Seniors Honored Before Tough Loss To UCLA
Oct. 29, 2012
Ryan Hollingshead scored the game-winner after a nice set of passes from the Bruins that led to a chip from Reed Williams and was tapped into the left corner of the net beyond the reach of a diving Spencer Richey.
Washington, now 11-4-3, 6-1-2 on the season, dropped not only its first conference game of 2012, but its first in the last 10 matches. UCLA inched closer, just two points behind the Huskies in the Pac-12 standings with an 11-2-2, 6-1-0 mark. The Pac-12 title is still up for grabs as UCLA has three matches left and the UW has one at Oregon State after a bye this weekend.
"We forgot what it's like to lose," said head coach Jamie Clark. "It's tough. Our game got better as the game went on but they got the lead and hung on and got a victory out of it. Good teams do that. We have done that. We couldn't quite get that goal to force overtime. I'm proud of the effort. I think we should take a lot of belief out of this game that we can run toe-to-toe with a team like that and make a deep NCAA Tournament run."
UCLA controlled the beginning of the game and kept the UW out of the box. While the Bruins didn't have many dangerous chances themselves, minus the goal, they didn't let the Huskies get them either. The two shots the Huskies had in the first half were from great distance and off target.
By the end of the first half the Huskies put more pressure up front and got into their style of play which they carried over in to the second half.
With two quick corners in the second half the UW put up eight shots in the final 45 minutes and outshot the Bruins 10-6 in the game.
The UW earned several free kicks and seven corners in the final half but just missed on connecting with the ball and putting it in the back of the net to even the score. Freshman Michael Gallagher, juniors Taylor Peay and Michael Harris and senior Dylan Tucker-Gangnes each had shots that just missed high or wide off of those set pieces.
Senior Abdul Aman perhaps took the best shot on goal with just over nine minutes left in the match. He made a nice run down the left side of the field, shot to the far post but just missed wide.
It was the final regular season home match for eight Husky seniors. Aman, Quinton Beasley, Chris Brundage, Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, Patrick Pacheco, Nate Sackeyfio and Tucker-Gangnes were all honored in a special ceremony prior to the match.