Washington Men's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 5-7-6
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 2-3-5/5th
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/5
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/6
Head Coach: Dean Wurzberger (19th year)
Alma Mater: Sacramento State '82
Record at Washington: 209-106-40
Assistant Coaches: Brandon Prideaux, Brendan Bourdage, Jimmy Gabriel
Head coach Dean Wurzberger enters his 19th season with the Huskies with one goal, to return to the NCAA Tournament. Under his tutelage, Washington has made postseason play 11 times in the last 14 years. After a two-year absence in the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies are eager to make their return. Wurzberger returns nine letterwinners, including seven starters, from 2009. Senior Taylor Mueller was a Third Team NSCAA All-Far West Region selection and Second Team All-Pac-10 honoree last season. Mueller looks to be the key leader on defense for the Huskies in his senior campaign. Junior Brent Richards led the team in goals (5) on his way to earning Second Team All-Pac-10 honors. Senior Matt Van Houten, another All-Pac-10 Second Team member, scored a career-high four goals last season. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Tucker-Gangnes will lead the midfield after missing all of last season with a back injury. A total of 10 newcomers join the Huskies this fall, including transfers from Michigan, Cal Poly and Western Washington.
Sept. 18 - Washington at Portland, 7 p.m.
Nike Portland Invitational - Portland, Ore.
Oct. 10 - California at Washington, 2 p.m.
Oct. 31 - Washington at California, 1 p.m.
The Huskies fell to Portland, 2-1, in the Nike Portland Invitational last season. The Pilots enter 2010 ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll. Washington traveled to Berkeley last season and defeated a then-ranked No. 5 California, 2-0. The Huskies battled to a 1-1 draw with Cal in Seattle.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#4 Taylor Mueller
Senior, Defender, Sammamish, Wash.
A Third Team NSCAA All-Far West Region selection and two-time Second Team All-Pac-10 honoree, Mueller played in all 18 games for the Huskies in 2009, making 17 starts. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career following Washington's 0-0 draw with Stanford and 1-1 draw with Cal. He and his fellow defenders held the Cardinal to just seven shots in 110 minutes - one shy of a season low for Stanford. In that game, the Huskies held Stanford's leading scorer Bobby Warshaw to just one shot and allowed the entire Cardinal team only two shots on goal. Mueller led the Husky defense to six shutouts last season, which ranked second in the conference. The Huskies also allowed just 10 conference goals, second-fewest in the Pac-10. Mueller took 18 shots during the season, firing a season-high three on two occasions.