Huskies Wrap Regular Season At Oregon State
Nov. 2, 2006
Washington men's soccer (11-6-1, 3-5-1 Pac-10) heads south to Corvallis this week to face Pac-10 rival Oregon State in both teams' regular season finale, Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies are coming off a split last weekend versus non-conference Northwest foes Gonzaga (2-1) and Portland (1-2) and return to Pac-10 play to wrap up the regular season. Washington's postseason hopes could ride on Friday's result. UW defeated the Beavers 3-1 in Seattle earlier this season, but the Huskies have not defeated OSU in Corvallis since the 2001 season.
In the Rankings:
UW is unranked in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls for the fourth straight week. Washington was ranked as high as fourth this year for three weeks in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
California (12-4-1, 7-2-0) clinched its first-ever Pac-10 title last weekend after earning 21 points with one conference game left. San Diego State sits in second place in the conference standings (5-2-2), followed by UCLA and Stanford in a tie for third (4-3-2). Washington is in fifth place (3-5-1) and Oregon State is in sixth (0-8-1).
UW wrapped up its home slate with a 2-1 victory over Gonzaga last Friday, but fell at Portland, 2-1,on Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox had a hand in all three Husky goals, scoring one and assisting the other two.
Sophomore midfielder George John was recognized for his stellar performance in the classroom, being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team this week. He moves on to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.
UW's loss to Portland, Sunday, was its first non-conference loss of the season. UW went 8-1 against non-Pac-10 opponents this year. 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 3-6-1.
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.
John Named To Academic All-District Team:
Washington sophomore midfielder George John was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team, College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. John, a native of Shoreline, Wash., has a 3.66 grade point average and is majoring in business administration. He has played in all 18 games for the Huskies, starting all but one, and ranks fourth on the team in points (12). John has four goals and four assists this season, with two of those goals coming in a match against Wisconsin, Sept. 8. John's nod to the Academic All-District team puts him on the national ballot for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. In order to be eligible for Academic All-District or All-America honors, a student-athlete must have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant contributor and be at least a sophomore in both academic and athletic standing.
Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies have ranked among the nation's best offensive teams all season. Through 18 games, Washington is tied for 26th in the nation in scoring offense with 1.89 goals per game. Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest ranks 12th in goals per game (0.75) and is tied for 20th in points per game (1.56). Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox is tied for 12th in the nation with 0.50 assists per game.
NCAA Selections Around The Corner:
The NCAA Selection Show for the 2006 Division I Men's College Cup will take place on ESPNews, Mon., Nov. 6 as a half-hour segment between 1 and 2 p.m. The exact time slot has yet to be decided.
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers are winless in their last 10 games, going 0-9-1 since Sept. 17. The one draw came against San Diego State, 2-2 in double overtime. Most recently, Oregon State fell to Cal State Northridge, 2-1, on Tuesday before returning home to host the Huskies in the regular season finale. OSU's five wins came against UC Riverside, Sacramento State, UNLV, UC Davis and Drake. Friday will mark the last game for senior forward Robbie Findley who has made his mark in the OSU recordbooks. He is tied for first all-time in game-winning goals (10), third in goals (27), third in points (69) and tied for fourth in assists (15).
All-Time Series With Oregon State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State, 27-6-2, but the rivalry has heated up in recent years. OSU's first win in the series came in 2002, and since then the Beavers are 6-3 against Washington. Washington lost the last three straight meetings with Oregon State, until a 3-1 win in Seattle earlier this year. Ely Allen, Kevin Forrest and Matt Fischer each scored in a 14-minute span in the first half to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. Robbie Findley answered with a goal in the 39th minute, but the game's scoring was complete by the intermission. UW has struggled playing in Corvallis as of late, its last win there coming on Nov. 2, 2001 (1-0). None of the players on this year's Husky team have defeated the Beavers in Corvallis.
UW Splits With Northwest Foes:
The Huskies played a pair of matches against non-conference Northwest rivals last weekend, hosting Gonzaga Friday and traveling to Portland, Sunday. In the team's regular season home finale, Friday, the Huskies used goals from Raphael Cox and Kevin Forrest to cruise to a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs. Gonzaga got on the board with a penalty kick and then turned up the offensive pressure but the Huskies held on for the win. Down in Portland, UW endured a lackluster first half in which it allowed two goals. The Huskies came back in the second half, on junior Derek Crismier's first career goal but ran out of time to find the equalizer. Cox played a role in all three goals scored over the weekend, notching two assists in addition to his score versus Gonzaga.
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 12 goals in 16 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 seven gamewinning goals, tops in the conference. Allen has scored seven goals in 16 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 17 goals in 18 games and posted seven shutouts. Harden is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and third-team all-region player.
Three freshmen have been making solid contributions to the Huskies' success thus far. Defender Taylor Hoss has played in all 18 matches and started 17, 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 the league lead in shutouts (six) and is third in goals against average (0.97). Defender Adam Lang has also seen increased minutes on the pitch, getting the starting nod at right fullback the last five matches and playing a key role in back-to-back shutouts versus San Diego State and UCLA two weeks ago.
UW Leading the Conference:
The Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league or sharing the lead in all six offensive categories: shots (270), points (5.44/game), goals (34), goals per game (1.89), assists (30), and assists per game (1.67). Defensively, UW is third in goals allowed (17), third in goals against average (0.91) and is second in shutouts (seven). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (92), shots per game (5.75), points (25), points per game (1.56), goals (12), goals per game (0.75) and gamewinning goals (seven). Fellow forward Ely Allen is second in the league with 1.19 points per game, and third with seven goals and .44 goals per game. Midfielders Jo Jo Katz and Raphael Cox rank among the top players in assists. Cox leads the league in assists (nine) and is tied for second in assists per game (0.50), while Katz is third in assists (seven) and assists per game (0.39).
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.
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 185-82-28 (.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.
UW will learn its postseason fate when the NCAA selection show takes place, Mon., Nov. 6, between 1 and 2 p.m. on ESPNews.