Seniors Go Out in Style in 4-2 Men's Soccer Win
Nov. 18, 2001
SEATTLE - Washington's men's soccer team today capped the regular season with a 4-2 win over California at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies (13-5-0, 4-4-0) will find out Monday whether or not they will host NCAA Tournament first- and second-round games, Friday and Sunday.
After an even first half, which ended 2-2, Washington dictated play in the second period, controlling much of the action and outshooting the Golden Bears 15-9 after halftime.
Washington's senior class, playing its last game at home, contributed on all but one of the four Husky goals. Seniors Greg Foisie and Benjamin Somoza opened the scoring early, with Foisie drilling a perfect cross from Somoza into the near post in the third minute.
The lead was brief, however, as Cal's Angel Quintero notched a pair of long goals in the next five minutes to put the Golden Bears (10-8-1, 3-5-0) on top. In the sixth minute, Quintero beat Husky keeper Daniel Waltman with an 18-yard shot from the left side, and blasted in his second goal just over two minutes later from the top of the box.
Washington responded near the end of the first half with a header by junior Zac Tallman off a C.J. Klaas corner to provide the halftime margin. A pair of second-half headers from senior Bryn Ritchie and freshman Casey Armstrong sealed the win for the Huskies.
'We really needed this game going into the postseason,' said head coach Dean Wurzberger, who has piloted the Huskies to NCAA Tournament appearances in seven of his nine seasons. 'It was great to see the seniors play so well in their final game. We've had a long and windy road. In the past, we've had success leading up to the tournament and then been unable to sustain that level of momentum in the postseason. I feel positive going into the tournament that we'll be ready to play.'
The NCAA Tournament selection show airs Monday at noon on Fox Sports Net.