Huskies Return To The Pitch In The Bay Area This Weekend
Nov. 5, 2008
Friday, Nov. 5, 2008
Washington (8-5-2, 3-2-2 Pac-10) at Stanford (3-10-2, 1-5-1 Pac-10) 7 p.m.
Laird Q. Caigan Stadium Stanford, Calif.
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2008
Washington (8-5-2, 3-2-2 Pac-10) at #14/25 California (7-3-5, 2-2-3) 2 p.m.
Edwards Stadium Berkeley, Calif.
Washington men's soccer returns to the pitch after a bye last week and embarks on an important three-game stretch that begins in the Bay Area this weekend. The Huskies (8-5-2, 3-2-2 Pac-10) will take on Stanford (3-10-2, 1-5-1 Pac-10) on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., followed by a visit to No. 14/25 California (7-3-5, 2-2-3) in Berkeley on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Washington will then return to Seattle to host its regular season finale with Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 14. All three results could impact the Huskies' postseason hopes as they begin the week in third-place in the Pac-10, one point behind second-place San Diego State. UW will have a chance to leapfrog the Aztecs who play just a non-conference match this weekend. The Huskies will look for the season sweep over Stanford after defeating the Cardinal, 1-0, in Seattle one month ago. UW and Cal battled to a 2-2 double overtime draw when they met back at Husky Soccer Field that same weekend. Sunday's match should be especially interesting as the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in goals per game (1.73) while Cal leads the league for least goals allowed (12).
Live scoring for Washington's game at Stanford can be accessed at GoHuskies.com. Stanford will also provide a free webcast of the match at GoStanford.com. There will be no live scoring or video available for Sunday's match at California.
In the Rankings:
Washington is receiving votes in this week's Soccer Times and CollegeSoccerNews.com polls, but is unranked in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls.
Scouting The Huskies:
As the season draws to a close, every result looms large for the Huskies as they play the final three games beginning Friday. Postseason hopes lay in the balance for a squad that looks to make their third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Washington is coming off a bye week after falling to UCLA, 2-0, and earning a 2-2 double overtime draw with San Diego State at home its last time out. It was a frustrating result for the Huskies against the Bruins in a match that saw UW own the advantage on shots and possession. At the time, both squads were tied for first in the Pac-10 and since then the Bruins have already clinched the conference crown. The Huskies are still in the battle for runner-up honors, beginning the week in third place and just one point behind San Diego State in the standings. The Huskies are still tied with UCLA for the most overall wins among Pac-10 teams with eight. UW will look to get back in the win column this weekend on the road. The Huskies are 2-1 in Pac-10 play away from Seattle, the wins coming at Oregon State and San Diego State. Freshman phenom Brent Richards continues to lead the Huskies on offense with a team-high 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Richards scored twice in UW's last game - the 2-2 draw with San Diego State, Oct. 26. It marked the second multiple-goal effort for the young Husky. Senior midfielder Raphael Cox is right behind Richards with 17 points on six goals and five assists. Freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes is tied with Cox for the team lead in assists (five) and is also third on the squad with nine points. The Huskies are still playing without senior midfielder and two-time All-Pac-10 player George John who underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee on Oct. 22. He hopes to make it back to the pitch should the Huskies advance to postseason play. In his absence, junior Taylor Cochran and senior Josh Swett have helped to fill in at the central midfield spot alongside freshman Casey McCool. The solid foursome of juniors Taylor Hoss and Casey Cunningham, sophomore Taylor Mueller and redshirt freshman Jamie Finch man the backline. Sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Fung has started the last eight games and 11 overall. He has posted 1.55 goals against average, while grabbing 30 saves.
Stanford has lost four straight and five of its last six games heading into Friday's meeting with the Huskies. The Cardinal sits in last place in the Pac-10 with a 1-5-1 league record, its lone conference win coming over UCLA (2-1). Stanford is coming off a pair of losses last weekend at San Diego State (1-2) and at UCLA (0-2). Despite their record, the Cardinal have allowed just 18 goals this season, the second fewest in the Pac-10. Goalkeeper John Moore also ranks third in the Pac-10 with 54 saves. Sophomore midfielder/forward Bobby Warshaw leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Tom Montgomery also has three goals.
All-Time Series Vs. Stanford:
Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford, 23-14-2. The Huskies have won the last two straight matches, including the 1-0 victory in both teams' Pac-10 opener at Husky Soccer Field, Oct. 3. Freshman Casey McCool scored his first collegiate goal to lift UW to the win during a match played in a constant steady rain. Washington is riding a four-game unbeaten streak against the Cardinal that dates back to 2006. The last time Stanford defeated Washington was Oct. 6, 2006 in Seattle (2-0). The Huskies lead the series in Palo Alto, 10-7-1.
California returns home to Berkeley after three-straight matches on the road. The Golden Bears sit in fourth-place in the Pac-10, just two points behind Washington. Cal is coming off a draw versus UCLA (0-0) and a 1-0 loss at San Diego State last weekend. In fact, the Golden Bears have just one win in their last six matches, going 1-2-3 in that span. That lone victory was a 1-0 win over Stanford, Oct. 18. Sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman leads the team with 16 points on six goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 with a 0.75 goals against average. He also ranks second in saves (58) and shutouts (six). Cal boasts one of the best back lines in the league with a conference-low 12 goals allowed this season.
All-Time Series Vs. California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California, 20-14-6, but hasn't turned in a win against the Golden Bears since 2005. Washington's 2-2 double-overtime draw against Cal back in early October snapped a five-game UW losing streak in the series. That last win, though, came in Berkeley on Oct. 16, 2005 (1-0). In the earlier season meeting between these two teams in Seattle, Oct. 5, UW came back twice from one-goal deficits to equalize but the final score remained 2-2 at the end of extra minutes. Senior midfielder Raphael Cox and junior defender Casey Cunningham scored for the Huskies. UW is 8-8-1 when playing Cal in Berkeley.
Versus Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 1-1-1 overall against ranked opponents this season. UW suffered a 2-1 overtime defeat to then-No. 10 Virginia Tech on Aug. 31, defeated then-No. 24 New Mexico 3-2, Sept. 21, and earned a 2-2 double-overtime draw with then-No. 10 California, Oct. 3.
Hawkins, John Earn Academic All-District Acclaim:
Junior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins and senior midfielder George John were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first-team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Oct. 30. Hawkins has a 3.90 grade point average and is majoring in computer engineering, while John has a 3.42 grade point average and is a business administration major. Both players now move onto the ballot for national ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. It is the first such honor for Hawkins who is also a two-time first-team selection to the Pac-10 All-Academic team the last two years. He has started five matches for the Huskies and logged 428 minutes in goal this year, grabbing 10 saves and recording a 0.84 goals against average. Hawkins has also recorded two of the team's three shutouts this season. John is a second-time selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team, also earning the honor as a sophomore in 2006. A team co-captain and a preseason candidate for the Hermann Trophy, John started the first 13 games before going down with a knee injury that required surgery, Oct. 22. He has tallied two goals and one assist this season, and will hope to return for either the Huskies' regular season finale with Oregon State, Nov. 14, or potential postseason play.