Men's Soccer Wins Pac-10 Championship

Nov. 10, 2000

Berkeley, Calif. - Senior midfielder Kai Carroll posted a hat trick in his final regular season game and the No. 13 Washington men's soccer team clinched the first-ever Pac-10 Championship with a 4-2 victory over California at Edwards Field Friday afternoon. The Huskies, who compiled a 7-1 conference record, got an assist from UCLA when the Bruins knocked off top-ranked Stanford to give Washington the title outright. Both the Huskies and Cardinal entered the day with one conference loss each.

Washington concludes the regular season with a record of 13-5-0 while California dropped to 6-12-1, 2-4-1. While it is the first Pac-10 title for Washington, it marks the third consecutive conference crown for the Huskies, who were coming off back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in 1998 and '99.

'This is a special group of players,' said Husky coach Dean Wurzberger, from the Oakland Airport, where the Huskies learned of UCLA's win over Stanford. 'To win the Pac-10 Championship outright is fantastic. This is a group who can bounce back and learn from its mistakes. After the start we had this year (0-2), they've done an outstanding job of putting everything together and making it happen. This season had its ups and downs but the ups were incredible. We feel very confident we can go flying into the postseason and that's what it's all about.'

The Huskies now wait to find out their postseason opportunities. NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced at 12:30 p.m. PST., Mon., Nov. 13. Although Washington won the Pac-10 title, it does not receive an automatic bid. Because the newly formed conference has just five teams, the Huskies, who have been to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments, must still wait for an at-large berth.

Washington controlled the ball for most of the first half at California, holding the Bears without a shot in the period. Carroll, who now has eight goals scored this season, powered the Huskies to a 3-0 lead in that span. He put the Huskies on the board at 29:15 when he picked up a cross from Jake Sagare and sent it to the far post for the first score. The Huskies came right back 10 minutes later and it was Sagare again who this time sent a pass to another senior, Mark Hogenhout, who on a breakaway sent it past the diving Cal goalkeeper. The final score of the first half came just over a minute later, at 39:25, and it was Carroll and Sagare again. Carroll took a breakaway pass from Sagare to score his second of three goals and give Sagare his third assist early in the game.

The Bears came alive in the second half when, in the 52nd minute, Omar Gusmao took a pass from Austin Ripmaster and blasted a shot form 12-yards out to the top, far post, past a diving Chad Olsen in goal for Washington. Cal put another goal on the board in the 75th minute after Kendall Simmonds was fouled in the box. Ramiro Arredondo took the penalty kick and deposited it in the low, far corner of the goal to pull the Bears within one, 3-2.

It was Carroll again, though, who sealed it for the Huskies. This time, he took a pass from Bryn Ritchie for his third goal of the day and the final margin. Carroll led both teams in shots, with eight, as the Washington team tallied 15 in the game, to Cal's eight. The win assured Washington of at least a co-championship in the conference race with Stanford. UCLA's double overtime win over the Cardinal Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, sealed the title for Washington alone.

'We had one of our best performances of the year in the first half,' Wurzberger added. 'We took a 3-0 lead at the half and tried our best to make sure we didn't take our foot off the gas pedal and let Cal back in. They crept back in with a big effort. Their first shot of the second half went in and that gave them new life. Kai Carroll played outstanding all day. We are delighted with the results. Cal made it exciting when they pulled within, 3-2, on the penalty kick, but for us to come back and score a fourth goal just shows how much our guys wanted this one. We came down and did the job we had to do. That was some of the best soccer we've played all season.'

Pac-10 Men's Soccer
No. 13 Washington 4, California 2
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.

1, UW, Kai Carroll (Jake Sagare), 29:15
2, UW, Mark Hogenhout (Jake Sagare), 38:16
3, UW, Kai Carroll (Jake Sagare), 39:25
4, Cal, Omar Gusmao (Austin Ripmaster), 52:14
5, Cal, Ramiro Arredondo (PK), 75:00
6, UW, Kai Carroll (Bryn Ritchie), 79:16.

Shots: UW 15, Cal 8, Corners: UW 4, Cal 3, Saves: Cal 6 (Brian Walker), UW 1 (Chad Olsen), Fouls: Cal 13, UW 12, Yellow cards: UW 1 (Billy Sleeth), Attendance: 133.

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