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Pilots Drop Hard-Fought Match at No. 22 Washington

Sept. 18, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. --- The 22nd-ranked Washington Huskies topped the Portland Pilots 1-0 in a non-conference men's soccer game Tuesday night at Husky Soccer Stadium. The game was physical as the Pilots (2-2-1) were whistled for 29 fouls and three yellow cards.

16 fouls were called on UW (4-1-1), which was also issued one yellow card.

After playing 50 minutes of scoreless soccer, UW's Raphael Cox cracked what proved to be the game-winner. On a Washington free kick about a foot outside the 18-yard box, Cox tapped a pass to Kevin Forrest, who tapped it right back to Cox. Cox then ripped a shot around the UP wall of defenders and into the top left corner of the net.

Portland responded by increasing the pressure on the UW frame, but the Pilots were unable to find the back of the net. In the 58th minute, freshman Frankie Lopez sent a beautiful, bending cross into the box, but freshman Ryan Luke's header was right of the goal.

Six minutes later, Lopez again sent a nice ball into the box, but this time the header from senior Eric Fredback was high.

UW goalkeeper Stephen Fung made two saves to record his second shutout this season.

Portland freshman keeper Austin Guerrero made four saves, including a spectacular acrobatic save on a UW shot in the 86th minute to keep the Pilots within one goal.

Junior Bryan Irwin had the game's first quality look in the 11th minute. Irwin had possession just inside the box when Fung came out to challenge. Irwin sent a chip shot over Fung towards an empty net, but a Washington defender was able to clear the ball about a yard in front of the goal mouth, preserving the scoreless game.

Washington had a handful of quality possessions in Portland's half of the field during the first stanza, but the Huskies never seriously threatened the UP goal as the teams entered the locker room tied at 0-0.

Washington held a slight edge in shots on the night, 7-6, and claimed a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Portland returns to Seattle next weekend for the 2007 Husky Fever Classic. The Pilots will face Furman at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Denver at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.