Huskies Open Second-Half Of Pac-10 Play At No. 24 UCLA Sunday
Oct. 25, 2007
Sun., Oct. 28, 2007
Washington (6-6-2, 1-3-1 Pac-10) at nr/#24 UCLA (7-5-2, 3-1-1) 2:30 p.m. PT
Marshall Field at Drake Stadium Los Angeles, Calif.
This Week: Washington men's soccer (6-6-2, 1-3-1 Pac-10) begins the second-half of Pac-10 play on the road this week in Southern California. UW will face Pac-10 leader and No. 24 UCLA (7-5-2, 3-1-1 Pac-10), Sunday, Oct. 28, on Marshall Field at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. The match will kick-off at 2:30 p.m., which is a change from the regularly scheduled time of 1 p.m. The Huskies were scheduled to play at San Diego State (7-4-2, 3-2-0 Pac-10) on Friday, but SDSU postponed all of its home events this weekend due to the wildfires and poor air quality in the area. The Huskies and Aztecs will makeup Friday's match in San Diego on Nov. 18, with the time still to be determined. San Diego State will still play Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 28, but the game will be moved to UCLA's North Athletic Field at 1 p.m.
Live Coverage: Gametracker for Sunday's match at UCLA will be available at GoHuskies.com or UCLABruins.com. UCLA will also provide a free live audio broadcast of the game at UCLABruins.com
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.
Deja Vu?: With the postponement of Friday's game at San Diego State, it means that the Huskies will play UCLA for the second-consecutive time. UW's last game came against the Bruins in Seattle, Oct. 21, a contest that was won by UCLA (3-2) on a goal by midfielder Kyle Nakazawa with 53 seconds remaining in regulation.
Scouting the Huskies: Washington is coming off a split at home last weekend, defeating then-No. 25/18 San Diego State (3-1) but falling to UCLA (2-3). The Huskies' win over the Aztecs last Friday night in Seattle snapped a four-game winless streak for UW, while also snapping SDSU's eight-game unbeaten streak. Washington's win over San Diego State was its fourth win over a ranked opponents this season. The Huskies are sixth in the Pac-10 standings, but are just one point behind fifth-place Stanford and two points behind fourth-place Oregon State. UW exploded for five goals in its last two games after having not scored more than one goal the previous seven outings. Senior Ely Allen took over the team scoring lead with his first career hat trick versus San Diego State. Allen's seven goals lead the Pac-10 as well. Senior midfielder Derek Crismier is also coming off a good weekend, tallying a goal and an assist in the two games. The Huskies are an extremely young team, starting six or seven freshmen and sophomores on a regular basis. Some of the younger players have been forced to make an early impact with the team losing four starters from last year to season-ending injuries including 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year Kevin Forrest. Allen and junior midfielder George John pace the Huskies from a leadership standpoint. John, who has also played in the Husky back line the last few outings, is tied for third on the team in points with Raphael Cox (five). Both John and Cox have tallied two goals and an assist. After closing out a three-game homestand, the Huskies will now play three of their last five matches on the road. UW will have a bye week next week, before hosting Cal (Nov. 9) and Stanford (Nov. 11). The Huskies will close out the season at Oregon State (Nov. 16) and with the makeup game at San Diego State (Nov. 18).
Allen Named To College Soccer News National Team of the Week: Senior forward Ely Allen was named to CollegeSoccer News.com's National Team of the Week after recording a trio of goals in UW's win over San Diego State. Allen is the second Husky to earn the honor, as senior forward Kevin Forrest was named to the team on Sept. 17.
