2009 Washington Men's Soccer Team Preview

Aug. 21, 2009

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    2009 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preview Series

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    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 8-8-2
    2008 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 3-5-2/4th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 12/4
    Newcomers: 5

    Head Coach: Dean Wurzberger (18 years)
    Alma Mater: Sac State '82
    Record at Washington: 204-99-34 (17 years)
    Assistant Coaches: Richard Reece, Ben Somoza

    2009 TEAM PREVIEW
    Washington will look to make its 12th NCAA appearance in the last 15 years under head coach Dean Wurzberger. The Huskies are anxious to get back to the postseason after missing out in 2008. UW returns eight starters, including its leader goal-scorer in sophomore forward Brent Richards (8) and assist-leader sophomore midfielder Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (6), from a team that finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a Conference record of 3-5-2. The Huskies are a team with lots of experience but no big-name superstars after the loss to graduation of Raphael Cox and George John, but a balanced attack and some emerging stars could push UW back into the top of the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies do return both goalkeepers from last season, redshirt senior Rylan Hawkins and redshirt junior Stephen Fung. In 2008, Hawkins and Fung split time in front of the net, with Hawkins playing in eight games and posting 1.42 goals against average, while Fung saw action in 11 games with a 1.55 GAA. Junior defender and second team All-Pac-10 honoree Taylor Mueller will be looked to anchor a Husky defense that totaled three shutouts last season. Wurzberger welcomes four freshmen, including forward Ryan Moore, who Wurzberger knows is an attacking player with the potential of following in the footsteps of past great Huskies like Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen.

    KEY MATCHUPS
    • Sept. 25 - Creighton at Washington, 7:00 p.m. PT
    • Oct. 17 - Washington at Oregon State, 7:00 p.m. PT
    • Nov. 13 - Oregon State at Washington, 7:00 p.m PT
    Washington will have its hands full in the opening match of the Husky Fever Classic as they face off against Creighton. The Bluejays nabbed the number three spot in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s preseason poll released earlier this month. Creighton is the three-time reigning Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions. Last season, when the Huskies and Beavers met in Corvallis, Ore., UW was victorious winning, 2-1, in a physical and intense matchup. OSU returned the favor defeating UW 1-0 in Seattle to close out the season. Like any big rivalry match, this one promises to be a great match, filled with passion and intensity.

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  • WASH

    HUSKY TO WATCH
    15 • Brent Richards
    SO • Forward • Camas, Wash.

    As a freshman in 2008, sophomore forward Brent Richards was one of three Huskies to play in all 18 matches, starting 17 of them. Last season, he finished as the team leader in goals (8), second in points (18) and dished out two assists on his way to being named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection. Led the Pac-10 in shots (71) and finished tied for third in goals and sixth in points. At the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational last season, he netted game-winning goals in back-to-back matches against College Of Charleston and Furman. The former Washington State Gatorade Player of the Year (2007), he earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors at the same tournament for scoring three goals in two matches. In doing so, he made College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his efforts.

     

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