Huskies Travel To Spinx/Diadora Furman Invitational
Sept. 3, 2008
Spinx/Diadora Furman Invitational
Greenville, S.C. Eugene E. Stone Stadium
Fri., Sept. 5 - Washington (0-2-0) vs. College of Charleston (1-1-0) 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 7 - Washington (0-2-0) vs. Furman (0-1-0) 10:30 a.m.
After opening the season with a pair of losses at last weekend's Nike Portland Invitational, Washington men's soccer (0-2-0) will look to get in the win column when it heads east this week to play in the Spinx/Diadora Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. The Huskies will face College of Charleston (1-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m. PT, before taking on host Furman (0-1-0), Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. PT. UW is coming off a pair of 2-1 defeats to Fairleigh Dickinson and then-No. 10 Virginia Tech in Portland. This week's matches mark the continuation of a five-game season opening road trip. The Huskies will also take on Portland on the Pilots' home pitch, Sept. 12, before returning to Seattle to host the Husky Fever Classic, Sept. 19 and 21.
In the Rankings:
Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA or Soccer America polls this week. The Huskies are ranked 30th according to Top Drawer Soccer after being tabbed 32nd in that preseason poll.
Scouting The Huskies:
UW will look to get in the win column for the first time this season when it heads to South Carolina this week. The Huskies were minutes away from coming back from last weekend's tournament with a pair of draws, as both the gamewinners from Fairleigh Dickinson and Virginia Tech were scored in the waning minutes of regulation and double overtime, respectively. Bright spots for UW included the play of freshman midfielder Dylan Tucker-Gangnes who scored his first collegiate goal just 46 seconds into his first official match as a Husky. Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz, who redshirted last year due to injury, accounted for UW's other goal of the weekend, scoring for the first time since his freshman year in 2005. Freshman forward Brent Richards led the team in shots with nine in two matches, including six versus FDU. Junior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made his first start since missing most of last year due to an injury and grabbed five saves in his debut against nationally-ranked Virginia Tech.
Wurzberger Nearing Another Milestone:
Dean Wurzberger, in his 17th season at the helm of the Husky men's soccer program, needs just four more victories to reach the 200-win milestone as UW head coach. Wurzberger already achieved the 200-career mark last season. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 204-101-37, while his UW record is 196-93-32. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times and annually rank among the nation's top teams.
Charleston opened its season last weekend at the adidas/Davidson Soccer Classic in Davidson, N.C., defeating Marshall, 2-0, and losing to Charlotte, 5-3. Five different Cougars accounted for the five goals scored in the two matches, but junior forward/midfielder Zach Prince added two assists as well to hold an early team lead in points with four. Charleston went 13-5-1 last season and finished as the runner-up in the Southern Conference. The Cougars, picked to finish third in the SoCon Preseason Coaches poll, are led by 2008 Hermann Trophy candidate Kareen Yearwood who is a junior forward.
All-Time Series With Charleston:
Washington leads the all-time series with Charleston, 1-0, winning the only previous meeting, 2-0, in 2002. These teams met on a neutral pitch that year in the opening round of the Gamecock Classic hosted by the University of South Carolina.
Furman is coming off a 3-2 double-overtime loss at the hands of UNC-Wilmington in its season opener, Aug. 31. The Paladins will host Bowling Green on Friday before taking on the Huskies, Sunday. Furman, ranked 25th in the preseason NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll, was tabbed to defend its Southern Conference title this year. The Paladins are led by senior Patrick Murray, a preseason College Soccer News second-team All-American. Furman tallied a 19-4-0 overall record in 2007, advancing as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
All-Time Series With Furman:
Washington and Furman met for the first time in last year's Husky Fever Classic, a contest won by UW, 1-0, in overtime. Kevin Forrest scored the golden goal for the Huskies in the 96th minute to lift UW to the win over then-23rd-ranked Furman. Until that point, the Paladins had opened the season with seven-straight wins. The victory also marked the 200th career win for UW head coach Dean Wurzberger.
Early Pac-10 Leaders:
While still very early in the season, UW freshman Brent Richards leads the Pac-10 in shots (nine) and shots per game (4.5). With their goals last weekend, freshman Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and junior Jo Jo Katz are tied for third in scoring. Sophomore Brad Keller is tied for third in assists (one).
