Huskies Notch 500th Program Victory With 1-0 Blanking of Portland

Sept. 18, 2007

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SEATTLE - Junior midfielder Raphael Cox scored on a free kick in the 51st minute to lead 22nd-ranked Washington men's soccer to a 1-0 blanking of Northwest rival Portland at Husky Soccer Field, Tuesday evening.

The win marked the third straight shutout for the Huskies (4-1-1), who by beating Portland (2-2-1) captured the 500th victory in the history of the UW men's soccer program. The Huskies' all-time record now stands at 500-198-78 (.695). UW also snapped a four-game losing skid to the Pilots, a team the Huskies had not defeated since the 2003 season.

'Portland used to be the powerhouse when UW got serious about soccer, so it was great to see us win on this occasion,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said about notching the program's 500th victory. 'I congratulate all the previous UW head coaches that built up that record and I'm very proud to carry it on. This is a special team, no question about it.'

Washington and Portland battled through a scoreless first half with neither squad racking up many scoring opportunities. The Huskies scored in the second half on a restart at the 50:56 minute-mark. UW was awarded a free kick after freshman midfielder Matt Van Houten was fouled by Portland defender Jeff Griffin just outside the top of the box. Cox then sailed the free kick inside the left post to give UW a lead it would not relinquish.

It was a physical battle for all 90 minutes, with Portland racking up 29 fouls and three yellow cards, while the Huskies tallied 16 fouls and one yellow card.

'It was a tough game,' Wurzberger said. 'We always knew it would be tough. This is always a game both teams put a maximum effort into. Portland played very well defensively and they made it difficult for us to get in and shoot. It took a lot of nerve to win like we did, to be patient and look for a restart, a little bit of quality which is what decided the game.'

UW redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung tallied two saves on six Portland shots and picked up his second shutout of the season. Pilot goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made four saves.

The match was Washington's second in three days and third in five days after just returning home from playing in a tournament in New Mexico over the weekend. UW will remain at home to host the Husky Fever Classic Friday (Sept. 21) and Sunday (Sept. 23). The Huskies will face Denver on Friday at 7 p.m. and Furman on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

#22/25 Washington 1, Portland 0
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, Raphael Cox (Kevin Forrest), 50:56.
Shots - UW 7, PORT 6
Corners - UW 6, PORT 2
Saves - UW 3 (Stephen Fung 2, Team 1), PORT 4 (Austin Guerrero)
Fouls - UW 16, PORT 29
Offsides - UW 2, PORT 1
Attendance - 614

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