No. 7 Men's Soccer Hosts Nike Classic

Sept. 26, 2001

Seattle - No. 7 UW Hosts 13th Annual Nike Husky Classic
Fri., Sept. 28:
No. 19 Air Force vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.
UNLV vs. No. 7 Washington, 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 30: Portland vs. UNLV, 11:00 a.m.
No. 19 Air Force vs. No. 7 Washington, 1:30 p.m.
All games played at Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.

This Week: The No. 7 Washington men's soccer team (4-1-0) returns to action after a seven-day layoff to host the 13th annual Nike Husky Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Sept. 28 and 30. No. 19 Air Force (5-0-0) puts its undefeated record on the line when it hosts Portland (3-3-0) in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 28. Seventh-ranked Washington (4-1-0) follows with an evening game against UNLV (4-2) at 7 p.m. The Pilots and Rebels square off at 11 a.m., Sun., Sept. 30 followed by the Falcons and the Huskies at 1:30 p.m. The tournament champion will be determined by win-loss record, followed by head-to-head competition and goal differential.

Scheduling News: Washington's games versus UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 14) and at Gonzaga (Sept. 16) were postponed following the tragic events of Sept. 11. The UCSB game has been cancelled while plans to reschedule the Gonzaga match are pending.

What's Been Going On: Washington barely caught its breath after a cross country two-win opening weekend in Connecticut when the team traveled three hours south for its second tournament of the season. Fresh off their upset of top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut, the Huskies met an old nemesis when they faced No. 8 Indiana in the first round of the Portland adidas Invitational, Sept. 8. The Hoosiers kept alive their streak against the Huskies, winning 1-0 on a goal in the 64th minute, to improve the all-time series record to 4-0 over UW. The second round had the Huskies facing No. 16 William & Mary. Three first half goals gave the Huskies the edge they needed as they hung on to win, 3-2, over the Tribe. After a 10-day layoff due to cancelled games, Washington finally played its home opener when it hosted cross town rival Seattle University Sept. 20. The Huskies used two first half goals and one for insurance in the second half to down the visitors, 3-1. Freshman Brett Wiesner leads the Huskies with three goals scored in five games this season. Another freshman, C.J. Klaas, is the leader in shots with 16.

Scouting the Husky Classic Field: No. 19 Air Force brings an unblemished record to play this weekend and has given up just two goals all season, both in the most recent game versus Fort Lewis ... three different players have scored a pair of goals each for the Falcons ... Portland enters with a record of 3-3-0, with its most recent game a 1-0 loss at Evansville ... the Pilots are led by the tandem of Kelly Gray and Nate Jacqua, who have taken 13 and 14 shots, respectively, on the season ... AFA and Portland have never met. UNLV is 4-2 on the season and posted a huge upset in its most recent game, knocking off No. 3 Connecticut, 6-1, in Las Vegas ... the Rebels opened the season with three straight wins before dropping two in a row, 3-0 in both, to No. 20 San Diego and Western Kentucky. The series between UNLV and UW is nearly even, with the Huskies holding a slim advantage,3-2-2 in the all-time series.

According to the Coach: 'UNLV is off to a great start. I've a lot of great things aout their team, but haven't seen them play. They've done enough to catch our attention. They have dangerous forwards, a big, tall, physical back line, good goalkeeping. It sounds like this is one of their best teams in years. It will be a strong challenge for us, as will the game against Air Force, who comes in without a loss. It's two teams who look like they are having a great year so far. We're going to have our hands full, but we are delighted to get back to playing two games a weekend. We are looking forward to it. We had two big layoffs, so we're ready to play games. Hopefully it won't take us long to get our legs under us.'

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