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Oct. 27, 2000

Seattle - The seventh-ranked Washington men's soccer team posted its fifth shutout of the season as it handed Gonzaga a 3-0 setback in non-conference action in front of 1,348 rain-soaked fans at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies also maintained the upper hand in the regional rivalry, moving the series record between the teams to 16-0-1 in favor of Washington.

The Huskies improve to 10-4-0 for the season, boosting their home record to 6-2-0, while the 'Zags snap a four-game win streak and drop to 8-5-0.

Washington took an early lead in the game when senior midfielder Kai Carroll (Eugene, Ore.) took a pass from Zach Kingsley on the right side and put the ball in the open net from 10 yards out for the first score at 15:32.

It wasn't until late in the game that Washington got on the board again. After a Gonzaga foul, junior midfielder Ben Somoza (Edmonds, Wash.) took the free kick and sent it over the top of the Bulldog wall and into the net at 76:06. Washington sealed the victory with a third goal at 83:57 when Jake Sagare (Yakima, Wash.) put the ball in from eight yards out following a Husky corner kick. Bryn Ritchie was in on the action near the net for the assist.

Washington outshot Gonzaga, 17-10, with the Huskies taking a 10-3 advantage in the first period. The Huskies also had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks while the foul situation was high on both sides, with the Bulldogs tallying 23 and Washington 22.

Sophomore keeper Chad Olsen (Issaquah, Wash.) again went the distance for Washington, making three saves in the game and earning his fifth shutout of the year. Gonzaga keeper Mike McCarthy had four saves in goal.

'Tonight was a hard fought win,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'It wasn't the prettiest game, but I'm really pleased with our goal output. Restarts continue to be the difference for us. I was happy with the effort. We had a little bit of a setback last week (against Stanford) and to come charging back like this was exactly what we were trying to do, come back with a good performance and score some goals. Gonzaga came in with a record of 8-4. They are a decent team. I was pleased with the way the defense played, and it was under difficult conditions in the rain. You can't get ahold of the ball, it's slippery and controlling the ball is difficult. All those things taken into account, I thought we played very well to the conditions and came away with a decent result. It's exactly what we were hoping for and now it's on to Portland.'

The game was televised by Fox Sports Northwest and will air Saturday at 2 p.m. The Huskies continue non-conference action Sunday at Portland when they face the Pilots at 1:15 p.m. at Merlo Field.

College Men's Soccer
(No. 7) Washington 3, Gonzaga 0
Oct. 27, 2000
Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

Scoring: 1, UW, Kai Carroll (Zach Kingsley), 15:32, 2, UW, Ben Somoza, 76:06, 3, UW, Jake Sagare (Bryn Ritchie), 83:57.

Shots: UW 17, Gonzaga 10
Saves: Gonzaga 4, UW 3
Corners: UW 9, Gonzaga 4
Fouls: Gonzaga 23, UW UW 22
Yellow cards: UW 3 (Billy Sleeth, Mark Hogenhout, Bryn Ritchie)
Attendance: 1,348

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