Huskies Edged By Portland 2-1

Oct. 29, 2006

Box Score

PORTLAND, Ore. - Washington was unable to recover from two first-half goals scored by Portland in a five-minute span as the Huskies were edged by the Pilots, 2-1, in men's soccer action at Merlo Field, Sunday afternoon.

The loss dropped UW to 11-6-1 overall, while Portland improved to 8-7-2. The Huskies were hurt by a lackluster first half in which they allowed Portland goals from Christopher Sanders at 26:43 and Patrick Jurney at 31:42. UW turned things around after the intermission and used junior midfielder Derek Crismier's first goal of the season at 71:29 to get back in the game but ran out of time to find the equalizer.

'It was disappointing only because we played half a match,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We had a very difficult first half, we were really asleep, almost like our body clocks went off at one o'clock instead of noon at kickoff. We turned it around in the second half and changed our attitude, stormed back, had most of the play. It's a lesson for us that you have to play the full match.'

Portland took advantage of the Huskies' slow start when Sanders connected on a 10-yard shot from the right corner in the 27th minute. The Pilots took a 2-0 lead almost exactly five minutes later when Jurney scored on a header off a corner kick from Matthew Dallman in the 32nd minute.

The Huskies came out after halftime ready to turn things around and outshot Portland, 8-4 in the second frame. Washington got on the board in the 72nd minute when Crismier scored on a header off a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox. The Huskies kept the offensive pressure up in the last 15 minutes, and barely missed scoring the equalizer when sophomore midfielder George John headed a ball just over the goal late in the game.

UW has just one more match remaining on its regular season slate, a game at Oregon State, Friday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 pm in Corvallis. With the Huskies at 11 wins, the result will have major implications on the squad's postseason hopes. UW defeated OSU earlier this season in Seattle, 3-1.

'We still feel that we have a chance,' Wurzberger said. 'We feel 12 wins will be the lucky number for us in the postseason. All that matters is we have one more opportunity at Oregon State for one more win which will give ourselves a real shot at being selected for the NCAA Tournament. We come away determined to play the rest of the season like we did the second half of this match.'

Portland 2, Washington 1
Merlo Field; Portland, Wash.

Scoring - 1, PORT, Christopher Sanders (Steven Hosseinmardi), 26:43. 2, PORT, Patrick Jurney (Matthew Dallman), 31:42. 3, UW, Derek Crismier (Raphael Cox), 71:29.
Shots - UW 14, PORT 11
Corners - UW 4, PORT 3
Saves - UW 5 (4 - Rylan Hawkins), PORT 5 (Luis Robles)
Fouls - UW 18, PORT 20
Offsides - UW 0, PORT 3
Attendance - 3761

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