Wurzberger: 'We Can Be A Menace'

Oct. 16, 2009

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By Mark Morgan
The Daily

The Washington men's soccer team hopes to improve on its unbeaten Pac-10 record tomorrow night in Corvallis, Ore., against the Oregon State Beavers (5-5-2, 1-3-0). The Huskies hope to keep their Pac-10 foes at bay and come away with a convincing victory.

Washington (4-4-4, 1-0-3) has surprised many with its impressive in-conference showing. The Huskies have yet to lose a game in the Pac-10, thought by many to be one of the strongest conferences in the nation.

The Huskies will go up against a Beavers team that has struggled this season, suffering three in-conference losses, their only win coming against San Diego State at home on Oct. 4.

Against the Beavers, Washington looks to play the stifling defense that has garnered them respect around the conference.

'We're looking to press high, always put the other team under pressure and just give 110 percent effort out there,' said junior midfielder Brad Keller.

Anchoring the Husky defense will be senior defender Taylor Hoss.

'We've been playing well as a unit together,' he said. 'We've been communicating well.'

This road contest comes on the heels of a surprising weekend in the Bay Area, where Washington upset No. 6 Cal (8-3-0, 2-1-0) last Friday and tied 1-1 with No. 17 Stanford (7-2-1, 1-1-1). The results from the weekend can be felt in the confidence and overall team attitude on the field.

'We've really come together as a team,' Keller said. 'We've been real cohesive together ... making sure we get the job done.'

However, the Huskies are not overlooking tomorrow night's matchup at Oregon State.'Oregon State is always a tough game,' Hoss said. 'They always come out to play hard against us. They're an energetic team. They bring a lot of passion. So I think it's just going to be a battle, and that's what it has been every game against them. It should be a good one.'

Head coach Dean Wurzberger is pleased with how his team has grown this season.'They're taking over, so to speak, which is every coach's dream,' Wurzberger said. 'We've had a team that has been getting better and better, so I can't say that I'm surprised. Obviously, it was a big step forward last weekend in the Bay Area.'

Wurzberger anticipates a tough match at Oregon State, pinpointing Beaver sophomore forward Danny Mwanga as a threat, concluding that his team must 'make sure that we're at our best game with an attitude playing like a ranked team.'

This weekend will be a good test for Washington, to see if they can avoid a Bay-Area hangover and defend its standing in the Pac-10.

'If they continue to aspire for a big accomplishment, if they fight a cause to get Washington to the top of the Pac-10, we can be a menace,' Wurzberger said. 'We can be a real threat coming down the home stretch.'

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