Huskies Set To Face Santa Clara In NCAA Second Round Wednesday
Nov. 13, 2006
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Wed., Nov. 15, 2006
Washington (13-6-1) at No. 10 Seed Santa Clara (12-4-4)
7:00 p.m. Buck Shaw Stadium Santa Clara, Calif.
Live Scoring/Audio SantaClaraBroncos.com
NCAA THIRD ROUND
Sat., Nov. 18 or Sun., Nov. 19
Washington/#10 Santa Clara Winner vs. #7 Indiana/Northern Illinois Winner
Coming off a 3-0 first round victory over Creighton at home, Washington will travel to California to take on 10th-seed Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, Wed., Nov. 15. The match will kick-off at 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The winner will advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 and face either seventh-seed Indiana or Northern Illinois, Saturday or Sunday. The Huskies have won four of their last five matches including the shutout over Creighton, Friday. Washington is making its 10th postseason appearance in the last 12 seasons and 18th in program history. Wednesday's match will also mark UW's eighth all-time trip to the NCAA second round.
Live stats and a live audio broadcast for Wednesday's match will be available at SantaClaraBroncos.com.
In the Rankings:
UW was not ranked in the final Soccer America poll released Nov. 6. or the final NSCAA/adidas Coaches' Poll released Nov. 7. Washington was ranked as high as fourth for three weeks in the NSCAA/adidas poll this season.
Forrest's Hat Trick Lifts UW Over Creighton 3-0:
Junior forward Kevin Forrest notched his second hat trick of the season to lead Washington to a 3-0 upset over No. 21 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Div. I Men's Soccer Tournament on a rainy and cold Friday night at Husky Soccer Field, Nov. 10. Forrest, who just a day earlier was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, scored two goals in just over a minute during the first half and added a third in the second half. Creighton, making its 15th straight NCAA appearance, ended its season with an overall record of 13-5-3. Forrest scored his first goal on a penalty kick at 31:13. Fellow forward Ely Allen drew a foul in the box which set up the attempt for Forrest, who scored the gamewinner last week at Oregon on a penalty kick as well. Shortly after the first goal, the Huskies found themselves on the attack again when Ely Allen served a long pass to Forrest who lined a shot over Creighton goalkeeper Matt Allen at 32:28. In the second half, Forrest completed his hat trick at 73:45 after receiving a pass from George John and nailing a low 10-yard shot that slipped through the hands of keeper Matt Allen. With the three goals Friday, Forrest upped his season total to 16, the most scored by a Husky since 1989. UW redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins registered five saves en route to his seventh shutout of the season. Hawkins made some crucial saves late in the game on back-to-back shots from close range by Creighton players Andrew Peterson and Jarod Tarver.
Washington started the year 8-0-0, its longest unbeaten and untied streak to open a season in program history. Since then, the Huskies are 5-6-1.
The Huskies have won four of their last five games heading into Wednesday's second round match. UW ended the regular season winning three of the last four - it's strongest finish to a regular season since the Huskies won three of their last four matches in 2003 - the year they advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Washington finished the regular season fifth in the Pac-10 standings with a 4-5-1 league record. Cal won the conference crown (7-3-0) followed by San Diego State (5-2-3), Stanford (5-3-2) and UCLA (4-3-3). Oregon State finished sixth at 0-9-1.
The Huskies were the last standing unbeaten or untied team in NCAA Division I men's soccer before falling to UCLA in double-overtime, Sept. 29.
The Huskies' 8-0-0 start included three tournament title wins: Nike Portland Invitational, Middleton Fitness and Cycle Invitational and the Husky Fever Classic.
Junior forward Kevin Forrest, the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the team with 16 goals - the most scored by a Husky since 1989. He currently is tied for fourth on UW's single season list and three away from matching the school record of 19 (set by Craig Beeson in 1987). Nine of Forrest's 16 goals have been gamewinners. Forrest has ranked among the top offensive players in the nation and led the Pac-10 in every offensive category all season long.
Junior forward Ely Allen is right behind Forrest in offensive production, with seven goals and six assists for 20 points.
Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox is tied for 23rd in the nation with a team-high nine assists. He also has four goals and ranks third on the team with 17 points.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has had a stellar first year manning the net. Hawkins has played over 1500 minutes, registering a 0.91 goals against average and seven shutouts.
