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Richards Featured on Timbers in 30 Episode

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Former Husky and current Portland Timbers forward Brent Richards was featured on the latest episode of "Timbers in 30." In the segment "Timbers Connection", Richards talks about his journey to make his MLS debut and first professional start for Portland.
Check out the video here (Richards' segment starts at 12:50): Timbers in 30 - August 3
Also, here is a great read on Richards about his first MLS start and making his mark on the team: Timbers' Richards strong in first MLS start, ready for more.

Mueller Records First Professional Goal with Charleston Battery

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Former Husky defender Taylor Mueller recorded his first professional goal for the Charleston Battery Friday evening at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 3,557 fans.
In the 77th minute, Mueller put the Battery in the lead after finding the ball off of a free kick and capitalizing it with a one-time finish. His goal wasn't enough to hold on to the lead, as the Battery tied the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-2.
Mueller was a four-year starter for the Huskies and received numerous accolades throughout his college career, including Second-Team All-Pac-10 in three consecutive years and UW's 2010 Defensive MVP in his senior season.
The Charleston Battery, out of Charleston, S.C., plays in the American Division of the USL Professional Division. Next up for the Battery is a match against Harrisburg City Islanders on August 8. Fans can listen to the games live at Charleston Sports Radio.

Richards Named to MLS Team of the Week Honorable Mention

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After starting in his first-ever MLS match last Saturday, Husky alum Brent Richards was selected to the MLS Team of the Week Honorable Mention list. 
Richards, the Portland Timbers homegrown player, made his first MLS start against Chivas USA in a 1-0 loss at JELD-WEN Field in Portland. Richards was also named CenturyLink Man of the Match after the game, getting 40% of the votes; the forward took four shots, one on target, before being subbed out in the 74th minute. 
Richards made his MLS debut against the LA Galaxy on July 14 and then made an appearance on the road against FC Dallas on July 21. The Timbers play at home Sunday, August 5 against FC Dallas at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports. 

Sounders U-23 Season Ends in PDL Semifinals

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The Sounders FC U-23 ended its playoff run and season in the PDL semifinals, falling to FC London 3-2. After being up by two goals at halftime, the Sounders couldn't hold on to the lead, as the game-winner by FC London was scored in the 83rd minute.
Huskies Michael Uyehara and Darwin Jones started for the Sounders; Jones took one shot at forward. Jones finished the season with four goals, two assists, and ten points in nine games played. Uyehara was a staple in the backline, playing in three shutout victories and also scoring a goal in the last regular-season match.
The 2012 PDL Championship will be played at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. The Carolina Dynamo and FC London will face off at 4 p.m. PT. 

Husky Men's Soccer Preview on goalWA.net

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The goalWA.net 2012 College Previews segment continued with the Washington Husky Men's soccer team. The article features a Q&A session with head coach Jamie Clark on the upcoming class, the 2012 season, and the players they will rely on as leaders. 
Check out goalWA.net to read the full feature!
Incoming sophomore transfer Darwin Jones was recently named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Ten Sophomore Men's Players to Watch list. Here is an excerpt of the article on Jones:

F Darwin Jones, Washington
 
The tale of this sophomore is a bit unusual - Jones, a product of the Sounders Academy, played for Highline Community College last year, scoring 15 goals and adding ten assists.
After an unsuccessful trial with the Sounders first team earlier in 2012, Jones signed to attend Washington, and he'll likely have an impact in what is technically his sophomore year in school, albeit his first at the Division 1 level.
In its inaugural year as the revamped Seattle Sounders FC U-23, the team is rolling through the playoffs. Two weeks after celebrating the Northwest Division regular season title, the Sounders defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-0 on Sunday to be crowned the Western Conference Champions
Incoming sophomore transfer Darwin Jones played a big part in both goals, scoring the first goal to tie the game 1-1 and then assisting in the game-winner. 15 minutes into the second half, Jamael Cox (brother of former Husky Raphael Cox) fed the ball down the left hand side and Jones placed a curling shot beyond the reach of the Fusion goalkeeper.In the final ten minutes of the match, Jones found a wide-open Cox breaking down the middle of the field and Cox slid his shot past the Fusion goalkeeper for the game-winner that would send the Sounders on to the National PDL Final Four. 
Red-shirt junior defender Michael Uyehara played the full 90 and helped with the shutout while Jones came on as a sub at the end of the first half. 
The Sounders will play FC London, the biggest surprise of the semifinalists that defeat the two teams with the best regular-season records in the PDL. The match is set for Saturday, July 28 at the German Club in London, Ontario; kickoff starts at 4:30 p.m. PT. 

