UW Men Host Husky Fever Classic
Sept. 17, 2008
HUSKY FEVER CLASSIC
Seattle, Wash. Husky Soccer Field
Fri., Sept. 19 - New Mexico (3-2-1) vs. Portland (2-2-1), 4:30 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton (2-4-0) vs. Washington (2-3-0), 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 21 - Cal State Fullerton vs. Portland, 11 a.m.
New Mexico vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m.
After opening the season with five-straight road matches, Washington men's soccer (2-3-0) makes its official home debut hosting the 20th annual Husky Fever Classic, Friday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 21, at Husky Soccer Field. Cal State Fullerton (2-4-0), New Mexico (3-2-1) and Portland (2-2-1) round out the four-team field. UW will open with Cal State Fullerton, Friday, at 7 p.m. following the New Mexico versus Portland matchup at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's doubleheader will feature Cal State Fullerton versus Portland at 11 a.m. and the Huskies versus New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. The Huskies are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to the Pilots last Friday. Despite the loss, UW enters its home tournament having won two of its last three matches.
Live Online Coverage:
Live scoring for all matches this weekend will be available on GoHuskies.com. Live video broadcasts of Washington's games can also be accessed on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass which is free of charge.
In the Rankings:
Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA or Soccer America polls this week. The Huskies were ranked 26th by Top Drawer Soccer and received votes in the Soccer Times Top-25 last week, but have since dropped out.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington had its brief two-game winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss at Portland, last Friday. The match marked the finale of a five-game season opening road trip for UW. After scoring first for the fifth-straight game, the Huskies surrendered three unanswered goals including an own goal equalizer just before halftime. Freshman forward Brent Richards scored his Pac-10 and team-leading fourth goal of the season to give UW an early lead. Richards has tallied four of his goals in the last three matches, including both gamewinners for UW. He has a team-high eight points, followed by fellow freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes who has six points on two goals and two assists. Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz also has two goals under his belt. Despite their sub .500 record, the Huskies have outscored their opponents 11-8 including a pair of four-goal performances in wins over College of Charleston (4-1) and Furman (4-0) en route to taking home the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational title. UW opened the year with losses to Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2) and then-No. 10 Virginia Tech (1-2) at the Nike Portland Invitational. Senior co-captain George John, a national player of the year candidate, has anchored the midfield and is tied for fourth on the squad in points (three) with fellow midfielders Raphael Cox and Adam Lang. Junior Casey Cunningham leads the UW defense, while goalkeepers Rylan Hawkins and Stephen Fung have shared time in goal. Hawkins (0.92 GAA, six saves) has started two matches, and Fung (2.00, three saves) three.
Home Sweet Home:
Friday's match marks not only the home opener for the Huskies, but the first contest of a five-game homestand. After opening with five-straight road games, UW will now play on their home pitch for the next three weeks. Following this weekend's tournament, Washington will host its non-conference finale with Gonzaga (Sept. 28) and will then open Pac-10 play in Seattle hosting Stanford (Oct. 3) and California (Oct. 5).
More Accolades For George John:
More national accolades rolled in for senior midfielder George John this week as the Husky co-captain was named a candidate for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. John is also on the watch list for the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy. The Senior CLASS Award is based on dedication and achievement in four areas: classroom, character, community and competition. The 30-player field will be narrowed to 10 in October. A nationwide vote will be held Oct. 9-Nov. 19, with the winner being announced during the NCAA College Cup. The Hermann Trophy is considered soccer's top collegiate individual honor. 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. 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.
Husky Classic History:
UW has won 11 Husky Classic titles over the 19-year history of the tournament, including four of the last five. After winning four-straight titles from 2003-2006, Denver broke UW's streak and took home the 2007 honor. Portland has claimed five tourney titles, while Marquette (1997) and Connecticut (2002) took home the other two.
Scouting Cal State Fullerton:
After opening its season with a 2-0 win over Alabama A&M, Cal State Fullerton has lost four of its last five matches. Last weekend, the Titans shutout Air Force 2-0 before falling to Denver, 4-1. Sophomore forward Celso Alvarez leads the squad with three of the team's seven goals. Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon has played four of the six games, making 14 saves and compiling a 1.97 goals against average. CSF is coached by Bob Ammann in his third season at the helm. Washington is 8-3-0 against Cal State Fullerton, including a 6-2-0 mark at home. These squads are both former members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The last time these teams met was in 2000, with UW winning in Seattle, 2-1. UW has won the last four-straight meetings from 1995-2000.
Scouting New Mexico:
The Lobos head to the Northwest after hosting four-straight matches including their own tournament last weekend. New Mexico knocked off then-No. 2 Akron, 1-0, in the opener on Friday, but then fell to Cal Poly on Sunday, 2-1. While UW and Fullerton are both former MPSF members, New Mexico is a current MPSF team. Junior Justin Davis was named the MPSF co-Player of the Week after netting the game-winner against Akron. Junior defender/midfielder Stephen Brown and senior forward Chris Wright share the team lead with six points. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Staver has played every minute so far in the net. New Mexico also has wins over San Diego (2-1) and Michigan State (3-2). Washington leads the all-time series with the Lobos, 1-0, winning the first meeting at New Mexico's tournament in Albuquerque last season (1-0). The Huskies claimed the tourney title after upsetting then-No. 3 SMU two days later. New Mexico is coached by Jeremy Fishbein in his seventh year at the helm.
Wurzberger Nearing Another Milestone:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger needs just two more wins to reach 200 in his 17-year career at the helm of the UW men's soccer program. His overall record as UW head coach stands at 198-94-32. 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 206-102-37. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including 11 appearances in the last 13 seasons.