Huskies Host Central Arkansas On Monday
SEATTLE – The No. 3/2 UW men's soccer team continues its homestand as they welcome Central Arkansas on Monday night. Kickoff from Husky Soccer Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
UW-CENTRAL ARKANSAS HISTORY
The game marks the first between Washington and Central Arkansas in program history.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Central Arkansas opened the season at Portland, which resulted in a 2-2 draw with the Pilots. Last season, Central Arkansas finished the regular season as ASUN Co-Champions, but fell in the ASUN Championship game to Lipscomb.
Senior midfielder Karim Diao was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Diao was second on the team in scoring in 2021, with six goals and an assist for 13 points.
The team enters the 2022 season ranked third by the United Soccer Coaches. This is the 31st straight week UW is ranked in the Top 10, marking the longest streak in the country.
The team also received a No. 2 nod from Top Drawer Soccer. The No. 2 ranking by Top Drawer soccer is the highest preseason rank in program history.
The Huskies were selected to finish first in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, tied with Oregon State. The honor marked the third time since 2000 that UW was picked to win the conference.
Senior goalkeeper Sam Fowler is entering his final year with a load of preseason accolades, including being named to the United Soccer Coaches Player to Watch List and MAC Hermann Watch List, while also ranking No. 8 on the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100.
Fowler was also named Top Drawer Preseason Best XI First Team and College Soccer News Preseason First Team All-America. Fowler recorded 62 saves during the 2021 campaign with a 79.5 save percentage.
Junior Midfielder Christian Soto was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI Second Team, as well as ranking 15th on the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100. Soto played and started in 20 games for the Huskies last year and notched four assists on the year.
Rounding out the preseason honors is first-year midfielder Richie Aman who was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Freshman Best XI.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
Head coach Jamie Clark is three wins away from 150 at the helm of Washington. His 147 wins is the second most for a UW men's soccer coach, behind Dean Wurzberger (1992-2010).
Washington closes out the homestand against Utah Valley on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before heading south for the first road trip of the season at South Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
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