Finch Makes Professional Debut with Carolina RailHawks

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Former Husky standout Jamie Finch made his professional debut with the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday evening. The RailHawks, of the North American Soccer League (NASL), defeated last year's NASL champions the Minnesota Stars 1-0
Finch signed a professional contract with the RailHawks earlier this season. Although the defender subbed on in the 77th minute, he had to wait more than five hours after the match started, as lightning forced the referees to suspend the game in the 47th minute. After nearly four hours of delay, play resumed around 12:15 am local time. 
Follow Finch and the RailHawks throughout the season at http://www.carolinarailhawks.com. Carolina will travel to San Antonio to take on the league-leading Scorpions on July 28th at 8:45 pm ET and the match will be shown live at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/live

Sounders U-23 Advance to Western Conference Finals

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The Sounders FC U-23 stormed back with two unanswered goals for a 2-1 win over FC Tucson in the Western Conference Semi-finals on Saturday night in Ventura, California. 
After being down a goal in the 47th minute, incoming sophomore Darwin Jones scored the equalizer ten minutes later. The Sounders right back, DeAndre Yedlin, threw a long throw-in towards the front of the goal and it was flicked on to the back post for Jones to side-volley the ball into the net. Sean Morris scored the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute. 
The victory puts the Sounders U-23 to the Western Conference Championship on Sunday, June 22 against Ventura County Fusion for a spot in the PDL National Final Four; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT. There will be live streaming at http://www.kadytv.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=207997631ventura-county-fusion. Stay tuned on SoundersU23.com for more coverage information on the match.
In the first semi-final game, the Portland Timbers U-23s lost a heart breaker in overtime against the Ventura County Fusion. The only goal in the game came three minutes into overtime and the Fusion were able to hold off a series of late attempts by the Timbers U-23s to claim a 1-0 win and advance to the Western Conference finals. 
The Timbers U-23s held a majority of the possession int he first half and it led to a 5-2 advantage in shots. Junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey, however, turned in the biggest play of the half for the Timbers U-23s, making a key save on a penalty kick attempt in the 28th minute after a Portland player had been called for a handball int he box. Richey turned away a low shot from the spot aimed at the left post to keep the match deadlocked heading into halftime. Richey played the whole 120 minutes making three saves.
The Sounders U-23 and Timbers U-23s are off to the Premier Development League (PDL) Western Conference semifinals after their victories this weekend.

The Sounders continued their success after winning the regular season NW Division championship title with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Crossfire in the 1st round of the PDL playoffs.

Husky sophomore transfer Darwin Jones recorded an assist and red-shirt junior Michael Uyehara played the full 90. The Sounders U-23 also added an old Sounder, Nate Jaqua, to their ranks as the entire squad was relied on to send them to the Western Conference Final Four.

The Crossfire ended their 2012 season with the loss. However, several Huskies (Ben Fisk, Andy Thoma, Alex Klein, and Nate Sackeyfio) were a key part of the team's success this year, helping the club bounce back after a seventh-place finish last season and qualify for the playoffs with the 4th seed.

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In the second divisional playoff match in Oregon, the Portland Timbers U-23s defeated the defending champions the Kitsap Pumas 2-1 on Sunday evening.

Goalkeeper Spencer Richey turned in a solid performance on what was a busy night for him despite making just one save.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

The Western Conference will be hosted by the Southwest Division champion Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College (Calif.), where they will be joined by Southwest Division runner-up FC Tucson and the Northwest Division's Sounders FC U23 and Portland Timbers U-23s.

The Timbers will face the Timbers U-23s on Saturday (7/21) night in the opening semifinal at 5 p.m. PT, while the Sounders U23 will face FC Tucson at 7:30 p.m. PT. The championship game will be played on Sunday (7/22) evening at 5 p.m. PT.

The Conference Champions will meet in the national semifinals on the weekend of July 27-29 at two host locations to be determined. The PDL Championship will be played on Saturday, August 4 at the home of one of the semifinal winners.

Click here to read more about the Conference playoffs.

Richards Makes MLS Debut with Timbers

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Brent Richards.jpg(Photo: Ethan Erickson/Portland Timbers; game on 6/2, Timbers Reserves vs Galaxy Reserves)
 
Former Husky standout Brent Richards made his MLS debut for the Portland Timbers against the LA Galaxy in front of a sold-out home crowd Saturday night. Richards subbed on at the start of the second half and found himself marking Galaxy and U.S. star Landon Donovan on a corner kick almost immediately after he stepped on the pitch. 
Richards, a 2012 UW graduate, signed with the Portland Timbers on a Homegrown Player contract, the first for the club, and has been playing for the Timbers Reserves all season. Although he has made the 18 for the first-team several times, Saturday marked the first time to play in a first-team match; he becomes the Timbers' second rookie to make their official MLS debut this season. 
Here is Richards talking about his debut in the postgame video and article: 
Full match report:
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Also, check out this fun video of Richards talking about the rookie life while playing a ping-pong match with teammate Chris Taylor: 
 

