UW Men Close Out Regular Season Home Slate This Weekend
Nov. 7, 2007
Fri., Nov. 9, 2007
#19/17 Cal (10-4-1, 5-2-0 Pac-10) at Washington (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) 7:30 p.m. PT
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Sun., Nov. 11, 2007
Stanford (6-4-5, 3-2-2 Pac-10) at Washington (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) 2:30 p.m. PT
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
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Coming off a bye week, Washington men's soccer closes out its regular season home schedule hosting a pair of crucial Pac-10 contests with No. 19/17 California and Stanford this weekend. The Huskies (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Pac-10) will entertain conference leader Cal (10-4-1, 5-2-0 Pac-10) Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Stanford (6-4-5, 3-2-2 Pac-10) on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Both matches are the second of a pair of Husky men's and women's doubleheaders. The UW women's team will host USC at 5 p.m. on Friday and UCLA at noon on Sunday. Washington's seven seniors will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the Huskies' home finale with the Cardinal on Sunday. The Huskies, idle this past week, are fifth in the Pac-10 standings with seven points. UW trails fourth-place Stanford by four points and first-place Cal by eight points. In UW's earlier season meetings with these team in the Bay Area, the Huskies fell to Cal (2-1) and battled Stanford to a double overtime scoreless draw.
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Gameday Promotions/Ticket Information:
The Huskies' Friday match with California is Dragonfish Family Friday. Fans can purchase four tickets, hot dogs and sodas for just $25. Also, fans who attend Friday night's game can get a coupon to come back on Sunday for free. Individual tickets prices are $6 for adults, $4 for children/seniors and $3 for groups of 15 or more purchased in advance.
In the Rankings:
The Huskies are not ranked by the NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America or Soccer Times polls, but are receiving votes in the College Soccer News poll. UW is tabbed No. 36 according to Top Drawer Soccer. Huskies were ranked as high as 14th in Soccer America's preseason poll.
Washington's road match with Oregon State has been moved to Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Corvallis (7 p.m.). The game was originally scheduled to be played Nov. 16. Washington's match with San Diego State that was postponed to Sunday, Nov. 18, will be played at the SDSU Sports Deck at 12 p.m. The originally scheduled Oct. 26 match was postponed due to the wildfires in the San Diego area during that week.
In The Pac-10:
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pac-10 title is still up for grabs. Cal took over sole possession of first place after a pair of wins last weekend over San Diego State (1-0) and UCLA (3-1). The Golden Bears have a two-point edge over second-place UCLA (4-4-1) and are three points ahead of San Diego State. With four conference games left to play for Washington, the Huskies still have a shot at making up some ground in the standings.
Scouting the Huskies:
The Huskies will be well-rested when they close out their home slate with Cal and Stanford this weekend. UW is coming off a bye week and only played one match the previous week with UCLA. Washington has won two of its last three games, a span that included wins over San Diego State (3-1) and UCLA (1-0). The squad's most recent effort was a 1-0 victory over UCLA on the road. Senior forward Ely Allen scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to lift the Huskies over the Bruins. For his efforts, Allen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, Oct. 30. Allen has really picked up his offensive contributions since fellow forward Kevin Forrest went out with a season-ending injury in October. Since Forrest's injury, Allen has scored five goals in the last four games. UW's win over then-No. 24 UCLA was its fifth win over a ranked opponent this season and the Huskies will have a chance to make it six versus No. 19 Cal on Friday. Allen leads the team with 17 points. Forrest is second on the team with 15 points on six goals and three assists. Junior midfielders George John and Raphael Cox each have five points on two goals and one assist. The Huskies are an extremely young team, starting six or seven freshmen and sophomores on a regular basis. Some of the younger players have been forced to make an early impact with the team losing four starters from last year to season-ending injuries including Forrest. Freshman defender Brad Keller and sophomore defender Taylor Hoss have started all 15 games in the Husky backline. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung has tallied five shutouts on the year and has a 1.19 goals against average. Fung has filled in nicely for starter Rylan Hawkins who suffered a season-ending facial injury in just the fourth game of the year.
Washington's seven-man senior class will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the Huskies' home finale with Stanford, Sunday. Included in the class are Ely Allen, Eric Blythe, Derek Crismier, Kevin Forrest, Nick Loveless, Steve Mohn and Stefan Tangen. Crismier and Forrest are fifth-year seniors, while Mohn and Tangen joined the team as transfers just last season. All seven players have made significant contributions to the Husky program throughout their careers.
The Golden Bears bring a three-game winning streak into Seattle on Friday. Cal moved into first place in the Pac-10 standings with big wins over San Diego State (1-0) and UCLA (3-1) last weekend. Javier Ayala-Hil was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week for his role in Cal's win over UCLA, scoring one goal and assisting the other two. Andrew Wiedeman leads the Bears in points (14), goals (5) and is tied for the team lead in assists with Ayala-Hil (four). Sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in shutouts (seven), saves per game (4.47) and save percentage (.859).
All-Time Series With Cal:
UW leads the all-time series with Cal 20-13-5 but have lost the last four-straight meetings with the Golden Bears. The Huskies lost 2-1 to Cal in the teams' previous season meeting in Berkeley, Oct. 5. Junior midfielder Raphael Cox provided the goal for UW, while Servando Carrasco and Pat Marion scored both of Cal's goals. The last time UW defeated Cal was Oct. 16, 2005 in Berkeley (1-0). UW is 9-3-3 versus Cal at home.
Stanford is also coming off a pair of wins at home against UCLA (2-1) and San Diego State (3-0). Senior midfielder Kyle Hency is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, earning the honor after scoring three goals in the two matches last weekend. Bobby Warsaw leads the team with 12 points on five goals and two assists, while Hency is second with nine points (four goals, one assist). Goalkeepers Andrew Kartunen and John Moore have shared a platoon role manning the net this season. Kartunen's 0.56 goals against average ranks ninth in the nation.
All-Time Series With Stanford: Washington leads the all-time series with the Cardinal 21-14-2. These teams battled to a scoreless double-overtime draw in their earlier meeting, Oct. 7, in Palo Alto. Prior to that match, the Huskies had dominated the season as of late, winning four of the last five. UW is 8-6-1 against Stanford at Husky Soccer Field.
UW has scored first in all seven of its wins this season...the Huskies are 7-1 overall when they score first, the only loss coming at Gonzaga (Sept. 7)...all but one of UW's six losses have come by one goal...California will be the Huskies' sixth ranked opponent they have faced in their last nine games...five of UW's seven wins have come over ranked teams...five of the team's seven wins have come via shutout...the only goals allowed by the Huskies in a winning effort were to Cal State Bakersfield and San Diego State...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...No. 6 SMU and No. 23 Furman each have only three losses on the year, with both teams having lost to the Huskies.