Huskies Host Gonzaga In Non-Conference Finale Sunday

Sept. 24, 2008

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Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008
Gonzaga (3-2-1) at Washington (4-3-0) • 2:30 p.m.
Husky Soccer Field • Seattle, Wash.
Live online coverage at GoHuskies.com

This Week:
Washington men's soccer (4-3-0) will wrap up its non-conference slate this weekend when it hosts Northwest foe Gonzaga (3-2-1), Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. UW made its official home debut last weekend by winning its own Husky Fever Classic. The Huskies turned in victories over Cal State Fullerton (1-0) and No. 24 New Mexico (3-2 in overtime), giving them four wins in their last five matches. UW is in the midst of a five-game homestand after opening the season with five-straight road matches. Sunday's contest will follow the Husky women's soccer match with Hawai'i that kicks off at noon. The Huskies are just now one week away from the start of conference play, as they open Pac-10 action hosting Stanford, Friday, Oct. 3, and California, Sun., Oct. 5.

Live Online Coverage:
Live scoring and a free live video broadcast of Sunday's match with Gonzaga will be available at GoHuskies.com. Fans wishing to view the game must have a Dawg Channel All-Access pass.

In the Rankings:
Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA or Soccer America polls this week, but did receive votes in the Soccer Times Top-25 poll.

Husky Soccer Alumni Gathering To Be Held Sunday:
The Washington men's and women's soccer programs will hold a joint alumni barbecue, Sunday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Husky Ballpark. The gathering will be held during the break between the Husky men's and women's doubleheader, on the grass area outside the stadium, down the first base line. The event is free and open to all Husky soccer alumni. The Washington women's soccer squad will kick off the doubleheader hosting Hawai'i at noon at Husky Soccer Field, with the men's contest with Gonzaga to follow at 2:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information on the event, please contact assistant men's soccer coach Richard Reece at rjreece@u.washington.edu or 206-616-1123. Alumni who RSVP will receive free admission to the matches on Sunday.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington, winners of two-straight and four of its last five, will look to build upon its recent success. The Huskies won their second tournament title of the season by claiming their own Husky Fever Classic last weekend. UW opened the tourney with a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton. Senior midfielder George John scored the gamewinner off a free kick from senior midfielder Josh Swett in the 87th minute to give UW a 'w' in its home opener. On Sunday, senior midfielder Raphael Cox helped spark Washington to a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win over then-No. 24 New Mexico. Down 2-0 early, the Huskies stormed back with a pair of goals in the second-half and the overtime gamewinner to come out on top. Cox scored both the equalizer in the 79th minute and the golden goal in the 97th minute, an effort for which he was named Pac-10 Player of the Week. The victory was also the 200th for Dean Wurzberger, currently in his 17th season as the Husky head coach. Junior defender Taylor Hoss's first collegiate goal set UW's scoring into motion versus the Lobos. The Huskies have endured a roller coaster season thus far, opening the year 0-2, winning two, losing one, then winning two. Freshman forward Brent Richards, who assisted both of Cox's goals against New Mexico, leads the team with four goals and 10 points. Cox is right behind Richards with three goals and one assist for seven points. Richards and fellow freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes share the lead in assists with two. Junior Rylan Hawkins and sophomore Stephen Fung have shared time tending goal. Hawkins has played in four matches, making 10 saves, recording two shutouts and recording a 0.94 goals against average. He started both matches at last weekend's Husky Fever Classic. Juniors Casey Cunningham and Hoss lead the UW backline, that also includes sophomores Brad Keller and Taylor Mueller.

Cox Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Senior midfielder Raphael Cox was named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday. Cox was instrumental in the Huskies' 3-2 overtime victory against No. 24 New Mexico to win the Husky Fever Classic on Sunday. The victory also gave head coach Dean Wurzberger his 200th win at Washington. The Tacoma, Wash., helped the Huskies come back from a two-goal deficit against the Lobos, scoring the equalizing goal in the 79th minute and the gamewinner in the 98th minute. It was the first multiple-goal effort for Cox who earned All-Pac-10 second-team acclaim last season. The senior also fired off two shots in Washington's 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton in the Husky Fever Classic opener, Friday. He is currently tied for third in the Pac-10 in goals with three and is tied for sixth in points with seven. This is the first weekly honor for Cox and the 19th overall for Washington.

Wurzberger Wins 200 At UW:
With the Huskies' 3-2 win over New Mexico on Sunday, Dean Wurzberger notched his 200th win as the head coach of the UW men's soccer program. In his 17th season on Montlake and 18th overall in the collegiate head coaching ranks, Wurzberger's Husky record now stands at 200-94-32. Since 1992, he has taken the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including 11 appearances in the last 13 seasons. For good measure, he has sent 13 players to the Major League Soccer ranks, including many more to various professional leagues. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 208-102-37.

Scouting Gonzaga:
The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of wins and the tournament title at their own Gonzaga Nike Classic last weekend. Gonzaga defeated Missouri-Kansas City, 3-2 in overtime, before shutting out Cal State Bakersfield, 1-0. Gonzaga's other win this season came against UNLV, 2-1. Among the Zags' opponents this year have been then-No. 6 Creighon (L, 1-4) and Pac-10 squad Oregon State (0-0, 2ot). Junior forward Tye Perdido leads the squad with three goals. Junior goalkeeper Scott Barnum has started all but one game and has a 1.13 goals against average and two shutouts under his belt.

All-Time Series Vs. Gonzaga:
Washington is 20-1-1 all-time against Gonzaga, with the lone Bulldog win in the series coming last year in Spokane. Gonzaga defeated UW for the first time, 2-1, on Sept. 7, 2007. The Huskies are 11-0-0 against Gonzaga in Seattle, the most recent win coming in 2006 (2-1). The series between these Northwest rivals dates back to 1981.

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