Men's Soccer Hits The Road For Sunday Matinee

Sept. 11, 2009

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1 p.m. - Washington (1-2-0) vs. UC-Davis (2-2-0)


This Week: After three games in the opening week of play, the Washington men's soccer team stays on the road for their lone game of week against UC-Davis on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

Last Week: The Huskies won their season opener against cross-town rival Seattle University last Wednesday, 1-0, before dropping a pair of close games to tough opponents over the weekend in the Nike Portland Invitational.

The Dawgs opened up the 2009 campaign with solid play in defeating the Redhawks, 1-0, on freshman Ryan Moore's first career goal. Some strong defensive play and outstanding goalkeeping by senior Rylan Hawkins led UW to its first shutout of the season.

UW then traveled down to Portland where they faced a pair of NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, No. 21 Saint Louis and Virginia. The Huskies fell in both games by identical 2-1 scores but the games were very different. UW got off to a slow start against Saint Louis, falling behind in the fourth minute and playing catch-up the entire game. A second-half goal by Casey Cunningham got the Huskies on the board but they were unable to break through for the equalizer. On Sunday, UW came out strong this time against Virginia, getting an early goal from Matt Van Houten six minutes in, but the Cavaliers tied the game late to send it into overtime, where they got the golden goal to send the Huskies home with the loss.

Live Online Coverage: Live scoring for the match this weekend will be available via Gametracker on Live video broadcasts of Washington's home games can be accessed later this season on 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 this week.

Scouting UC-Davis: The Aggies come into the match with a 2-2 record having recently fallen to another Pac-10 foe, UCLA, 4-0, earlier this week. Since making the switch to Division I two seasons ago, the Aggies have showed they belong in reaching the NCAA Tournament each season, including a Second Round appearance last season. The are also putting an impressive streak on the line against the Dawgs as they are unbeaten in their last 12 games at home, going 9-0-3 at Aggie Field since end of 2007.

While the majority of their scoring from 2008 has graduated, the Aggies still boast some solid returning players, led by senior Paul Marcoux, who leads the team with two goals this season, and junior Jason Santos, who has also chipped in four points on a goal and two assists. Also returning is goalkeeper Ryan McCowan, who led the Big West Conference last season with a 0.87 goals against average.

Series vs. UC-Davis: This weekend marks the third-ever match between the two teams with the Huskies taking both contests. Most recently, they handed the Aggies a 5-0 loss in 2006, the year prior to UC-Davis becoming a Division I program. The game was the 2006 season-opener for the Huskies, who went on to go 13-7-1 on the campaign.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: With their win in last weekend's season opener over Seattle, the Huskies got off to a 1-0 start for the first time since 2006 when they defeated UC-Davis, who UW plays this weekend. The Huskies are 29-12-6 all time now in season openers.

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