Men's Soccer Shocked, 4-1, by Stanford

Oct. 28, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Sixth-ranked Stanford scored three first half goals and another in the opening minutes of the second half en route to a 4-1 route of the No. 4 Washington men's soccer team in front of 1,044 fans in Pac-10 action at Maloney Field. For the Huskies, it was the first time they had suffered back-to-back losses since the opening two games of the 2000 season.

The Huskies drop to 10-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal improve to 13-1-0, 3-1-0. The weekend sweep for Washington marked its first conference losses on the road since league play began last year. It was also the largest margin of victory in the series between Stanford and Washington since 1989. Seven of the last eight meetings had been decided by a single goal.

Stanford's first score came in the 22nd minute, when Todd Dunivant stole the ball and passed it inside to Derek Shanahan for the goal at 22:12. The Cardinal struck again 10 minutes later on an unassisted shot by Darren Fernandez at 32:07. Washington answered quickly though, just 11 seconds later, when freshman Brett Wiesner scored the Huskies' lone goal at 32:18. He collected a cross from senior Billy Sleeth and fired it past the Stanford keeper for his fourth goal of the season.

Stanford increased its lead just before the end of the first period when Johanes Maliza sent a pass across to Roger Levesque who went around his defender and beat the keeper for the score at 42:44. The same two players reversed roles early in the second half. This time Levesque sent the ball to Maliza who beat his defender and fired the ball in the net at 50:26.

Stanford dominated the match statistically, firing 14 shots to the Huskies' five. Chad Olsen started in goal for Washington and tallied one save but was relieved midway through the second half by Dan Waltman.

'We were forced into some uncharacteristic errors and good teams like Stanford will punish you for those mistakes,' said head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'Stanford certainly did today. They took an early lead, 2-0, and when we caught a goal back it gave us hope. All I can say is that they were too good for us on the day. It's tough. You have to win on the road to be counted among the great teams. To be 0-2 on the road in conference play is uncharacteristic for us.

'Things have changed for us. It's a definite challenge to win on the road. We did not get the job done. We've got to lick our wounds and it smarts. Obviously, we feel embarrassed by the score. We thought we were a team capable of beating Stanford. We do have hope of bouncing back against them in Seattle, but right now we just need to press on toward Oregon State next weekend.'

Washington is on the road again for its next game, at Oregon State, Fri., Nov. 2.

College Men's Soccer
No. 4 Washington at No. 6 Stanford
Maloney Field, Stanford, Calif.

(No. 6) Stanford 4, (No. 4) Washington 1
Scoring: 1, Stan, Derek Shanahan (Todd Dunivant), 22:12.
2, Stan, Darren Fernandez, 32:07.
3, UW, Brett Wiesner (Billy Sleeth), 32:18.
4, Stan, Roger Levesque (Johanes Maliza), 42:44.
5, Stan, Maliza (Levesque), 50:26.

Shots: Stanford 14, UW 5.
Corners: Stanford 6, UW 3.
Saves: Stanford 2, UW 1.
Fouls: Stanford 17, UW 14.
Cautions: UW 3 (Birklid, Klaas-red card, Heinzen), Stanford 1 (Wilson).
Attn.: 1,044.

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