Men's Soccer Falls to No. 3 Stanford, 1-0
Nov. 16, 2001
SEATTLE - One goal was all the third-ranked Stanford men's soccer squad needed tonight to defeat No. 11 Washington in front of 1,733 fans at Husky Soccer Field in double overtime. The 1-0 loss was Washington's first at home this season, and moved the Cardinal to within a win of the Pac-10 conference title.
Stanford junior Johannes Maliza found freshman Darren Fernandez open in front of the Huskies' net in the second overtime, and Fernandez pushed the ball into the lower right corner for the winning score at 110:33.
Stanford (15-1-1, 5-1-1) was unable to faze Husky goalkeeper Daniel Waltman - making just his fourth start - for most of the night, as the sophomore denied the Cardinal on several scoring attempts early. Washington (12-5-0, 3-4-0), meanwhile, controlled much of the action throughout the second half and first overtime, but could not connect on repeated chances in front of the Cardinal net.
'This was a playoff-type game, in terms of the intensity and the quality of the opponent, and should help us prepare for the postseason,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger following the game. 'Our forwards had some difficulty against a very good Stanford defense. We played well enough to win, we just didn't have that scoring punch.'
Washington hosts California at Husky Soccer Field this Sunday at 1 p.m. to conclude the regular season. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for 12 noon PT, Mon., Nov. 20.