Bears Spell Double Trouble for Washington in 2-1 Home Victory

Photo: Cal defender Steve Birnbaum attacks the goal against Washington's Brad Keller. The No. 10 Bears, who lead the Pac-10, outshot the Huskies 9-3 in two overtimes of a 2-1 win.
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Cal defender Steve Birnbaum attacks the goal against Washington's Brad Keller. The No. 10 Bears, who lead the Pac-10, outshot the Huskies 9-3 in two overtimes of a 2-1 win.

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After 109 minutes of a thrilling contest against Washington, the No. 10 Cal men's soccer team (11-2-3, 7-1-1 in the Pac-10) snared the win on one great play.

Senior forward Davis Paul's free kick from the right side found the boot of senior co-captain Hector Jimenez in the wall of players. Jimenez turned around, beating the defenders and finishing the shot right behind goalkeeper Spencer Richey for the game-winner.

The 2-1 win in double overtime must have been a little sweeter for the midfielder, who was sidelined with a broken leg during the 2008 tilt with the Huskies (9-5-1, 3-4).

The squad came into the contest after a 2-1 win in double overtime against Oregon State on Friday.

Scot VanBuskirk, Ted Jones and A.J. Soares were all missing from the back line against the Beavers. Despite the absences, substitutes Riley Kovatch and Mike Munoz held their ground in the defense. It was Paul who chipped a ball in over the Beavers' defense to secure the win.

Soares and Jones were both back in the swing of things yesterday, strengthening the defense's effort.

"Washington is a really hard team to play always," Soares said. "We beat them pretty good up there, so we knew they would come out extra hard."

The Huskies kept that defensive front on its toes for the first half of play with 10 shots.

In the backfield, senior captain Taylor Mueller was missing due to a red card in Washington's upset of Stanford on Friday. Even with the loss of Mueller's leadership, a stout defense still managed to foil all of the Bears' seven attempts on goal.

Freshman forward John Crenshaw put away the first goal of the match at 21:55, pouncing on a loose ball at short range on an assist by defender Chris Brundage.

The Huskies carried the lead into the second half, when Cal came out hungry for a goal of their own.

A foul on Jimenez in the top left corner of the Washington penalty box set up the chance the Bears needed.

Senior co-captain Servando Carrasco took the penalty kick, burying the ball in the left upper corner of the net with 12 minutes remaining in the second half to knot the score, 1-1.

With the score remaining the same, the teams went into overtime.

Cal outshot the Huskies in the first extra period, forcing four saves on six shots. Despite the advantage, none found the back of the net.

Coming down to the wire in the second overtime period, it was Jimenez's goal that ended the physical match.

"To be fair to Cal, my hat's off to them," Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. "They pulled a nifty little move on a set play, which is off the practice field. I think that showed their practice organization

"You work for those things and hope at the right minute you pull it off, which is what they did."


Kelly Suckow covers men's soccer. Contact her at [email protected]

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