Oct. 4, 2004
This weekend the Maestro of Montlake conducted yet another brilliant symphony as he continued to fine tune the opus that is the Washington Huskies. Our trip to California was by no means a performative masterpiece. At times our harmony was a bit off and we werenıt quite in the same key- thatıs fine. Two road trip wins sounds pretty good to me at this point no matter how picky you are. But enough of the musical conceit, Milton himself would be tearing up at the prose. Let us continue forth on the obscure and troubled path of my journal.
Because UCLA played OSU Friday night we were forced to pick up an out of conference game to balance our schedules. The choice of opponent was easy. Last weekend UC Riverside had left Seattle as tournament champs, taking with them not only the hardware but also a little bit of Husky swagger. As famous gunslinger Doc Holiday once said of Wyatt Earp, "Itıs not revenge heıs after, itıs the reckoning." The same could be said for your Huskies. Retribution flew down to California on Thursday night wearing business casual.
After eighty five minutes of play the game was still tied at zeros- it shouldnıt have been. The dominant Huskies finally broke the deadlock with four minutes remaining. Ely Allen got the ball on the left flank and someone in the crowd yelled out, "Ely! Do your move!" Sure enough, two touches of the ball and then one of the dirtiest little moves you have ever seen put Ely past a defender who was left with no other choice but to bring down our little (253) G. Chabala then stepped up to the mark with death in his Nikes and ice in his heart to callously put down UC Riverside. It was just their time. One more goal seventeen seconds later by Brett Wiesner made sure that the job had been finished.
After the deed was done we turned our sights toward UCLA. The bruin has long been a member of the protected species list, but apparently Brett Wiesner hasnıt been updated on the dangers of mammalian eradication. His shoot first ask questions laterı approach to life left the four time national champions dazed and disoriented. They quickly recovered though and proceeded to pound the Husky defense for the rest of the game, but the back line of the Huskies held strong. Led by keeper Chris Eylander, the Washington Huskies locked down a one-nil victory. All in all, a good trip.
Memorable quote of the weekend- "When in Rome..."- Ron Burgundy