Huskies Play Non-Conference Finale At Creighton Saturday
Sept. 27, 2007
Sat., Sept. 29
#24/nr Washington (5-2-1) at #13/19 Creighton (3-1-2) 5 p.m. PT
Omaha, Neb. Morrison Stadium
The 24th-ranked Washington men's soccer team (5-2-1) will head back on the road to finish non-conference play at No. 13 Creighton (3-1-2), Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. PT. The Huskies have won three of their last four matches, while the Bluejays are coming off their first loss of the season, to Tulsa, last week. Washington and Creighton met as recently as last season, with the Huskies defeating the Bluejays 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Seattle. Saturday's match begins a three-game road swing for UW. The Huskies will open Pac-10 play next week at Cal (Oct. 5) and Stanford (Oct. 7).
Live Web Coverage:
Live scoring and a live video broadcast of Saturday's game will be available at www.gocreighton.com. Live stats via GameTracker are free, while there is a charge for fans to watch the video broadcast.
In the Rankings:
The Huskies are ranked 24 in this week's NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll, dropping two spots from last week's No. 22 billing. UW is also ranked No. 20th according to Soccer Times and 14th according to Top Drawer Soccer. UW droppped out of Soccer America's Top-25 after ranking 25th last week.
Scouting the Huskies:
When the Huskies take to the pitch on Saturday, they will be more rested than they have been in awhile. On Sunday, UW finished a grueling stretch of five games in 10 days - a span during which the Huskies went 4-1. All four victories came via shutout and three came versus nationally-ranked opponents. Highlighting last week's action for the Huskies was notching the program's 500th overall victory with 1-0 win over Northwest rival Portland in its home opener. UW then hosted the Husky Classic, falling to Denver (4-1) before bouncing back with a 1-0 overtime victory versus No. 23 Furman. The Huskies are led by MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and preseason All-American Kevin Forrest, who has scored a team-high six goals to go along with three assists (15 points). Forrest had a hand in all three UW goals last week, scoring the gamewinner versus Furman and notching assists on the goals versus Portland and Denver. Joining Forrest up front is senior forward Ely Allen. Allen, a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree, is tied for second on the team with five points on two goals and an assist. Junior George John anchors the central midfield for UW and also has two goals and an assist this season. The Huskies have a young defense with two freshmen and two sophomore defenders, and a redshirt-freshman goalkeeper. Sophomore Taylor Hoss anchors the UW backline, while keeper Stephen Fung has remained steady in the net since taking over for previous starter Rylan Hawkins who is out with an injury suffered in UW's game at New Mexico. Fung already has three shutouts to his credit.
The Blujays will certainly be fired up to play Washington - the team that ended their season in the NCAA Tournament last year. Creighton will also be looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tulsa. Junior Tim Walters leads the squad with two goals and two assists. Junior Andrei Gotsmanov also has two goals for the Bluejays. Senior goalkeeper Matt Allen has worked every minute in the net, surrendering six goals, making 16 saves and notching a three shutouts. Creighton has played two other Pac-10 teams this season, battling to a pair of double overtime draws with San Diego State (2-2) and UCLA (0-0). Creighton's wins have come against Wisconsin-Green Bay (3-0), then-No. 2 Indiana (2-1) and Loyola Marymount (1-0).
All-Time Series With Creighton:
Washington trails the all-time series with Creighton that dates back to 2000, 2-3-0. The Huskies and Bluejays have met in each of the last three seasons, with UW winning two of the last three. UW defeated Creighton 3-0 last year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Seattle. Kevin Forrest notched a hat trick in the match to lead the Huskies. UW and Creighton met in 2005 and 2004 on neutral sites, with Creighton winning 3-2 in 2005. UW won the 2004 meeting, 2-1. The Huskies and Bluejays have met once in Omaha - in 2000 - with Creighton winning 2-0.
Last Time Out:
The Huskies are coming off three games last week, defeating Portland (1-0), falling to Denver (1-4) and then bouncing back to defeat Furman in overtime (1-0). Junior midfielder Raphael Cox provided UW's goal versus the Pilots on a free kick. With the win, UW snapped a four-game losing streak to Portland. Washington then hosted the Husky Fever Classic over the weekend. The Huskies found themselves down to Denver 2-0 early in their first round match. UW cut the deficit to one on a goal by junior midfielder George John but then proceeded to give up two more second-half goals. It was the most goals allowed by a UW team since 2005. The Huskies were able to turn things around in their Husky Classic finale. UW and Furman battled through 95 minutes of scoreless soccer before senior forward Kevin Forrest scored the gamewinner in the 96th minute. Denver was crowned the tournament champion based on goal differential, marking the first time since 2002 UW failed to win its own Husky Classic.
Forrest Named Candidate For Senior CLASS Award:
Senior forward Kevin Forrest is up for yet another honor. Forrest has been tabbed one of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an honor presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus. From the list of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in October. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning Oct. 16 and concluding Nov. 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships to be held Dec. 14-16 in Cary, N.C.
Leading The Pac:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in points (33), goals (12) and shutouts (five). The Huskies also rank second in goals per game (1.5), assists (1.12), corner kicks (5.75) and goals against average (0.83). In individual rankings, Kevin Forrest leads the 'Pac' in shots (38), shots per game (4.75), points (15), points per game (1.88), goals (six) and goals per game (0.75). Forrest's 15 points are nearly twice as many as the next Pac-10 players below him who have eight points.
Wurzberger Notches 200th Career Victory:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger, in his 16th season at the helm of the Husky men's soccer program, reached the 200-career win milestone with the Huskies' 1-0 victory over Furman this past Sunday. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 200-93-34, while his UW record is 192-85-29. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and annually rank among the nation's top teams.
Another Milestone...UW Wins 500th Game:
The Huskies' win over Portland last Tuesday marked the program's 500th overall victory. The all-time men's soccer record, dating back to 1963, is 501-199-78.
Forrest Closing In On Dad's Records:
Kevin Forrest needs two goals and two points to tie his father, Ward, on both UW career lists. Ward played for Washington from 1972-75. The younger Forrest currently ranks eight on UW's career list for goals with 34, while his father Ward is tied for sixth with 36 goals. Ward also ranks 10th on UW's career list for points with 77. Kevin enters Saturday's game with 75 points.
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.
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. Freshman defender Jamie Finch (Bothell), who played in one game this season, suffered a broken ankle in practice and is out for the season.
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 192-85-29 (.675).
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.
The Huskies open Pac-10 play on the road traveling to the Bay Area to take on California, Friday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. and Stanford, Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. UW will next return home to host Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.
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