Huskies Fall To Gonzaga 2-1

Sept. 7, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Freshman defender Taylor Mueller scored his first collegiate goal in the third minute of the match but the 16th-ranked Washington men's soccer team wasn't able to sustain its momentum, dropping its first game of the season to Gonzaga, 2-1, at Martin Field in Spokane, Friday.

After the Huskies (1-1-1) jumped ahead 1-0, Gonzaga (2-1-0) got the equalizing goal from George Josten in the 15th minute. Both teams battled for the duration until Bulldog Ben Funkhouser knocked in the gamewinner in the 85th minute. It was the first-ever victory for the Zags over Washington in the all-time series.

The Huskies' momentum killer came when one of their top players, junior midfielder George John, suffered a mild concussion on a collision with Gonzaga goalkeeper Vito Higgins and had to leave the game just under 10 minutes into the contest.

'No question some events turned against us today,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We had a great start with an early goal off a corner kick but lost a key man and that hurt us a bit. Our attack never really got going. Gonzaga is very big and physical and spread the field with three forwards. We showed a little youth in the back with two freshmen and two sophomores but they played well under the circumstances.'

Youth served the Huskies well in the opening minutes of the match as a pair of freshmen combined for UW's first score. Freshman Matt Van Houten served a corner kick to Mueller who scored his first collegiate goal at 2:33. Mueller's goal came on one of just two shots from the Huskies in the first half.

The Zags got back into the game with Josten's score at 14:19, a 22-yard shot past UW keeper Rylan Hawkins. Hawkins tallied six saves on the Bulldogs' 17 shots - eight of which were on goal. The Husky sophomore thwarted a near Gonzaga goal in the 32nd minute, making a diving save on a header by Funkhouser.

It was eventually Funkhouser who would score the gamewinner at 84:42 when he received a pass on the left wing and beat Hawkins low to his far side.

The Huskies will end their five-game season-opening road trip next weekend when they head to Albuquerque, N.M., where they will take on a pair of Top-25 teams in the Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational. UW will face host New Mexico, Friday, Sept. 14, before facing SMU, Sunday, Sept. 16. The Huskies will finally make their home debut, Tuesday, Sept. 18, versus Portland.

Gonzaga 2, #16/15 Washington 1
Martin Field; Spokane, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, Taylor Mueller (Matt Van Houten), 2:33. 2, GU, George Josten (John Palladino), 14:19. 3, GU, Ben Funkhouser (Tye Perdido), 84:42.
Shots - UW 5, GU 17
Corners - UW 3, GU 9
Saves - UW 6 ( Rylan Hawkins), GU 0 (Vito Higgins)
Fouls - UW 14, GU 9
Offsides - UW 0, GU 0
Attendance - 1127

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