Men's Soccer Drops First Game of the Season
September 27, 1998
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington men's soccer team put together a late offensive surge against Wake Forest in the final game of the NIKE Husky Classic but could not overcome an early 2-0 deficit and dropped its first game of the season, 2-1. The Huskies fall to 7-1 on the season, while Wake Forest improves to 5-2-1.
Portland, 2-0 over the weekend, took home the team trophy. The Pilots also had the tournament's offensive MVP in Chris Brown, who scored three goals and had one assist in the two games, and keeper Brian Casola earned co-defensive MVP honors along with Husky Craig Waibel. WFU was team runner-up, while Washington and Wisconsin finished third and fourth, respectively.
Wake Forest jumped out to a 2-0 lead by midway through the first half. Serge Daniv attacked the net, forcing UW keeper Peter Van de Ven to charge the ball. Seale then dished off to an open Jamal Seale, who punched it in at 14:06. Less than 11 minutes later, Chris Lonteen headed in a corner from Kyle Bachmeier at 24:54 to put UW in an early hole.
The Huskies responded with less than six minutes remaining in the first half when senior defender Craig Waibel blasted in a deep shot off a cross from junior Wes Hart. It was Waibel's first open-field score and second goal of his career, the first coming on Friday off a penalty kick. Hart maintained his streak of registering at least one assist per game this season. Despite several late-game attacks, however, Washington could not even the score.
"I thought we played well today, but we were playing against a team that played sky high against us," UW coach Dean Wurzberger said. "That effort was not present on Friday when they lost to Portland, but we knew that would happen. They had an incredible effort and got two goals early, which put us on our heels. We could not recover. My hat is off to their effort."
In the first game, Portland and Wisconsin played 86 scoreless minutes before both teams contributed to three goals in less than two minutes. Wisconsin broke the drought at 86:11, when Valentine Anozie put back a Abraham Bull rebound. But just 37 seconds later, UP's Ryan LeProwse headed in a cross from Brandon McNeil to even the score. Brown then sealed the game for the Pilots at 87:17 with a breakaway goal.
NIKE Husky Classic
Portland 2, Wisconsin 1
Wake Forest 2, Washington 1
Scoring--1, WFU, Jamale Seale (Serge Daniv), 14:06; 2, WFU, Chris Lonteen (Kyle Bachmeier), 24:54, 3, Wash, Craig Waibel (Wes Hart), 39:25. Shots--Wash 11, WFU 6. Saves--WFU 4, Wash 1. Corner Kicks--Wash 6, WFU 2. Fouls--Wash 19, WFU 16. Attendance--1,302.