Huskies Fall In Overtime At Santa Clara 3-2
Nov. 15, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After battling back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, Washington wasn't able to sustain its momentum, falling to No. 10 seed Santa Clara, 3-2, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship at Buck Shaw Stadium, Wednesday evening.
Santa Clara's Jide Ogunbiyi scored the gamewinner for the Broncos in the 95th minute to end the Huskies' postseason run.
Ogunbiyi headed a ball off a cross from the right corner past UW goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins that gave the Broncos the sudden victory win at the 94:30 mark. SCU (13-4-4) advances to the Sweet 16 to face No. 7 seed Indiana, Saturday. The Huskies, making their 10th postseason appearance in 12 seasons, finished the season 13-7-1 overall.
Down 2-0 after 46 minutes, the Huskies scored two unanswered second-half goals by a pair of defenders - Matt Fischer and Steve Mohn - off corner kicks. UW came back from a lackluster first half in which the offense generated four shots to Santa Clara's 10.
'We weren't ourselves,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'To credit Santa Clara, they put you under pressure. They're very powerful team but we never got going offensively. We're an offensive team that has scored a ton of goals and we didn't see any of that.'
Santa Clara got on the board first, connecting on its 10th shot of the half in the 43rd minute, and then not even a minute into the second half notched a second goal for a 2-0 lead. SCU's Erik Ustruck scored on his only shot of the game, a shot from the top of the box that deflected into the far right corner at 42:58.
The Huskies had a chance to tie the match as the clock was winding down on the first half, but a header from senior defender Ty Harden off a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox sailed just wide of the post.
Forty-nine seconds into the second half, the Broncos struck again on a shot from inside the box from Brian Martin. Down 2-0, the Huskies still managed to grab some momentum back.
In the 61st minute, a corner kick from Mohn found the pack of players in front of the goal and after being deflected by a SCU defender was picked up by Fischer and nailed into the net to breathe some life back into the Huskies. Then in the 81st minute, another corner kick from Mohn curved towards the goal and skimmed off the head of a Bronco defender on its way into the net to tie the score.
'After they (Santa Clara) scored their second goal, every body came together and started to play really good soccer,' Mohn said. 'Once we got that first goal they were on their heels and we were rolling.'
The Huskies seemed to have the momentum when time in regulation expired. Ogungiyi's goal in the 95th minute was the only shot by either team in overtime.
Although allowing three goals, Hawkins came up big manning the net for Washington registering seven saves, including four in the second half. Bronco goalkeeper Buttitta notched three saves.
The match marked the last for Husky seniors Fischer, Harden and midfielder Mike Cusenza. All three were members of Washington's 2003 squad that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, a school record.