Huskies Host San Diego State, UCLA This Weekend
Oct. 17, 2007
Fri., Oct. 19, 2007
#25/18 San Diego State (7-2-2, 3-0-0) at Washington (5-5-2, 0-2-1) 5 p.m. PT
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Sun., Oct. 21, 2007
UCLA (5-5-2, 1-1-1 Pac-10) at Washington (5-5-2, 0-2-1 Pac-10) 1 p.m. PT
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
This Week: Washington men's soccer (5-5-2, 0-2-1 Pac-10) continues its three game homestand this week when it hosts No. 25 San Diego State (7-2-2, 3-0-0), Friday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. and UCLA (5-5-2, 1-1-1), Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Friday's contest will be the first match of a double-header with the Husky women's team which takes on Washington State after the men's game at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies are still in search of their first Pac-10 win, having gone without a victory in the last four matches with three losses and a draw.
Live Coverage: Gametracker and live video broadcasts of both matches will be available at GoHuskies.com.
Gameday Promotions: Friday night will be Autograph Night with all Husky players signing autographs for fans following the match. Sunday will be WSYSA day and halftime entertainment will include the annual Mascot Game.
Ticket Information: 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 $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.
In the Rankings: The Huskies are not ranked this week, but are receiving votes in the College Soccer News poll. Huskies were ranked as high as 14th in Soccer America's preseason poll.
Scouting the Huskies: Washington is still in search of its first Pac-10 win and is looking to snap a four-game winless streak when it hosts the Southern California schools this weekend. The Huskies will have their hands full as San Diego State sits atop the Pac-10 standings with a 3-0-0 league record, while UCLA is an even 1-1-1 in the conference. UW would love nothing more than to get a result in regulation having played to overtime four times in the last five games - a span that included three losses. The most recent of those losses being a 2-1 overtime defeat at the hands of Oregon State, last Friday. The Huskies also learned last Friday they will have to play the rest of the season without the services of their preseason All-American forward Kevin Forrest. Forrest is sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot which was diagnosed last week. It is the third season-ending injury for a Husky after sophomore goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins suffered a serious facial injury in the match at New Mexico (Sept. 14) and freshman defender Jamie Finch broke his ankle in an early season practice. UW is in the midst of a three-game homestand and will play four of its last seven games on its home pitch. With leading scorer Forrest out for the season, UW will look to senior forward Ely Allen to step up. Allen has four goals and one assist this year and is second on the team with nine points. Junior midfielders George John and Raphael Cox both have two goals. UW still continues to play with a very young team, in fact five freshmen started the last game with Oregon State: goalkeeper Stephen Fung, defender Brad Keller, defender Taylor Mueller, midfielder Matt Van Houten and forward Ellis McLoughlin. Fung has played over 780 minutes manning the net in Hawkins' absence and has tallied four shutouts.
Scouting San Diego State: The Aztecs bring an eight-game unbeaten streak to Seattle that includes Pac-10 wins over UCLA (1-0), California (3-2) and Stanford (2-0). San Diego State has only played three road games, going 2-0-1 in those contests. Senior midfielder Kraig Chiles leads the squad with five goals and 12 points. Chiles is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week after scoring three goals in the two games vs. Cal and Stanford. Chiles was also tabbed the College Soccer News National Player of the Week to go along with Soccer America Team of the Week honors. Freshman forward Khadim Diouf is second on the team with four goals, while sophomore defender Jamel Wallace has three goals. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Brad Byrns has manned the net in all but two games, racking up five shutouts and a 0.73 goals against average.
All-Time Series With San Diego State: Washington is 3-3-3 all-time against San Diego State. The Huskies have yet to defeat the Aztecs since they joined the Pac-10 beginning in 2005. Three of those four meetings resulted in double overtime scoreless draws. Last year, the Huskies lost 1-0 at San Diego (Oct. 1), before the teams battled to a scoreless tie in Seattle. The last time UW defeated San Diego State was Sept. 9, 2000 (3-0).
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins, who were ranked as high as No. 1 in two preseason polls, will face Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday night before traveling further north to Seattle. UCLA is unranked by four polls for the second-straight week but still received a No. 10 nod according to Top Drawer Soccer. UCLA hasn't had great success on the road, going 1-4-1 away from its Westwood pitch. The Bruins, though, have played a tough schedule with sixth of their first eight games coming against Top-20 opponents. UCLA has a win, loss and a draw in conference action, losing to San Diego State (1-0), battling Stanford to a scoreless overtime draw and defeating California, 1-0. Junior forward Maxwell Griffin is UCLA's leader in goals (five) and points (10) and is tied for second in the Pac-10 in goals scored. The UCLA defense has allowed just one goal in its last four games and is coming off back-to-back shutouts.
All-Time Series With UCLA: Washington trails the all-time series with UCLA, 10-16-1. The teams split their 2006 meetings with UCLA winning an overtime thriller in Westwood, 2-1 (Sept. 29) and the Huskies coming back to shutout the Bruins, 2-0, in Seattle (Oct. 22). UW is 6-7-0 at home versus UCLA.
