Unbeaten Huskies Host Oregon State In Pac-10 Opener

Sept. 20, 2006

Sun., Sept. 24, 2006
Oregon State (5-2-1, 0-0-0) at #4/7 Washington (7-0-0, 0-0-0)
1 p.m. • Husky Soccer Field • Seattle, Wash.
Live scoring and live GoHuskies.com
rankings according to NSCAA adidas poll/Soccer America poll

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This Week:
Riding a season opening seven-match winning streak, No. 4/7 Washington men's soccer (7-0-0, 0-0-0) opens its Pac-10 slate hosting Northwest rival Oregon State (5-2-1, 0-0-0), Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Live scoring and live video will be available at GoHuskies.com.

In the Rankings:
UW remained at No. 4 in the NSCAA/adidas poll for the second-straight week, its highest national ranking since 2004 when the team was also ranked fourth. In the other polls, the Huskies are ranked sixth by Soccer Times, seventh by Soccer America and 13th by College Soccer News.

Husky Hits:
• On their home pitch this season, the Huskies are 3-0 and have yet to surrender a goal. UW has outscored its opponents 12-0 at Husky Soccer Field.
• UW is looking for its eighth-straight win on Sunday. The last time UW was unbeaten in its first eight games was 2003 when it opened that year 7-0-1.
• The Huskies have lost the last three straight meetings with Oregon State dating back to 2004, but lead the all-time series 26-6-2.
• Two Huskies earned national recognition for their efforts in last weekend's Husky Fever Classic. Tournament Offensive MVP Kevin Forrest was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week, while Defensive MVP Ty Harden was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
• UW ranks fifth in the nation in scoring offense, eighth in team goals against average.
• The Huskies have scored 21 goals thus far, just two away from equaling last year's season total.
• Junior Kevin Forrest leads the team with nine goals and 19 points after redshirting last year due to injury.
• Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz tallied five assists in two games during last weekend's Husky Fever Classic. He dished three assists all of last season.

Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers bring a 5-2-1 overall record to Sunday's meeting in Seattle and are coming off a 2-0 win over Drake and a 2-2 overtime tie versus Creighton at the Creighton Diadora Classic last weekend. Senior forward Robbie Findley leads the team with four goals and two assists. Oregon State returns eight starters from last year's team that compiled an overall record of 9-7-4 and finished third in the Pac-10 (5-5-0). The Beavers are tied for first in the Pac-10 with 24 saves, as sophomore goalkeeper Packy Deenihan paces the league with 22 of those saves. OSU's other wins this season came against UC Riverside (2-1), Sacramento State (2-1), UNLV (3-0) and UC Davis (3-0).

All-Time Series With Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State 26-6-2, but has lost six of the last eight meetings. OSU has won the last three straight contests between these two schools including a 4-1 decision in Seattle and 1-0 victory in Corvallis in 2005. UW's last win over Oregon State came Oct. 17, 2004, in Seattle (2-0).

Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies continue to rank among the nation's best, both offensively and defensively. Through seven games, Washington ranks fifth in the nation in scoring offense (3.0 ppg) and eighth in team goals against average (0.42). Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest ranks second in the country in goals per game (1.29) and third in points per game (2.71). Junior forward Ely Allen is tied for 16th in points per game (2.0) and is tied for 24th in goals per game (0.80). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz, who tallied five assists in two games last weekend, is tied for fourth nationally in assists (0.86 apg) and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins is fourth with a 0.258 goals against average.

Forrest, Allen Tandem Lead Scoring Barrage:
Junior forwards Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen have combined to create a lethal scoring attack for the Huskies this season. Forrest, who redshirted last season due to injury, has tallied nine goals through seven matches, already matching his career-high set as a sophomore. Forrest has three games with two or more goals, including a hat trick versus Air Force (Sept. 1). Allen has scored five goals in five matches that included a pair of two-goal performances.

Huskies Claim Third-Straight Tournament Title:
Washington rolled to win the 18th annual Husky Fever Classic title last weekend with victories over Northern Illinois (5-0) and Marshall (2-0). It was the third tourney title for the Huskies this season. Friday against the NIU Huskies, Forrest and Allen each paired for two goals and senior defender Matt Fischer added a fifth. Wide midfielders Jo Jo Katz and Raphael Cox played a huge role in setting up the Huskies' scoring changes, with Katz recording three assists and Cox two. On Sunday, Cox and Forrest knocked in goals to lead the Huskies. Goalkeepers Rylan Hawkins and Cameron Copps-Tilley split the two games manning the net. Hawkins grabbed one save in shutting out NIU and Copps-Tilley recorded five saves in the shutout over Marshall.

Dawg Bites:
Senior Matt Fischer logged his first career goal vs. Air Force and added a second last weekend versus NIU...Both UW center backs - Fischer and senior Ty Harden - have tallied goals this season...Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has allowed just one goal in four games, posting three shutouts.

UW Leading the Conference:
After four weeks of play, the Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league in five of six offensive categories: points (8.57/game), goals (21), goals per game (3.0), assists (18), and assists per game (2.57). UW also leads in goals allowed (three), and goals against average (0.42) and shutouts (four). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (49), shots per game (7.0), points (19), points per game (2.71), goals (nine), goals per game (1.29) and gamewinning goals (four). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz leads the league in assists (six) and assists per game (0.86). Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins leads the Pac-10 with a 0.25 goals against average and three shutouts.

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 181-76-27 (.685).

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 head back on the road to continue Pac-10 play in Southern California. Washington will next face UCLA, Friday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles and San Diego State, Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. in San Diego.

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