UW Men Roll To Husky Classic Title With 2-0 Win Over Marshall

Sept. 17, 2006

Box Score

SEATTLE - Fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer rolled to its seventh-straight win and third consecutive tournament title, shutting down Marshall 2-0 to win its own Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox and junior forward Kevin Forrest each scored goals in the first half to lead the Huskies. Washington improved to 7-0-0, while Marshall fell to 3-4-1.

UW won the tourney title with a 2-0 record after blanking Northern Illinois, 5-0, on Friday. Forrest, who scored three goals in two games, was named the tournament's Offensive MVP and senior defender Ty Harden, who anchored the UW backline which failed to allow a goal in both matches, was selected the Defensive MVP. Northern Illinois defeated Portland, 1-0 on a penalty kick, in the first match of today's double-header to take the Pilots out of contention for the tournament title.

Washington's Husky Fever Classic title comes on the heels of winning titles at the Portland and Wisconsin Invitationals the previous two weekends.

Cox put UW on the board early in the 16th minute, teaming with sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz on a set piece free kick that found the back of the net. In the 28th minute, junior forward Ely Allen was fouled in the box by Marshall's Clayton Cochrane and left the match with a high ankle sprain. A penalty kick opportunity ensued, but Forrest's shot was saved by Marshall keeper Greg Walter.

It wasn't much longer until Forrest did get his goal, volleying a cross from Katz past Walter that gave the Huskies a 2-0 cushion in the 35th minute.

UW goalkeeper Cameron Copps-Tilley tallied five saves on nine shots by Marshall and was credited with the shutout, while Walter made seven saves on 18 UW shots and allowed two goals.

'I was pleased with the guys' effort,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Losing Ely forced us to change our formation to one forward in the second half, one with three underneath. It didn't totally click so we're still searching through our team and we're still getting results. As a coaching staff I think we have to be pleased about that. We've had to rely on our depth and making sure the attitude is right for Sunday (games) but I'm very pleased it's the third weekend in a row we've been able to win a tournament and win on Sunday.'

The Huskies will remain at home next weekend and open Pac-10 play hosting Northwest nemesis Oregon State, Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. In seven matches thus far, Washington has outscored its opponents 21-3 and posted four shutouts.

Washington 2, Marshall 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, Raphael Cox (Jo Jo Katz), 15:36. 2, UW Kevin Forrest (Jo Jo Katz), 34:38.
Shots - UW 18, Marshall 9
Corners - UW 4, Marshall 1
Saves - UW 5 (Cameron Copps-Tilley), Marshall 7 (Greg Walter)
Fouls - UW 16, Marshall 21
Offsides - UW 1, Marshall 0
Attendance - 619

Northern Illinois 1, Portland 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, NIU, Marcus McCarty (penalty kick).
Shots - UP 14, NIU 10
Corners - UP 7, NIU 2
Saves - UP 3 (Luis Robles), NIU 5 (Joe Zimka)
Fouls - UP 22, NIU 18
Offsides - UP 3, NIU 3
Attendance - 262


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