UConn Wins Nike Husky Classic With 2-0 Victory Over UW

Sept. 29, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. - Led by a pair of goals from senior forward Damani Ralph, ninth-ranked UConn defeated the Washington men's soccer team 2-0 to win the 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic at Husky Soccer Field Sunday afternoon.

Suffering its first shutout this season, Washington's overall record falls to 3-3-2, while UConn improves to 6-2. UConn and UW were both 1-0 in the Nike Husky Classic coming into today's match. UW defeated Marquette 3-2 and UConn slid past No. 11 Portland 2-1, Friday.

Ralph gave UConn a 1-0 advantage in the 28th minute of the game. After receiving the ball on a throw-in from Andrew McLeod, Ralph juggled, turned and blasted the shot from the right side of the box.

Just a minute into the second-half, UW came close to evening the score at 1-1, when sophomore Brett Wiesner found the open net only to have his goal called back following an offsides call.

Ralph sealed the victory for UConn in the 73rd-minute with his second goal of the match and seventh of the season, a shot from 20-yards out assisted by Michael Mordocco.

UW freshman goalkeeper Chris Eylander allowed both goals but made three saves on UConn's 18 shot-attack. Washington's offensive attack was led by freshman Mike Chabala and junior Seth Marsh with two shots each. The Huskies as a team tallied seven shots.

Individual tournament honors went to Washington junior Sean Giudice for Outstanding Offensive Player. Giudice scored two goals in UW's 3-2 win over Marquette Friday. UConn's Shavar Thomas was voted the tournament's Outstanding Defensive Player.

In the morning game, No. 11 Portland (7-3-0), last year's Nike Husky Classic champion, defeated Marquette (2-5-0) 3-0. Eric Cronkite, Paul Robinson and Nate Jaqua scored the Pilots' goals, while Cronkite and Jaqua also added one assist each.

Up next for Washington will be a trip to Portland to face the Pilots for its last non-conference match of the season before the beginning of Pac-10 play. The battle of Northwest rivals takes place Sunday, Oct. 6, at Merlo Field at 2:15 p.m.

NCAA Men's Soccer - Nike Husky Classic
(#9) UConn 3, Washington 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UCONN, Damani Ralph (Andrew McLeod), 28:18. 2, UCONN, Damani Ralph (Michael Mordocco), 73:36.

Shots - UCONN 18, UW 7.
Saves - UCONN 2 (Adam Schuerman), UW 3 (Chris Eylander).
Corner Kicks - UCONN 2, UW 0.
Fouls - UCONN 17, UW 19.
Offsides - UCONN 0, UW 1.
Attendance - 999.

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