Huskies Tabbed 17th In Preseason College Soccer News Poll

Aug. 6, 2007

SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer team was tabbed 17th in a preseason poll by College Soccer News, the online publication announced. The Huskies return nine starters from last year's squad that posted a 13-7-1 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Among Washington's returning starters are 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year Kevin Forrest (Edmonds, Wash.) and 2006 first-team All-Pac-10 selection Ely Allen (Kent, Wash.). The senior forwards will look to lead a potent UW scoring offense that ranked 18th in the nation last year. Forrest and Allen were also NSCAA All-Region performers last season, and will be joined by fellow all-region returner and sophomore midfielder George John (Shoreline, Wash.). Sophomore goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins (Shoreline, Wash.) will look to lead the Husky defense, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in his rookie campaign.

The Huskies, which open the season Aug. 31, versus New Hampshire at the Nike Portland Invitational, will face a challenging slate in 2007 highlighted by matches with six Top-30 opponents: No. 1 UCLA, No. 7 SMU, No. 10 New Mexico, No. 13 California, No. 21 Creighton and No. 25 San Diego State.

Husky players report to preseason training camp Monday, Aug. 13.

2007 Pre-Season Top-30 College Soccer News Rankings
1. UCLA
2. Duke
3. UC Santa Barbara
4. Wake Forest
5. Santa Clara
6. Virginia
7. SMU
8. Indiana
9. Maryland
10. New Mexico
11. Notre Dame
12. St. John's
13. California
14. West Virginia
15. Harvard
16. Lehigh
17. Washington
18. Connecticut
19. Saint Louis
20. Northwestern
21. Creighton
22. Clemson
23. Towson
24. Rutgers
25. San Diego State
26. Northern Illinois
27. Old Dominion
28. UNC Greensboro
29. Rhode Island
30. Winthrop

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