Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Soccer Stuns No. 5 Cal
Dec. 31, 2009
The Washington men's soccer team played one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2009, playing 10 matches against ranked teams, including a narrow 2-1 overtime loss to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia.
The Huskies always raised their game to the level of their opponent, as evidenced by a huge 2-0 upset of then-No. 5 California in Berkeley early in Pac-10 play.
The Huskies came into the match struggling against Cal of late, having not defeated the Golden Bears since 2005 and going 0-6-1 in that span.
It all came together for the Dawgs on this day, however, as the Huskies got goals from Matt Van Houten and Brad Keller - the first of Keller's career - and Rylan Hawkins made six saves to give the Dawgs the huge upset.
Keller was the star of the day, setting up Van Houten for the eventual game-winner in the 23rd minute and tacking on some insurance in the 54th minute, a performance which earned him Pac-10 Player of the Week honors a few days later.
Hawkins, meanwhile, came up big in goal as he did all season long, stopping six shots, three of which came off the foot of Cal's All-American Andrew Wiedeman. Hawkins and the Husky defense handed Cal its first shutout of the season and also handed the Bears their first home defeat of the year in six matches.
Cal came into the game 7-2 and was coming off a huge victory over Stanford to open Pac-10 play but the Huskies' victory sent them into a tailspin, as the Bears would go on to win just two of their final eight matches. The Huskies finished strong in Pac-10 play, later drawing with Cal, 1-1, and Stanford, 0-0, along with eventual Pac-10 champion UCLA, 1-1, but it was their victory over the Bears on their home field which was the crowning moment in the season.