Cox's Overtime Gamewinner Lifts UW Over San Diego State, 2-1

Oct. 19, 2008

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior midfielder Raphael Cox knocked in the golden goal gamewinner in the 94th minute, giving 23rd-ranked Washington a 2-1 overtime victory over San Diego State in Pac-10 men's soccer action at the SDSU Sports Deck, Sunday afternoon.

The win helped the Huskies (8-4-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10) bounce back from their first Pac-10 loss of the season at UCLA, Friday night, and maintain their conference lead at the midway point of Pac-10 play. The Huskies are tied with UCLA as both squads are 3-1-1 in league action. The Bruins, which UW will host on Friday in Seattle, wrapped a weekend sweep of the Northwest schools with a 3-0 Sunday win over Oregon State.

Cox scored his second overtime gamewinning goal of the season when he gathered a mis-clear and nailed a 15-yard shot to the right corner at the 93:32 mark. It was the only shot by either team in extra minutes. UW got on the board first in the 55th minute on a score from freshman forward Brent Richards, which was assisted by Cox and fellow rookie Dylan Tucker-Gangnes. San Diego State (3-7-2, 1-2-2) equalized just five minutes later on a goal from Khadim Diouf. But it was the Huskies who prevailed in overtime.

'It was a huge win and a huge bounce back effort for us,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said following the match. 'The guys were everything we asked them to be, brave, energetic, enthusiastic. They (San Diego State) play such a direct game here and their field is very difficult to play on. We took the lead and then had to deal with them scoring the equalizer, but we never dropped our heads. Going into overtime we continued to defend well and then had a little half-chance, which was the plan. We wanted to defend well and look for a half-chance to win it. It was a loose ball, a bit of a scramble, and Raph who had trouble getting his game on track the whole game was the man on the spot.'

The Huskies and Aztecs battled through a scoreless first half but then netted goals within minutes after the intermission. Richards scored his sixth goal of the season after Tucker-Gangnes flicked him the ball after a pass from Cox. Richards then tucked the ball inside the left post at 54:53.

San Diego State quickly answered on a set piece when Reymundo Reza sent in a free kick which was headed by Nick Cardenas to Diouf who blasted the ball past UW sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Fung from 10 yards.

Overtime ensued, leading to Cox's goal - his sixth of the year - just three minutes and 32 seconds into the extra period.

Fung grabbed five saves for the Huskies while SDSU goalkeeper Jorge Rosales also made five saves.

The victory was the Huskies' first in San Diego since the Aztecs joined the Pac-10 in 2005 and was the fifth overtime game between these sides in the last seven meetings.

UW will return home to start the second-half of Pac-10 play hosting UCLA, Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. and San Diego State, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m.

Pac-10 Men's Soccer
#23 Washington 2, San Diego State 1 (OT)
SDSU Sports Deck; San Diego, Calif.

Scoring - 1, UW, Brent Richards (Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, Raphael Cox), 54:53. 2, SDSU, Khadim Diouf (Nick Cardenas, Reymundo Reza), 59:26. 3, UW, Raphael Cox (unassisted), 93:32.
Shots - UW 10, SDSU 19
Corners - UW 3, SDSU 3
Saves - UW 5 (Stephen Fung), SDSU 5 (Jorge Rosales)
Fouls - UW 9, SDSU 9
Attendance - 491

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