UW Men Begin Busy Week At Home Facing Portland Tuesday

Sept. 17, 2007

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Tues., Sept. 18
Portland (2-1-1) at No. 25 Washington (3-1-1) • 7 p.m. PT
Seattle, Wash. • Husky Soccer Field

Husky Fever Classic
Seattle, Wash. • Husky Soccer Field

Fri., Sept. 21 - Portland (2-1-1) vs. Furman (6-0-0) • 4:30 p.m. PT
Denver (3-2-0) at No. 25 Washington (3-1-1) • 7:00 p.m. PT
Sun., Sept. 23 - Portland vs. Denver • 11 a.m. PT
Furman at No. 25 Washington • 1:30 p.m.
rankings according to Soccer America

This Week: After opening the season with five-straight road matches, Washington men's soccer (3-1-1) returns to Seattle to host a busy week at home. The Huskies, ranked 25th by Soccer America and on the heels of a two-game winning streak, will make their 2007 home debut facing Northwest rival Portland (2-1-1), Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. UW will then host the annual Husky Fever Classic, Friday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 23. The Huskies will take on Denver in the opening round Friday at 7 p.m., preceded by Portland versus Furman at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's double-header will begin with Portland versus Denver at 11 a.m., followed by UW vs. Furman at 1:30 p.m.

Live Web Coverage: Live stats for all five matches at Husky Soccer Field this week will be available at GoHuskies.com. Live video broadcasts for the Husky matches only can be seen at GoHuskies.com free of charge.

Gameday Promotions: Free schedule magnets will be handed out to fans at all games this weekend. Tuesday's game will feature a $1 hot dog promotion and the Atlas Foods Family Plan ($15 for four general admission tickets and fans will receive a free treat at Atlas Foods in University Village). Friday will be Dragonfish Family Friday, a promotion that includes four general admission tickets, hot dogs and sodas for just $25.

In the Rankings: After falling out of the Soccer America poll last week, Washington saw its way back in this week at No. 25. The NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times rankings will not be released until Tuesday.

Scouting the Huskies: Washington is in the midst of a grueling stretch that began Friday at a tournament in New Mexico, playing five games in 10 days. The Huskies got off to a great start, picking up back-to-back shutouts over No. 24 New Mexico (1-0) and No. 3 SMU (2-0) en route to winning the Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational title. It was the second tourney win for the Huskies who opened the season winning the Nike Portland Invitational. UW will hope to continue its momentum through to its home opener with Portland, Tuesday, on just one day of rest since its big upset over SMU, Sunday. The Huskies are led by MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and preseason All-American Kevin Forrest, who was named the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News on Monday. Forrest scored two of UW's three goals in its wins over New Mexico and SMU. The senior forward leads the team with five goals and one assist (11 points). Forrest is joined up front by fellow senior forward Ely Allen, the team's second-leading scorer with two goals and one assist (five points). Freshman midfielder Matt Van Houten has emerged a reliable playmaker, leading the squad with two assists early on. The Husky backline is anchored by sophomore Taylor Hoss who played a key role in both UW shutouts over the weekend.

Scouting Portland: The Pilots (2-1-1) come to Seattle having not played a match since Sunday, Sept. 9. Portland is coming off a win and a draw in its last two matches, defeating Sacramento State (2-0) and battling to a 3-3 tie in double-overtime with UC Davis - both on the road. The Pilots opened the season at its own Nike Invitational, losing to Cal State Bakersfield (2-1), a team the Huskies defeated 5-1 during that same tournament. UP also picked up a 3-0 victory over New Hampshire in that opening weekend. Junior forward Alex Elliott leads the team with three goals and two assists, while freshman forward Ryan Luke also has two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero has played all four games in the net, tallying a 1.16 goals against average.

All-Time Series With Portland: The Huskies will look to end a four-game losing streak against their rival Portland. The last time UW defeated Portland was during the 2003 season, 1-0 in Seattle in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 26, 2003). Portland's win streak includes two victories in 2004, one in 2005 and one in 2006. UW still leads the all-time series with the Pilots, 23-16-3.

Last Time Out: The Huskies had a tall task in front of them when they went to Albuquerque last weekend and they met the challenge head-on, coming back with a pair of victories over top-30 opponents and another tournament title under their belt. On Friday, UW used a goal by Kevin Forrest in the 61st minute to down the 28th-ranked Lobos, 1-0. Then on Sunday, the Huskies took on third-ranked SMU. The teams battled through a scoreless first half until junior midfielder George John netted the eventual game winner in the 52nd minute. Forrest added an insurance goal with his fifth score of the season in the 84th minute. Stepping up for the Huskies was sophomore defender Taylor Hoss who anchored the backline in both matches, while redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung was forced into duty after an injury suffered to starting keeper Rylan Hawkins versus New Mexico. Fung preserved Friday's shutout after Hawkins left the match and tallied four saves versus SMU, Sunday, to notch a shutout of his own in his first career start. Four Huskies were named to the all-tournament team: Forrest, senior forward Ely Allen, Hoss and freshman defender Taylor Mueller.

