No. 9 UW Men Host Stanford, Cal
Oct. 3, 2006
Fri., Oct. 6, 2006
Stanford (3-4-3, 1-0-1 Pac-10) at #9/12 Washington (8-2-0, 1-2-0 Pac-10)
7 p.m. Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Sun., Oct. 8, 2006
California (6-3-1, 1-1-0 Pac-10) at #9/12 Washington (8-2-0, 1-2-0 Pac-10)
1 p.m. Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
rankings according to NSCAA adidas poll/Soccer America poll
Ninth-ranked Washington men's soccer (8-2-0, 1-2-0 Pac-10) will look to get back in the win column this week when it continues Pac-10 play hosting Stanford (3-4-3, 1-0-1 Pac-10) and California (6-3-1, 1-1-0 Pac-10) at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies will face the Cardinal, Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and the Golden Bears, Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. Washington opened the season 8-0-0 until suffering its first losses of the season at UCLA (1-2 OT) and at San Diego State (0-1) last weekend.
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In the Rankings:
After holding the fourth spot for three weeks, UW fell to ninth (tied with South Carolina) this week in the NSCAA/adidas poll. UW also fell to No. 12 according to Soccer America and No. 10 in the Soccer Times poll.
The Huskies were the last standing unbeaten or untied team in NCAA Division I men's soccer before losing matches at UCLA and San Diego State this past weekend.
UW was shutout for the first time this season in its 1-0 loss at San Diego State (Oct. 1). The Huskies' high-flying offense is tied for ninth in the nation in scoring.
UW leads the Pac-10 in all but two statistical categories: shots (second) and saves (fourth).
Sunday's match with Cal will be a battle between the two top defensive teams in the Pac-10. Both squads lead the league in goals allowed (seven) and goals against average (0.68).
UW's 8-0-0 start was its longest unbeaten and untied streak to open a season in program history.
UW will turn around and face Cal and Stanford next weekend in the Bay Area. The match at Stanford (Oct. 13) will be televised nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel.
Home Sweet Home:
So far this season, the Huskies have been unbeatable at home. UW is 4-0 at Husky Soccer Field and has outscored its opponents 13-1 in those games. The Huskies tallied three shutouts in those four matches and scored five goals twice. The only goal allowed by UW at home was scored by Pac-10 foe, Oregon State.
Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies continue to rank among the nation's best, both offensively and defensively. Through 10 games, Washington is tied for ninth in the nation in scoring offense (25 goals/2.5 ppg) and 21st in team goals against average (0.68). Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest is tied for sixth in the country in goals per game (10 goals/1.00per game) and 13th in points per game (21/2.10). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz is tied for 10th nationally in assists (6/0.60 apg), while fellow midfielder Raphael Cox is tied for 20th in assists as well (5/0.50). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins ranks 23rd with a 0.693 goals against average.
The Cardinal sits in third place in the Pac-10 standings with a 1-0-1 league record, 3-4-3 overall. Stanford will come to Seattle well-rested, having not played a game in almost two weeks. The match between Stanford and California scheduled for Sept. 30 was postponed due to an absence of game officials. The Cardinal made its conference debut with a 2-1 win over Oregon State, Sept. 22, followed by a 1-1 double overtime draw with then-No. 9 UCLA, Sept. 24. Evan Morgan leads the team with three goals, the only Cardinal to score more than one. John Moore has manned the net in seven of 10 matches, posting a 0.94 goals against average and 19 saves.
All-Time Series With Stanford:
The Huskies are 20-13-1 all-time versus Stanford. UW currently owns a six-match unbeaten streak versus the Cardinal, posting five wins and one draw since 2003. UW swept the season series last year, defeating Stanford 3-0 at home and 1-0 in Palo Alto. The Huskies haven't given up a goal to Stanford the last three straight meetings.
