Aztecs Lose Heartbreaker in Extra Time at No. 8 UW
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Aztec men's soccer team (0-2-1) lost a heartbreaker 3-2 in extra time at No. 8 Washington (4-1-0, 2-1-0) on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon. SDSU was 59 seconds away from leaving Seattle with three points against a top-ten team, but saw the Huskies tie it up in the 90th minute and then win on a penalty kick 100 seconds into extra time.
"Another tough one and it doesn't get any more painful than this," head coach Ryan Hopkins said after the match. "Credit to Washington, who I respect a ton, they kept the pressure on and manufactured goals to win the game. At the end of the day, these big time Pac-12 games come down to a handful of plays that ultimately determine winning and losing."
Blake Bowen scored both of SDSU's goals, one off a PK and the second off a beautiful pass from Tevenn Roux. Those were the Aztecs' only shots on the game, while Washington had 18.
The Aztecs struck first, scoring in the 38th minute. In his first collegiate action, freshman John Foltyn got behind the Husky backline on the right wing and was tripped from the back inside the box to set up a PK. Blake Bowen converted to give SDSU their first lead of the season.
UW tied the match in the 57th minute when the ball bounced in after being played into a crowded box following a clear out on a free kick.
In the 65th minute, Bowen and Tevenn Roux had a beautiful give-and-go play. Bowen passed to Roux on the left side of the box and then cut to the middle where Roux sent a touch pass. Bowen evaded one defender to the left and then sent the ball across the box and inside the far post.
"We had some wonderful moments and you can our attacking side of the ball start to come out," Hopkins explained.
The Huskies scored the equalizer with 59 seconds left in regulation scoring off a free kick on the right wing that Ryan Sailor headed in.
In extra time, the Aztecs were whistled for a hand ball inside the box. UW's Dylan Teves scored the game-winner in the lower right corner.
STAT OF THE MATCH
The Huskies outshot the Aztecs 18-2.
THE NOTE I
Blake Bowen has scored all three of the Aztecs' goals this season.
THE NOTE II
All three of SDSU's matches have gone to extra time.
QUOTE OF THE MATCH
"No matter what happens, if we truly want to be a family, you are a family in both the good moments and the bad ones." - Head coach Ryan Hopkins
The Aztecs return home next Saturday to host California.