Husky Men Open Pac-10 Play Hosting Bay Area Schools
Oct. 1, 2008
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008
Stanford (2-4-1, 0-0-0) at Washington (5-3-0, 0-0-0) 7 p.m.
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008
#10/11 California (5-1-2, 0-0-0) at Washington (5-3-0, 0-0-0) 1 p.m.
Husky Soccer Field Seattle, Wash.
Live online coverage at GoHuskies.com
Rankings according to NSCAA/Soccer America Polls
Washington men's soccer (5-3-0) will take a three-game winning streak into Pac-10 play when it opens the 2008 conference slate hosting Stanford (2-4-1) and No. 10/11 California (5-1-2) this weekend at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies will entertain the Cardinal on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., followed by a match with the two-time defending Pac10 champion Golden Bears, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. The contests mark the end of a five-game homestand for Washington, a successful stretch thus far that has seen UW win all three games on its home pitch. The Huskies are most recently coming off a 2-1 victory over Gonzaga this past Sunday. UW will next hit the road for two weeks, continuing Pac-10 play at Oregon State (Oct. 10), UCLA (Oct. 17) and San Diego State (Oct. 19).
Live Online Coverage:
Live scoring and a free live video broadcast of both matches this weekend with Stanford and Cal will be available at GoHuskies.com. Fans wishing to view the games must have a Dawg Channel All-Access pass, but there is no fee to sign up.
In the Rankings:
Washington received votes in this week's Soccer Times poll, but are not ranked according to the NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America or Top Drawer polls.
Autograph Day Sunday:
Husky men's soccer autograph day will be held Sunday, Oct. 5. Following the match with California, all Husky players will sign autographs at the field. Sunday will also be UW Faculty/Staff Day presented by WSECU.
Scouting The Huskies:
Having won three-straight and five of the last six games, Washington will look to bring that momentum into conference play beginning Friday. The Huskies have only lost one match since opening the season 0-2 back in late August. UW has enjoyed playing on its home pitch, as the Huskies are 3-0 at Husky Soccer Field. UW is coming off a 2-1 victory over Gonzaga, Sunday. Senior midfielder Raphael Cox scored the first goal and assisted the second to lead UW, while sophomore defender Taylor Mueller contributed the gamewinner. Cox put the Huskies up just five minutes into the match, only to have Gonzaga equalize in the 25th minute. Both squads played a fairly even first-half, but the Huskies dominated the second-half. UW got the gamewinner when Cox launched a free kick into the box that junior defender Casey Cunningham one-touched to Mueller. Cox has been an offensive powerhouse for the Huskies, tallying three goals and one assist in the last two matches. He shares the team lead for goals (four), assists (two) and points (10) with freshman forward Brent Richards. Freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, senior midfielder George John and junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz each have two goals. Junior co-captain Rylan Hawkins and sophomore Stephen Fung have shared the goalkeeping duties, with each even playing one half against Gonzaga. Hawkins has a 0.84 goals against average with 10 saves, while Fung has tallied a 2.0 goals against average and five saves. Senior midfielder George John, a national player of the year candidate, anchors the central midfield for UW and plays in the backline when needed. Cunningham and Mueller anchor the defense, along with junior Taylor Hoss.
The Huskies began the week ranked first in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation in scoring offense. UW is averaging 2.12 goals per game and have tallied three efforts with three or more goals. The Huskies defeated 24th-ranked New Mexico, 3-2, and turned in a pair of four-goal efforts versus College of Charleston (4-1) and Furman (4-0).
Versus Ranked Opponents:
California, ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll and 11th according to Soccer America, will be the third ranked opponent the Huskies have faced. UW is 1-1 in those outings, losing to then-No. 10 Virginia Tech in overtime (2-1) and defeating then-No. 24 New Mexico (3-2).
The Cardinal has lost three-straight heading into their Pac-10 opener with the Huskies on Friday. All three have come by just one goal, falling to Creighton (1-0), Drake (2-1) and Santa Clara (1-0). Stanford's two wins have been via shutout versus Cornell (2-0) and San Francisco (1-0). Sophomore midfielder/forward Bobby Warshaw leads the squad with five points on two goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Tom Montgomery also has two goals. Junior goalkeeper John Moore has played all 654:45 minding the net, recording 24 saves and a 0.96 goals against average.
All-Time Series Vs. Stanford:
Washington is 22-14-2 all-time against Stanford, a series that dates back to 1974. The Huskies have a three-game unbeaten streak against the Cardinal, playing to a draw (0-0) and a win (4-2) last year, following a 2-0 victory in Palo Alto, Oct. 13, 2006. Washington has held the overall upper hand in the series, losing just once in the last 10 matches. The setback during that span was a 2-0 loss to Stanford in Seattle, Oct. 6, 2006.
Cal, which will face Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday before continuing north to Seattle, owns the best overall record in the conference heading into the start of Pac-10 play. The Golden Bears are also ranked anywhere from fifth to 11th depending on which of the four polls one checks. Cal is coming off a 2-0 victory over San Francisco, on Saturday, after suffering its first loss of the year versus Creighton (2-0). Sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman leads the team with three goals, four assists and 10 points. Junior goalkeeper Stefan Frei has a Pac-10 leading 0.60 goals against average, three shutouts and 28 saves.
All-Time Series Vs. California:
Washington is 20-14-5 all-time against California, but has a five-game losing streak to the Golden Bears dating back to 2005. The last Husky win in the series was Oct. 16, 2005, a 1-0 victory in Berkeley. The Huskies are 9-4-3 against Cal in Seattle, the last win coming Oct. 8, 2004 (3-0).