No. 13 Husky Men Blank Fresno State 2-0 In Pac-10 Opener

Oct. 3, 2003

SEATTLE - Led by second-half goals from freshmen Ty Harden and Kevin Forrest, 13th-ranked Washington men's soccer blanked Fresno State, 2-0, in both teams' Pac-10 opener at Husky Soccer Field, Friday evening.

The Huskies have won six-straight and remain undefeated on the season with a 7-0-1 overall record, while opening the Pac-10 slate 1-0. Fresno State falls to 3-6 and 0-1 in the Pac-10. The last time Washington was undefeated after the first eight games of the season was 1990 when they posted an 8-0-2 mark. Tonight also marked the second-straight shutout for senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman and the Husky defense, and the third this year.

Harden, who has started all eight games in the Husky back-line, scored his first collegiate goal on a header off a free kick by junior C.J. Klaas in the 69th minute. Fresno State had a good chance to tie the game on a solid shot by Dan Oka with 4:18 left in the game, only to have Waltman make the save.

The Huskies sealed the win in the 88th minute, on the give-and-go combination of Klaas and Forrest. Forrest dribbled down the middle, dished to Klaas who passed back from the left side to Forrest again who found the net for his third goal of the season.

'I'm delighted we found a way to get it done, but it was a tough win,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'It was an important result being the first Pac-10 game. Coming off a big win we knew this was going to be a challenge. We had to find a way to gut it out.'

The Huskies outshot Fresno State 15-4, while holding a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks. Klaas led the UW offensive attack with seven shots. FSU goalkeeper Eric Kronberg made three saves, while Waltman grabbed two.

UW junior forward Brett Wiesner made his season debut, coming in at halftime and playing 16 minutes. Wiesner, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last year, had missed the first seven games of the season after suffering a strained hamstring in a preseason exhibition match with Seattle University.

UW will test its undefeated record when it hosts the defending NCAA Champion and second-ranked UCLA Bruins, Sun., Oct. 5, at 2:30 p.m. The match wraps the longest home stand of the season for Washington, who will hit the road for the next two weeks as Pac-10 play continues.

NCAA Men's Soccer - PAC-10 OPENER
(13) Washington 2, Fresno State 0
Husky Soccer Field o Seattle, Wash.

Scoring--1, UW, Ty Harden (C.J. Klaas), 68:65. 2, UW, Kevin Forrest (C.J. Klaas), 87:51.
Shots - FSU 4, UW 15
Saves - FSU 3 (Eric Kronberg), UW 2 (Danny Waltman)
Corner Kicks - FSU 1, UW 3
Fouls - FSU 15, UW 10
Offsides - FSU 1, UW 3
Attendance - 1492
Records - Fresno State (3-6-0, 0-1 Pac-10), Washington (7-0-1, 1-0 Pac-10)

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