Huskies Open Second Half of Pac-10 Play In Bay Area
Oct. 11, 2006
Fri., Oct. 13, 2006
Washington (8-4-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) at Stanford (5-4-3, 3-0-1 Pac-10)
5 p.m. Maloney Field Palo Alto, Calif.
Live TV - Fox Soccer Channel (Comcast Channel 401 in Seattle)
Sun., Oct. 15, 2006
Washington (8-4-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) at #19/24 California (8-3-1, 3-1-0 Pac-10)
2:30 p.m. Edwards Stadium Berkeley, Calif.
rankings according to NSCAA adidas poll/Soccer America poll
Washington men's soccer (8-4-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) begins the second half of Pac-10 play this week, traveling to the Bay Area to face Stanford (5-4-3, 3-0-1) and No. 19 California (8-3-1, 3-1-0 Pac-10). The Huskies will face the Cardinal, Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in Palo Alto, a match that will be televised live to a national audience on the Fox Soccer Channel. UW will then take on the Golden Bears Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Berkeley. Both games will be rematches from last week, as UW lost to both teams 2-0 at Husky Soccer Field this past weekend. UW will look to put an end to its four-game losing streak and three-game scoreless drought.
Live TV Coverage:
Washington's match at Stanford on Friday will be televised live to a national audience on the Fox Soccer Channel (Comcast Channel 401 for local digital subscribers). Sean Wheelock and Keith Tabatznik will call all the action from Maloney Field.
In the Rankings:
UW fell from both the NSCAA/adidas and the Soccer America polls this week. The Huskies are still ranked by Soccer Times (24th) and College Soccer News (25th). The Huskies were ranked as high as fourth for three weeks in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
Washington opened the season with an eight-game winning streak, but has lost its last four straight matches, including back-to-back 2-0 decisions at home to Stanford and Cal last weekend. UW's 8-0-0 start was its longest unbeaten and untied streak to open a season in program history.
After outscoring opponents 25-6 through their first nine games, the Huskies have been held scoreless the last three contests.
The Huskies were the last standing unbeaten or untied team in NCAA Division I men's soccer before falling to UCLA in double-overtime, Sept. 29.
UW's four-game losing streak is its longest since dropping its final four games of the 2004 season.
Despite the team's recent scoring drought, UW ranks 21st in the nation in scoring offense with 25 goals and 2.08 goals per game. The Huskies expect to have leading scorer Kevin Forrest back this weekend. Forrest, a junior forward, has missed the last two matches with a knee injury. He is tied for fifth in the nation in goals per game (1.0) and is ninth in points per game (2.10). His 10 goals this season are the most scored by a Husky since 1998 (when Matt Annis scored 12). Forrest leads the Pac-10 in shots (68), points (21), goals (10) and gamewinning goals (five).
The Huskies' 8-0-0 start included three tournament title wins: Nike Portland Invitational, Middleton Fitness and Cycle Invitational and the Husky Fever Classic.
Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies have ranked among the nation's best this season. Through 12 games, Washington is tied for 21st in the nation in scoring offense (25 goals/2.08 ppg). Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest is tied for fifth in the country in goals per game (10 goals/1.00 per game) and ninth in points per game (21/2.10). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz is tied for 20th nationally in assists (6/0.60 apg).
Stanford is the only unbeaten team in the Pac-10, leading the league with a 3-0-1 record. After starting the season with just one win in five games, the Cardinal is unbeaten in six of its last seven. One of those wins came last weekend over Washington, Stanford's first win over the Huskies since 2002. Senior midfielder/defender Galen Thompson is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, after leading the Cardinal to a road sweep last weekend. Galen knocked in two goals and added two assists in wins over UW and Oregon State. Freshman goalkeeper John Moore, who grabbed nine saves versus the Huskies last week, ranks 24th in the nation in goals against average (0.741) and is tied for 28th in save percentage (0.825).
