Huskies Open Pac-10 Play In The Bay Area This Weekend
Oct. 3, 2007
Fri., Oct. 5, 2007
Washington (5-3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) at No. 21 California (5-2-1, 0-0-0) 4 p.m. PT
Edwards Stadium Berkeley, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 7, 2007
Washington (5-3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) at Stanford (3-2-3, 0-0-0) 1 p.m. PT
Maloney Field Palo Alto, Calif.
Washington men's soccer opens Pac-10 play this week, traveling to the Bay Area to take on No. 21 California (5-2-1), Friday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. and Stanford (3-2-3), Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. The Huskies (5-3-1) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at then-No. 13 Creighton last Saturday and will look to get back in the win column when they start conference action in Northern California this week. Washington will have its hands full with both opponents as Cal brings a three-game winning streak into its Pac-10 debut, while the Cardinal is unbeaten in its last three matches as well. The contests will feature one of the top offensive teams in the conference facing off against two of the top defenses. UW leads the Pac-10 in points, goals, and goals per game, while Cal and Stanford rank No. 1 and 2 in the conference in goals against average. Both matches mark the end of a three-game road swing for the Huskies who return to Seattle to play their first Pac-10 home game with Oregon State, Oct. 12.
In the Rankings:
Following Saturday's loss at Creighton, the Huskies fell from the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 but are still receiving votes in the poll. UW is unranked by Soccer America, but is ranked 22nd by Soccer Times and 24th by both Top Drawer and College Soccer News. The Huskies have been ranked as high as 14th in Soccer America's preseason poll.
Scouting the Huskies:
Washington will begin Pac-10 play having lost two of its last three matches including a 2-1 overtime heartbreaking loss at Creighton this past Saturday. The Huskies have become accustomed to playing extra minutes, reaching overtime the last two contests. Both matches resulted in different results, though, as UW received a golden goal of its own in a 1-0 victory over Furman, Sept. 23. The strength of Washington's schedule is definitely apparent as California will be the third-straight ranked opponent the Huskies have faced and fifth this season. Senior forward Kevin Forrest continues to lead the Huskies with six goals, three assists and 15 points. He also ranks 16th in the nation in points per game (1.67) and is 24th in goals per game (0.67). As a team, the Huskies rank 73rd in the nation in scoring offense and 24th in the nation in shutout percentage (0.56). Senior forward Ely Allen is second on the team with three goals and one assist, while junior midfielder George John has two goals and an assist under his belt. Freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin, a member of the U-17 U.S. National Team, made his Husky debut in UW's game at Creighton. McLoughlin tallied a team-high four shots and picked up an assist on Allen's goal versus the Bluejays. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung continues to man the net in Rylan Hawkins' absence, with three shutouts and 15 saves to his credit in the last six matches. The Huskies are a young team - eight of 11 starters versus Creighton were freshmen or sophomores. Four of those starters were true freshmen - McLoughlin, defender Brad Keller, defender Taylor Mueller, and midfielder Matt Van Houten.
The Golden Bears open Pac-10 play with the best overall record in the league so far. The Bears are 5-2-1, their only losses coming to Wisconsin and San Francisco. Cal was won three straight games over Davidson (2-1), Princeton (2-1) and Towson (1-0). The Bears also battled to a scoreless draw with Santa Clara, Sept. 16, a team currently ranked sixth in the nation in the NSCAA/adidas poll. Freshman forward Davis Paul, who scored the team's overtime gamewinner in its most recent match versus Towson, is one of three players with two goals. Senior forward Javier Ayala-Hil and freshman forward Andrew Weidman also have two scores to their credit. Cal's strength is its defense as it leads the Pac-10 and ranks 18th in the nation in goals against average (0.59). Golden Bear goalkeeper Stefan Frei also ranks 20th nationally in individual goals against average (0.592)
All-Time Series With California:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with California 20-12-5, but the Bears have won the last three straight and four of the last five. Cal won both meetings last year, 3-2 in overtime in Berkeley (Oct. 15) and 2-0 in Seattle (Oct. 8). The last Washington win came in 2005 with a 1-0 victory in Berkeley (Oct. 16).
Like California, Stanford will face the Huskies with a formidable defense. The Cardinal ranks 35th in the nation in goals against average (0.79) and goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen is tabbed 30th in the country with a 0.74 GAA. The Cardinal is unbeaten in its last three contests with wins over Princeton (3-1) and Davidson (2-0) and a scoreless draw with College of Charleston. Stanford has played some tough competition this season, battling to a 2-2 draw with defending NCAA champ UC Santa Barbara and taking Santa Clara to a 1-1 draw as well. Wisconsin and San Francisco have accounted for Stanford's two losses. Senior forward Dan Shapiro leads the squad with four goals and eight points, while freshman midfielder/forward Bobby Warsaw also has eight points on three goals and two assists.
