Sept. 6, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 12th-ranked Washington men's soccer team picked up its first win of the season in its home opener, edging 24th-ranked Santa Clara 2-1 in front of 1,054 fans at the Husky Soccer Field Friday evening. The Huskies improved their overall record to 1-0-2, while the Broncos fell to 1-1-0.
The Huskies got on the board first in the opening half of play, when junior Patrick Tanner netted his second goal of the season, a header off a cross from freshman Mike Chabala in the 39th minute of play.
Santa Clara evened the score early in the second half, when a Husky foul in the box gave the Broncos a penalty kick. Burke Ewers capitalized on the opportunity, firing the ball past junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman.
Just 27 seconds after entering the game in the second half, Washington sophomore Brett Wiesner and senior Dayo Oyetuga teamed up to score the game-winner to break a 1-1 tie. Oyetuga served Wiesner the pass, whose 18-yard blast trickled under the hands of Bronco goalkeeper Steve Cronin at the 60-minute mark.
Santa Clara outshot Washington 19-10 but were unable to score the tying goal in the last 30 minutes of the match.
"Santa Clara is a highly respected team with many quality players and it's a great start for us to get going with a win," Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. "It's a confidence builder, getting that first win of the season in our home opener."
Santa Clara returns home to face Alabama A&M on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. Tickets to that match and all Santa Clara home games are available online or by calling the athletic ticket office at 408/554-4660.
(#12) Washington 2, (#24) Santa Clara 1
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Scoring--1, UW, Patrick Tanner (Mike Chabala), 39:14. 2, SC, Burke Ewers (penalty kick), 52:59. 3, UW, Brett Wiesner (Dayo Oyetuga), 60:12.
Shots - SC 19, UW 10.
Saves - SC 2 (Steve Cronin), UW 3 (Daniel Waltman).
Corner Kicks - SC 3.
Fouls - SC 14, UW 16.
Offsides - SC 1.
Attendance - 1,054.