No. 14 Men's Soccer Upsets No. 3 Cal, 3-0
Oct. 9, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - Unbeaten and third-ranked California proved to be no match for the hot Husky men's soccer team as No. 14 Washington rolled to a 3-0 victory in the Pac-10 showdown tonight at Husky Soccer Stadium. Senior C.J. Klaas powered the Huskies with one goal and two assists. The victory improved Washington's record to 9-3-1 and 2-0-0 in the Pac-10 while California falls to 7-1-2 and 0-1-1.
The Huskies went ahead at 29:48 when Klaas attacked on a give-and-go from senior Casey Armstrong and struck a shot from 17 yards out which skipped over Cal goalkeeper Eric Kronberg's hands and buried in the lower left corner to . The goal was Klaas' third of the year and Armstrong picked up the assist.
Washington pushed their lead to 2-0 right before the half at 43:11 when sophomore Kevin Forrest netted an eight-yard blast off a scramble from a corner kick from Klaas. It was the team-leading fifth goal for Forrest with the assist going to Klaas.
After not scoring off a corner kick all season, the Huskies converted their second of the game at 50:24 when once again Klaas took the corner and found sophomore Ty Harden for the 12-yard header and a 3-0 lead. The goal was Harden's first on the year.
'We had been disappointed with our home form,' said Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'Tonight is normally what we look for at home. We came out with an objective to play much better at home, to show emotion and aggression.'
California outshot the Huskies by a 21-7 margin but many of those shots came late in the game with the outcome already decided. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander recorded five saves on hi s way to his eighth shutout of the season.
'We made a difference in the penalty areas. We defended well and we kept them out and we finished chances,' Wurzberger said. 'It's what you do with quality in those areas. They had their moments in midfield but we never gave away defensively. So we're really delighted. If we keep playing like that we've got a serious chance at making a run at the Pac-10,'
Riding a three-match winning streak, the Huskies next host another top-ten opponent in No. 7 Stanford. That match will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Stadium.
NCAA Men's Soccer
#14 Washington 3, #3 California 0
Husky Soccer Stadium o Seattle, Wash.
Scoring--1, UW, C.J. Klaas (Casey Armstrong), 29:48. 2, UW, Kevin Forrest (C.J. Klaas), 43:11. 3, UW, Ty Harden (C.J. Klaas), 50:24
Shots - UW 7, Cal 21
Saves - UW 5 (Chris Eylander), Cal 0 (Eric Kronberg, Mike Oseguera)
Corner Kicks - UW 6, Cal 4
Fouls - UW 18, Cal 7
Offsides - UW 2, Cal 1
Attendance - 647