Forrest Tabbed National Player of the Week: Another week meant another national honor for senior forward Kevin Forrest. The Edmonds, Wash., native was tabbed the National Player of the Week by College Soccer News for his role in Washington's matches last week. This season, Forrest has already been named to National Teams of the Week by Soccer America (Sept. 5) and Top Drawer Soccer (Sept. 4), as well as earning the season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor (Sept. 4).

Husky Classic History: UW has won 11 Husky Classic titles over the 18-year history of the tournament, including the last four straight. Portland has claimed five tourney titles, while Marquette (1997) and Connecticut (2002) took home the other two. Kevin Forrest has been named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive player twice in the last three years (2006, 2004) while Ely Allen earned the honor in 2005.

Scouting Denver: The Pioneers are 3-2-0 overall heading into this weekend's tournament. Denver split a pair of matches at the Green Bay Nike Classic last weekend, falling to Evansville (2-1) but coming back to defeat Albany (2-0). Denver's other wins this season have come against Birmingham Southern (7-0) and Marquette (1-0). The Pioneers played a pair of exhibition contests versus Pac-10 teams Stanford and Cal to start the season, defeating Stanford (1-0) and playing Cal to a 0-0 draw. The Huskies lead the all-time series with Denver, 2-0-1. These teams met in back-to-back seasons in 2005 and 2004. UW won at Denver (2-0), Sept. 16, 2005, after the squads battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw at the 2004 Husky Invitational in Seattle.

Scouting Furman: Furman brings an unbeaten 6-0-0 record to Seattle this week. The Palladins won the Wofford/adidas Invitational title last weekend, picking up wins over Robert Morris (1-0) and UNC Asheville (5-0). Furman was ranked 22nd in last week's NSCAA/adidas poll and are led by freshman forward Brooks Duff who has five goals and three assists. Sophomore Eric Baffour also has five goals to his credit, while freshman midfielder Haris Cekic has four. The Huskies and Palladins have yet to meet in program history.

Two Wins and Counting...: Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger, in his 16th season at the helm of the Husky men's soccer program, needs just two more wins to reach 200 in his career. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 198-92-34, while his UW record is 190-84-29. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and annually rank among the nation's top teams.

Another Milestone To Look For...: The Huskies need just one more win to reach 500 in the history of the UW men's soccer program. The all-time men's soccer record, dating back to 1963, is 499-198-78.

Forrest Garners Preseason Accolades: Senior forward Kevin Forrest began the year with a couple preseason accolades under his belt, being named to the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List and earning preseason first-team All-America status from College Soccer News and Soccer America. Forrest was the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a 2006 first-team NSCAA/adidas All-Far West selection. He led the Pac-10 in every offensive statistical category last year including goals (16), while ranking eighth in the nation in goals per game (0.84) and 14th in points per game (1.74). Not only a standout on the field, Forrest was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American last season as well. Players are selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members. In November, the list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists. Three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup and will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Fri., Jan. 11, 2008. The winner of the 2007 award will be announced during a nationally-televised new conference that evening.

Injury Update: Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior midfielder Steve Mohn (Kent) will most likely miss the season due to injuries. Katz is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the 2007 spring season and Mohn suffered a broken leg during summer league play.

Fab Frosh: Washington's 2007 incoming recruiting class is ranked 17th in the nation by College Soccer News. For good measure, the online publication has selected defender Taylor Mueller (Sammamish, Wash.) as one of its 100 'Freshman to Keep An Eye On' this season.

2006 Season Review: In 2006, Washington finished the season with a 13-7-1 overall record and placed fifth in the Pac-10 (4-5-1). The Huskies earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the 10th time in 12 years and advanced as far as the second round. Behind Kevin Forrest's hat trick, UW defeated Creighton 3-0 in the first round in Seattle before falling at Santa Clara in the second round in overtime, 3-2. The Huskies started the year 8-0-0, their longest unbeaten and untied streak to open a season in program history, which garnered them a No. 4 national ranking for three weeks. Scoring a Pac-10 leading 16 goals, Forrest was named the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year while six of his teammates also earned All-Pac-10 acclaim. Forrest (first-team) was joined on the NSCAA All-Far West Region team by senior defender Ty Harden (first-team), junior forward Ely Allen (second-team) and sophomore midfielder George John (second-team). Harden earned NSCAA third-team All-American honors and was drafted by the L.A. Galaxy in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger: Husky coach Dean Wurzberger is in his 16th 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 10 times in the last 12 years, including a school-record Sweet 16 trip in 2003. His record at Washington seasons stands at a stellar 190-84-29 (.675).

Ticket Information: 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 $6 for adults, $4 for children/seniors and $3 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 $40 for adults, $30 for children/seniors and $85 for a family of four.

Up Next: The Huskies will play their final non-conference game, traveling to face Creighton, Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. PT.

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