Husky Men Open Three-Game Homestand This Week
Oct. 18, 2006
Fri., Oct. 20, 2006
San Diego State (7-5-1, 3-2-0 Pac-10) at Washington (9-5-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10)
7 p.m. Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Sun., Oct. 22, 2006
#10/10 UCLA (8-3-2, 3-1-1 Pac-10) at Washington (9-5-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10)
2:30 p.m. Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Free Live Video and Live Scoring at GoHuskies.com
rankings according to NSCAA adidas poll/Soccer America poll
Washington men's soccer (9-5-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10) opens its final regular season homestand this week, a three-game stint beginning with crucial Pac-10 matches versus San Diego State and No. 10 UCLA. UW will take on the Aztecs (7-5-1, 3-2-0 Pac-10), Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. and the Bruins (8-3-2, 3-1-1 Pac-10), Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m. Both matches will be apart of double-headers with the Husky women's team, which hosts Cal (Friday, 5 p.m.) and Stanford (Sunday, 12 p.m.) this week as well. UW will play its final regular season home game versus Gonzaga on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
Free live video and live scoring for both matches this weekend will be available at GoHuskies.com.
In the Rankings:
UW is unranked in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls for the second-straight week. The Huskies are still ranked by Soccer Times (t-23rd). The Huskies were ranked as high as fourth for three weeks in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
UW enters the week in fifth place in the conference standings with six points (2-5-0), but has a chance to gain some ground facing third-place UCLA (10 pts) and fourth-place San Diego State (9 pts) this week.
The Huskies are coming off a Bay Area trip last weekend in which they defeated Stanford 2-0 and fell to then-No. 19 California 3-2 in overtime. UW's win at Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak for UW, its longest since 2004.
UW put an end to its scoring drought last weekend as well, scoring four goals in two games after scoring just one in its previous four matches.
Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox recorded a goal and two assists in the last two matches, including assisting the first goal and scoring the second versus Stanford, Friday.
UW will look to even the season series versus the Aztecs and Bruins after suffering defeats to these two teams on the road earlier in the season.
Washington started the year 8-0-0, its longest unbeaten and untied streak to open a season in program history. Since then, the Huskies are 1-5-0.
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.
The Huskies' 8-0-0 start included three tournament title wins: Nike Portland Invitational, Middleton Fitness and Cycle Invitational and the Husky Fever Classic.
UW head coach Dean Wurzberger has connections with both San Diego State and UCLA. Wurzberger played his collegiate soccer career at San Diego State, lettering with the Aztecs from 1971-1974. He was a three-time all-conference player at SDSU, and was team MVP and captain in 1974. Wurzberger was also an assistant coach at UCLA from 1986-88. While in Westwood, he helped guide the Bruins to a 43-13-10 record and three straight NCAA appearances.
Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies have ranked among the nation's best offensive teams all season. Through 14 games, Washington is tied for 19th in the nation in scoring offense with 2.07 goals per game. Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest ranks seventh in goals per game (0.92) and ninth in points per game (1.92). Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox begins the week tied for 24th with 0.50 assists per game.
Scouting San Diego State:
The Aztecs have lost their last two straight matches, both by 2-1 decisions versus UCLA (Sept. 8) and UC Irvine (Oct. 24 in overtime). San Diego State is in fourth-place in the Pac-10 with a 3-2-0 league record, its conference wins coming versus Cal, Oregon State and UW. SDSU's last match versus UCI marked its fourth nationally ranked opponent in five games. Senior forward Andrew DiCicco leads the team with five goals and 13 points, while senior goalkeeper Tally Hall has posted a 1.12 goals against average and all four Aztec shutouts.
All-Time Series With San Diego State:
Washington is 3-4-2 overall versus San Diego State. UW will look to get back in the win column after dropping the earlier season match in San Diego, 1-0. 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).
The 10th-ranked Bruins are 8-1-1 after opening the season 0-2-1 and enter the week in third place in the Pac-10 standings with a 3-1-1 league record. UCLA moved up in the polls this week despite having not played a match last weekend. UCLA has won four straight, beginning with its 2-1 double overtime victory versus UW in Westwood, Sept. 29. Sal Zizzo is tied for the team lead with 11 points on two goals and seven assists. The Bruins lost their leading scorer Maxwell Griffin for the season after eight matches with a torn ACL, who had five goals and 11 points prior to the injury.
All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington trails the all-time series with UCLA 9-16-1 and has lost the last four-straight to the Bruins. UW fell in a 2-1 double overtime heartbreaker in the earlier season meeting Sept. 29. Playing a man down, UW defender Ty Harden scored the equalizer in the 89th minute only to have the Bruins answer with the gamewinner with just 18 seconds remaining. 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 10 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.
UW Splits In Bay Area:
The Huskies came away from last weekend's trip to the Bay 1-1, defeating Stanford, 2-0, in Palo Alto before falling to Cal, 3-2, in overtime. UW used a pair of second-half goals from Kevin Forrest and Raphael Cox to defeat the Cardinal. Forrest scored his 11th goal of the season in the 52nd minute to put UW up 1-0, and Cox sealed the win with a goal in the 89th minute. It was the fifth shutout for Washington, and fourth for redshirt freshman keeper Rylan Hawkins. On Sunday, UW led twice but wasn't able to hang on as the Golden Bears scored two unanswered goals after trailing 2-1. Midfielders Bobbak Talebi and George John accounted for the UW goals, while Cal's Javier Ayala-Hil scored twice including the overtime gamewinner in the 97th minute.
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 11 goals in 12 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 six gamewinning goals, tops in the conference. Allen has scored six goals in 12 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 14 goals in 14 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 14 matches and started 13, providing a solid presence at the left fullback position and contributing to a UW backline that has allowed just 14 goals. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has put up impressive numbers early. Hawkins is tied for second in the league in shutouts (four) and is fourth in goals against average (1.06).
UW Leading the Conference:
The Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league or sharing the lead in all six offensive categories: shots (214), points (5.93/game), goals (29), goals per game (2.07), assists (25), and assists per game (1.79). Defensively, UW ranks third in goals allowed (14), third in goals against average (0.97) and is tied for second in shutouts (five). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (76), shots per game (6.33), points (23), points per game (1.92), goals (11), goals per game (0.92) and gamewinning goals (six). Ely Allen is second in the league with 16 points and is tied for second in goals with six. Allen and midfielders Jo Jo Katz and Raphael Cox rank among the top players in assists. Cox is tied for lead in assists (seven) and is second in assists per game (.50). Katz ranks third in assists (sixth) and assists per game (0.43) while Allen ranks fourth in both categories (four assists/0.33 per game).
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 183-81-27 (.675).
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 play their regular season home finale with a non-conference match versus Gonzaga, Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.