All-Time Series With Stanford:
Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford 21-14-1. The Huskies have won six of the last eight meetings with the Cardinal. The squads split their contests last season with the Huskies winning 2-0 in Palo Alto (Oct. 13) and the Cardinal winning 2-0 in Seattle (Oct. 6). Washington has won the last four straight meetings at Stanford, all by shutout.
Last Time Out:
The Huskies lost a heartbreaker in overtime at No. 13 Creighton Saturday, falling 2-1 on a free kick by Thomas Gjoesund in the 98th minute of play at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb.Gjoesund's first career goal at 97:38 lifted Creighton to the win and came over 80 minutes after both teams exchanged scores in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Bluejays got on the board first at 10:32 on a goal from Tony Schmitz and the Huskies answered right away with senior forward Ely Allen's third goal of the season just 35 seconds later. Creighton's overtime goal was the only shot for either team in extra minutes and the foul committed by UW to set up the free kick was the only other statistic after regulation. Gjoesund knocked in the winning kick from 25-yards away and past Husky redshirt freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung. The first Creighton goal was another 25-yard shot from Schmitz, who was assisted by Andrei Gotsmanov. The Huskies came up with the equalizer shortly thereafter as Allen and freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin, making his UW debut, combined for the goal that UW head coach Dean Wurzberger called a 'moment of brilliance.' Allen dished the ball to McLoughlin who served it right back to Allen inside the box for his third goal of the season.
Forrest Named Candidate For Senior CLASS Award:
Senior forward Kevin Forrest is up for yet another honor. Forrest has been tabbed one of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an honor presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the field. Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus. From the list of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in October. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning Oct. 16 and concluding Nov. 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships to be held Dec. 14-16 in Cary, N.C.
Leading The Pac:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in points (36), goals (13), goals per game (1.44) and shutouts (five). The Huskies also rank second in assists (1.11) and corner kicks (5.22). In individual rankings, Kevin Forrest leads the 'Pac' in shots (39), shots per game (4.33), points (15), points per game (1.67), goals (six) and goals per game (0.67). Forrest's 15 points are nearly twice as many as the next Pac-10 players below him who have eight points. Senior forward Ely Allen is tied for fourth in goals (3), tied for fifth in points (0.78), seventh in goals per game (0.33) and tied for ninth in shots (1.78).
Freshmen Matt Van Houten and Brad Keller are two of six Huskies to start all nine matches this season, the other four being Kevin Forrest, Ely Allen, George John and Taylor Hoss...freshman Taylor Mueller has been in the starting lineup eight times...freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin made his UW debut at Creighton Saturday...McLoughlin is the leading scorer for the U.S. U-17 National Team...four of the team's five wins have come via shutout...the only goal allowed by the Huskies in a winning effort was to Cal State Bakersfield...UW won two of the three tournaments it played in during their non-conference stretch - the Nike Portland Invitational and the Nike/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational...three of UW's five wins have come over teams ranked in this week's NSCAA Top-25 (No. 11 SMU, No. 22 Furman and No. 24 New Mexico).
Wurzberger Notches 200th Career Victory:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger, in his 16th season at the helm of the Husky men's soccer program, reached the 200-career win milestone with the Huskies' 1-0 victory over Furman, Sept. 23. Wurzberger was the head coach at Sacramento State for one season (1985) before taking over the reins at Washington. His career record stands at 200-94-34, while his UW record is 192-86-29. Under Wurzberger's guidance, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and annually rank among the nation's top teams.
Another Milestone...UW Wins 500th Game:
The Huskies' win over Portland, Sept. 18, marked the program's 500th overall victory. The all-time men's soccer record, dating back to 1963, is 501-200-78.
Forrest Closing In On Dad's Records:
Kevin Forrest needs two goals and two points to tie his father, Ward, on both UW career lists. Ward played for Washington from 1972-75. The younger Forrest currently ranks eighth on UW's career list for goals with 34, while his father Ward is tied for sixth with 36 goals. Ward also ranks 10th on UW's career list for points with 77. Kevin enters this weekend with 75 points.
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. Freshman defender Jamie Finch (Bothell), who played in one game this season, suffered a broken ankle in practice and is out for the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins (Shoreline) is currently out with a facial injury suffered during the New Mexico game.
Washington's 2007 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.
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.
The Huskies will continue Pac-10 play hosting Northwest rival Oregon State, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.