First-Place Huskies Look To Stay Unbeaten In Conference Play
Oct. 15, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 - 7 p.m.
Washington (4-4-4, 1-0-3) at Oregon State (5-5-2, 1-3-0)
Paul Lorenz Field; Corvallis, Ore.
Live stats available via Gametracker, www.GoHuskies.com
This Week: The Washington men's soccer team will look to stay unbeaten in Pac-10 games as they close out the first half of conference play on Saturday at Oregon State (5-5-2, 1-3-0). The Huskies are currently tied for the conference lead and are one of just two unbeaten teams at 1-0-3. They have already defeated the team they are tied for first with - Cal - and have tied the only other unbeaten team - UCLA. With a win on Saturday, UW would be in a strong position to win the Pac-10 title heading into the home stretch as three of their final five conference games are at home. The Huskies have not won the Pac-10 title since 2000.
Last Week: The Huskies broke out with a huge weekend in the Bay Area, shocking No. 5 California on their home field with a 2-0 victory on Friday. The Dawgs then extended their unbeaten streak to five matches on Sunday when they settled for a 1-1 draw with No. 17/23 Stanford.
On Friday, the Huskies got a goal in the 23rd minute from Matt Van Houten and later got some breathing room when Brad Keller added a goal in the 54th minute to upset the Bears, 2-0. Senior Rylan Hawkins held Cal's offense scoreless after they came into the match ranked 11th in the nation in scoring, making six saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season. On Sunday, freshman Ryan Moore connected for his fourth goal of the season on an assist from Brent Richards in the 16th minute after Stanford had taken the lead four minutes into the match. The Dawgs held on for the tie, with Hawkins making four saves, to earn another crucial point on the road.
Live Online Coverage: Live stats for Saturday's game will be available via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com. All of UW's home matches feature a live webcast available on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Fans will need to create a login and password but all men's and women's soccer games are free of charge through this service.
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Road Sweet Road: With their big victory over Cal last Friday and an important draw with Stanford, the Huskies stayed undefeated this season in true road games. UW is now 3-0-2 as the visiting team while they are just 1-4-2 at home and on neutral sites.
Going The Distance: The Huskies concentrated heavily on their fitness in preseason training and it's a good thing as UW has played six overtime games through their first 12 matches this season, including five that have gone to double overtime. UW is 1-1-4 in games that go more than 90 minutes. They had four OT games all of last season, going 2-0-2.
All in all, UW has played an additional 110 minutes in their six overtimes combined, meaning the Huskies have played an extra full game of overtime and then some through 12 games.
About the Huskies: The Huskies are 4-4-4 this season despite playing a brutal schedule against some of the nation's best teams. Of their 12 games this season, seven have come against teams either currently ranked or teams that were ranked at the time of the game. Additionally, all four of their loses have come by a one-goal margin.
Sophomore Brent Richards and freshman Ryan Moore have accounted for 21 of the team's 36 points, with Richards points (11) and Moore just one behind with 10 as each has scored four goals while Richards has three assists to two by Moore. Senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has been stellar with a 0.83 GAA and four shutouts.
Keller Named Pac-10 Player of the Week: Junior midfielder Brad Keller was named the Pac-10 Conference men's soccer Player of the Week after he led the Huskies to a huge 2-0 upset at No. 5 California on Friday, scoring a goal and assisting on the game-winner scored by Matt Van Houten. The three points were Keller's first of the season and exceeded his career scoring output of two points from his previous two seasons combined. He also helped the Huskies hold Cal's potent offense - which ranks 11th in the nation - to no goals.
The junior also took three shots on Sunday as UW put the pressure on No. 17/23 Stanford and forced a 1-1 tie to leave the weekend with four important points and a 1-0-3 record in conference play. Keller has played in 12 games for the Huskies, starting in 10. He has one goal and one assist for three points on 18 shots on goal. The honor marks the first-career weekly award for Keller and Washington's 20th all-time Player of the Week selection.
'D' It Up: One of the main reasons the Huskies have thrived so far in conference play is their defense. Against two of the nation's best scoring offenses, California (No. 11) and UCLA (No. 16), the Huskies allowed only one goal against the Bruins and held the Bears scoreless. In four Pac-10 matches, the Huskies have allowed only two goals, tying with Stanford for the Conference lead in goals allowed.
Hawkins Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist: Senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins was this week named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer, which is given annually to one student-athlete who excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Fans can vote for Hawkins either online at www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_soccer_2009' or by texting 'M4' to 74567.
Hawkins is a computer engineering and pre-business major with a 3.92 grade point average. A three-time All-Pac-10 Academic First Team selection, Hawkins was also named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team. He has overcame a serious facial injury in 2007 to become one of the Pac-10s top keepers. A team captain since `06, Hawkins had a solid freshman campaign, posting seven shutous and being named All-Pac-10 honorable mention. After returning to play in half the games last season after his injury, Hawkins is back and full strength in 2009.
Off the field, he is currently helping three large non-profits in the Seattle area (United Way of King County, Treehouse for Kids and Children of the Nations) build a major fundraising campaign that aims to generate more than $100,000 between the three of them, utilizing social entrepreneurship to get Generations X and Y involved in philanthropy through technology and social networking. Last year, Hawkins developed a Web application, Visual Schedule Finder, that eases course scheduling of the 280 departments and 11,000 courses at the University of Washington.
Scouting Oregon State: The Beavers come into the game on a two-game losing streak but will look to turn things around at home, where they are 4-2-0 at home this season. Sophomore Danny Mwanga is tied for third in the Conference in goals scored (7) and is fourth in points (14). Mwanga has three game-winning goals this season and has ended the game with overtime goals against Marist College and San Diego State. Steve Spangler has seen all the minutes in goal, recording three shutouts and a 1.29 GAA.
Series vs. Oregon State: Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 29-8-3, including a 15-4-3 advantage when playing the Beavers in Corvallis. The teams have split their last six matches with Oregon State winning the last meeting between the teams, 1-0, in the season finale last year in Seattle. The Huskies won their match-up in Corallis last season, 2-1. Brent Richards and Jo Jo Katz scored second-half goals to lead UW to the win. UW has scored at least two goals in four of the last six meetings with OSU.