Men's Soccer Closes Out Regular Season At Home On Saturday
Nov. 12, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 - 5 p.m.
Oregon State (8-6-3, 4-4-1) at Washington (5-6-6, 2-2-5)
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Live stats and live video available on www.GoHuskies.com
This Week: The Washington men's soccer team closes out the 2009 regular season at home this weekend when they host Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. UW will look to even up their record and reach the .500 mark to become eligible for the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies could move up as high as second in the final conference standings with a win Sunday and a Stanford loss to Cal.
Last Week: The Huskies earned a huge victory on the road last weekend, which could go a long way in determing their NCAA status. In a must-win game on Friday, the Huskies went down and toppled No. 25 San Diego State, 2-0, on the strength of senior Rylan Hawkins' career-high 11 saves and his sixth shutout of the season, while Brent Richards and Matt Van Houten provided the scoring punch to give UW their second conference victory. More importantly, the victory helped UW leap past the Aztecs in the standings.
Riding a wave of momentum, the Huskies jumped out early on No. 10 UCLA and looked like they might pull the upset when Jamie Finch scored in the sixth minute, but the Bruins scored two unanswered goals to clinch the conference title.
NCAA Selection Show: The Huskies will find out their postseason fate on Monday when the NCAA Selection shows at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPNews.
Live Online Coverage: Live stats for both games this weekend will be available via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com. Additionally, a live video stream will be available on GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Fans will need to create a login and password but all men'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.
Last Chance to Vote for Hawkins: Senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins was 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 through Nov. 13 either online at http://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 has also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team twice. He has overcome a serious facial injury in 2007 to become one of the Pac-10s top keepers. 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. 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.
Check of the Rankings: The Huskies moved up to No. 51 in the recent RPI poll release on Tuesday. With 48 teams eligible for the postseason, UW appears to be sitting squarely on the bubble. The good news is, the Pac-10 has some teams high up in the rankings and UW has had lots of success against those teams, including No. 4 UCLA, whom UW drew 1-1 with earlier this season. San Diego State ranks No. 22 in the RPI, a team UW shutout last weekend and also battled to a 0-0 tie a month ago. Meanwhile, the Huskies tied No. 18 Stanford twice so a win Sunday could possibly let them sneak in.
Wait, Only 90 Minutes? The Huskies had their first overtime-free weekend since late September last week and it was a most-welcome break for one of the most tired teams in the country. The Huskies have gone to overtime a school-record eight times this season, including seven that went into double OT, also a school first. UW has settled for six draws, which ties a school record, five of which have come in conference play, tying a Pac-10 record. 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. The Huskies shutout San Diego last Friday to move into the top spot in conference play in fewest goals allowed. In nine Pac-10 matches, the Huskies have allowed only seven goals, fewest in the conference. The Huskies are also second in season goals against average (0.86), tied for second in overall shutouts (6) and tied for third in overall goals allowed (16 in 17 games).
Home Sweet Home: The Huskies return home this weekend for the final time hoping to go out on a high note. UW has had a tough time scratching out wins at Husky Soccer Field as their last four home matches have all ended in draws.
UW fared very well on the road this season, going unbeaten in their first five road matches until falling at Oregon State to end the first half of conference play. Overall, the Huskies are 4-2-2 on the road and just 1-2-4 at home. UW's home slate has been tough as five of their eight home matches have come against teams ranked at the time.
A Class With Class: The Huskies will honor their large and talented senior class on Sunday, which features six players: Taylor Cochran, Casey Cunningham, Rylan Hawkins, Taylor Hoss, Adam Lang and Daniel Phelps. The four have combined to go 35-29-13 in their four years and make two NCAA Tournament appearances so far. All six have been significant contributors this season and will be greatly missed when they exit the program.
About the Huskies: The Huskies are 5-6-6 this season despite playing a brutal schedule against some of the nation's best teams. Of their 17 games this season, 10 have come against teams either currently ranked or ranked at the time of the game. Additionally, five of their six losses have come by a one-goal margin.
Sophomore Brent Richards and freshman Ryan Moore have accounted for 23 of the team's 45 points, with Richards leading the squad with 13 points and Moore right behind with 10. Richards took over the team lead with his fifth goal last week while Moore is right behind with four. Richards also holds a slight edge in assists with three to Moore's two. Senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has been stellar with a 0.86 GAA and six shutouts.
Scouting Oregon State: The Beavers have been surging of late, going 3-1-1 in their last five matches to put them third in the conference standings. The Beavers could finish as high as second if they win Saturday and Stanford loses, which would tie their best-ever conference finish as they also placed second in 2003.
OSU is led by Danny Mwanga, who has a Pac-10 leading 12 goals and one assist for 25 points, the latter of which ranks second in the conference. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week last week, scoring his Pac-10 high fifth game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over San Diego State. Steve Spangler has recorded four shutouts and has a 1.23 GAA.
Series vs. Oregon State: The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State, 29-9-3 but the Beavers got the best of UW when the teams met earlier this season. UW had some weary legs after playing into double overtime in three of their four matches going into the game and succumbed to the Beavers on their home field, 2-0. UW is 14-4-0 all time against Oregon State at Husky Soccer Field.
It's Academic: The Huskies carry themselves with class on and off the field and their success in the classroom was rewarded last week when three players were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team. Seniors Rylan Hawkins and Adam Lang were named along with sophomore Brent Richards. Hawkins, who carries a 3.92 GPA in Computer Engineering, was named for the second time while Lang (3.47, Economics) and Richards (3.63, undeclared) were each named for the first time.