SEATTLE, Wash.- Michael Harris scored the game’s only goal in the 15th minute Thursday to lead the University of Washington men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Air Force in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at Husky Soccer Stadium in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies (13-4-3) advance to face Creighton on Sunday in Omaha, Neb., while the Falcons’ season came to an end with a 10-9-4 record. (Bracket update)
Air Force, making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997, could not solve the Washington defense or goalie Spencer Richie, who saw just one shot on goal and made the save. The Huskies outshot the Falcons 10-6 in total shots and 4-1 in shots on goal.
Harris took a corner kick from James Moberg and headed in his first goal of the season past Air Force keeper Matt Underwood, who finished the game with three saves.
Senior Kevin Durr led the Falcons with three shots and had their only shot on net in the 23rd minute. He nearly tied the game in the 61st minute, but his shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar square behind Richey and fell back into play.
Washington will travel to Nebraska on Sunday to face the Creighton Blue Jays in the next round of the NCAA tournament. UW head coach Jamie Clark came to Washington after leaving the Jays’ nationally-recognized soccer program.