Huskies Head South To Take On Oregon State

Oct. 8, 2008

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Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
Washington (6-3-1, 1-0-1 Pac-10) at Oregon State (3-5-3, 0-1-1 Pac-10) • 7:30 p.m.
Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium • Corvallis, Ore.

This Week:
Riding a five-match unbeaten streak, Washington men's soccer (6-3-1, 1-0-1 Pac-10) will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Northwest foe Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The contest marks the beginning of a three-game road trip after the Huskies played five-straight at home, a stretch that saw them post an undefeated 4-0-1 record. UW opened its Pac-10 slate last weekend with a 1-0 win over Stanford and a 2-2 double-overtime draw with then-No. 10 California. The Huskies share the top spot in the conference standings with Cal at 1-0-1 so far in league play. Next week, UW will travel to Southern California for matches at UCLA (Oct. 17) and San Diego State (Oct. 19).

In the Rankings:
Washington received votes in this week's NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times polls. The Huskies are also ranked 30th according to CollegeSoccerNews.com. UW is still unranked by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington made the most of its recent five-game homestand, going 4-0-1 during that stretch. In fact since opening the season 0-2, the Huskies are unbeaten in seven of their last eight games - the only loss in that span being a 3-1 loss to Portland. Washington's five-game unbeaten streak is its longest since UW opened the 2006 season with eight-straight wins. The Huskies opened Pac-10 play last weekend, earning a 1-0 victory over Stanford and battling to a 2-2- double overtime draw with defending Pac-10 champion California. Freshman midfielder Casey McCool's first collegiate goal lifted UW over the Cardinal to open conference play on Friday. The Huskies then welcomed the Golden Bears to Husky Soccer Field on Sunday. UW came from behind twice to tie the score in both the first and second-halves, then took Cal through 20 minutes of overtime to settle for the draw. Husky senior midfielder Raphael Cox scored the first goal to even the score 1-1 in the opening half, then assisted junior defender Casey Cunningham's goal to tie the game 2-2 in the 73rd minute. Cunningham's first career goal came at a good time for the Huskies, heading a corner kick from Cox into the net. Cox has been an offensive powerhouse for the Huskies, tallying four goals and two assists in the last four matches. He has taken over the team lead for goals (five), assists (three) and points (13). His five goals already surpass his career-high of four set during his sophomore campaign. UW's freshman frontline tandem is right behind Cox in offensive production. Brent Richards has four goals, two assists and 10 points, while Dylan Tucker-Gangnes has two goals, two assists and six points. Senior co-captain George John, a Hermann Trophy candidate, continues to anchor the midfield and assist in the backline when necessary. Cunningham and fellow junior Taylor Hoss solidify the Husky defense. Goalkeepers Stephen Fung and Rylan Hawkins have split time tending the net this season. Fung played both matches last weekend, earning the shutout against Stanford and grabbing five saves against Cal. Fung has a 1.57 goals against average and has 12 saves this season, while Hawkins has a 0.84 goals against average to go along with 10 saves.

Offensive Firepower:
The Huskies began the week tied with California for 22nd in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 2.0 goals per game. Senior midfielder Raphael Cox ranks 43rd in the nation in points per game (1.44) and is 55th in goals per game (0.56). In the Pac-10, Cox leads in points per game (1.44) and goals per game (0.56). Freshman forward Brent Richards leads the league in shots per game (4.0) and is tied for sixth in points per game (1.0) and is seventh in goals per game (0.40).

Scouting Oregon State:
Oregon State opened Pac-10 play last weekend with a 3-0 loss to California and a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Stanford. The matches marked the first home games for OSU since it hosted the Hensor/Zaher Memorial Diadora Classic back in early September. The Beavers are winless in their last three matches, also playing to a 1-1 draw with Loyola Marymount in their non-conference finale, Sept. 28. Senior forward Robby Christner leads the squad with six goals and one assist for 13 points. His six goals lead the Pac-10 heading into the second week of conference play. Junior goalkeeper Mike Miller hast played nine of 11 games, recording a 1.09 goals against average and grabbing 21 saves.

All-Time Series Vs. Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 28-7-3. The last three meetings between these squads were determined in overtime, all by a different result. Last year, UW battled OSU to a 2-2 double overtime draw in Corvallis after the Beavers defeated the Huskies 2-1 in overtime in Seattle. The last UW win came on Nov. 3, 2006, a 2-1 win in Corvallis. UW is 12-4-3 against the Beavers in Corvallis.

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