Led by senior central defenders Ty Harden and Matt Fischer, the Husky defense has posted eight shutouts and allowed just 18 goals in 20 games (0.87 goals against average).
Huskies Rank Among The Nation's Best:
The Huskies have ranked among the nation's best offensive teams all season. Through 20 games, Washington ranks 19th in the nation in scoring offense with 1.95 goals per game. Individually, junior forward Kevin Forrest ranks seventh in goals per game (0.89) and 11th in points per game (1.83). Sophomore midfielder Raphael Cox is tied for 23rd in the nation with 0.45 assists per game.
NCAA Tournament Format:
The NCAA men's soccer tournament is a single-elimination play-off that features a 48-team field. Twenty-two teams received automatic bids to the tournament, while 26 earned a spot via an at-large selection. The 16 seeded teams received first round byes, while the others will duke it out in first-round matches played at campus sites, Friday, Nov. 10 or Saturday, Nov. 11. All matches through the quarterfinals will be played at campus sites, with the 2006 NCAA Men's College Cup to take place Dec. 1 (semifinals) and Dec. 3 (finals) at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.
Huskies In The Postseason:
Washington is making a postseason appearance for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons, and 18th overall. The Huskies have an all-time record of 7-17 in tournament play, advancing as far as the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2003. This season marks the eighth time the Huskies have advanced to the second round, although two of those trips came after first-round byes (2001 and 2003). Only once has UW registered a second-round win which was in 2003. Washington is also in search of back-to-back NCAA wins in the same Tournament for the first time in school history. UW's school record trip to the Sweet 16 in 2003 came after the team had a first round bye, so the Huskies registered just one win that season. Washington's last tournament appearance was in 2004, when the Huskies suffered a 5-3 first round loss to Portland in Seattle. In 2003, UW received a first-round bye before hosting Portland in the second round and defeating the Pilots 1-0. Making school history, 10th-seeded Washington boarded a plane for Saint Louis and nearly pulled an upset over the seventh-seeded Billikens, losing a heartbreaker in overtime, 2-1. Washington has hosted six of its last seven NCAA matches, hosting first and second round games in 2000, a first round game in 2001, a second-round match-up in 2003, a first round game in 2004 and a first-round match in 2006. Washington made seven-straight trips to the tournament from 1995-2001.
Huskies Against The Field:
Washington faced four tournament teams in the regular season this year, compiling a record of 2-4-1 against those sides. Washington picked up a non-conference win against Northern Illinois (5-0) in its own Husky Classic. The other three teams are from the Pac-10: Cal, UCLA and San Diego State. UW split the season series with UCLA, falling 2-1 in double overtime to the Bruins in LA before pulling a 2-0 upset in Seattle. UW lost both meetings with Cal and suffered a loss but came back with a draw versus San Diego State.
Washington has seven players on its roster with previous postseason experience, led by seniors Mike Cusenza, Matt Fischer and Ty Harden who were all a part of the 2003 NCAA Sweet 16 squad. Junior Kevin Forrest was also a member of the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Tourney squads. Juniors Ely Allen, Derek Crismier, Brett Hite (redshirting 2006), and Nick Loveless were members of the 2004 squad. From the coaching standpoint, head coach Dean Wurzberger has led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament 11 times in 15 seasons.
Scouting Santa Clara:
The 10th-seeded Santa Clara Broncos received a first round bye and were selected to host second round action, Wednesday. The Broncos finished the regular season 12-4-4 and 8-2-2 in WCC play. Santa Clara is making its 17th overall NCAA Tournament appearance, that included five trips to the College Cup and a national title in 1989. Overall, SCU is 21-13-5 in the NCAA Tournament and 10-2-1 on its home pitch in the postseason. Santa Clara was riding a nine-game unbeaten streak until losing its regular season finale to Gonzaga, 2-1, in overtime, Nov. 5. The Huskies and Broncos have had five common opponents this season: Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Gonzaga and Portland. Santa Clara is led by Keith Devey and Amaechi Igwe, Devey with six goals and one assist and Igwe with five goals and three assists. Josehp Buttitta has played all 20 games in goal, registering a 0.79 goals against average and seven shutouts.
