oregon State keeper Steve Spangler. Casey Cunningham scored his second goal of the season on a rebound off of a free kick to give the Huskies a 2-0 advantage early.
Washington (5-7-6, 2-3-5) would have other opportunities during the game but would not get it past Spangler again. Spangler ended the game with six saves for the third time this year. He now has 59 saves on the year.
Oregon State sophomore forward and reigning Pac-10 player of the week Danny Mwanga came into the game having scored 12 goals this season and he was not done. He scored two goals in the match for the second consecutive game and the fourth time this season.
Mwanga's first goal came in the 41st minute when he took on the keeper after a block of the clearance. This brought the Husky lead to 2-1 at half. He added another goal in the 62nd minute by again being in the right place at the right time and was able to capitalize to tie the game at 2-2.
'The game was determined on grit and grind,' Simmons said. 'When we tied it at 2-2 the momentum started to shift our way.'
The Beavers took the lead in the 71st minute off of a corner kick. Mwanga started it off from the corner and sophomore Brian Ramsey sacrificed his body to keep it alive and Travis Sanchez knocked it in for his third goal of the season.
It was an onslaught the rest of the game. Washington threw everything they had at the Beavers but nothing worked. The match was very physical on both sided with the Beavers having 18 team fouls and the Huskies racking up 19. Each team had one yellow card though nothing during the game could be considered dirty.
Oregon State ends its season with a winning record for the first time since 2005 and the team total of 28 goals this season is the most since 2005.
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