Huskies To Face UC Santa Barbara In NCAA Second Round
Nov. 26, 2007
Wed., Nov. 28, 2007 NCAA SECOND ROUND
Washington (9-7-4) at UC Santa Barbara (12-3-4) 7 p.m. PT
Harder Stadium Santa Barbara, Calif.
Live Internet Coverage:
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NCAA THIRD ROUND
Fri., Nov. 30/Sat., Dec. 1 - Washington/UCSB winner vs. Ohio State/Louisville
Coming off a 1-0 victory over Portland in the first round, Washington (9-7-4) continues its postseason run traveling to Southern California to face No. 12 seed and reigning NCAA champion UC Santa Barbara (12-3-4) in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, Wed., Nov. 28. The match will kick-off at 7 p.m. PT at Harder Stadium on the UCSB campus. The Huskies, riding a four-game unbeaten streak, are making their second-straight appearance in the second round of postseason play. Senior forward Ely Allen helped Washington punch its ticket for the second round converting on a penalty kick to down UW's top rival Portland in Seattle last Friday night. Washington earned its way into the tournament with an at-large berth, its 12th appearance during the 16-year tenure of head coach Dean Wurzberger and 19th overall in program history. The Gauchos received a first-round bye by virtue of their No. 12 seed and are unbeaten in their last seven games. The winner of Wednesday's NCAA second round contest will play the winner of the Louisville vs. Ohio State matchup in third round action either Friday, Nov. 30 or Saturday, Dec. 1, with the site to be determined based on the results of the second round games.
A live statistics will be available at GoHuskies.com, while a live audio broadcast of the game will be available at kcsb.org.
UW In the Rankings:
The Huskies are not ranked in the final regular season NSCAA/adidas or Soccer America polls, but are receiving votes in the latest Soccer Times and College Soccer News polls. UW was tabbed No. 36 according to Top Drawer Soccer for the last four weeks. Huskies were ranked as high as 14th in Soccer America's preseason poll.
Huskies Advance With 1-0 Win Over Portland:
Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Ely Allen scored on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to give Washington a spirited 1-0 first round NCAA Tournament victory over Portland Friday night at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies outshot Portland by a narrow 12-10 margin during the match but were unable to penetrate UP's first-team all-West Coast Conference keeper Austin Guerrero, who snagged a match-high four saves. The Pilot freshman was unable, however, to stop Allen's penalty kick as the two teams battled furiously to grab a late game-winner. The Pilots committed 20 fouls and earned two yellow card cautions in the match but it was a harsh tackle from behind by Portland's Brayton Knapp on Husky freshman Matt Van Houten inside the UP penalty area that proved to be the difference in the match. Allen stepped-up to the penalty spot and buried the ball to the lower left corner of the goal to put the Huskies ahead with just over four minutes remaining in the match. It was his Pac-10 leading 12th goal of the season. The match served as the eighth time since 1989 that Washington and Portland have faced each other in the NCAA Tournament and neither team has won consecutive games in the series during the postseason. The last time the two teams met in the postseason saw Portland take a high-scoring 5-3 victory in 2004 in Seattle.
Scouting the Huskies:
Washington brings a four-game unbeaten streak into Wednesday's contest with UCSB. The Huskies haven't lost since falling to Pac-10 champion California on Nov. 9 (1-0). UW finished the regular season with a 8-7-4 overall record and was fifth in the Pac-10 standings with a 3-4-3 conference mark. UW is led by Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year Ely Allen. The senior forward leads the conference in points (26) and goals (12), both career-high efforts. Allen has stepped up since Hermann Trophy candidate Kevin Forrest went down with a career-ending injury in mid-October. Allen has scored nine of his 12 goals since Forrest's departure, eight of which were scored during Pac-10 play. Allen isn't the only Husky to step up for an injured teammate. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung took over manning the net for sophomore Rylan Hawkins after he suffered a serious facial injury in UW's win over New Mexico (Sept. 14). Having never played a collegiate match before this year, Fung has started 16 games, while recording six shutouts and a 1.16 goals against average. Not only has Washington been forced to overcome injuries to Forrest and Hawkins, the Huskies lost two returning starters from last season - midfielders Jo Jo Katz and Steve Mohn - to injuries during the offseason before the current campaign even began. Along with Allen, junior midfielder George John has turned in a big season, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career. John, who has also helped out in the back line late in the year, has two goals and one assist to his credit. Freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin and junior midfielder Raphael Cox are tied for third on the team in scoring with three goals apiece. Anchoring the defense have been sophomore Taylor Hoss and freshman Brad Keller who have started all 20 matches. Freshman Matt Van Houten is another young player who has made an immediate impact playing in the midfield. Despite his injury, Forrest still is second on the team with six goals and 15 points. Forrest, McLoughlin and Van Houten are tied for the team lead in assists with three. The Huskies are a young team, starting as many as six or seven freshmen and sophomores on a regular basis. In fact, UW's starting lineup in its NCAA first round match versus Portland featured five freshmen. Season highlights this year have featured the program's 500th all-time win (Sept. 18 vs. Portland), while 16-year head coach Dean Wurzberger picked up his 200th career victory (Sept. 23 vs. Furman).
