Men's Soccer Blanks Northwest Rival Portland 1-0 In Home Opener

Sept. 5, 2003

SEATTLE - Behind junior Casey Armstrong's goal in the 56th minute, Washington men's soccer blanked Northwest rival Portland 1-0 in UW's home opener at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.

The Huskies post their second victory of the season and improve their overall record to 2-0-1, while the Pilots drop to 1-2-0. Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger also picked up his 150th career win, improving his overall collegiate coaching record to 150-65-27. Wurzberger is in his 12th year at Washington, and 13th overall.

It was Armstrong's header off a perfectly placed cross from sophomore Leo Totev that sealed the win for Washington. Totev created the goal-scoring opportunity, dribbling down the middle from the half line past a number of Pilot defenders and into the right corner to dish the cross in front of the goal. It was the first goal of the season for Armstrong, who was a late first-half substitution.

'Little Leo came in the middle and tried to make a difference in the game and it worked out for us,' Wurzberger said. 'We're really pleased. It's a big win for us. Portland's a tough opponent, they are going to beat some people. For us, as young as we are in the back, to have the first shutout of the year is fantastic. We're delighted with the young players. Everybody played a role and I'm really pleased with the team effort. The team's worked hard and I think we're making strides, we're getting better every game. I'm very pleased with our start so far.'

The game was evenly played, with both teams matching each other nearly shot for shot. Portland ended up with 13 shots, to the Huskies' 11. Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas led the Husky attack with a game-high five shots, while sophomore midfielder Gavin Hobbs, Totev and Armstrong each tallied two a piece.

The Pilots had a few chances late in the second half to tie the match. With just over six minutes on the clock, Portland's Sean Babcock fired a free kick at the net only to have Husky senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman make the save. And with just under three minutes left, Patrick Mooney got his foot on a cross in the front of the goal that was just wide of the right post.

Waltman, earning his first shutout of the season, posted five saves while Pilot keeper Luis Robles tallied four.

The Huskies will take next week off to prepare for the Marquette Invitational, Fri., Sept. 19, and Sun., Sept. 21. Washington will face Michigan and Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis., before returning home to host its own tournament, the Husky Fever Classic, Fri., Sept. 26 and 28. Portland will make the trip back to Seattle and will join Kentucky and South Carolina to round out the four-team field.

NCAA Men's Soccer
Washington 1, Portland 0
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Casey Armstrong (Leo Totev), 55:20.
Shots - PORT 13, UW 11
Saves - PORT 4 (Luis Robles), UW 5 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - PORT 2, UW 4
Fouls - PORT 21, UW 19
Offsides - PORT 2, UW 2
Attendance - 719

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