Men's Soccer Battles To 1-1 Double Overtime Tie With Oakland, Wins Nike Invitational

Sept. 1, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - Washington men's soccer (1-0-1) battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Oakland (1-0-1) in the final round of the Nike Portland Invitational at Merlo Field, Monday afternoon, winning the tournament title based on goal differential.

No. 22 Portland, who lost to Oakland 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday, defeated UNLV in the other final round match, Monday. The Huskies racked up a 5-1 win over UNLV in the first round, Saturday, and with both Washington and Oakland picking up first round wins and second round ties, UW was awarded the tournament crown based on goal differential.

UW and Oakland played through a nearly scoreless first half until Oakland's Philip Braathen scored an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute. The Husky defense failed to clear a long throw-in, which Braathen pounced on a nailed an eight-yard shot past UW senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman.

Washington scored the equalizer just 42 seconds into the second half on a 12-yard bullet from the left side by senior midfielder Troy Ready, who was assisted by senior forward Sean Giudice. It was the second goal in as many games for Ready, who scored in UW's win over UNLV on Saturday.

That marked the end of the scoring for both teams, as they played through two scoreless overtime periods. The Huskies outshot Oakland 14-9, including a 4-0 shot advantage in the second overtime period. Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas led the UW offense with three shots, while Giudice, Ready, and sophomore defender Kevin Murray added two. Both Waltman and Oakland keeper Jeff Wiese grabbed four saves in goal.

One red card was issued to each team during the game, as Oakland's Mark Thomas was ejected in the 63rd minute before Ready was ejected in the 82nd minute.

Klaas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Oakland's Jason Perry was awarded Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors.

Washington returns to Seattle for its home opener with Northwest rival Portland, Fri., Sept. 5. The match will kickoff at Husky Soccer Field at 7 p.m. For tickets, please contact the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200.

NCAA Men's Soccer
Nike Invitational
Oakland 1, Washington 1
Merlo Field; University of Portland; Portland, Ore.

Scoring--1, OAK, Philip Braathen (unassisted), 41:44; 2, UW, Troy Ready (Sean Giudice), 45:42.

Shots - OAK 9, UW 14
Saves - OAK 4 (Jeff Wiese), UW 4 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - OAK 3, UW 8
Fouls - OAK 22, UW 24
Offsides - OAK 2, UW 2
Attendance - na

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