Huskies Host Oregon State In Regular Season Finale Friday

Nov. 12, 2008

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Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Oregon State (5-9-4, 2-5-2 Pac-10) at Washington (8-7-2, 3-4-2 Pac-10) • 7 p.m.
Husky Soccer Field • Seattle, Wash.
Live scoring and live video at GoHuskies.com

This Week:
Washington men's soccer will look to close out the regular season on a winning note, hosting Northwest rival Oregon State (5-9-4, 2-5-2 Pac-10), Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies (8-7-2, 3-4-2 Pac-10) have struggled as of late, losing three of their last four games including two-straight on the road at Stanford and California last weekend. Friday will be Senior Night as the Huskies' three seniors Raphael Cox, George John and Josh Swett will be recognized prior to the match. UW begins the week occupying the fourth spot in the Pac-10 standings, while Oregon State is tied for fifth with Stanford. The Huskies will be aiming for a season sweep over the Beavers, winning the previous meeting in Corvallis, 2-1, on October 10.

Online Coverage:
Live scoring and a free live video broadcast of Washington's game with Oregon State on Friday night will be available on GoHuskies.com

In the Rankings:
Washington is not ranked or receiving votes in any of the four soccer polls. The Huskies received votes in at least one poll the last seven straight weeks. UW's season-high billing was a 23rd rank according to Soccer America, Oct. 14.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to end its roller coaster regular season on a high note when it hosts Oregon State in both teams' finale under the lights Friday night. After a mid-season six-game unbeaten streak, the Huskies now have just one win in their last six matches entering Friday's tilt with the Beavers. UW was tied for first place in the Pac-10 standings at the midpoint of conference play but has now fallen to fourth with one match remaining. UW still has a chance to finish in third if it can defeat OSU and third-place San Diego State falls to conference champ UCLA which would be an improvement upon last year's fifth place finish. The Huskies trail the Aztecs by just one point in the standings. Washington has played nearly the entire season with a young lineup, starting three true freshmen and one redshirt-freshman. UW is coming off two-straight losses in the Bay Area last weekend, falling at Stanford (2-4) and at then-No. 14 California (1-2). At Stanford, the Huskies fell behind 3-0 and couldn't quite recover. UW allowed a season-high four goals to the Cardinal but senior midfielder Raphael Cox tallied a goal and an assist in the game. Also scoring was junior midfielder Daniel Phelps who netted his first career goal. At Cal, UW went up 1-0 on a goal from freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes only to have the Huskies give up two unanswered scores. The Huskies did have to play the final 54 minutes a man down due to a red card ejection and almost lasted to overtime until Cal scored the gamewinner with just two minutes left in regulation. Junior defender Casey Cunningham was given the red card in the match and will miss Friday's match with Oregon State. UW has also been playing without its senior leader George John who suffered a knee injury in the match at San Diego State, Oct. 19. John has missed the last four games. Cox leads the squad with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Richards is right behind him with eight goals and two assists for 18 points. Tucker-Gangnes is third on the team in points (12) and is tied for the team-lead in assists (6) with Cox. Junior Rylan Hawkins and sophomore Stephen Fung have shared time manning the net. Hawkins has started the last two games and has a 1.48 goals against average along with 23 saves and two of the team's three shutouts. Fung has a 1.55 goals against average, 30 saves and one shutout.

Senior Salute:
Washington senior midfielders Raphael Cox, George John and Josh Swett will be making their final regular season appearance at Husky Soccer Field, Friday. Cox and John are wrapping up stellar Husky careers that included helping UW to back-to-back trips to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament the last two years. Swett was a newcomer to the squad this year, but made some solid contributions on the pitch for UW in 2008. John is the most decorated senior, twice earning All-Pac-10 and All-Region honors the last two years. He was tabbed one of the top players in the nation early, being named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List back in August. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in UW's match at San Diego State, Oct. 19, that required arthroscopic surgery, causing him to mis the last four matches. John has 26 career points with nine goals and eight assists. Cox, a second-team All-Pac-10 honoree as a junior, is putting up career-best offensive number this year with a team-leading 20 points on seven goals and six assists. He has 45 career points on 14 goals and 17 assists. Swett has been a solid contributor in the midfield as well, playing in all but three games and notching one assist.

Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers enter Friday's contest winless in their last three outings including a 1-0 loss at California and a 0-0 draw at Stanford last weekend. OSU has won just once in the last five matches, the lone victory being a 1-0 overtime win versus San Diego State in Corvallis, Oct. 24. OSU's only other Pac-10 win came against the Aztecs in San Diego (2-1), on Oct. 17. Senior forward Robby Christner is among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring with 16 points (seventh) and seven goals (tied for fifth). Junior goalkeeper Mike Miller ranks third in the Pac-10 in shutouts (three) and is fourth in goals against average (1.14).

All-Time Series Vs. Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 29-7-3, including a 14-3-0 advantage when playing the Beavers in Seattle. UW has held the upper hand as of late, winning three of the last five meetings including a 2-1 decision in Corvallis in October. Freshman forward Brent Richards and junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz scored second-half goals to lead UW to the win. OSU's Robby Christner scored in the 85th minute to cut UW's lead to a one-goal advantage but the Huskies held on. UW has also scored at least two goals in four of the last five meetings with OSU.

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