Men's Soccer Blanks OSU, 1-0

Nov. 2, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - The fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer team got back on the winning track and posted its fourth shutout of the season as it blanked Oregon State, 1-0, in Pac-10 action at Lorenz Field.

The Huskies, who had lost their last two games, improve to 11-3-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the Pac-10. The Beavers drop to 5-9-0, 1-4-0.

The lone goal, scored midway through the second half, generated controversy. After the teams had battled through a scoreless match for 70 minutes, Husky sophomore Jimmy Stark gained control of the ball roughly 12 yards in front of the OSU net after dribbling past a defender, and found the back of the net at 70:52. The goal was allowed despite an apparent hand-ball, which was signaled by the linesman but went uncalled by the referee.

For Stark, who prepped at Kennedy High in Des Moines, it was just his second game played this season and his first career goal.

The match also included a would-be score for OSU that was disallowed due to an offside call against the Beavers, as well as a Husky goal that was disallowed because of an OSU foul just prior to the shot.

OSU's Nick Jensen appeared to have put the Beavers up 1-0 early in the second half when he took a long pass from Aaron McHardy and sent it in at the near post after separating from the defender. However, the linesman had called the player offside, and no goal was scored.

'This was a real hard fought game against a team that was throwing everything they had at us,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'It was an extremely important, very big win for us. It was only 1-0 but was much bigger in terms of restoring energy and confidence after last weekend. It was exactly what the team needed.

'We definitely showed signs of mental and physical fatigue. We need to take a short break from the game before we get ready for a big match next weekend against Portland. This was a huge step back in the right direction for us. We made some changes and they were positive. Now we have to regroup, rest our legs and minds and get ready for another big game. I was extremely pleased with the effort today. It was exactly what the team needed to restore our spirits after a disappointing weekend in the Bay Area.'

Washington returns home for its next game, a non-conference rivalry match with Portland at 7 p.m., Nov. 9.

College Men's Soccer
No. 4 Washington at Oregon State
Wayne Valley Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.

Washington 0-1 -- 1
Oregon State 0-0 -- 0

(No. 4) Washington 1, Oregon State 0
Scoring: 1, UW, Jimmy Stark, 70:52.

Shots: UW 17, OSU 12.Corners: UW 11, OSU 2.Saves: OSU 8, UW 6.Fouls: UW 15. OSU 14.Cautions: UW: 1 (Ben Somoza), OSU 1.Attn.: 408.

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