Sept. 18, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - There was a huge upset in men's soccer Saturday night and the Washington Huskies (3-1-1) were on the favorable end in that game. UW went down to No. 15 Portland's Merlo Field and came out with a dominating 4-1 victory handing the Pilots (2-1-2) their first loss of the season.
Portland won the meeting last year, 2-1, in Seattle and had won the last two meetings entering tonight's contest. The Huskies last beat the Pilots, 1-0, in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. But, that all changed Saturday night.
The last time UW beat a ranked team was on Nov. 6, 2009 with a 2-0 victory over No. 25 San Diego State. It was also the first time the Huskies have scored four goals in a single game since a 4-0 victory over Furman on Sept. 7, 2008.
"It was a magnificent performance," said head coach Dean Wurzberger. "We did the Husky Nation proud tonight."
Junior Brent Richards (Camas, Wash.) scored the first goal of the game, his third of the season, in the 34th minute. He netted the ball in the lower right corner off of a keeper deflection 18 yards out. Senior Matt Van Houten (Portland, Ore.) earned the assist, his second of the season which is a team-high.
Just three minutes later, freshman Zach Portillos (Aurora, Colo.) scored his first career goal. The goal was unassisted as he beat four defenders and sent a bullet to the upper right corner.
Washington took a 2-0 lead into halftime
Portland rallied late and got to within one goal as Ryan Luke scored in the 84th minute on an assist by Steven Evans from 18 yards out.
However, just over a minute later, senior Daniel Gray (Tacoma, Wash.) scored his third goal of the season to give the Dawgs some breathing room. His shot hit the left post from 20 yards out. The assist was credited to Richards, his first of the year.
Just as the first two goals for the Huskies were three minutes apart, so were the final two. In the 88th minute, freshman Taylor Peay sealed the game for UW as he broke away and chipped the final goal in over the keeper. It was the first career goal for the defender from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Senior Stephen Fung (Honolulu, Hawai'i) earned his third-straight start in goal and picked up the win to improve to 2-0-1. He made eight saves in the game, three in the first half and five in the second.
Austin Guerrero was the goalie for Portland, making 10 saves.
"When any team plays in Portland you have to be the aggressor," Wurzberger added. "They don't usually lose games at home. The performances from the keeper and all the way through were great. Brent (Richards) and Matt (Van Houten) are starting to be a dangerous tandem and had Portland worried all night. The quality of finishes was incredible. Everyone contributed. They worked hard and deserved this win. We are coming together and it's a huge step forward for this team."
Portland outshot UW 22-21 but the Huskies fired 14 of those shots on goal, compared to just nine for the Pilots.
After playing the first three weekends on the road, the Huskies will make their home opener on Wednesday at 5 p.m. vs. Gonzaga.