Men's Soccer Facing Tough Challenge In Bay Area This Weekend
Oct. 9, 2009
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S SOCCER
PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
Washington (3-4-3, 0-0-2) at No. 5/6 California (7-2-0, 1-0-0), 4 p.m. PT
Edwards Stadium; Berkeley, Calif.
Live stats available via Gametracker, www.GoHuskies.com
This Week: The Washington men's soccer team returns to the road after two weeks at home for a crucial weekend of Pac-10 play at No. 5/6 Cal and No. 17/23 Stanford. The Huskies, fresh off a tie with No. 4 UCLA last weekend at home, face yet another top-five team on Friday at 4 p.m. when they face the Cal Bears. On Sunday, UW faces its third-straight ranked team and fourth in the last five matches when they play the Cardinal at 1 p.m.
Last Week: The Huskies were able to grab a point in each of their matches at home, including a huge 1-1 draw with No. 4 UCLA. In the Pac-10 opener, the Huskies and San Diego State played to a 0-0 draw, the sixth tie in the last nine matches between the teams, including the fourth by a 0-0 score. Goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins made five saves and recorded his third shutout of the season to help UW salvage the draw.
On Sunday, the Huskies fell behind early, 1-0, to the Bruins but controlled the run of play for most of second half and they were rewarded with a Bruin own goal which provided the equalizer. Hawkins was again big in goal for the Dawgs, making several clutch saves, but UCLA's defense and keeper were up to the task. Freshman Ryan Moore proved to be one of the top young players in the conference already, firing seven shots - including one in the second overtime that hit the crossbar - but the Huskies were unable to pull off the upset despite out-shooting UCLA, 19-11.
Live Online Coverage: Live stats will be available for both games this weekend via Gametracker. Additionally, Sunday's game at Stanford will be available via a webcast on www.gostanford.com. The link will be available on the front page of the website in the schedule section.
Follow the Huskies on Facebook: Become a fan of the Washington men's soccer team on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/UWMensSoccer. Fans can also follow the UW men's soccer team through the Huskies' all-sports Twitter page, www.twitter.com/UWSportsNews.
In the Rankings: Washington is not ranked in either of the NSCAA, Soccer America or Soccer Times polls this week.
Road Sweet Road: After playing their last four matches at home, the Huskies hit the road again this weekend where they have been very successful this season. UW is 2-0-1 in true road games while they are just 1-4-2 at home and at neutral sites.
Going The Distance: The Huskies concentrated heavily on their fitness in preseason training and it's a good thing as UW has played five overtime games in their first 10 this season, including four that have gone to double overtime. UW is 1-1-3 in games that go more than 90 minutes. They had four OT games all of last season, going 2-0-2.
Hawkins Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist: Senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins was this week named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer, which is given annually to one student-athlete who excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Fans can vote for Hawkins either online at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_soccer_2009/ or by texting 'M4' to 74567.
Hawkins is a computer engineering and pre-business major with a 3.92 grade point average. A three-time All-Pac-10 Academic First Team selection, Hawkins was also named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team. He has overcame a serious facial injury in 2007 to become one of the Pac-10s top keepers. A team captain since `06, Hawkins had a solid freshman campaign, posting seven shutous and being named All-Pac-10 honorable mention. After returning to play in half the games last season after his injury, Hawkins is back and full strength in 2009.
Off the field, he is currently helping three large non-profits in the Seattle area (United Way of King County, Treehouse for Kids and Children of the Nations) build a major fundraising campaign that aims to generate more than $100,000 between the three of them, utilizing social entrepreneurship to get Generations X and Y involved in philanthropy through technology and social networking. Last year, Hawkins developed a Web application, Visual Schedule Finder, that eases course scheduling of the 280 departments and 11,000 courses at the University of Washington.
About the Huskies: The Huskies are 3-4-3 this season despite playing a brutal schedule against some of the nation's best teams. Sophomore Brent Richards and freshman Ryan Moore have accounted for 18 of the team's 27 points, with Richards leading the team in goals (4) and points (10) while Moore has chipped in three goals, two assists and eight points. Senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins has been stellar with a 0.91 GAA and three shutouts.
Scouting California: Cal opened Pac-10 play with a 1-0 victory over rival Stanford on Oct. 2 at home. Junior forward Andrew Wiedeman scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 49th minute for the game winner. Wiedeman continues to lead the Bears in goals, points (21) and game-winning goals (5) and he also has three assists. Jeff Cosgriff (3 goals, 4 assists) is tied with junior midfielder Hector Jimenez (1, 7) for second on the team in points (10 each). Jimenez paces Cal in assists. Sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham, who made five saves against Stanford to earn the shutout, has a 0.70 goals-against average in eight starts.
The Golden Bears went 12-4-5 last season, including 5-2-3 in Pac-10 play to place second in the conference. They went on to advance to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Series vs. California: Washington leads the all-time series with California, 20-15-6, but hasn't turned in a win against the Golden Bears since 2005. Washington's 2-2 double-overtime draw against Cal in the team's first match last season snapped a five-game UW losing streak in the series but the Bears came back to win the second match, 2-1. The Huskies last win in the series did come in Berkeley on Oct. 16, 2005 (1-0). UW is 8-9-1 when playing Cal in Berkeley.
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal are 5-0-0 at home this season en route to a 6-2-0 start after going just 4-11-3 last season. Stanford looks poised to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002, when they advanced all the way to the NCAA Final.
Stanford features a balanced scoring attack with no player scoring more than seven points but eight players have contributed at least three points. Junior Bobby Warshaw (3 goals, 1 assist) and senior Evan Morgan (2 goals, 3 assists) - who redshirted last season - lead the team with seven points each. Senior John Moore has been solid in goal with a conference-leading four shutouts and a 0.86 GAA.
Series vs. Stanford: Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford, 23-15-2. The Huskies had won two straight over the Cardinal, including a 1-0 victory in both teams' Pac-10 opener at Husky Soccer Field last season, before Stanford won the second match, 4-2. Washington has won four of five against the Cardinal since 2006. The Huskies lead the series in Palo Alto, 10-8-1.