No. 4 UW Men Travel To No. 17 UCLA, San Diego State
Sept. 27, 2006
Fri., Sept. 29, 2006
#4/4 Washington (8-0-0, 1-0-0 Pac-10) at nr/#17 UCLA (4-3-2, 0-1-1 Pac-10)
8 p.m. Drake Stadium Los Angeles, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 1, 2006
#4/4 Washington (8-0-0, 1-0-0 Pac-10) at San Diego State (5-3-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10)
2 p.m. SDSU Sports Deck San Diego, Calif.
rankings according to NSCAA adidas poll/Soccer America poll
Fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer (8-0-0, 1-0-0 Pac-10), the only unbeaten or untied team in the nation, will head out on the road this week to face 17th-ranked and four-time defending Pac-10 champion UCLA and San Diego State. The Huskies will take on the Bruins, Friday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. PT in Los Angeles, before heading further south to face the Aztecs, Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. in San Diego.
An audio broadcast and live scoring for UW's match at UCLA can be found at uclabruins.com. Live scoring for UW's contest at San Diego State can be accessed at goaztecs.com
In the Rankings:
UW remained at No. 4 in the NSCAA/adidas poll for the third-straight week, its highest national ranking since 2004 when the team was also ranked fourth. In the other polls, the Huskies are also ranked fourth according to Soccer America and Soccer Times, and sixth by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
The Huskies' 8-0-0 unbeaten and untied streak to open the season is the longest in program history. UW opened 1998 7-0-0 and 1987 6-0-0. However, Washington's longest unbeaten streak to open a season (ties included) is 12 matches. UW opened the 1984 season 11-0-1 and the 1973 season, 10-0-2.
Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies continue to rank among the nation's best, both offensively and defensively. Through eight games, Washington is tied for fifth in the nation in scoring offense (24 goals/3.0 ppg) and ninth in team goals against average (0.50). Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest ranks third in the country in goals per game (10 goals/1.25 per game) and fourth in points per game (21/2.63). Junior forward Ely Allen is tied for 13th in points per game (2.0) and is tied for 14th in goals per game (0.83). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz is tied for sixth nationally in assists (6/0.75 apg), while fellow midfielder Raphael Cox is tied for 13th in assists as well (5/0.63). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins is fifth with a 0.40 goals against average.
The four-time defending Pac-10 Champion Bruins will be the first ranked opponent the Huskies have played this season. UCLA is ranked 17th according to this week's Soccer America poll. The Bruins have been hit hard by the injury bug, losing sophomore forward and leading scorer Maxwell Griffin for the season after he suffered a torn ACL in last Friday's match with Cal. Sidelined for six-eight weeks will be starting midfielder Tony Beltran who went down with an ankle injury in the same match. Undoubtedly hurt by the injuries, UCLA fell to Cal in its conference opener, 3-1, and battled to a 1-1 overtime draw with Stanford last Sunday. UCLA has taken on four Top-10 opponents this season including then-No. 1 Maryland and then-No. 4 Virginia.
All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington trails the all-time series with UCLA 9-15-1 and has lost the last three-straight to the Bruins. Last season, UW fell in a pair of 1-0 decisions both in Los Angeles and Seattle. The battles between these two teams have been tight, with the last nine meetings dating back to 2001 being decided by just one goal. UW's last win versus UCLA was Oct. 3, 2004 in Los Angeles (1-0). In fact, the Huskies' last two wins in the series (2004 and 2002) have been on the Bruins' home pitch.
Scouting San Diego State:
The Aztecs have a 5-3-1 overall record and split their conference openers last weekend. SDSU pulled a 2-0 upset over then-No. 16 California in Berkeley, after dropping a close 2-1 decision to Stanford. Senior goalkeeper Tally Hall is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week after tying his career high with 11 saves in the Aztecs' shutout win over Cal. It was Hall's third shutout of the season, tying him with UW keeper Rylan Hawkins for tops in the conference. SDSU leads the Pac-10 in shots with 149. SDSU, which will face Oregon State on Friday before Sunday's match with UW, is unbeaten at home (4-0-1). The Aztecs are in their second season as a member of the Pac-10.
All-Time Series With San Diego State:
Washington is 3-3-2 overall versus San Diego State. These teams battled to a pair of scoreless draws last season, both in San Diego and in Seattle. The last time UW defeated SDSU was a 3-0 victory in 2000 on a neutral pitch. UW's other wins versus SDSU came in 1990 (2-1 OT) and 1983 (2-0).
Huskies Open Pac-10 Slate With Win Over Oregon State:
Fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer extended its unbeaten streak to eight matches as the Huskies took care of Oregon State, 3-1, in both teams' Pac-10 opener in front of 1,275 fans at Husky Soccer Field, Sept. 24. The Huskies' high-flying offense scored three goals in a 14-minute span during the first half. Junior forwards Ely Allen and Kevin Forrest knocked in goals in the 21st and 24th minutes, while senior defender Matt Fischer scored on a header off a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox in the 35th minute. OSU answered with a goal by Robbie Findley in the 39th minute, the first goal allowed at home by Washington all year. The match was a physical affair, with seven cards handed out including a red card to OSU's Daniel Leach in the 39th minute. The Beavers played the rest of match a man down after Leach was ejected for a foul on Allen that took the Husky forward out of the game. Despite playing with 10 players, the Beavers did have some scoring opportunities to get back in the match in the second half. In the 67th minute, OSU's Bryan Jordan knocked a shot across the goal and just past the far post, while UW redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made a diving save on a shot by Josh Cameron in the 73rd minute. Hawkins tallied four saves while OSU goalkeeper Packy Deenihan grabbed six.
Forrest, Allen Tandem Lead Scoring Barrage:
Junior forwards Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen have combined to create a lethal scoring attack for the Huskies this season. Forrest, who redshirted last season due to injury, has tallied 10 goals through eight matches, already eclipsing his career-high of nine set as a sophomore. Forrest has three games with two or more goals, including a hat trick versus Air Force (Sept. 1). He also has five gamewinning goals, tops in the conference. Allen has scored six goals in six matches that included a pair of two-goal performances. Allen himself has set a new career-high, surpassing his total of four goals last season.
Fischer Gets Into Scoring Act:
Senior central defender Matt Fischer has not only played a huge role in the Huskies' stellar defensive success, he has become a scoring threat as well. After having never scored or tallied an assist during his first three years on the team, Fischer already has three goals and one assist to his credit this season. Two of his three goals have come on headers off corner kicks.
Two freshmen have been making solid contributions to the Huskies' success thus far. Defender Taylor Hoss has played in all eight matches and started seven, providing a solid presence at the left fullback position and contributing to a UW backline that has allowed just four goals in eight games. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has put up impressive numbers early. Hawkins' 0.40 goals against average ranks fifth in the nation and first in the Pac-10. He also leads the conference in shutouts (three).
UW Leading the Conference:
After five weeks of play, the Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league in five of six offensive categories: points (8.62/game), goals (24), goals per game (3.0), assists (21), and assists per game (2.62). UW also leads in goals allowed (four), and goals against average (0.50) and shutouts (four). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (62), shots per game (7.75), points (21), points per game (2.62), goals (10), goals per game (1.25) gamewinning goals (five). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz leads the league in assists (six) and assists per game (0.75), while sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox ranks second in assists (five) and assists per game (0.62). Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins leads the Pac-10 with a 0.40 goals against average and three shutouts.
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 is in 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. His record at Washington seasons stands at a stellar 182-76-27 (.685).
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.
The Huskies return home to host Stanford (Oct. 6, 7 p.m.) and California (Oct. 8, 1 p.m.).
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