The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
It was a wild day and night in Seattle as the opening of the Husky Soccer Classic saw fourteen goals in two thrilling 4:3 matches. Seattle University edged the Portland Pilots on Capital Hill in the afternoon and the Brown Bears rallied to drop the Washington Huskies in the evening at Husky Soccer Field.
Brown’s (6-1-0) Ben Maurey scored the game-winner in the 93rd minute of the first overtime period on an assist by Thomas McNamara to shock the Huskies on their home field. McNamara crossed the ball from the left side of the field while Maurey headed it in to the back of the net from the right side of the box.
“It was our best 45 minutes of the year followed by one of the toughest, not the worst but one of the toughest,” head coach Jamie Clark told GoHuskies.com “They (Brown) were very opportunistic and made good of their chances. Credit to them that’s what a team that wins games does. They were better tonight and tougher tonight. I thought we deserved more and now we can’t look back it’s just looking forward. If we win Sunday we will have a streak going. We have gone through our tough streak and now it’s time to get moving forward.” The Dawgs fell to 4-3-1 on the season while Brown improved to 6-1-0.
The Redhawks hosted Portland in the other Husky Classic match. After Seattle University and the University of Portland combined for six goals in the first half, no scoring took place in the second half until Redhawk senior Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.) earned his second goal of the match with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to give Seattle U a 4-3 victory over the Pilots Friday afternoon in men’s soccer action at Championship Field.
“We’re a young team trying to figure out how good we are and if we can play in these games with a program like Portland,” Seattle U head coach Peter Fewing said. “The team battled today, it wasn’t the prettiest of games and it was not the most skillful. At the end of the day, it could have gone either way.”
Washington State opened Pac-12 play on Thursday with a 0:0 draw at UCLA. The Husky Women fell Friday 1:0 at USC. Seattle University’s Women were shut out 3:0 at Portland. The Gonzaga Men beat UC-Irvine 2:1 in Oregon. The Puget Sound Loggers Men are now nationally ranked, while the Loggers Women recently edged George Fox. The Western Washington Vikings Men fell in North Dakota 2:1 to the University of Mary. The Viking Women lost a star player to injury. The Northwest Eagles Women surrendered two own goals in a loss. Eastern Washington fell 1:0 against Weber State. Central Washington’s Women beat Simon Fraser up in BC. In NWAACC action here are the latest results for Men and Women.