All-Time Series With Stanford:
The Huskies are 20-14-1 all-time versus Stanford. Until last Friday, UW had a six-game unbeaten streak versus the Cardinal that included a pair of shutout victories last season. The Huskies are 9-7-0 versus Stanford at Maloney Field.
The Golden Bears, which host Oregon State on Friday while the Cardinal and Huskies battle in Palo Alto, have won seven of their last eight games including five shutouts. Cal picked up two more wins last week in the Northwest, defeating OSU 5-0 and UW 2-0. Junior midfielder Andrew Jacobson scored a pair of goals in those matches, the gamewinner versus the Huskies and Cal's third goal versus the Beavers. Cal goalkeeper Justin Myers has established himself as one of the best in the nation. He begins the week ranked sixth in the country in goals against average (0.434) and 13th in save percentage (0.857). The Golden Bears also rank seventh nationally in goals against average (0.57) and are tied for 22nd in shutout percentage (0.50).
All-Time Series With California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California, 20-11-5. The Huskies and Golden Bears have split both meetings of the season series the last two years, and UW will look to do the same after falling to Cal last Sunday. UW picked up a 1-0 win in Berkeley Oct 16 last year, before Cal turned around and defeated UW in Seattle, Oct. 21. The Huskies are 8-6-1 against Cal in Berkeley.
UW Swept By Bay Area Foes:
Despite outshooting both opponents, UW suffered identical 2-0 losses at the hands of Stanford and Cal last week. The Huskies tallied 19 shots against Stanford but failed to find the back of the net. Cardinal keeper John Moore made nine saves, many which were critical in stopping the Huskies' scoring chances. Dan Shapiro and Galen Thompson scored Stanford's goals in the 18th and 52nd minutes. UW fell upon the same fate versus Cal, outshooting the Golden Bears 15-13. Andrew Jacobson and Javier Ayala-Hill scored goals for Cal in the 38th and 64th minutes. UW sophomore midfielder George John led the offensive attack for UW, racking up eight shots on the weekend. Freshman Daniel Phelps started in place of Kevin Forrest who missed both games due to a knee injury.
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 in 10 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 10 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. Allen and Forrest teamed to earn back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors the first two weeks of the season. Forrest is also a two-time selection to the Soccer America Team of the Week this year.
Top Defenders Get Into Scoring Act:
Senior central defenders Matt Fischer and Ty Harden have not only played a huge role in the Huskies' stellar defensive success, they have contributed to the team's offense. The two players have combined to score five goals this season. 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. Harden came into his final season with three goals and has added two more. Harden accounted for a critical goal in UW's double overtime loss at UCLA, Sept. 29. With the Huskies trailing 1-0, Harden knocked in the equalizer in the 89th minute to send the game into overtime. Harden and Fischer have been the backbone of a UW defense that has allowed 11 goals in 12 games. Harden is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and third-team all-region player.
Two freshmen have been making solid contributions to the Huskies' success thus far. Defender Taylor Hoss has played in all 12 matches and started 11, providing a solid presence at the left fullback position and contributing to a UW backline that has allowed just 11 goals in 12 games. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has put up impressive numbers early. Hawkins is tied for third in the league in shutouts (three) and is fourth in goals against average (0.98).
UW Leading the Conference:
After seven weeks of play, the Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league or sharing the lead in all six offensive categories: shots (197), points (5.92/game), goals (25), goals per game (2.08), assists (21), and assists per game (1.75). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (68), shots per game (6.8), points (21), points per game (2.10), goals (10), goals per game (1.00) and gamewinning goals (five). Ely Allen is tied for second in the league with 14 points and is second in goals with six. Midfielders Jo Jo Katz and Raphael Cox rank two and three in assists and assists per game. Katz has tallied six assists, and Cox five.
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 Academic 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 182-80-27 (.676).
Tickets for all Husky home matches are on sale 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 will return home to host San Diego State (Friday, Oct. 20) and UCLA (Sunday, Oct. 22).?