Men's Soccer Knocks off Defending National Champions

Sept. 1, 2001

Storrs, Conn. - Freshman Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wisc.) scored his first collegiate goal to lead the No. 14 Washington men's soccer team to a 1-0 upset of defending national champion and top-ranked Connecticut in front of 2,852 fans on hand for the UConn Soccer Classic at Morrone Field Saturday evening.

The Huskies, who improve to 2-0-0 on the season, won the tournament after also defeating Fairleigh Dickinson Friday. UConn drops to 0-1-1.

Wiesner, a Parade Magazine First Team All-America as a high school senior last year, scored the game-winner at 6 minutes, 34 seconds into his second collegiate game. The early tally came when UConn junior Andrew McLeod attempted to clear the ball with a header that went in the direction of Wiesner who then nailed it over the outstretched hands of the UConn goalkeeper.

The two teams waged a fierce battle after the early score and tallied nearly identical statistics, with each team attempting 11 shots and picking up 16 fouls and three yellow cards apiece. Chad Olsen went the distance in goal for UW, stopping five shots and picking up his second win in as many days. Connecticut's keeper made four saves in goal.

'We held on, under tremendous pressure, to preserve the win,' said Washington coach Dean Wurzberger. 'It was by far the guttiest performance by our team in a long, long time. We had to withstand waves of pressure, along with some officiating that went against us. Our team showed a lot of character and everyone really kept their heads and we came away with a tremendous win. To come back here and play at this level and win two games, and win the tournament, is a tremendous start to our season. We are obviously delighted with the result. It was a tremendous, gutty performance.'

Following the match, four Huskies were honored on the all-tournament team, the most of any school. They are: goalkeeper Chad Olsen, senior defender Bryn Ritchie, freshman midfielder C.J. Klaas and Wiesner.

Washington continues play on the road when it travels south next weekend for the adidas Portland Invitational. The Huskies meet Indiana, the 2000 NCAA final four team that knocked UW out in the second round of postseason last year, at 12 noon Sept. 8. They face William and Mary at noon Sept. 9. Both games will be played at University of Portland's Merlo Field.

Collegiate Men's Soccer
No. 14 Washington 1, No. 1 Connecticut 0
Morrone Stadium, Storrs, Conn.

Scoring: 1, UW, Brett Wiesner, 6:34.

Shots: UW 11, UConn 11.
Corners: UW 6, UConn 3.
Saves: UW 5 (Chad Olsen), UConn 4. Fouls: UW 16, UConn 16.
Yellow cards: UW 3, UConn 3
Attendance: 2,852.

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