Men's Soccer Wins Pac-10 Opener, 2-1, Over Oregon State
Oct. 13, 2001
Seattle - A penalty kick by senior co-captain Ben Somoza turned out to be the game-winner as the fifth-ranked Washington men's soccer team won its Pac-10 opener, 2-1, over Oregon State in front of 2,490 fans at Husky Soccer Field.
The Huskies, who won their sixth straight, improve to 9-1-0 on the season while the Beavers drop to 3-6-1.
Washington got on the board early in the game. A Husky corner kick by Seth Marsh sailed near the net where Bryn Ritchie followed with a header that was saved by the OSU keeper. Jake Sagare followed with a close shot that went in for the first goal at 19 minutes, 51 seconds into the match.
The Beavers equalized with just three seconds remaining in the first half. Chad Bartlome lobbed the ball in toward the net where Husky keeper Chad Olsen mishandled it and Ross Duncan recovered the ball and sent it in at 44:57.
Somoza converted the Husky penalty kick early in the first half, putting Washington ahead for good at 48:33. In a tight battle that saw the Huskies take 21 shots to OSU's 18, the Beavers had several chances in the final minute of the game. Olsen earned the win in goal and was credited with 5 saves, two in the final 60 seconds, while OSU's Peter Billmeyer made 10 stops.
'That's as a tough a game as we've had so far,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'It was no surprise to us. Oregon State always plays tough. They are far better than their record. They are physical and powerful and we had to win that battle before we could decide it was soccer. That's college soccer. I give a lot of credit to our goalkeeper. He mishandled the ball at an inopportune time to let them draw level, then he makes two big saves at the end of the game to save it for us.'
Washington remains at home for its next game, versus UCLA, at 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 19.
College Men's Soccer
Oregon State at No. 5 Washington
Shots: UW 21, OSU 18.Corners: UW 6, OSU 4.Fouls: UW 13, OSU 13.Saves: OSU 10 (Billmeyer), UW 5 (Olsen).Att.: 2,490.