Husky Men Lose Pac-10 Opener At Cal, 2-1

Oct. 5, 2007

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington men's soccer dropped its Pac-10 opener at No. 21 California, Friday afternoon, falling 2-1 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The Golden Bears scored both of their goals on restarts within the first five minutes of each half, with the Huskies finding the equalizer in the first half but not the second.

The loss is the second straight for Washington which falls to 5-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in Pac-10 play. California (6-2-1, 1-0-0 Pac-10) won its fourth straight game this season and fourth straight over the Huskies since 2005.

Cal got on the board first thanks to a goal from Servando Carrasco off a long throw-in just four minutes into the game. It didn't take long for the Huskies to come back, as junior Raphael Cox (Tacoma, Wash.) scored his second goal of the season in the 23rd minute to equalize. The first half saw the Huskies dominate offensively, outshooting the Bears 11-5 but they were only able to find the one goal.

After the intermission, the second half began much like the first half with the Golden Bears converting another restart for a goal - this time coming on a corner kick that resulted in a score for Pat Marion in the 50th minute. But unlike the opening half, UW wasn't able to find the back of the net, mustering just two shots.

'It was a tale of two halves,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We put one of our best offensive performances together - even though we only had one goal - in the first half. We were doing everything that we wanted to do. The difference in the game was in the first half we stormed back to level the score, but in the second half when they scored it seemed to take the wind out of our sails. We completely seemed to lose our shape and our focus, and found it difficult to stay in the game. It is a disappointing start (to Pac-10 play) and now we have our work cut out for us to bounce back on Sunday.'

UW ended the game with a 13-10 shot advantage, with senior Kevin Forrest (Edmonds, Wash.) and freshman Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.) accounting for nine of the 13. McLoughlin, playing in just his second game as a Husky, was credited with his second-straight assist on Cox's goal.

UW redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung (Honolulu, Hawaii) tallied one save in the match. California goalkeeper Stefan Frei tallied six saves, five of them coming in the first half.

The Huskies will remain in the Bay Area to take on Stanford, Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field.

#21 California 2, Washington 1
Edwards Stadium; Berkeley, Calif.

Scoring - 1, CAL, Servando Carrasco (Andrew Wiedeman, Luke Sassano), 3:24. 2, UW, Raphael Cox (Ellis McLoughlin), 22:28. 3, CAL, Pat Marion (Andrew Wiedeman, Michael Nieraeth), 49:08.
Shots - UW 13, CAL 10
Corners - UW 2, CAL 4
Saves - UW 1 (Stephen Fung), CAL 6 (Stefan Frei)
Fouls - UW 13, CAL 19
Offsides - UW 0, CAL 1
Attendance - 472

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