The Golden Bears have a 6-3-1 overall record, including a 1-1-0 mark in Pac-10 play. Like Stanford, the Bears will be idle for nearly two weeks after their rivalry match scheduled for Sept. 30 was postponed. Cal will visit Oregon State on Friday, before continuing north to Seattle. Cal's loss in its last game versus San Diego State, Sept. 24, snapped a five-game winning streak. Included in that streak was a 3-1 upset over then-No. 9 UCLA. The Golden Bears are led by Javier Ayala-Hill and Steve Purdy who each have three goals apiece. Sunday's match will feature a battle of the two top defenses in the Pac-10, as both Cal and UW are tied for first in the league with seven goals allowed and identical 0.68 goals against averages.
All-Time Series With California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California, 20-10-5. The Huskies and Golden Bears have split both meetings of the season series the last two years. UW picked up a 1-0 win in Berkeley Oct 16 of last season, before Cal turned around and defeated UW in Seattle, Oct. 21. The Huskies are 9-2-3 overall against Cal on their home pitch.
UW To Make National TV Appearance:
Washington's Pac-10 match at Stanford, Friday, Oct. 13, will be televised live to a national audience on the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Fox Soccer Channel is available to local digital subscribers on Comcast Channel 401.
Washington's match at Portland, Sunday, Oct. 29, has been changed to a 12 p.m. kickoff. The match was originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Portland.
UW Suffers Two Losses in SoCal:
The Huskies weren't able to return from Southern California with sunny results last weekend, falling 2-1 at UCLA in an overtime heartbreaker and 1-0 at San Diego State. In Westwood on Friday, UW fell behind early, 1-0, but came back when senior defender Ty Harden scored the equalizer in the 89th minute of regulation to send the match into overtime. What looked to be a draw, quickly turned into a loss when James Jaramillo knocked a rebounded shot into the net with just 18 seconds left in the second overtime period. Not quite able to recover from the disappointing loss, the Huskies had trouble against the Aztecs in San Diego on Sunday. UW was held scoreless for the first time this season and SDSU played most of the match with 10 players after a red card violation was issued in the 15th minute. The Huskies weren't able to capitalize on some scoring chances that included a shot off the crossbar from junior forward Kevin Forrest and a diving header by senior defender Ty Harden that was saved by SDSU goalkeeper Tally Hall.
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 10 goals through 10 matches, already eclipsing his career-high of nine set as a sophomore. Forrest has three games with two or more goals, including a hat trick versus Air Force (Sept. 1). He also has five gamewinning goals, tops in the conference. Allen has scored six goals in eight matches that included a pair of two-goal performances. Allen himself has set a new career-high, surpassing his total of four goals last season.
Fischer Gets Into Scoring Act:
Senior central defender Matt Fischer has not only played a huge role in the Huskies' stellar defensive success, he has become a scoring threat as well. After having never scored or tallied an assist during his first three years on the team, Fischer already has three goals and one assist to his credit this season. Two of his three goals have come on headers off corner kicks.
Two freshmen have been making solid contributions to the Huskies' success thus far. Defender Taylor Hoss has played in all 10 matches and started eight, providing a solid presence at the left fullback position and contributing to a UW backline that has allowed just seven goals in 10 games. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has put up impressive numbers early. Hawkins' 0.69 goals against average ranks fifth in the nation. He also leads the conference in shutouts per game (0.43).
UW Leading the Conference:
After six weeks of play, the Huskies are dominating the Conference statistics, leading the league in five of six offensive categories: points (7.10/game), goals (25), goals per game (2.5), assists (21), and assists per game (2.10). UW also leads in goals allowed (seven), and goals against average (0.68) and shutouts (four). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (68), shots per game (6.8), points (21), points per game (2.10), goals (10), goals per game (1.00) and gamewinning goals (five). Sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz leads the league in assists (six) and assists per game (0.60), while sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox ranks second in assists (five) and assists per game (0.50). Freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins ranks third in the Pac-10 with a 0.69 goals against average and second with 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 182-78-27 (.670).
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.
The Huskies will turn around and face these same two teams, but in a different location. UW will head to the Bay Area next weekend, taking on Stanford, Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. and California, Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m. UW's game at Stanford will be televised nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) - Comcast Channel 401 for digital cable subscribers in the Seattle area.