UW Men Battle To Scoreless Draw With San Diego State

Oct. 9, 2005

Box Score

SEATTLE - Washington men's soccer battled to a double overtime scoreless draw with No. 15 San Diego State in front of 1,397 fans at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon. The Huskies outshot the Aztecs 23-12 and their strong defensive effort held SDSU at bay, but UW was unable to capitalize on its scoring chances.

The match marks Washington's first tie of the season, as UW has an overall record of 6-3-1 and remains winless in the Pac-10 with a 0-2-1 conference mark. San Diego State is 7-1-3 overall, 1-1-2 in Pac-10 play.

After 90 minutes of scoreless play, the Huskies continued to put the pressure on in overtime, especially the second overtime period. UW had five shots in the second overtime frame and dominated the run of play.

The Huskies' chances included a shot from senior Evan Cummings who blasted a ball just over the crossbar and a shot from sophomore Brett Hite that was saved by SDSU goalkeeper Tally Hall.

Hite came off the bench to lead UW with four total shots, while senior Jeff Hoover, senior Mike Chabala and sophomore Spencer Schmidt each had three shots. Juniors Ty Harden and Matt Fischer, along with sophomores Nick Loveless and Derek Crismier bolstered the defensive effort.

The Huskies' scoring drought continued with UW failing to find the back of the net for the third consecutive match. Washington has been without the services of last year's leading scorer, Kevin Forrest, who is out for the season with a foot injury, and recently lost sophomore forward Ely Allen to a hip flexor injury the last two games. Allen is listed as day-to-day.

'We're getting chances,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said after facing his alma mater. 'I thought we did the right thing against their formation which was to flood the middle. We had possession of the ball plenty, but we need to turn possession into goals. Our defense was brilliant. You'll lose a game like that more times than not. When you're frustrated you can slip up once - because they're a direct, three-forward high team - so I was very proud of the way we defended. The defense will keep us in games and we will eventually score, that's all we can hope for.'

SDSU was fueled by four shots from freshman midfielder Dennis Sanchez and three from sophomore midfielder Kraig Chiles.

UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander made five saves in registering his fourth shutout of the season, while SDSU keeper and Gig Harbor native Hall made six saves en route to his eighth shutout.

Washington will aim for its first Pac-10 win when it hits the road to face Stanford (Oct. 14) and Cal (Oct. 16) next weekend.

Washington 0, #15/#14 San Diego State 0
Husky Soccer Field - Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - none
Shots - SDSU 12, UW 23
Corners - SDSU 3, UW 5
Saves - SDSU 6 (Tally Hall), UW 5 (Chris Eylander)
Fouls - SDSU 18, UW 14
Offsides - SDSU 2, UW 6
Attendance - 1397


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