Scouting UCLA: The Bruins are on the rise, riding a four-game unbeaten streak heading into this weekend. Thanks to their most recent road sweep of Oregon State (4-1) and Washington (3-2), UCLA moved into the conference lead with 3-1-1 Pac-10 record. The Bruins have received a very balanced scoring attack with seven different players accounting for all their goals in the Northwest last weekend. Junior midfielder Jason Leopoldo was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his role in the two wins. Leopoldo scored the gamewinning goal versus Oregon State and assisted the gamewinner with 53 seconds left versus Washington. Maxwell Griffin leads the team with six goals, while Kyle Nakazawa leads the squad with six assists. Goalkeeper Brian Perk has played all 1,303:46 minutes manning the net for the Bruins.
All-Time Series With UCLA: Washington trails the all-time series with UCLA, 10-17-1. 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). The Huskies haven't had the best of luck playing in Westwood, trailing the series there 4-9-1.
Wurzberger's UCLA Connections: UW head coach Dean Wurzberger is fairly familiar with the UCLA men's soccer program, serving as an assistant coach with the Bruins from 1986-88. While at UCLA, he helped guide the Bruins to a 43-13-10 record and three-straight NCAA appearances.
Last Time Out: The Huskies split a pair of matches at home last weekend, defeating San Diego State, 3-1, before falling to UCLA, 2-3. UW snapped out of its four-game winless streak thanks to Ely Allen's first career hat trick versus the Aztecs. The Huskies also snapped SDSU's eight-game unbeaten streak with the win. Allen powered the UW offense with goals in the 41st, 65th and 88th minutes of the match, upping his season total to seven. The only score of the game for the Aztecs came on a penalty kick by Kraig Chiles in the 89th minute. Sunday's game between the Huskies and Bruins was an action-packed affair as both teams racked up 18 shots, combining for five goals. With the score tied at 2-2 and 53 seconds remaining in regulation, UCLA midfielder Kyle Nakazawa scored the gamewinner off a pass from midfielder Jason Leopoldo. Although the Huskies had an answer for each of the previous two Bruin goals, Washington ended up running out of time in the end. It was a see-saw battle that saw UCLA twice take a one-goal lead, only to have the Huskies battle back to equalize on freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin's first career goal in the first half and senior midfielder Derek Crismier's first goal of the season in the second half. Sophomore midfielders Michael Stephens and Chance Myers accounted for the other two UCLA goals.
Dawg Bites: The three-goal output versus San Diego State (Oct. 19) was the most by the Huskies since a 5-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield, Sept. 2...UW has scored first in all six of its wins this season...the Huskies are 6-1 overall when they score first, the only loss coming at Gonzaga (Sept. 7)...all but one of UW's six losses have come by one goal...UCLA will be the Huskies' fifth ranked opponent they have faced in their last eight games...four of UW's six wins have come over ranked teams...four of the team's six wins have come via shutout...the only goals allowed by the Huskies in a winning effort were to Cal State Bakersfield and San Diego State...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...No. 5 SMU and No. 18 Furman each have only two losses on the year, with both teams having lost to the Huskies...UW also handed No. 21 New Mexico one of its three losses this season.
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.
Forrest Named A Finalist For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award: Senior forward Kevin Forrest was tabbed one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Online fan balloting, available at www.seniorclassaward.com, will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championship to be held Dec. 14-16 in Cary, N.C. While on-field performance during the college soccer season was a factor in determining finalists, the criteria also includes a large emphasis on the classroom, character and community service.
Leading The Pac: Washington leads the Pac-10 in goals scored (20), goals per game (1.43) and is tied for league lead in shutouts (six). Ely Allen and Kevin Forrest are tied for the Pac-10 lead in points (15), while Allen leads the league in goals (seven). Although his season is over, Forrest still leads the Pac-10 in shots per game (3.54), points per game (1.36) and goals per game (0.55). Forrest's seven points accrued versus Cal State Bakersfield remain a Pac-10 high.
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 201-97-35, while his UW record is 193-89-30. 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 502-203-79.
Injury Update: Forrest was 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.
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.
Up Next: The Huskies will have a bye next week before closing out their home schedule hosting California, Friday, Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m.) and Stanford (Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m.).