Huskies Head to Portland for Nike Portland Invitational; Take on Air Force and Vermont

Aug. 29, 2006

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This Week: Washington men's soccer (1-0) hits the road for the Nike Portland Invitational this weekend, fresh off a 5-0 season-opening blanking of UC Davis. The Huskies face Air Force on Fri., Sept. 1 at 4:30 p.m. PT at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore, followed by a Sun., Sept. 3 matchup with Vermont at 12 p.m. PT.

UC Davis Recap: With UW's talented combination of junior forwards Ely Allen and Kevin Forrest combining for four goals and an assist, 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 outshot the Aggies by a comfortable 18-9 margin in the match, while goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins was rarely tested with only one save to UC Davis' five. Three Aggie players were issued yellow cards in the match, all in the first 45 minutes of play.

Allen Garners Pac-10 Player of the Week Honors: Husky junior Ely Allen was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week following his two-goal performance against UC Davis. The Kent, Wash., native led the Huskies in 2005 with four goals and three assists on 45 shots.

Scouting Air Force: Air Force played two scoreless overtime periods Friday night as they battled to a 1-1 draw with Army in front of a regular-season Cadet Soccer Stadium record of 3,206 fans. It was the season-opening game for both teams. Freshman Josh Rhynard scored the first goal of his career for the Falcons in the ninth minute, taking a pass from fellow frosh Steve Noller and firing a rocket from the top of the box. Air Force had two outstanding scoring chances as Noller chipped a shot that hit the crossbar in the 40th minute, and senior Duncan McNabb also hit the crossbar with a shot in the fifth minute of the second overtime stanza. The game was fairly even statistically, as Air Force attempted 15 total shots, compared to 13 for Army, and each team had four shots on goal. Guyette and Gallogly each made three saves.

Scouting Vermont: For the third straight season the Vermont men's soccer team captured the Nike Fall Soccer Classic title. UVM and New Hampshire each had 1-0-1 records but on the basis of a better goal differential, the Catamounts earned the championship. Catamounts goalkeeper Roger Scully was named the classic's Most Valuable Player. Sunday's 0-0 tie with Cal Poly coupled with a 3-1 win Friday over Saint Peter's gave Vermont a plus-two goal differential compared to plus-one for UNH. The Wildcats topped Cal Poly, 3-2, Friday and had a 1-1 draw with Saint Peter's in Sunday's nightcap.In the Rankings: Washington was tabbed 25th in the NSCAA Preseason poll, and received votes in the Soccer Times and College Soccer News Poll.

Huskies Tabbed To Finish Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll: The Washington men's soccer team was projected to finish third in the 2006 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll. The four-time defending conference champion UCLA Bruins were tabbed to repeat their title, followed by California and Washington. UCLA received five first-place votes while the Huskies earned one. San Diego State was picked to finish fourth, with Oregon State and Stanford predicted to round out the conference in that order.

2005 Season Review: In 2005, UW finished fifth in the conference with a 3-5-2 record, but culminated the season with the third most wins overall at 10-7-2 and fourth highest overall winning percentage (.579). The Huskies started hot, recording a 6-1 record, but lost three of their last four games and failed to qualify for postseason play for the first time in three years. Senior Mike Chabala earned NSCAA and Soccer Times third-team All-America honors, while also landing on the NSCAA All-Far West Region first team. Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander was named an ESPN The Magazine third team All-American, and also made the Pac-10 All-Academic first team. Junior Ty Harden and senior Jeff Hoover made the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. Harden was the only Husky on the All-Pac-10 first team, while Ely Allen and Mike Chabala were honored on the second team. Evan Cummings, Eylander, Brett Hite, Hoover and Leo Totev garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger: Husky coach Dean Wurzberger enters his 15th year at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program. The 2004 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year and the all-time winningest coach in program history, Wurzberger has spent over a decade building the Husky program into one of the nation's finest, fielding teams that annually compete for conference and national championships. Under his tutelage, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament nine times in the last 11 years, including a school-record Sweet 16 trip in 2003. UW was one of only seven schools in the country to make seven straight NCAA trips from 1995-2001. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, on the heels of two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. His record in 14 seasons stands at a stellar 174-76-27 (.677). His consistency is amazing, as his teams average more than 12 wins a year against just more than five losses and two ties per season. In 2004, Wurzberger - the longest tenured Pac-10 head coach - was named Co-Pac-10 Coach of the Year for guiding UW to a second-place tie in the conference standings. His 2000 squad tore through the initial season of Pac-10 play, posting an undefeated record on the road, recording upsets at perennial powers Stanford and UCLA. In 1996 and 1998, he was named the NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year, and he was the MPSF Mountain Division Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1999. He also was MPSF Coach of the Year in 1998. His MPSF record of 43-6-6 (.836) was the best in the Mountain Division since its inception in 1992.

Ticket Information: Tickets for all Husky home matches are on sale now either online at gohuskies.com or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Tickets may also be purchased at the field on game day. Individual tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors and $2 for groups of 15 or more purchased in advance. A general admission season pass is also available that provides admission throughout the year to volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, softball and non-conference women's basketball games. Prices for the season pass are $35 for adults, $25 for children and $75 for a family of four.

Up Next: The Huskies continue their four-game road trip in Milwaukee, Wis. for the Wisconsin Soccer Invitational, facing Wisconsin on Fri., Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m., and UW-Milwaukee on Sun., Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.

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