Men's Soccer Kicks Off 2009 Season Today At Seattle

Sept. 1, 2009

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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009
Washington (0-0-0) at Seattle (0-0-0) • 4 p.m. PT
Championship Field • Seattle, Wash.
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Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 - Portland Nike Invitational
Washington vs. No. 21 Saint Louis (0-0-0) • 4:30 PT
Merlo Field - Portland, Ore.
Live stats available via Gametracker

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 - Portland Nike Invitational
Washington vs. Virginia (0-0-0) • Noon PT
Merlo Field - Portland, Ore.
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This Week: The Washington men's soccer team kicks off its 2009 campaign with three games this week, all of which are on the road although one of those three will be very close to home. The Huskies' season-opener comes on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. at cross-town rival Seattle University as the Redhawks embark on their second year in NCAA Division I.

The Huskies will then travel down I-5 for the Nike Portland Invitational where they will take on a pair of 2008 NCAA Tournament teams in No. 21 Saint Louis on Friday, Sept. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Noon.

Live Online Coverage: Live scoring for all matches this weekend will be available on GoHuskies.com. Live video broadcasts of Washington's home games can be accessed later this season on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass, with men's and women's soccer games free of charge.

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In the Rankings: Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA or Soccer America polls to open the 2009 season.

About The Huskies: The Huskies are looking for a little redemption in 2009 after missing out on the postseason in 2008 for just the third time in the last 14 seasons. The Huskies return eight starters and 12 letterwinners overall, including six seniors who will look to the get UW back to its winning ways. Brent Richards, who led the team in goals scored as a freshman last year, returns as does Second-Team All-Pac-10 defender Taylor Mueller. Senior co-captains Taylor Hoss (D) and Rylan Hawkins (GK) will look to hold down the backline while fellow seniors Casey Cunningham and Taylor Cochran look to add scoring punch.

Season Opener History: The Huskies are looking for their first season-opening victory since 2006 when the Dawgs shut out UC-Davis 5-0. The Huskies dropped their first game last season for the first time in eight seasons when Fairleigh Dickinson got the best of UW, 2-1, in the Nike Portland Invitational. The Huskies earned a first-game tie in 2007 and prior to that won four consecutive season openers. This season marks the third straight year the Huskies begin the season on the road.

Scouting Seattle: The Redhawks are beginning their 43rd year of men's soccer but just their second in NCAA Division I. Seattle is in its first season of play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, where they will play seven conference matches this season. Seattle is not eligible for the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and therefore will not compete in the MPSF Tournament this year.

The Redhawks welcome back four of the top five scorers from the 2008 season, led by Kyle Peterman, who led the team with seven goals and 17 total points as a freshman. Ian Walsh scored five goals during his junior campaign, while Wesley VanHooser (three goals, one assist) and Sean Morris (two goals, three assists) each collected seven points last season. Emerson De Oliveira is back in goal for SeattleU after compiling a 6-1-1 record last year with a 0.49 GAA, an .875 save percentage, and four shutouts.

Series vs. Seattle: Seattle and Washington have not met in the regular season since Sept. 20, 2001, a 3-1 Husky victory. The Huskies hold a 36-5-4 edge over the Redhawks all-time.

Scouting Saint Louis: The Billikens are ranked as high as No. 21 in the NSCAA poll heading into the 2009 season. Saint Louis return six starters and 15 total letterwinners from last year's club that finished 12-5-5 overall and 6-3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. SLU qualified for its third straight NCAA Tournament and topped Drake 1-0 in the first round at Hermann Stadium. The 2008 season came to an end following a 2-0 defeat at Indiana in the second round.

The Billikens are one of NCAA soccer's most storied programs, winning 10 National Championships and advancing to the NCAA Tournament 45 times.

Series vs. Saint Louis: The Huskies have never defeated Saint Louis, going 0-2-1 in the all-time series. Saint Louis won the last time the two teams squared off, a 3-2 overtime decision in 2003 in the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Virginia: The Cavaliers return 92 percent of their goal-scoring, including 36-of-39 total goals from last year's squad that continued its longest active streak in the nation with its 29th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Cavalier midfielder and 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year Tony Tchani, who returns for his sophomore campaign, was named as one of the 38 members of the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List after tallying nine goals and three assists for 21 points in 2008. Fellow sophomore Brian Ownby spent the summer with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team that played two international games as part of the Copa Ciudad de Rosario in Argentina. Last year, Ownby was an ACC All-Freshmen team selection and had five goals and four assists for the Cavaliers.

Head coach George Gelnovatch welcomes the Atlantic Coast Conference's top-ranked recruiting class according to Top Drawer Soccer and returns for his 14th season at the helm of UVa. Virginia has won five men's soccer NCAA titles, its most recent coming in 1994.

Series vs. Virginia: This weekend marks the first-ever match up between Virginia and Washington.

Exhibition Games Review: The Huskies warmed up for their 2009 season with a pair of exhibition matches at home, coming away with a 2-2 draw with the semi-pro Seattle Wolves and breaking out for four goals in a 4-1 win over Trinity Western from British Columbia. Against the Wolves, the Huskies got goals from senior Daniel Phelps and freshman Quinton Beasley - who tied the game in the 83rd minute. Senior Rylan Hawkins shut the Wolves out in the first half before giving way to sophomre Brooks Hopp in the second half. Hawkins was again stellar in goal in UW's win over Trinity Western, playing a clean sheet for 57 minutes while senior Taylor Cochran broke out for two goals in the first seven minutes to put the match away early. Brent Richards and Matt Van Houten also tallied goals for the Dawgs while Cochran also added an assist.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger: Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger went over the 200-win mark at UW last season and his 17-year career record at the helm of the UW men's soccer program stands at 204-99-34. Wurzberger had previously achieved the 200-career win mark in 2007 and his oveall record stands at 212-107-39. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including 11 appearances in the last 14 seasons.

2008 Season Review: The Huskies got off to a solid start at 8-5-1 and looked poised to return to the NCAA Tournament before they lost star player George John - now in the MLS - to a knee injury and the wheels fell off from there. The Huskies went 0-4-1 over the final five matches - all of which John missed - to fall our of contention for an NCAA bid. UW was led senior Raphael Cox - also currently in the MLS - whose 20 points (7 goals, 6 assists) were tops on the squad. A pair of freshmen stepped up for the Dawgs in John's absence as Brent Richards led the team with eight goals and Dylan Tucker-Gangnes scored three times and added a team-high tying six assists.

Ticket Information: Tickets for all Husky home matches are on sale now either online at GoHuskies.com or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Tickets may also be purchased at the field on game day. Individual tickets prices are $6 for adults, $4 for children/seniors and $3 for groups of 15 or more purchased in advance.

Up Next: Washington will play just one game next week at UC-Davis on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. before their home opener on Sept. 17 against Portland at 7 p.m.

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