That's it. @UW_MSoccer's magical season has come to an end. New Mexico advances to the College Cup, wins 1-0.
— UW Men's Soccer (@UW_MSoccer) December 8, 2013
A “magical season” might be the best way to put it.
The University of Washington men’s soccer program had never seen a year like this one. Unfortunately, it came to an end short of a national championship as the second-seeded Huskies fell at home Saturday, 1-0, to No. 7 New Mexico in the NCAA quarterfinals.
It was the farthest UW, this year’s Pac-12 champion, had ever advanced in the tournament.
The Lobos, which finished with a 16-8 advantage in shots, got the lone goal from Ben McKendry in the 37th minute. Washington coach Jamie Clark said in our game story that the sub-freezing conditions and the frozen field were an issue, forcing the team to buy different footwear during the contest and change them out at halftime.
“We’d never played in it before and didn’t realize how much of a difference it would make,” Clark said.
The Dawgs finished the year 16-2-4 in front of 2,240 at Husky Field.
New Mexico (14-5-2) will face No. 3 Notre Dame in the College Cup. No. 5 Maryland and No. 8 Virginia will meet in the other semifinal. The final games will be played Dec. 13 and 15 in Philadelphia.