Forrest's Career Cut Short By Injury: Acclaimed senior forward Kevin Forrest was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot, Oct. 12, thus ending both his season and his career at Washington. Forrest was on track for another standout season in 2007, leading the Pac-10 and the Huskies in goals (six), points (15) and shots (45) prior to the injury. He was twice selected to the Soccer America National Team of the Week (Sept. 5, Sept. 18), and was tabbed the College Soccer News National Player of the Week (Sept. 17) after scoring two of UW's three goals in road wins over No. 28 New Mexico and No. 3 SMU. Forrest was the first player of the season to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week acclaim (Sept. 4) following his third career hat trick in a 5-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield. As of last week, he ranked 48th in the nation in points per game (1.36) and 51st in goals per game (0.55). Forrest scored the overtime gamewinner in the Huskies' last win versus Furman (Sept. 23). A candidate for the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Forrest was also a preseason All-American. A two-year team captain, Forrest finished his UW tenure with 34 career goals and 75 career points. His 34 goals rank eighth on UW's all-time list and stand two behind his father, Ward, who racked up 36 goals while playing for the Huskies from 1972-75. Forrest's 75 points were two shy of matching his father for 10th on the UW all-time list for points.
Wurzberger's SoCal Connections: UW head coach Dean Wurzberger has ties to both opponents his Huskies will be facing this weekend. Wurzberger played his collegiate soccer career at San Diego State from 1971-74 and served as an assistant coach at UCLA from 1986-88. With the Aztecs, Wurzberger was a three-time all-conference player and was team MVP and captain in 1974. While at UCLA, he helped guide the Bruins to a 43-13-10 record and three-straight NCAA appearances.
Last Time Out: The Huskies suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 12, in Seattle. Senior midfielder Mason Webb scored the golden goal for the Beavers in the 96th minute. Junior forward Josh Cameron served a corner kick in front of the goal that slipped through the hands of UW redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung and Webb was there to drill the ball in the back of the net at the 95:45 minute mark. It was his only shot of the match. Senior forward Ely Allen accounted for Washington's goal which came on a penalty kick in the 44th minute. Freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin was taken down in the box by OSU goalkeeper Packy Deenihan to set up the penalty, and Allen converted on the shot to the lower left corner past Deenihan. Allen's score came just over 20 minutes after the Beavers took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Cameron in the 22nd minute.
Dawg Bites: The Huskies have played to overtime four times in the last five games, going 1-2-1 in extra minutes...all but one of UW's losses have come by just a one-goal differential...the Huskies are also anxious to get over that 'one-goal' hump having not scored more than one goal since its 2-0 victory over then-No. 3 SMU (Sept. 16)...UW will be facing its fourth ranked opponent in six games with No. 25/18 San Diego State on Friday... three of UW's five wins have come over teams ranked in this week's NSCAA Top-25 (No. 6 SMU, No. 14 Furman and No. 22 New Mexico)...four of the team's five wins have come via shutout...the only goal allowed by the Huskies in a winning effort was to Cal State Bakersfield...UW won two of the three tournaments it played in during their non-conference stretch - the Nike Portland Invitational and the Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational...the Huskies' victory over Furman (Sept. 23) is still the only loss of the season for the Paladins who are 12-1-0.
Shutting Down The Opposition: The Washington defense - made up of all underclassmen -is tied for 26th in the nation in shutout percentage (0.50). The Huskies have held six of their 12 opponents scoreless including nationally ranked teams SMU, New Mexico and Furman. The Husky backline includes sophomores Taylor Hoss and Adam Lang, and freshmen Taylor Mueller and Brad Keller. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung played in five of the six shutout matches, getting credit for four. Washington's six shutouts are tied for first in the Pac-10.
Leading The Pac: Although his season is over, Kevin Forrest still leads the Pac-10 in shots (45), shots per game (4.09), points (15), points per game (1.36), goals (six) and goals per game (0.55). Forrest is also tied for third in assists (three). Senior forward Ely Allen is tied for fourth in goals (4), sixth in points (nine),and tied for fifth in goals per game (0.33).
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, Sept. 23. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 200-96-35, while his UW record is 192-88-30. 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, Sept. 18, marked the program's 500th overall victory. The all-time men's soccer record, dating back to 1963, is 501-202-79.
Injury Update: Forrest is the second Husky starter to go down with a season-ending injury after sophomore goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins (Shoreline) suffered a serious facial injury in the New Mexico game and is also out of the year. Freshman defender Jamie Finch (Bothell), who played in one game this season, suffered a broken ankle in practice and is out for the season. Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior midfielder Steve Mohn (Kent) are also missing 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 recruiting class was 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.
Up Next: The Huskies will open the second-half of Pac-10 play by traveling to Southern California to take on these same two teams. UW will face San Diego State, Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. and UCLA, Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.