Huskies Head to Wisconsin Soccer Invitational

Sept. 5, 2006

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This Week: No. 6/16 Washington men's soccer (3-0) continues its road trip at the Wisconsin Soccer Invitational in Madison, Wisc., facing Wisconsin on Fri., Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and UW-Milwaukee on Sun., Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. The Huskies are fresh off a Nike Portland Invitational championship, which saw Kevin Forrest receive Offensive Player of the Tournament honors after scoring three goals against Air Force. Washington has not logged a 3-0 start since 1998, a season that saw the Huskies win the Pac-10 Championship.

Forrest Named Pac-10 Player of the Week: Junior forward Kevin Forrest was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week following his hat trick against Air Force over the weekend. The Edmonds, Wash. native also netted two goals against UC Davis, bringing his season total in just three games to five goals. Washington has garnered Player of the Week honors for two consecutive weeks, as junior forward Ely Allen was honored on Aug. 29.

Air Force Recap: UW defeated the Air Force Falcons (0-1-1) in the first round of the Nike Portland Invitational, blazing to a 4-1 win. Junior Kevin Forrest logged three goals on the night, bringing his season total in just two games to five goals. Washington outshot the Falcons by a comfortable 18-5 margin, while UW goalkeeper Cameron Copps-Tilley was rarely tested with one save to Air Force's seven. Senior Matt Fischer logged his first career goal to open the game's scoring, punching the ball in off a perfect feed from sophomore Raphael Cox in the 30th minute of the game. Air Force came back to score off a corner kick less than eight minutes later, marking the first goal UW has surrendered this season. Forrest started his scoring tear at 44:13, knocking the ball into the right corner of the net from 10 yards out. His second goal came just 10 minutes later on a four-yard deflection into the right corner, thanks to assists from George John and Bobbak Talebi. A free kick from 25 yards marked Forrest's third goal of the match. Junior forward Ely Allen, who netted two of the UW's five goals last weekend vs. UC Davis, sat out tonight due to a groin injury.

Vermont Recap: UW blanked Vermont, 1-0, in a hard-fought battle to win the Nike Portland Invitational. Senior defender Ty Harden logged his first career goal in the win, notching a slider from four-yards out into the net from sophomore George John and senior Matt Fischer during the 76th minute of the game. After scoring a combined nine goals in their last two games, Washington was held to just one goal on 12 shots during the game. Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins registered his second shutout of the season, and was relatively untested thanks to stiff defense from the Huskies. He registered no saves on the day to Vermont's five.

Scouting Wisconsin: Crowned the UW-Milwaukee Panther Invitational champions over the weekend, the Badgers are coming off three consecutive wins, including a 7-0 drubbing of Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. Sophomore forward Victor Diaz and senior goalkeeper Jake Settle were named the Big Ten Players of the Week. Diaz tallied his first career hat trick against IPFW. Settle shutout both Lipscomb and IPFW, tallying six saves over the weekend. He has posted three consecutive shutouts.

All-time Series With the Badgers: The Huskies are 3-0 against the other UW, last defeating Wisconsin on Sept. 23, 2005, when Washington won 2-1 in overtime at Husky Soccer Field.

Scouting UW-Milwaukee: The Panthers posted back-to-back shutouts over the weekend, bringing their record back to .500 (2-2). Sophomore goalkeeper Grant Fernstrum was named the Horizon League Player of the Week, and was named to the Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording seven saves in victories over IPFW (3-0) and Lipscomb (4-0). Senior Billy Meier and junior Martin Gastro joined Fernstrum on the All-Tournament Team.

All-Time Series With The Panthers: This weekend marks the first meeting for the two teams.

Dawg Bites: UW has outscored its opponents 10-1 on the season ... Senior Matt Fischer logged his first career goal vs. Air Force ... Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has not allowed a goal during his two career games.

In the Rankings: Thanks to a strong 3-0 start, Washington was tabbed 6th in the NSCAA poll and 16th in the Soccer America Poll. The Huskies were also ranked 26th in the College Soccer News rankings.

UW Leading the Conference: After two weeks of play, the Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league in five of six offensive categories: points (9.67/game), goals (10), goals per game (3.33), assists (9), assists per game (3.00). UW also leads in goals allowed (1), goals against average (0.33) and shutouts (2). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (18), shots per game (6.00), points (10), points per game (3.33), goals (5) and goals per game (1.67). Bobbak Talebi and George John are tied for the lead with 0.67 assists per game. Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins leads the Pac-10 with a 1.000 save percentage and a 0.00 goals against average.

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 come home for the 18th annual Husky Fever Classic, which includes Marshall, Northern Illinois and Portland. UW faces Northern Illinois on Fri., Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field, and then will wrap-up the weekend with a 1:30 p.m. matchup with Marshall on Sun., Sept. 17.

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