Men's Soccer Wraps Up Successful Spring Campaign
May 5, 2010
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer team completed a highly-successful 2010 Spring campaign last weekend, defeating Seattle U, 2-1, to finish undefeated against collegiate teams.
The Huskies went 4-0 against the likes of Oregon State, Portland, Seattle and British Columbia, with their only defeats coming at the hands of the professional squad from Kitsap Pumas and another in a scrimmage with the Seattle Sounders.
'The 2010 spring season was a successful one that has our team gaining momentum for the fall season,' Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We had good results in the games against the local college teams and we are excited to see more depth and other player combinations when the new players join us in August. We think we are a good team now and believe we will be even better in the fall.'
The Huskies saw several new faces on the pitch and on the sidelines throughout the spring. In addition to new assistant coaches Brandon Prideaux and Brendan Bourdage, the Huskies got their first look at highly-touted goalkeeper Spencer Richey, a Seattle native and U.S. U17 National Team player who enrolled early at UW to get some extra work before next Fall.
The Huskies return their top-two scorers from 2009 in junior-to-be Brent Richards and Ryan Moore, who had an outstanding freshman campaign and should be even better in 2010 with a year under his belt. UW also returns a solid back line, anchored by All Far West Region selection Taylor Mueller, and All-Pac-10 pick Jamie Finch.
UW started the spring by showing off not just their stellar defense but also an improved offense, which will look to put the ball in the back of the net more often with a more aggressive approach next season. The Huskies shut out British Columbia, 2-0, in their opener, with sophomore-to-be Quinton Beasley scoring both goals, receiving assists from two other returning starters, Matt Van Houten and Brad Keller.
The Huskies then defeated a pair of tough teams in Portland and Pac-10 foe Oregon State. In their second-straight shutout, a 2-0 victory over the Pilots, Richards scored a pair of first-half goals and senior-to-be Stephen Fung showed that he and Richey will have a battle for the starting job, posting the shutout.
UW then took down the Beavers, 2-1, with Van Houten scoring both of the Husky goals, one coming on an impressive bicycle kick. That put UW ahead 2-0 and the Huskies managed to hold off OSU the rest of the way. UW had several more chances over the final minutes, including a laser off the post by Richards.
After the Kitsap Pumas took the Huskies down, 2-0, in a hard-fought match, UW bounced back to wrap up an impressive spring with a 2-1 win over their cross-town rival Redhawks. New face Alex Klein added his first goal in the Purple and Gold and Richards added another as UW rallied for a come-from-behind victory. After giving up a goal on a free kick early in the second half, the Huskies roared back to score two unanswered and tightened up their defense to stay unbeaten against college teams.
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