UW Men Host Husky Classic This Weekend

Sept. 13, 2006

Husky Classic
Seattle, Wash. • Husky Soccer Field

Fri., Sept. 15 - Marshall (2-2-1) vs. Portland (1-0-2) • 4:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois (4-2-0) vs. #4/10 Washington (5-0-0) • 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 17 - Northern Illinois vs. Portland • 11 a.m.
Marshall vs. #4/10 Washington • 1:30 p.m.
Live scoring and live video for all matches at GoHuskies.com

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This Week:
No. 4/10 Washington men's soccer (5-0-0) returns home after a four-game road trip to host the 18th Annual Husky Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Friday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 17. The Huskies will face Northern Illinois Friday at 7 p.m., a match preceded by the tournament's opener between Marshall and Portland at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, Northern Illinois will face Portland at 11 a.m., followed by Marshall vs. UW at 1:30 p.m. Live scoring and live video for all matches of the tournament will be available at GoHuskies.com.

Huskies Continue To Roll, Top National Rankings:
After three weeks of play, Washington is one of five unbeaten or untied teams in the nation and climbed up to fourth in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll. The Huskies' 5-0-0 start is its best since opening the 2003 season 7-0-1. UW has dominated its opponents both offensively and defensively, outscoring them 14-3. The squad's offensive explosion can be credited to the forward tandem of juniors Ely Allen and Kevin Forrest who have tallied nine of the team's 14 goals. Forrest ranks third in the nation in goals per game (1.20) and fourth in points per game (2.60). As a team, the Huskies enter the week ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense (2.80 gpg). Senior center backs Ty Harden and Matt Fischer have anchored the UW defense, while redshirt freshman Rylan Hawkins and sophomore Cameron Copps-Tilley have done a stellar job manning the net. Both goalkeepers are seeing their first collegiate minutes in 2006. Hawkins ranks 14th in the nation in goals against average (0.33) and as a team, UW ranks 21st nationally in goals against average (0.59).

Huskies Claim Second-Straight Tournament Title:
Washington posted back-to-back 2-1 victories over Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Milwaukee to win its second-straight tournament title at the Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational in Madison, Wisc., last weekend. Both UW and Creighton finished the tournament 2-0, but the Huskies were awarded the title based on goals scored. Four Huskies were named to the All-Tournament Team: junior forward Ely Allen, junior forward Kevin Forrest, senior defender Ty Harden and sophomore midfielder George John. Against the host Badgers, UW came back from a1-0 deficit with a pair of late goals from John. Barely three minutes after the Badgers scored in the 53rd minute, John answered with his first goal of the season. His gamewinner came in the 80th minute to preserve the squad's unbeaten record. Against UW-Milwaukee, Kevin Forrest's goal on a free kick in the 97th minute gave UW the overtime victory. UW scored first in the 27th minute on a penalty kick by Ely Allen only to have the Panthers' Colin Baker tie the match with a goal in the 51st minute. Forrest's sixth goal of the season in overtime saved the game for UW.

Scouting Northern Illinois:
Friday's match between NIU and UW will be a battle of the Huskies. The Northern Illinois Huskies come to Seattle with a 4-2-0 record and are coming off a tournament win at the adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational. NIU defeated Drake (2-1) and Bradley (1-0) last weekend, and have also defeated Dayton (2-0) and Michigan State (1-0,OT). NIU posted an overall record of 11-6-2 last season and went 4-1-0 to finish second in the Mid-American Conference. The NIU Huskies are coached by Steve Simmons, a former Oregon State assistant coach and 1990 graduate of Concordia University in Portland, Ore. Simmons was also an assistant coach at Gonzaga, and head coach at both Whitworth and Linfield College.

All-Time Series With NIU:
Friday will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.

Scouting Marshall:
Marshall faced Ohio Valley on Wednesday evening before making the trek to Seattle. Before that game, the Thundering Herd had compiled a 2-2-1 overall record, posting wins against Manhatten and Cleveland State. Marshall posted an overall record of 8-9-2 season last year, including a 4-3-2 mark in Conference USA play. Karim Bourkhemis leads the team with two goals and one assist. Marshall is coached by Bob Gray, a 30-year veteran coach in his 12th season with the Thundering Herd.

