Huskies Begin Home Stretch Against Bay Area Schools

Oct. 29, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER

PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 - 7 p.m.
California (8-7-0, 2-5-0) at Washington (4-5-4, 1-1-3)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - 1 p.m.
No. 18/21 Stanford (9-4-1, 3-3-1) at Washington
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.

Live stats available via Gametracker, www.GoHuskies.com

This Week: The Washington men's soccer team returns after a much-needed bye week to host a pair of conference matches against the Bay Area schools. UW will first face California on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a match-up with No. 18/21 Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Huskies are playing the teams for the second time this season, having defeated Cal when they were ranked No. 5 three weeks ago and earning a tie with Stanford. The Huskies come into the match in fourth place the Pac-10, just behind the Cardinal.

Schedule Change: The Huskies have announced a schedule change for their regular-season finale with Oregon State. The game will take place Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. after being previously scheduled for Nov. 13. That game has been changed to accomodate a potential NCAA Women's First Round game at Husky Soccer Field on Nov. 13.

Last Week: The Huskies enjoyed a bye week after having gone to double overtime in three of their previous five games. In fact, they went to double overtime in three out of four before a mentally and physically drained Husky squad hit the road to face Oregon State and were up-ended, 2-0, to finish the first half of conference play. Still, the Huskies were able to come up with some big wins and ties in the first round of conference, drawing with current No. 7 UCLA and No. 18 Stanford and defeating then-No. 5 Cal. They also tied San Diego State which is not ranked, but has an incredible RPI of 11.

Live Online Coverage: Live stats for both games this weekend will be available via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com as will a live webcast featuring audio and video. 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.

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.

'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 and UCLA, the Huskies allowed only one goal against the Bruins and held the Bears scoreless. In five Pac-10 matches, the Huskies have allowed only four goals, which leads the conference.

Road Sweet Road: UW's loss at Oregon State two weeks ago snapped the Huskies' five-game unbeaten streak on the road this year after they had started 3-0-2. The Dawgs return home this weekend where they are 1-2-2. Four of their five home matches have come against teams ranked at the time and one of their two opponents this weekend - No. 18 Stanford - is also ranked while Cal has been ranked as high as No. 5 this season.

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 13 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 13 games. They should be rested for this weekend, however, coming off a bye week.

About the Huskies: The Huskies are 4-5-4 this season despite playing a brutal schedule against some of the nation's best teams. Of their 13 games this season, seven have come against teams either currently ranked or ranked at the time of the game. Additionally, four of their five losses 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 leading the squad with 11 points and Moore just one behind with 10. 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.

Scouting California: The Bears come into Friday's match reeling a bit, having dropped four in a row and five of their last six. Cal was 7-2, ranked No. 5 in the nation and coming off a win over rival Stanford back in early October before the Huskies snapped the Bears' hot streak with a 2-0 win in Berkeley which has sent Cal into their current funk.

The Bears are still a dangerous team, however, as they feature one of the conference's top players in Andrew Wiedeman, whose 23 points are tied for first in the conference - and rank 18th nationally - while his 10 goals lead the conference. Jeff Cosgriff is not far behind with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists), which ranks fourth in the conference. The Bears have had a hard time finding the back of the net of late, however, scoring just one goal in their last four matches - two of which were 1-0 defeats at the hands of No. 7 UCLA.

Series vs. California: The Huskies lead the all-time series with California, 21-15-6. Their win earlier this season was their first in the series since 2005. The Dawgs will try to get their first win against Cal at home since a 3-0 victory in 2004. Matt Van Houten scored the game-winner in Berkeley back in early October off an assist from Brad Keller, who scored his first career goal later in the match to seal the deal. Rylan Hawkins made six saves in the match to earn the shutout.

Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal are emerging as one of the top teams in the West, having scored a huge 2-0 upset over then-No. 2 UCLA last week, which moved them into contention for the Pac-10 title. Bobby Warshaw scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season for the game-winner and goalkeeper John Moore made nine saves in the match to keep the potent Bruin offense off the board.

Stanford started the season 6-1 and have gone 3-3-1 in conference play. They close out the Pac-10 slate with their games this weekend against UW and Oregon State and a battle with rival Cal next week at home, seeking their second Pac-10 championship and first since 2001.

Series vs. Stanford: UW leads the all-time series with Stanford, 23-15-3 after the teams tied earlier this season, 1-1. The Huskies had won two straight over the Cardinal, including a 1-0 victory at Husky Soccer Field last season, before Stanford won the second match, 4-2. The Huskies lead the series in Seattle, 13-7-1.

In their match-up back in early October, Warshaw got the Cardinal on the board in just the 4th minute before UW battled back to tie it in the 16th minute on freshman Ryan Moore's goal. Rylan Hawkins made four saves and kept the Cardinal off the scoreboard the rest of the way to help UW earn the draw.

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