A handful of Huskies made their first career appearances last weekend in Portland including freshman defender Tyler Klein, freshman midfielder Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, freshman midfielder Casey McCool, freshman forward Brent Richards, freshman defender Matt Berry, sophomore transfer Cameron Holm, freshman defender Kohl Schoening and senior transfer Josh Swett.
John Named To Hermann Trophy Watch List:
Senior midfielder George John was one of 48 Division I men's soccer players named to the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Aug. 19. The Hermann Trophy is considered soccer's top collegiate individual honor. A two-year co-captain for Washington, John is a two-time NSCAA All-Far West Region and two-time All-Pac-10 honoree. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 team member in 2007, helping the Huskies to their second-straight trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. John has also excelled in the classroom, earning NSCAA Scholar All-American status last year and is a two-time Pac-10 all-academic selection. The recipients of the MAC Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November with three finalists announced in early December. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 9, 2009, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following. John is the second-straight Husky named to the list as forward Kevin Forrest was tabbed as a preseason candidate last season. Husky standout C.J. Klaas was a semifinalist for the award in 2003 and 2004.
Huskies Split Exhibition Tuneups:
Washington played a pair of exhibition contests to get ready for the season, defeating Seattle University, 2-0, and falling to the USL-First Division Seattle Sounders, 1-0. True freshman Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and redshirt-freshman Jamie Finch scored second-half goals to lead UW to a victory in its unofficial debut. Sophomore Stephen Fung and junior Rylan Hawkins shared time in goal to combine for the shutout. The Huskies also put up a good showing against the Sounders despite the 1-0 loss. Sebastien Le Toux scored the game's only goal in the 63rd minute for the professional side. Every player that suited up for UW saw action on the field, including all three goalkeepers.
Huskies Projected To Finish Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches' Poll:
Washington was predicted to finish fourth in this season's Pac-10 standings according to a vote of the league's coaches the conference office announced, Aug. 13. California, coming off back-to-back Pac-10 championships, was picked to win a third-straight crown, followed by UCLA, Stanford, the Huskies, San Diego State and Oregon State. Cal received four first-place votes with the other two going to UCLA and Stanford. Washington was one of three Pac-10 squads to earn a spot in last year's NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, advancing as far as the second round for the second-straight season. The Huskies compiled an overall record of 9-8-4 and finished fifth in the league with a 3-4-3 tally.
The Washington men's soccer incoming recruiting class was ranked 32nd in the nation according to CollegeSoccerNews.com, the website announced. The Huskies' incoming freshmen group includes goalkeeper Brooks Hopp from Seattle who was tabbed one of '100 Freshmen To Keep an Eye On' this season by CSN. Headlining the class is also Brent Richards, a forward from Camas who was named the 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Washington. Additional freshmen who could make an impact on the squad right away include midfielders Casey McCool from Bend, Ore., and Dylan Tucker-Gangnes from Bainbridge Island, Wash. Two other Pac-10 squads joined Washington in the CSN rankings with UCLA at No. 8 and California at No. 20.
2007 Season Review:
In 2007, Washington finished the season with a 9-8-4 overall record and placed fifth in the Pac-10 (3-4-3). The Huskies earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the 11th time in 13 years and advanced as far as the second round for the second-straight season. UW downed Portland 1-0 in a first-round match in Seattle, the gamewinner coming from an Ely Allen penalty kick. The Huskies traveled to Southern California to face the defending champs UC Santa Barbara, falling for the second-straight year by a one-goal deficit (1-0). Season highlights included UW notching the program's 500th all-time victory and head coach Dean Wurzberger winning his 200th career game. For the second-straight season, a Husky was tabbed Pac-10 Player of the Year - an honor going to Allen who shared the award with Cal's Andrew Jacobson. Allen was also named to the All-Pac-10 first-team, was a College Soccer News second-team All-American and earned NSCAA All-Far West Region honors. George John was also named to the All-Far West Region team. Washington's great tradition of sending players to the professional ranks continued with Ely Allen being selected in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft by the L.A. Galaxy. Kevin Forrest, whose senior year was cut short due to injury, was picked up by Colorado in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
Husky coach Dean Wurzberger is in his 17th 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 nearly two decades 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 11 times in the last 13 years, including a school-record Sweet 16 trip in 2003. His record at Washington seasons stands at a stellar 196-93-32 (.660).
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.
The Huskies will wrap up their five-game road trip at Portland, Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. UW will make its official home debut hosting the Husky Fever Classic, Sept. 19 and 21.
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