Huskies Open 2008 Hosting Exhibition With Seattle U Friday

Aug. 20, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington men's soccer will open the 2008 campaign hosting an exhibition match with Seattle University, Fri., Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Admission to the match is free.

The Huskies will also host one more exhibition tune-up with the Seattle Sounders on Wed., Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. before their official season opener at the Nike Portland Invitational, Aug. 29 and 31.

Led by 17th-year head coach Dean Wurzberger, UW is coming off back-to-back trips to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies return nine starters from last year's squad that compiled an overall record of 9-8-4 and finished fifth in the Pac-10 with a 3-4-3 league mark.

UW was projected to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll announced last week. The Huskies also received votes in the Soccer Times Top-25 preseason poll and are ranked 32nd according to Top Drawer Soccer as well.

Washington will be led by the senior midfield duo of Raphael Cox and George John who both earned All-Pac-10 honors in 2007. John will be poised for an All-America worthy campaign this season, having recently been tabbed to the Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Huskies will welcome the return of junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz and junior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins who missed most, if not all, of last season with injuries.

Additional returning starters include junior defender Casey Cunningham, redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Fung, junior defender Taylor Hoss, sophomore defender Brad Keller, junior defender Adam Lang, sophomore defender Taylor Mueller and sophomore midfielder Matt Van Houten.

Seattle University returns 16 letterwinners and six starters from its 2007 squad that went 15-3-1, won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and earned a spot in the NCAA Div. II Tournament. The Redhawks, coached by Brad Agoos in his third season, are reclassifying into NCAA Division I.

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