All-Time Series With Marshall:
Sunday will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.

Scouting Portland:
Portland will face Northern Illinois and Marshall this weekend, with its matchup with Washington to take place Oct. 29 on the Pilots' home pitch. UW played at Portland's Nike Invitational Sept. 1-3, but did not face the Pilots during that tournament. Portland comes to Seattle with a 1-0-2 overall record, its lone win coming against Air Force (2-1). The Pilots have battled to scoreless draws with New Mexico and Vermont. Portland is under the direction of Bill Irwin, in his fourth season as head coach and 20th season overall with the Pilots.

Dawg Bites:
UW has outscored its opponents 14-3 on the season...The Huskies have scored over half the number of goals (14) they scored all of last year (23)...Senior Matt Fischer logged his first career goal vs. Air Force...Both UW center backs - Fischer and senior Ty Harden - have tallied goals this season...Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has allowed just one goal in three games, posting two shutouts...With six goals, junior Kevin Forrest has already outscored last year's UW leading scorer by two goals and is three away from tying his career-high.

In the Rankings:
Thanks to a strong 5-0 start, Washington continued to climb in the rankings this week. UW is ranked fourth according to the NSCAA/adidas poll, its highest national ranking since 2004 when the team was also ranked fourth. In the other polls, the Huskies ranked eighth by Soccer Times, 10th by Soccer America and 17th by College Soccer News.

UW Leading the Conference:
After three weeks of play, the Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league in five of six offensive categories: points (7.6/game), goals (14), goals per game (2.8), assists (10), and assists per game (2.0). UW also leads in goals allowed (three), and is second in goals against average (0.59) and shutouts (two). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (33), shots per game (6.6), points (13), points per game (2.6), goals (six), goals per game (1.2) and gamewinning goals (three). Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins leads the Pac-10 with a 0.33 goals against average.

Huskies Tabbed To Finish Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
The Washington men's soccer team was projected to finish third in the 2006 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll. The four-time defending conference champion UCLA Bruins were tabbed to repeat their title, followed by California and Washington. UCLA received five first-place votes while the Huskies earned one. San Diego State was picked to finish fourth, with Oregon State and Stanford predicted to round out the conference in that order.

2005 Season Review:
In 2005, UW finished fifth in the conference with a 3-5-2 record, but culminated the season with the third most wins overall at 10-7-2 and fourth highest overall winning percentage (.579). The Huskies started hot, recording a 6-1 record, but lost three of their last four games and failed to qualify for postseason play for the first time in three years. Senior Mike Chabala earned NSCAA and Soccer Times third-team All-America honors, while also landing on the NSCAA All-Far West Region first team. Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander was named an ESPN The Magazine third team All-American, and also made the Pac-10 All-Academic first team. Junior Ty Harden and senior Jeff Hoover made the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. Harden was the only Husky on the All-Pac-10 first team, while Ely Allen and Mike Chabala were honored on the second team. Evan Cummings, Eylander, Brett Hite, Hoover and Leo Totev garnered honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
Husky coach Dean Wurzberger is in his 15th year at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program. The 2004 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year and the all-time winningest coach in program history, Wurzberger has spent over a decade building the Husky program into one of the nation's finest, fielding teams that annually compete for conference and national championships. Under his tutelage, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament nine times in the last 11 years, including a school-record Sweet 16 trip in 2003. His record at Washington seasons stands at a stellar 179-76-27 (.683).

Ticket Information:
Tickets for all Husky home matches are on sale now either online at gohuskies.com or by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200. Tickets may also be purchased at the field on game day. Individual tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors and $2 for groups of 15 or more purchased in advance. A general admission season pass is also available that provides admission throughout the year to volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, softball and non-conference women's basketball games. Prices for the season pass are $35 for adults, $25 for children and $75 for a family of four.

Up Next:
The Huskies open the Pac-10 season hosting Oregon State, Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

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