All-Time Series Vs. Santa Clara:
Washington trails the all-time series with Santa Clara, 6-8-1. These teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament, each notching a win. UW faced SCU in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament in Seattle, outlasting the Broncos 2-1 in four overtime periods. The first meeting came back in 1978 at Santa Clara, which the Huskies lost 0-2. That match also took place on Nov. 15. UW last faced Santa Clara in the 2002 season, a game which the Huskies won 2-1.
Santa Clara Connection:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger spent one season as an assistant coach at Santa Clara in 1991, a year the Broncos posted a 20-1-2 record, held the No. 1 ranking for much of the season and finished the year losing in the NCAA championship match on penalty shots to Virginia. On that team was the current Santa Clara head coach, Cameron Rast.
Forrest Named Pac-10 Player of the Year, Seven Huskies Honored:
Junior forward Kevin Forrest was named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Year, while seven Huskies were named to the all-conference team, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Nov. 9. Forrest was also named to the All-Pac-10 first-team, along with senior defender Ty Harden and junior forward Ely Allen. Senior defender Matt Fischer and sophomore midfielder George John were selected to the second-team, while redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins and sophomore midfielder Jo Jo Katz were honorable mention honorees.
George John Named to Academic All-District Team:
Sophomore midfielder George John was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team, College Sports Information Directors of America announced Nov. 2 John has a 3.66 grade point average and is majoring in business administration. He has played in all 20 games for the Huskies, starting all but one, and ranks fourth on the team in points (13). John has four goals and five assists this season, with two of those goals coming in a match against Wisconsin, Sept. 8. John's nod to the Academic All-District team puts him on the national ballot for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. In order to be eligible for Academic All-District or All-America honors, a student-athlete must have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant contributor and be at least a sophomore in both academic and athletic standing.
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 16 goals in 18 matches, eclipsing his career-high of nine set as a sophomore. Forrest has three games with two or more goals, including two hat tricks versus Air Force (Sept. 1) and Creighton (Nov. 10). He also has nine gamewinning goals, tops in the conference. Allen has scored seven goals in 18 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. Allen and Forrest teamed to earn back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors the first two weeks of the season. Forrest is also a two-time selection to the Soccer America Team of the Week this year.
Top Defenders Get Into Scoring Act:
Senior central defenders Matt Fischer and Ty Harden have not only played a huge role in the Huskies' stellar defensive success, they have contributed to the team's offense. The two players have combined to score six goals this season. 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. Harden came into his final season with three goals and has added three more. Harden accounted for a critical goal in UW's double overtime loss at UCLA, Sept. 29. With the Huskies trailing 1-0, Harden knocked in the equalizer in the 89th minute to send the game into overtime. He did the same thing in UW's regular season finale at Oregon State, scoring in the equalizer in the 88th minute of regulation to send the match into overtime. UW ended up winning, 2-1. Harden and Fischer have been the backbone of a UW defense that has allowed 18 goals in 20 games and posted eight shutouts. Harden is a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and third-team all-region player, while Fischer earned his first career All-Pac-10 honor this year.
Three freshmen have been making solid contributions to the Huskies' success thus far. Defender Taylor Hoss has played in all 20 matches and started 19, providing a solid presence at the left fullback position and contributing to a UW backline that has allowed just 18 goals. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has put up impressive numbers early. Hawkins is among the league leaders with seven shutouts and is third in goals against average (0.91). Defender Adam Lang has also seen increased minutes on the pitch, getting the starting nod at right fullback the last seven matches and playing a key role in the team's late season surge.
UW Leading the Conference:
The Huskies dominated the Conference statistics all season, leading the league or sharing the lead in all six offensive categories at the end of the regular season: shots (282), points (5.42/game), goals (36), goals per game (1.89), assists (31), and assists per game (1.63). Defensively, UW is third in goals allowed (18), third in goals against average (0.91) and is second in shutouts (seven). Kevin Forrest leads in shots (97), shots per game (5.71), points (27), points per game (1.59), goals (13), goals per game (01.76) and gamewinning goals (eight). Fellow forward Ely Allen is third in the league with 2.82 points per game, and fourth with seven goals and .41 goals per game. Midfielders Jo Jo Katz and Raphael Cox rank among the top players in assists. Cox leads the league in assists (nine) and assists per game (0.47), while Katz is third in assists (seven) and assists per game (0.37).
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.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
Husky head 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 187-82-28 (.676).