The third-ranked Washington Huskies nearly saw their 13-game unbeaten streak come to an end, then nearly pulled out an overtime victory before settling for a 2-2 tie against the fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins on Monday night at Husky Soccer Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 in the 87th minute, a Michael Harris flip-throw throw-in deflected off a Bruin and found the back of the net, tying the match at 2-2 and sending the game into overtime.
The Huskies nearly won the game in the opening overtime period. James Moberg sent in a hard low shot that Bruin keeper Earl Edwards Jr. saved, leaving a juicy rebound in the middle of the six-yard box that Washington’s Mason Robertson sent off the top of the crossbar.
The Bruins managed to hang on during the remainder of the overtime periods, escaping Seattle with a hard fought draw.
Washington opened the scoring in the 29th minute when an Andy Thoma cross deflected off a Bruin defender and found the back of the net.
The game remained 1-0 until the 50th minute, when the Bruins used a counter attack to get a quick cross that was flicked into the right corner by Victor Chavez. UCLA added a second goal just a minute later, putting the Bruins ahead 2-1.
But the Huskies battled back, controlling the play and getting several good scoring opportunities. It appeared that Washington wouldn’t find an equalizer, but the Huskies were finally rewarded for their hard work with the own goal.
“It was a tournament type game, a great game,” Huskies head coach Jamie Clark said. “We were unfortunate not to win it, but fortunate to tie it.”
The Huskies outshot UCLA 22-12, including 7-2 in the overtime periods. Ryan Herman made a save in goal for the Huskies, as the Dawgs improved to 10-0-4 and 3-0-2 in the Pac-12. The Huskies play at San Diego State on Friday.