Husky Men's Soccer Blanks UC Davis

Aug. 25, 2006

SEATTLE - If there were ever a clear definition of a 'Strike Force,' the Washington Huskies appear to have discovered it.

With UW's talented combination of junior forwards Ely Allen (Kent, Wash.) and Kevin Forrest (Edmonds, Wash.) combining for four goals and two assists, the Husky men's soccer team overwhelmed visiting UC Davis by a score of 5-0 Saturday in the season opener for both teams at Husky Stadium.

Washington's five goals equaled the most for the program in an opener since 1976 and were the most in a single match for the Huskies since a 5-1 victory over UNLV in the 2003 opener in Portland, Ore. Washington returns to action next weekend against Air Force and Vermont in the Nike Portland Invitational. The Huskies return home Sept. 15 against Northern Illinois in the annual Husky Fever Classic. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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'This was an ideal start for us tonight,' said head coach Dean Wurzberger, who has led UW to victory in four of its last five season-opening matches. 'For our first game out, we could not have asked for a better performance. With our strike force hitting on all cylinders, it shows that if we get going forward with a strong defense in behind we have a chance to have some good success. It was great to see Ely and Kevin get two goals apiece.

'Rylan Hawkins (Shoreline, Wash.) also had a solid performance in goal and he deserved the shutout. He is gaining confidence as a redshirt freshman. This was a great start for us, but the road ahead of us will be much tougher and we just need to play some games in order to continue to improve as a team.'

UC Davis set the tone of the match early, collecting five of its 27 fouls in the first 7:42, before Allen looped an arcing pass into the penalty box and Forrest connected on a spectacular header from 12 yards out for the eventual game winner in the 10th minute .

Washington had a chance to double its score just over 10 minutes later when UC Davis keeper Chares Warne fouled a Husky player on a one-on-one confrontation in the penalty box. Forrest was unable to convert the kick, choosing to hit a hard shot into the left side of the goal within reach of the Aggie keeper.

Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox (Tacoma, Wash.) gave the Huskies their second goal in the 28th minute when he connected on a nearly identical shot as Allen's earlier in the half. Allen sent a high cross into the penalty area and Cox belted the header into the back of the net to five UW a 2-0 lead.

Just 1:13 before the end of the half, UC Davis defender Russ Brown took down UW midfielder Nick Loveless (Kenmore, Wash.) just inside the penalty area with a physical tackle and the Huskies were awarded their second penalty kick of the match. This time, Allen calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to give Washington a 3-0 lead.

Allen added his second goal of the game in the 62nd minute when he converted a breakaway goal after a 40-yard run down the middle of the field. He scooted past the keeper and pushed the ball into the lower right corner of the goal to make the score 4-0.

With the game winding down, Forrest registered his brace with a follow-up off a deflection of Jo Jo Katz' blast from the right side of the goal that bounced off the keeper's hands to the far post. Forrest chipped the ball into the open net in the 90th minute for the game's final score.

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