Mueller Named Pac-10 Player of Week
Nov. 3, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior defender Taylor Mueller was named the Pac-10 men's soccer Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Mueller (Sammamish, Wash.) led the Huskies to a pair of draws over the weekend, including a 0-0 tie with No. 21 Stanford. He and his fellow defenders held the Cardinal to just seven shots in 110 minutes - one shy of a season-low for Stanford - including just one shot in the first half and none in the two overtime periods. Mueller and the Huskies held Stanford's leading-scorer Bobby Warshaw to just one shot and allowed the entire Cardinal team just two shots on goal.
On Friday, the Huskies also held California in check, grinding out a 1-1 draw. The Huskies held the high-powered Golden Bear offense to just 16 shots in 110 minutes, allowing one goal which came off the foot of the Pac-10's leading goal scorer, Andrew Wiedeman. That goal came in the 35th minute but Mueller and the UW defense locked Cal down over the final 75 minutes for the tie.
The Husky defense is second only to No. 4 UCLA in the Pac-10, allowing just five goals in seven conference matches and just 14 goals in 15 games overall. They have recorded five shutouts and have a 0.84 goals-against-average, also second to UCLA. Mueller has played in all 15 games for UW - starting 14 times - and has taken 15 shots from the backline, including three against Stanford on Sunday.
UW is 4-5-6 on the season including 1-1-5 in Pac-10 play, tying a Pac-10 record for draws in conference play. They have also broken school records for conference draws and overtime matches (8) and have tied a school record with six ties overall.
This is the first-career weekly honor for Mueller and Washington's 21st all-time Player of the Week selection. Fellow junior Brad Keller was also named Player of the Week last month for his performance on the road against Cal and Stanford.
The Huskies hit the road this weekend to face San Diego State on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 4 UCLA on Sunday at 1 p.m. before returning home for their final regular-season game on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.