Men's College Cup
Ritchie’s headed goal in 142nd minute powers Washington past UAB in first-round match.
SEATTLE (Friday, November 17, 2000) -- Junior defender Bryn Ritchie scored during the fourth and final sudden-death overtime, lifting No. 13 Washington to a 1-0 triumph over 17th-ranked Alabama-Birmingham tonight in an NCAA tournament first-round match before 1,231 fans in sub-freezing weather at Husky Soccer Field.
The Pacific-10 Conference champion Huskies (14-5), who held a 34-16 shots advantage, advanced to the second round and will meet the winner of Saturday's game which has Indiana at San Jose State. Washington is making its sixth consecutive tournament appearance. Despite a heroic effort by goalkeeper David Clemente, who made 12 saves, UAB (14-5-2) exited the field after advancing to the quarterfinals in 1999.
Ritchie scored in the 142nd minute, eight minutes before play would have ceased and the game would have been decided by a penalty-kicks tiebreaker. Mark Hogenhout set up the goal with a corner kick from the right side. Ritchie ran on to it at the near post and headed the ball just inside the right side of the goal at 141:57 for his sixth tally of the season.
"Mark put a corner on my head earlier in the game and I felt like I should have done better with it," Ritchie explained. "We talked during one of the breaks and felt confident that the next one we had we'd be able to stick it in. The last two or three corners that we had, I felt like they were paying less attention to me and Mark just played a perfect ball and I had a little bit of space in there and got a goal."
Sophomore goalkeeper Chad Olsen saved six shots en route to his sixth shutout for the Huskies.
"Sometimes these first round games can be the most difficult in the whole run," Washington coach Dean Wurzberger said. "You get by that first one and you can move on. It's a big step for us to get by this one because the 0-0 could have gone either way."
The temperature was in the mid-30s at the start of the three-hour, 18-minute game, but it dropped well below 30 by the end.
"I think it affected how both teams played. It made it harder for both teams to play the way they liked to," UAB coach Mike Getman said. "Once we got started, though, it started to heat up and it just became a matter of two good teams playing well. This was two very good teams playing a very good soccer game."