Men's Soccer Hosts Husky Fever Classic
Sept. 24, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER
HUSKY FEVER CLASSIC
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Portland (3-1-1) vs. Cal Poly SLO (2-4-0), 4:30 p.m. PT
#17 Creighton (1-1-1) at Washington (2-3-1), 7 p.m. PT
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
Portland vs. #17 Creighton, 10 a.m. PT
Cal Poly SLO at Washington, 12:30 p.m. PT
Live stats available for all games via Gametracker at GoHuskies.com
Free live audio & video for UW games at GoHuskies.com
This Week: The Washington men's soccer team wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule this weekend with the annual Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, featuring 2008 NCAA Tournament teams Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and #17 Creighton along with Portland, the latter of which the Huskies will not face over the weekend. Portland (3-1-1) will kick off the tournament by facing Cal Poly (2-4-0) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. followed by UW taking on Creighton (1-1-1). On Sunday, Portland will face the Blue Jays at 10 a.m. with the Dawgs playing Cal Poly at 12:30 p.m.
Last Week: The Huskies were up-ended by Portland in their home opener, 2-1, last Thursday before going back on the road Sunday to play Denver, earning a 0-0 draw with the Pioneers. The Huskies fell behind 2-0 to Portland in the first half before coming back to score early in the second half on sophomore Brent Richards' third goal in two games. But the Pilots clamped down on defense and would not allow the equalizer to escape with the victory.
On Sunday, UW played their fourth NCAA Tournament team in five games and were able to come away with a big 0-0 tie. The Huskies turned things around after being out-shot, 12-0, in the first half and had some solid chances to break through in the second half and into the overtime periods, but neither team was able to find the back of the net after 110 minutes of play. UW's senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made a career-high nine saves and the Husky defense held firm despite allowing 23 shots.
Live Online Coverage: Live stats will be available for all four games this weekend via Gametracker at GoHuskies.com Additionally, live audio and video will be available for free for both Husky games with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. All UW men's and women's soccer games this season are free of charge through this service.
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In the Rankings: Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA, Soccer America or Soccer Times polls this week.
Home Sweet Home: The Huskies have played just one of their first six games at home this season, but have been very successful on the road. UW is 2-0-1 in true road games while they are 0-3 at home and at neutral sites. UW will look to reverse that trend this weekend with its final two non-conference games at home before starting Pac-10 play in Seattle next weekend.
Going The Distance: The Huskies concentrated heavily on their fitness in preseason training and it has paid off as UW has played three overtime games in their first six this season, including two that have gone to double overtime. UW is 1-1-1 in games that go more than 90 minutes. They had just four OT games all of last season, going 2-0-2.
No Sophomore Slump: Husky sophomore Brent Richards does not appear to be headed for a sophomore slump as he leads the team in goals (3), assists (2) and points (8) after leading the squad in goals as a freshman last season. The Camas, Wash., native ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in goals, tied for fourth in assists and tied for third in points.
Hawkins Healthy: Husky senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins is finally healthy and showing the skills Husky fans saw glimpses of his freshman year. The numbers are backing it up as Hawkins is tied for second in the Pac-10 in shutouts per game (0.33) and ranks second in saves (21). Against Denver on Sunday, Hawkins withstood 23 shots from the Pioneers and established a new career high with nine saves to help the Huskies salvage a 0-0 tie. The shutout gave him 13 in his career, which moves into sixth all-time in UW history.
Scouting Creighton: The 17th ranked Jays have played just three games this season after three preseason exhibitions and come into the weekend with a 1-1-1 record, having scored just one goal. An NCAA Elite Eight team from a year ago, the Jays are playing their only non-conference matches away from home this season in Seattle this weekend. Creighton is coming off a tough loss at home last weekend to Missouri State, who upset the Jays, 1-0, handing CU its first Missouri Valley Conference loss since 2006 and first at home since 2004.
The Jays return nine starters from last year's squad that went 16-2-2, including fifth-year players Byron Dacy, Chris Schuler and Seth Sinovic - all three of which appear on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Jays welcomed eight newcomers this year, including U.S. U-18 Men's National Team member, Dion Acoff. The entire Bluejay defense returns after setting a school record with 13 shutouts last year, leading the nation in shutout percentage (.650) and ranking second in the NCAA with a 0.48 goals against average. Schuler, 2008 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, and goalkeeper Brian Holt, 2008 MVC Freshman of the Year, return to anchor the back. With two shutouts to start the season, Holt now owns 14 shutouts in 22 career starts and a 0.48 career GAA.
Series vs. Creighton: The Huskies have won just two of the previous six meetings between the teams, with CU winning their last match-up, 2-1, in overtime in 2007 at Creighton's home field. UW won their two matches in 2006 (3-0 in Seattle) and 2004 (2-1 in Las Vegas). The teams first met in 2000, a 2-0 Creighton victory in Omaha.
Scouting Cal Poly: The Mustangs have bounced back to win their last two matches after starting the season 0-4. Their match against the Huskies marks their third Pac-10 battle as they have already fallen to Stanford, 3-2, and No. 5 California, 3-1. Cal Poly also dropped a 1-0 decision to Creighton so its record is deceiving. The Mustangs returned seven starters and 14 letterwinners from its 2008 squad that matched a program record with 11 victories, finished tied for second in the Big West Conference standings with a 5-2-4 mark and not only reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995, but upended UCLA in the first round.
David Zamora and Jacob Hustedt currently lead the team with two goals apiece while Brett Finkelstein leads the goalkeeping corp in minutes played and has posted one shutout.
Series vs. Cal Poly: The Huskies hold a 3-1-1 all-time advantage over Cal Poly, having won the last three matches between the teams. UW earned a 3-1 victory the last time the teams faced each other in 2005 in the Portland Nike Invitational. UW also scored a 2-1 victory at Cal Poly in 1999 and a 4-0 victory in 1998, the only other time the teams have played in Seattle. Cal Poly won the first meeting back in 1995, 1-0.
Scouting Portland: The Pilots come into the weekend with a 3-1-1 record, upending Saint Louis in their own tournament for their first win of the season before defeating New Hampshire two weeks ago and the Huskies last week. The Pilots suffered their only loss thus far in the opener of their tournament against Virginia and have also drawn with Vermont. The Pilots, like the Huskies, are looking to rebound in 2009 after missing the postseason in `08, falling to a 8-10-2 record.
Collen Warner, who was second on the squad last season with 18 points, is the Pilots top returner and he leads the team again this year with four points (1 goal, 2 assists). Freshman Ricardo Carrillo has also chipped in three points while Bothell, Wash., native Ryan Luke also has three points on the young season. Junior goalkeeper Austin Guerrero is back after posting three shutouts last season.