No. 16 UW Men Set To Take On Gonzaga Friday
Sept. 5, 2007
Fri., Sept. 7, 2007
#16/#15 Washington (1-0-1) at Gonzaga (1-1-0)
4 p.m. Martin Field Spokane, Wash.
Live scoring at GoHuskies.com
rankings according to NSCAA adidas/Soccer America poll
The No. 16/15 Washington men's soccer team continues its season opening five-match road trip this week at Gonzaga, Friday, Sept. 7. The Huskies (1-0-1) will take on the Bulldogs (1-1-0) at 4 p.m. on Martin Field in Spokane. UW has never lost to Gonzaga, owning a 20-0-1 advantage in the all-time series. Washington won the tournament title at last weekend's Nike Portland Invitational, while the Zags are riding high after a win over defending NCAA champion UC Santa Barbara on the road Sunday, 1-0. Gonzaga opened the season on the other end of the spectrum, falling at UC Irvine, 0-1, Friday. The Huskies will remain on the road next week when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to take on New Mexico and SMU in the Nike/Cresent Financial Solutions Invitational, Sept. 14 and 16. UW will make its home debut versus Portland, Sept. 18, with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Husky Soccer Field.
In the Rankings:
With a draw and a win last weekend, Washington moved up in the polls to 16th according to NSCAA/adidas and 15th according to Soccer America. The Huskies are also ranked 15th by Soccer Times and 12th by Top Drawer Soccer.
Huskies Open With Tourney Title:
Although getting off to a sluggish start in its season opener versus New Hampshire, Washington was able to turn things around in time to take home the Nike Portland Invitational, last weekend. The Huskies battled through to a scoreless double overtime draw with UNH Friday, but came back with a five-goal scoring output to pick up their first win of the season versus Cal State Bakersfield, Sunday. Senior forward Kevin Forrest racked up his third career hat trick and senior forward Ely Allen added two goals of his own to pace UW over the Roadrunners, 5-1. Forrest also picked up an assist on one of Allen's goals and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Sophomore goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins played all 210 minutes in goal, allowing just one score and posting nine saves in the two matches. A pair of true freshmen got their feet wet early as defender Brad Keller and midfielder/forward Matt Van Houten each got the starting nod in both matches, with Van Houten picking up his first career point with an assist on Forrest's first goal versus Cal State Bakersfield.
Forrest Earns Pac-10, National Honors:
Senior forward Kevin Forrest garnered the season's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, earning the accolade for the second time in his career this week. Forrest was also named to Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer's National Teams of the Week for his performance last weekend. He was named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week twice last season (Sept. 7 and 20). Forrest's hat trick versus Cal State Bakersfield was the third of his career. Scoring the three goals, Sunday, moved him into UW's Top-10 career goals list where he ranks eighth (31). With 67 career points, Forrest needs 10 more to tie his father Ward for 10th on UW's all-time list for points.
Four Wins and Counting...:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger, in his 16th season at the helm of the Husky men's soccer program, needs just four more wins to reach 200 in his career. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 196-91-34, while his UW record is 188-83-29. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and annually rank among the nation's top teams.
Another Milestone To Look For...:
The Huskies need just three more wins to reach 500 in the history of the UW men's soccer program. The all-time men's soccer record, dating back to 1963, is 497-197-78.
Gonzaga opened its season last weekend with a 1-0 loss at UC Irvine, Friday, only to come back and topple defending NCAA champ UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on the road Sunday. Senior Grant Lundberg scored the game's only goal in the 82nd minute to lead the Zags to their first-ever win over a defending national champion. Gonzaga was able to make the most of its opportunities, being outshot by the Gauchos 19-8 and 13-5 in the second half. The Zags finished last season with a 9-8-2 overall record and placed third in the West Coast Conference with a 6-5-1 league mark. Gonzaga is coached by Einar Thorarinsson in his 13th year at the helm of the program.
All-Time Series with Gonzaga:
Washington leads the all-time series with Gonzaga 20-0-1, a rivalry that dates back to the 1981 season. The lone draw came on Sept. 1, 1999 in Spokane (2-2). Last year, the Huskies defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in Seattle (Oct. 27). Midfielder Raphael Cox and forward Kevin Forrest accounted for the two Washington goals, while John Palladino scored on a penalty kick for Gonzaga.
