Huskies Head To California For Final Regular-Season Road Trip

Nov. 5, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER

PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 - 2:30 p.m.
Washington (4-5-6, 1-1-5) at San Diego State (6-4-5, 3-2-2)
SDSU Sports Deck; San Diego, Calif.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - 1 p.m.
Washington at No. 10 UCLA (9-3-2, 4-1-2)
Drake Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

Live stats available via Gametracker, www.GoHuskies.com

This Week: The Washington men's soccer team heads down to California for their final regular-season road trip this weekend when they face San Diego State (6-4-5, 3-2-2) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and No. 10 UCLA (9-3-2, 4-1-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Huskies are in fifth place in the crowded Pac-10 conference but just two points behind the third-place Aztecs so a win Friday could go a long way toward helping UW's NCAA Tournament chances. The Huskies are also just a point behind Oregon State, whom they will host next weekend.

Schedule Changes: This Friday's game against San Diego State previously scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff has been moved back to 2:30 p.m. Additionally, 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 continued their recent streak of ties, earning another pair of draws against conference foes California and No. 18 Stanford. UW jumped out to the early lead against Cal on a goal by Brad Keller, his second of the season which have both come against Cal. The Huskies then held on after the Bears tied it in the 35th minute, keeping the high-powered Cal offense scoreless over the final 75 minutes to earn the 1-1 draw. On Sunday, the Huskies shutout the No. 18 Cardinal for 110 minutes, allowing just seven shots in the match - one off a season low for the conference-leaders - including just two shots on goal for the match.

Live Online Coverage: Live stats for both games this weekend will be available via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com and a live audio broadcast will also be available for Sunday's game on UCLABruins.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.

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.

Not How You Draw It Up: After two draws last weekend, the Huskies have now earned six for the season, which ties a school record. Five of those draws have come in conference play, tying a Pac-10 record. The Huskies have played eight overtime matches this season - seven of which have gone to double overtime - both school records. All in all, UW has played an additional 150 minutes in their eight overtimes combined, meaning the Huskies have played nearly two full extra games.

'D' It Up: One thing the Huskies can hang their hat on this season is their defense. Against conference-leading Stanford and the high-powered Cal offense last weekend, UW allowed just one goal total to stay among the conference leaders in defense. In seven Pac-10 matches, the Huskies have allowed only five goals, which is second only to No. 10 UCLA. The Huskies are also second to the Bruins in shutouts (5), goals against average (0.84) and overall goals allowed (14 in 15 games).

Road Sweet Road: The Huskies are back on the road this weekend where they have fared very well. The Huskies were unbeaten in their first five road matches of the season until recently falling at Oregon State to end the first half of conference play. Overall, the Huskies are 3-1-2 on the road and 1-2-4 at home. Five of their seven home matches have come against teams ranked at the time.

About the Huskies: The Huskies are 4-5-6 this season despite playing a brutal schedule against some of the nation's best teams. Of their 15 games this season, eight 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 39 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 0.84 GAA and five shutouts.

Mueller Named Player of the Week: Husky junior Taylor Mueller was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week this week for the first time in his career, helping the Husky defense to a 0-0 draw with No. 18 Stanford and a 1-1 draw with Cal. The only goal UW allowed all weekend came off the foot of the Pac-10's leading goal-scorer, Andrew Wiedeman, and they allowed just 23 shots in 220 minutes of play combined. After Cal managed 16 shots in their match Friday, UW clamped down on Stanford and allowed just seven shots in the game, none in either overtime and just one in the first half. UW limited the Cardinal's leading scorer, Bobby Warshaw, to just one shot, and Stanford had just two shots on goal all match.

Mueller is the second Husky this season to earn Player of the Week honors after Brad Keller earned the nod a month ago for his efforts against Cal and Stanford on the road. That weekend, Keller scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner in UW's 2-0 win over Cal. UW has 22 all-time POW selections.

Scouting San Diego State: The Aztecs have had nearly as much trouble with ties as the Huskies, settling for five draws on the season, two of which have come in Pac-10 play. In fact, SDSU has played 10 overtime games this season, one shy of the NCAA record set by Saint Louis in 2003. San Diego State has scored three big wins in conference play, however, against Cal (twice) and No. 21 Stanford to put them in third in the Pac-10 standings with a chance to still capture the conference crown. The Aztecs, on a four-game unbeaten streak, come in at No. 11 in the RPI poll.

Junior Raymundo Reza leads the Aztecs with six goals and 16 points. Senior Evan Toft, who has missed the entire Pac-10 season and the past eight matches, is still second on the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Junior Khadim Diouf has eight points on three goals and two assists, while senior preseason All-American Nick Cardenas (three goals, one assist), Morgan Sacco (two goals, three assists) and Daniel Ortega (seven assists) each have seven points. Goalkeeper Brad Byrns is 6-4-4 with a 1.18 GAA

Series vs. San Diego State: The Huskies hold a 5-3-5 advantage over the Aztecs with the teams tying six times in their nine matches since SDSU joined the Pac-10 for men's soccer. The teams tied in their last match as well, a 0-0 draw at Husky Soccer Field a month ago. Last season the teams also tied, 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 eight times in their 14 meetings. The Aztecs have not won in the series since 2006.

Scouting UCLA: The Bruins have lost two straight following a 10-game unbeaten streak, with their losses coming at the hands of No. 21 Stanford and Creighton in a non-conference road match last week. UCLA is still tied at the top of the Pac-10 standings and will look to capture their sixth Pac-10 title and second straight. UCLA is unbeaten at home this year (5-0). Senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa has been UCLA's go-to guy this season, leading the team with nine goals, five assists and 23 points, the latter of which ranks second in the conference. Goalkeeper Brian Perk leads the conference with a 0.70 GAA.

Series vs. UCLA: The Bruins lead the series with UW, 19-11-2, winning both matches last season by identical 2-0 scores. But the Huskies carry confidence into their match in L.A. after battling the Bruins to a 1-1 tie back in October, with Rylan Hawkins making five saves in the match. The Huskies last defeated UCLA in 2007 in L.A., 1-0, and also defeated the Bruins in 2006 at home, 2-0.

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