Men's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play At Home This Weekend

Oct. 1, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER

PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
San Diego State (3-2-2) at Washington (3-4-1), 7:30 p.m. PT

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
No. 4 UCLA (5-1-0) at Washington, 2 p.m. PT

Live stats, audio and video available at GoHuskies.com

This Week: The Washington men's soccer team opens Pac-10 play this week when they host San Diego State, Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and No. 4 UCLA, Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Both games serve as the final game of doubleheaders with the UW women's team, who will play their final two non-conference games, Friday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Last Week: The Huskies earned a split against two tough opponents in their own Husky Fever Classic last weekend, falling to then-No. 17 Creighton, 1-0, before knocking off Cal Poly, 3-1, in their final non-conference tune up. The Dawgs loss on Friday was their fourth one-goal defeat of the season. They bounced back on Sunday, however, to break out for their highest offensive outburst of the season. Freshman Ryan Moore scored two goals - both off assists from Jamie Finch - and sophomore Brent Richards added his team-high fourth goal of the season as the Huskies ended the non-conference slate on a high note.

Live Online Coverage: Live stats will be available for both games this weekend via Gametracker at GoHuskies.com Additionally, live audio and video will be available for free with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. All UW men's and women's soccer games this season are free of charge through this service.

Follow the Huskies on Facebook: Become a fan of the Washington men's soccer team on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/UWMensSoccer. Fans can also follow the UW men's soccer team through the Huskies' all-sports Twitter page, www.twitter.com/UWSportsNews.

In the Rankings: Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA, Soccer America or Soccer Times polls this week.

Home Sweet Home: After playing just one of their first six games at home this season the Huskies will play their third and fourth straight home games this weekend. The Dawgs have been very successful on the road this year, going 2-0-1 in true road games while they are just 1-4 at home and at neutral sites. UW will look to reverse that trend this weekend in their Pac-10 openers.

Going The Distance: The Huskies concentrated heavily on their fitness in preseason training and it has paid off as UW has played three overtime games in their first eight this season, including two that have gone to double overtime. UW is 1-1-1 in games that go more than 90 minutes. They had just four OT games all of last season, going 2-0-2.

No Sophomore Slump: Husky sophomore Brent Richards does not appear to be headed for a sophomore slump as he leads the team in goals (4), assists (2) and points (10) after leading the squad in goals as a freshman last season. The Camas, Wash., native ranks second in the Pac-10 in points and tied for third in goals.

Scouting San Diego State: The Aztecs, in their fifth season as a Pac-10 men's soccer program, comes into Friday's match on a five-game unbeaten streak after starting the season 0-2. Last weekend featured the Aztecs' upsetting No. 6 UC-Santa Barbara, 4-2, before capping the perfect weekend with a 1-0 win over Princeton in their own Nike Aztec Classic. Senior Evan Toft leads the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Junior Raymundo Reza has added eight points on three goals and two assists while redshirt junior goalkeeper Brad Byrns is 3-2-1 with a 1.40 goals against average in 579-plus minutes.

Series vs. San Diego State: The Huskies hold a 5-3-5 advantage over the Aztecs with the teams tying five times in their eight matches since SDSU joined the Pac-10 for men's soccer. The teams tied in their last match last season, 2-2, in Seattle with the Huskies taking the first meeting, 2-1, in overtime in San Diego. The teams have always proven to be evenly matched, going to overtime seven times in their 13 meetings. The Aztecs have not won in the series since 2006.

Scouting UCLA: The fourth-ranked Bruins are the defending Pac-10 champions and are loaded with talent again. UCLA has already made a big statement this season, defeating No. 1 and defending national champion Maryland back in early September. The Bruins are riding a four-match winning streak after wins at San Diego and at home against UNLV last weekend. Senior Kyle Nazakawa garnered two National Player of the Week honors as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week after contributing on four of UCLA's five goals last weekend, including both game-winning goals. He leads the team with 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists) while David Estrada leads the team and the nation with six assists. Brian Rowe is the team's top keeper with a 3-0-0 record, 15 saves and a 0.64 GAA.

Series vs. UCLA: The Bruins lead the series with UW, 19-11-1, winning both matches last season by identical 2-0 scores. The teams split the two previous seasons, with UW winning their last match against UCLA in 2007 in L.A., 1-0, while also defeating the Bruins in 2006 at home, 2-0.

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