* Five of Washington's nine wins have come over ranked opponents with three of those coming on the road versus New Mexico, SMU and UCLA.
* UW has scored first in all nine of its wins. The Huskies are 9-1 overall when they score first, the only loss coming at Gonzaga (Sept. 7).
* Six of Washington's nine wins have come via shutout, including shutouts over New Mexico, SMU, UCLA and Furman.
* Senior forward Ely Allen is 3-for-4 on penalty kick attempts, including the gamewinner over Portland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
* Washington's longest winning streak of the year was a three-game stint in September with three-straight shutouts over New Mexico (1-0), SMU (2-0) and Portland (1-0).* UW is 1-2-4 in overtime games this season.
* 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
Scouting UC Santa Barbara:
The Gauchos, seeded 12th in the tournament, are ranked seventh by Soccer America and 13th by the NSCAA/adidas poll. UCSB had the luxury of a bye in the first round and will take on the Huskies with over a week of rest under its belt. The Gauchos finished the regular season with a 12-3-4 record and won the Big West title with a 9-1-2 conference mark. Junior midfielder Chris Pontius leads the squad with 11 goals and 24 points, while sophomore midfielder Ciaran O'Brien (a native of Tacoma, Wash.) has seven goals and nine assists for 23 points. Freshman goalkeeper Bryant Rueckner has played every minute of UCSB's 19 games in goal, tallying a 0.95 goals against average. The Gauchos have outscored their opponents by a 42-19 margin. UCSB is making its sixth-straight postseason appearance. Unseeded last year, the Gauchos made an improbable run to the NCAA College Cup final before defeating UCLA in the championship 2-1. UCSB is 5-0-0 in opening round (first or second) NCAA matches at Harder Stadium.
All-Time Series With UC Santa Barbara:
UW leads the all-time series UC Santa Barbara, 4-1. The last time these teams met was Oct. 9, 1998 when the Huskies ran away with a 9-1 landslide victory. UCSB's only win of the series came with a 3-1 victory over the Huskies in Seattle, Oct. 1, 1995. UW and UCSB played in the same tournament at New Mexico early in the season (Sept. 14-16), but they did not face each other. Washington and UC Santa Barbara have never met in postseason play.
NCAA Tournament Format:
The NCAA men's soccer tournament is a single-elimination play-off that features a 48-team field. Twenty-two teams received automatic bids to the tournament, while 26 earned a spot via an at-large selection. The 16 seeded teams received first round byes, while the others will duke it out in first-round matches played at campus sites, Friday, Nov. 23 or Saturday, Nov. 24. All matches through the quarterfinals will be played at campus sites, with the 2007 NCAA Men's College Cup to take place Dec. 14 (semifinals) and Dec. 16 (finals) at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
Huskies In The Postseason:
Washington is making a postseason appearance for the second-straight year, and second-straight trip to the second round as well. UW is also making its 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 13 seasons and 19th overall. The Huskies have an all-time record of 8-18 in tournament play, with their school-record finish coming with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003. Until 2003, UW had not won a second-round match in the postseason. Last year, the Huskies dominated Creighton to the tune of a 3-0 shutout in Seattle thanks to a hat trick from forward Kevin Forrest in their first round game. UW then traveled to California to face 10th-seeded Santa Clara, but that was where the Huskies' postseason run came to an end with a 3-2 overtime loss. In 2003, UW received a first-round bye before hosting Portland in the second round and defeating the Pilots 1-0. Making school history, 10th-seeded Washington boarded a plane for Saint Louis and nearly pulled an upset over the seventh-seeded Billikens, losing a heartbreaker in overtime, 2-1. Washington has hosted seven of its last nine NCAA matches, hosting first and second round games in 2000, a first round game in 2001, a second-round match-up in 2003, a first round game in 2004, a first-round game in 2006 and a first round game in 2007. Including 2003, the Huskies have played through to the second round nine times. Washington made seven-straight trips to the tournament from 1995-2001.
Huskies Against The Field:
Washington faced eight tournament teams in the regular season this year, compiling a record of 5-5 against those sides. All five of Washington's wins over teams competing in the postseason came via shutout defeating Southern Methodist (2-0), Portland (1-0), New Mexico (1-0), UCLA (1-0), and Furman (1-0). Losses came to No. 8 seed Creighton (1-2, OT), Gonzaga (1-2), twice to California (1-2, 0-1) and UCLA (2-3).
Washington has eight players on its active roster with previous postseason experience. Playing in NCAA Tournament games last year were sophomore defender Casey Cunningham, junior midfielder Raphael Cox, senior forward Ely Allen, sophomore defender Adam Lang, junior midfielder George John, senior midfielder Derek Crismier, sophomore defender Taylor Hoss and sophomore midfielder Daniel Phelps. Crismier was also a member of the 2004 team that lost in the first round to Portland at Husky Soccer Field. From the coaching standpoint, head coach Dean Wurzberger has led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament 12 times in 16 seasons.