Soccer Plays Third Tie Game in England

Aug. 22, 2001

Cheshire, England - Freshman C.J. Klaas (Cherry Valley, Ill.) scored the game-tying goal and assisted on two others as the Washington men's soccer team played to a 3-3 draw against Crewe Alexandra Reserves in Cheshire Wednesday morning. It is the third tie game of the Huskies' five-game preseason tour through England. Washington is now 1-0-3 with one game remaining on the schedule.

Freshman Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wisc.) started the scoring when he took a pass from Klaas and found the net at 33 minutes into the match. Crewe answered immediately, scoring in the 34th minute, followed by another goal in the 44th to take a 2-1 lead just before the end of the half.

Crewe increased its lead with another score shortly into the second period, in the 48th minute, before the Huskies finally answered. Senior forward Greg Foisie (Clovis, N.M.) scored his third goal of the tour when he took a pass from Klaas and scored in the 60th minute. Klaas tallied the final goal 10 minutes later, to even the game at 3-3 in the 70th minute.

'The team showed great character today,' assistant coach Seth Spidahl said. 'When they were down 3-1, they easily could have folded the tent and packed it in. But, instead, the team rose above the adversity and came back to produce a great result.'

Washington plays its final game of the tour when it meets the West Ham Reserves Thursday afternoon at Saville Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex.

Washington Men's Soccer Preseason Tour - Game 4
Washington 3, Crewe Alexandra Reserves 3
Crewe Alexandra Training Grounds, Cheshire

Washington 1-2 -- 3
Crewe 2-1 -- 3

1, UW, Brett Wiesner (C.J. Klaas), 33:00. 2, Crewe, 34:00. 3, Crewe 44:00. 4, Crewe, 48:00. 5, UW, Greg Foisie (Klaas), 60:00. 6, UW, Klaas (Wiesner).

Shots: UW 8, CR 9. Saves: UW 5, CR 4. Corner kicks: UW 3, CR 2. Fouls: UW 12, CR 14.

UW Lineup
Chad Olsen (gk), Zac Tallman, Aaron Heinzen, Scott Grazier, C.J. Klaas, Zach Kingsley, Ben Somoza, Trevor Frobose, Jake Sagare, Brett Wiesner, Greg Foisie

-- Tour Notes, schedule and results --

Tour Notes and Quotes from assistant coach Seth Spidahl

'Our tour has given us the opportunity to experience England as 'footballers' - fans and explorers alike. We've been pleased with our performances so far, with three ties and a win. The two ties came first with the 1-1 draw against the Everton Reserves followed by the 2-2 stalemate with the Manchester City Reserve Team. The strongest performance yet came against the most experienced squad. We earned a 3-1 victory over the Blackburn Rovers Reserve team consisting of at least six former First Team players and/or international players. To say the least, we are proud of our team's performance and look forward to the final game against West Ham.

'We have also been delighted to attend several matches, each giving us a different perspective of what 'football' is like in England. The first was a First Division match between Crewe Alexandra and Sheffield Wednesday. We watched with enthusiasm as future stars banged up against legends of the past, driven by the loud chants and melodies of the Crewe supporters. Little did we know this was just a preview of what was yet to come.

'The next two games we attended were contests between teams competing in the highest level in England, the English Premiership. We watched Manchester United, one of the richest clubs in the world, defeat Fullham, 3-2, at the historic Old Trafford Stadium. The other match was a stalemate between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, the club where Husky assistant coach Jimmy Gabriel earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. Manchester United displayed the talent that a big club can afford and the Everton game showed us the power and dedication of the die-hard English supporters. These are experiences none of us will ever forget.

'When away from the pitch, our favorite attraction has been our exploration of the Conwy Castle in Wales. This castle, built by Edward I (Edward Longshanks) and full of history and intriguing towers, captured the attention of even those who held the least bit of interest in history.

'Today (Wednesday) we leave Chester College and head for Avery College in London. During our time in Chester, we have grown closer as a group and as a team. We look forward to more of the same in London.'

Schedule and Results (1-0-3)
Aug. 16 - UW 1, Everton Reserves 1
(Dayo Oyetuga goal, assisted by Seth Marsh)

Aug. 20 - UW 2, Manchester City Reserves 2
(Bobby McAlister goal, assisted by Jake Sagare, Kyle Fukuchi goal, assisted by Billy Sleeth)

Aug. 21 - UW 3, Blackburn Rovers Reserves 1
(CJ Klaas goal, penalty kick, Brett Wiesner goal, unassisted, Greg Foisie goal, assisted by Klaas)

Aug. 22 - UW 3, Crewe Alexandra 3
(Brett Wiesner goal, assisted by C.J. Klaas, Greg Foisie goal, assisted by Klaas, Klaas goal, assisted by Wiesner)

Aug. 23 - Game vs. West Ham Reserves at Saville Road, Chadwell Heathe, Essex.

Aug. 24 - Tour London
Aug. 25 - Tour London
Aug. 26 - Depart London for return to Seattle.

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