Huskies Post Come-From-Behind Win Over Wisconsin

Sept. 8, 2006

Madison, Wisc. - The No. 6 Washington Husky men's soccer team (4-0) defeated Wisconsin (3-2) tonight, 2-1, in the first game of the Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wisc. UW preserved its undefeated season thanks to two late goals from sophomore midfielder George John.

'That was a great team effort with a really big result for us,' head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'They had been on a roll and that was their home opener, so we are delighted with the result. I also couldn't be more proud of the coaching staff. They stepped up and made a great effort, and I really applaud assistant coaches Seth Spidahl and Richard Reece for their leadership.'

The Badgers struck first after a scoreless first half, as the Huskies allowed just their second goal on the season on a Dirk Pearson goal with assists from Victor Diaz and Zack Lambo. Washington struck back within three minutes, as John netted his second career goal and first on the season. John's game-winner came at the 79th minute of the game, thanks to a Kevin Forrest assist.

'George John answered within minutes of us going down to give us hope,' Wurzberger said. 'He scored a brilliant goal to give us the lead. He was magnificent and the man of the day.'

The two teams fought a physical battle that saw three Huskies receive yellow cards.

'Our defense was great, and our goalkeeping was good,' said Wurzberger. 'Ely Allen came in the second half and helped change the game. Jo Jo Katz was also a key second-half sub that helped us control things, and Raphael Cox played very well down the left wing.'

The Huskies take on UW-Milwaukee on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. for the second game of the Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational. The Panthers lost a 1-0 heartbreaker today to Creighton on a goal in the 87th minute. Live scoring of the match is available at

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