With his hat trick versus Cal State Bakersfield, Sunday, senior forward Kevin Forrest moved into eighth on Washington's career Top-10 scoring list with 31 goals...Forrest needs five goals to tie his father Ward (1972-75/36 goals) for sixth on the all-time list...UW's draw versus New Hampshire extended its unbeaten streak in season openers to seven...the Huskies had not lost a season opener since 2000 (at Creighton, 0-2)... UW's depth is already apparent as head coach Dean Wurzberger used 14 different starters in the two games in Portland last weekend.
Five Huskies made their first collegiate starts last weekend including freshman defender Brad Keller, freshman defender Taylor Mueller, sophomore defender Taylor Cochran, sophomore defender Casey Cunningham and freshman midfielder/forward Matt Van Houten. Van Houten tallied his first career assist versus Cal State Bakersfield, playing in his hometown of Portland, Ore. Seeing their first minutes on the pitch as Huskies off the bench were junior transfer midfielder Emmanuel Luvert and freshman defender Jamie Finch.
Tough Schedule Awaits UW:
The Huskies will certainly have their work cutout for themselves with a slew of tough opponents on the 2007 slate. UW will face six opponents currently ranked in either of the NSCAA/adidas or Soccer America Top-25 polls: No. 7/11 California, No. 8/9 SMU, No. 11/10 UCLA, No. 24/25 New Mexico, No. 25/17 Creighton and nr/No. 23 San Diego State.
Forrest Garners Preseason Accolades:
Senior forward Kevin Forrest began the year with a couple preseason accolades under his belt, being named to the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List and earning preseason first-team All-America status from College Soccer News and Soccer America. Forrest was the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a 2006 first-team NSCAA/adidas All-Far West selection. He led the Pac-10 in every offensive statistical category last year including goals (16), while ranking eighth in the nation in goals per game (0.84) and 14th in points per game (1.74). Not only a standout on the field, Forrest was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American last season as well. Players are selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members. In November, the list will be narrowed to 15 semifinalists. Three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup and will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Fri., Jan. 11, 2008. The winner of the 2007 award will be announced during a nationally-televised new conference that evening.
Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior midfielder Steve Mohn (Kent) will most likely miss the season due to injuries. Katz is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the 2007 spring season and Mohn suffered a broken leg during summer league play.
Huskies Projected To Tie For Second In Pac-10 Coaches' Poll:
Washington was projected to tie for second in the 2007 Pac-10 standings according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches, the Pac-10 office announced Aug. 13. The Huskies received 20 points - including a pair of first-place votes - and were predicted to tie for second with California which captured its first-ever Pac-10 title last season. NCAA runner-up UCLA was picked to win the conference crown for the sixth consecutive season. UCLA (23 votes) received three first-place votes with the remaining first-place tally going to California. Stanford (13 votes) was predicted to finish fourth, followed by San Diego State (nine) and Oregon State (five). Last season the Pac-10 received four NCAA Tournament berths for the first time since 2003, as California, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington all made their way into the 48-team field.
Washington's 2007 incoming recruiting class is ranked 17th in the nation by College Soccer News. For good measure, the online publication has selected defender Taylor Mueller (Sammamish, Wash.) as one of its 100 'Freshman to Keep An Eye On' this season.
2006 Season Review:
In 2006, Washington finished the season with a 13-7-1 overall record and placed fifth in the Pac-10 (4-5-1). The Huskies earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the 10th time in 12 years and advanced as far as the second round. Behind Kevin Forrest's hat trick, UW defeated Creighton 3-0 in the first round in Seattle before falling at Santa Clara in the second round in overtime, 3-2. The Huskies started the year 8-0-0, their longest unbeaten and untied streak to open a season in program history, which garnered them a No. 4 national ranking for three weeks. Scoring a Pac-10 leading 16 goals, Forrest was named the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year while six of his teammates also earned All-Pac-10 acclaim. Forrest (first-team) was joined on the NSCAA All-Far West Region team by senior defender Ty Harden (first-team), junior forward Ely Allen (second-team) and sophomore midfielder George John (second-team). Harden earned NSCAA third-team All-American honors and was drafted by the L.A. Galaxy in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
Husky coach Dean Wurzberger is in his 16th 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 10 times in the last 12 years, including a school-record Sweet 16 trip in 2003. His record at Washington seasons stands at a stellar 188-83-29 (.675).
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 $6 for adults, $4 for children/seniors and $3 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 $40 for adults, $30 for children/seniors and $85 for a family of four.
Up Next: The Huskies will head to Albuquerque, N.M., and face host #24/25 New Mexico (Sept. 14) and #8/9 SMU (Sept. 16) in the Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational. UW will make its home debut hosting Portland, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.