No. 14 Cal Comes Back To Defeat UW, 2-1

Nov. 9, 2008

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. - After going up 1-0, Washington gave up two unanswered goals including the gamewinner in the 88th minute, falling to No. 14/25 California, 2-1, in Pac-10 men's soccer action at Edwards Stadium, Sunday afternoon.

Cal senior midfielder Pat Marion netted the gamewinning score with just two minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Golden Bears to the victory. The Huskies had been playing the final 54 minutes a man down after junior defender Casey Cunningham was issued a red card in the 36th minute, an ejection that occurred after Cal came back to tie the score 1-1.

UW freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes gave the Huskies an early lead in the 26th minute with his third goal of the season, only to have that answered by Cal sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman nine minutes later.

The loss was the second-straight and third in the last four games for Washington, which fell to 8-7-2 overall and 3-4-2 in Pac-10 play. Cal improved to 9-3-5 and 4-2-3 in league action. UW now sits in fourth place in the conference with one regular season match remaining against Oregon State on Friday.

'We fought with spirit but Cal always finds a way to get the goal that they need which they did,' UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said following the match. 'We were valiant, we defended well, but we just couldn't keep it going. We had to play a little more defensive with only one forward up front and two lines of four. It was a better effort and more focused than Friday night but getting beat right at the end is unfortunate.'

Washington received a bright spot early from Tucker-Gangnes who scored UW's first goal by collecting a rebound and beating Cal goalkeeper Stefan Frei to his right. The lead was short-lived as Wiedeman came back to equalize with his shot past UW junior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins.

It was shortly thereafter when Cunningham was ejected for a straight-leg tackle on a California player in the 36th minute. 'It was right after they equalized so I think he was just emotional,' Wurzberger said. 'I certainly don't condone that type of play.'

From there, UW was forced to play a man down and focused their attention to shoring up the defense. Hawkins made four of his six saves in the second-half as Cal outshot UW 8-1 over the final 45 minutes.

Marion's gamewinner was scored at 87:28 when the match looked like it might be headed into overtime.

Washington will return to Seattle to host its regular season finale with Oregon State, Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. The Huskies' three seniors will be recognized prior to the match - midfielders Raphael Cox, George John and Josh Swett.

NCAA Men's Soccer
#14/25 California 2, Washington 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Scoring - 1, UW, Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (unassisted), 25:58. 2, CAL, Andrew Wiedeman (Demetrius Omphroy), 34:46. 3, CAL, Pat Marion (Davis Paul), 87:28.
Shots - UW 4, CAL 14
Corners - UW 3, CAL 7
Saves - UW 6 (Rylan Hawkins), CAL 0 (Stefan Frei)
Fouls - UW 11, CAL 14
Attendance - 431

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