Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 Results

Huskies Blank Gonzaga, 2-0
(courtesy of gohuskies.com)

SEATTLE - Brent Richards added to his team-high goal total and Matt Van Houten picked up his first score of the season as the Dawgs shutout the visiting Bulldogs of Gonzaga 2-0 at Husky Soccer Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Huskies are 4-1-1 on the season. After dropping the opening game of the season to Evansville, UW has won four out of the last five matches and earned a draw. It's the best start by a Husky team since the 2007 team also started off 4-1-1.

Richards, a junior from Camas, Wash., broke away on a long pass from senior Daniel Gray (Tacoma, Wash.) with 23 seconds remaining in the first half and put the ball on the left post to put the Huskies up 1-0 at the half. It's the fourth goal of the season for Richards and the first assist for Gray.

Van Houten, a senior from Portland, Ore., scored his first goal of the season and the sixth of his career in the 84th minute. Jamie Finch, a junior from Bothell, Wash., crossed the ball to the right side just in front of the net for Van Houten to head in. It was the first assist of the season for Finch and the fifth of his career.

"It wasn't an easy game and coming off of a high at Portland we knew it would be a grind," said head coach Dean Wurzberger. "I was impressed. We got the goal right before halftime which is a great time to score; it gave us a lift at the break. We never took the second half for granted. We knew we had to be smart defensively and look for our second goal. We took charge of the match and to score the second goal was so great. I'm so proud of them."

The first good attempt in the game came from Gray in the 40th minute on a penalty kick. Van Houten got pulled down by his jersey in the box. Gray's attempt was saved by the Gonzaga keeper Ryan Caballero on the right side.
The Huskies had several more attempts late as they were in control all night and played and their tempo. UW fired 14 shots, seven on goal, led by Richards with two. Gonzaga had four shots, two on goal.

Stephen Fung picked up another win in goal, improving to 3-0-1 on the season. He made two saves in the game.

UW won the corner kicks 9-1 and the fouls 11-4.

The Huskies remain home this weekend to host the Husky Fever Classic Friday and Sunday with Seattle, UC Davis and Portland.

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