Men's Soccer Upsets No. 8 Rutgers
Sept. 6, 1998
PORTLAND, Ore.--After 81 scoreless minutes against eighth-ranked Rutgers, the Washington men's soccer team found a seam and downed the Scarlet Knights, 2-0, to win the Adidas Invitational at the University of Portland.
It was UW's fourth time to win the tournament, and the Huskies swept the MVP awards. Senior Craig Waibel was named the tournaments most valuable defensive player, while junior Wes Hart was the offensive MVP.
The Huskies finally broke the scoring drought at 81:10. Great team passing put the ball in the middle of the box, but a take-down by Rutgers led to confusion about whether a penalty kick would be called. Junior Wes Hart, however, wound up with the ball 12 feet in front of the goal. With a man on, Hart pushed the ball left to senior forward Viet Nguyen, who knocked the ball into the upper right corner of the goal over the keeper.
The second goal came just over four minutes later. Senior Matt Annis scored his fourth goal of the season at 85:24 off a rebound from a save, with an assist credited to junior Rees Bettinger.
Senior goalkeeper Peter Van de Ven notched his second straight shutout with three saves, all in the first half. UW outshot Rutgers 14-6 and had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington will host the MPSF-WCC Challenge next Friday and Sunday at Husky Soccer Field.
Washington 2, Rutgers 0
Scoring--1, UW, Viet Nguyen (Wes Hart), 81:10.
Shots--UW 14, RU 6. Saves--RU 7, UW 3.
Corner Kicks--UW 3, RU 2.
Fouls--UW 11, RU 9.