Gateway: Brundage Making His Mark On the Pitch

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Here is a great read on UW senior defender Chris Brundage, featured in The Peninsula Gateway. 
Brundage is currently playing on recent-PDL NW Division Champions the Sounders U-23 and has made a big impact in their success this season. 
(Photo: Chris Coulter / SoundersPhotos.com)

Uyehara and Jones Score in Sounders U-23 Regular-Season Finale

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The Sounders U-23 and North Sound SeaWolves FC played in their final regular-season league match Wednesday at Franklin Pierce Stadium, with the Sounders winning 5-1 and ending the season with 36 points and first place in the PDL Northwest Division.
A couple of Huskies had big games for the Sounders. Red-shirt junior Michael Uyehara scored in the second minute for his first goal in a Sounders jersey and sophomore transfer Darwin Jones a goal, an assist, and seven out of the team's 12 shots. (Photo: Chris Coulter / SoundersPhotos.com)
Next up for the Sounders U-23 is the first round of the PDL Northwest Division playoffs. They will take on the Washington Crossfire at Franklin Pierce Stadium at 7:30 p.m. 
In Redmond, the Portland Timbers U-23s won their final regular-season game against the Washington Crossfire with a 3-0 win. The Timbers finish the season in second place and will play host to the Kitsap Pumas in a divisional playoff match on Sunday at Gladstone High School at 6:30 p.m.
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey anchored the Timbers' second shutout in its last three matches and fifth shutout overall on the season. Portland heads into the postseason having won four of its last six regular-season matches.

Crossfire Hosts Timbers U-23s in Regular-Season Finale Wednesday

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The Washington Crossfire will host the Timbers U-23s at Redmond High School on Wednesday in their Premier Development League regular-season finale; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT. Wednesday's match will determine the two teams' final positioning in the Northwest Division heading into the preseason.
The Timbers U-23s (9-4-2, 29 pts) currently sit in third place in the Northwest Division while the Crossfire (8-6-1, 25 pts) are in fourth. Both teams have clinched a playoff spot, but the match will finalize the NW Division playoff bracket for this weekend. 
With a Portland win, they could move into second place as a result of PDL tiebreakers and would face current-second place Kitsap Pumas in the divisional playoff this Saturday. The team that finishes in second place would go on to play host to the divisional playoff match. 
Crossfire will play the first-place Sounders U-23 on Saturday in a divisional playoff match. The winners of these games will head to the Western Conference Final Four.
Current Huskies playing for Crossfire are Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, Patric Pray, Nathan Sackeyfio, and Andy Thoma. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey is on the Timbers U-23s. 
The Timbers U-23s and Crossfire face each other for the second time in three games Wednesday in the final matchup in the three-game, regular-season series between the two teams. The series is tied, with Crossfire beating Portland in their first matchup 2-1 and Portland coming out with a 1-0 victory on July 6.

Jones Scores As Sounders U23 Wins Division Championship

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The Sounders U-23 earned another three points on Sunday in a 1-0 victory against Fraser Valley Mariners FC that saw them win the PDL Northwest Division's regular season Championship.
Sophomore transfer Darwin Jones scored the lone goal 25 seconds into the 2nd half and the Sounders were able to hold onto the win; Jones also had three of the team's 20 shots. Red-shirt junior Michael Uyehara played the full 90 and helped with the shutout in the back line and also took one shot in the match.
The Sounders U-23 have one remaining match on July 11 against North Sound SeaWolves FC, but have already clinched the top spot with 33 points from 15 games. 
On July 14th, the Sounders will host a playoff match against the 4th seed Washington Crossfire; the second-place Kitsap Pumas will host the third-place Portland Timbers U-23. The winners of these games will head to the Western Conference Final Four.
In addition to the playoffs, the win ensures that the Sounders U-23 will represent the NW Division in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Sounders U-23, Timbers U-23 Clinch Playoff Berths in PDL

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The Sounders U-23 and Timbers U-23s have both clinched a playoff berth in the Premier Development League's Northwest Division with their wins Friday.
The Sounders U-23 defeated the Kitsap Pumas 2-1 Friday night in a dramatic finish, overcoming a 1-0 deficit and scoring two goals in the last 3 minutes of the match. DeAndrew Yedlin tied the game in the 87th minute and an own goal from Pumas defender Steve Mohn in the 88th put the game away for the Sounders U-23.
Husky junior Michael Uyehara played the full 90 minutes for the Sounders and fellow teammate and sophomore transfer Darwin Jones had two shots in the game. 
Currently on a four-game winning streak, the Sounders U-23 found themselves atop the PDL northwest division standings with 30 points, dropping previous first-place Kitsap Pumas in a tie for second with the Timbers. The Sounders U-23's can guarantee a first place finish in the division with wins in its last two matches. They will face last place Fraser Valley Mariners on Sunday afternoon and then finish the regular season with a match-up against the North Sound SeaWolves; both matches will be at home at Franklin Pierce High School.
Meanwhile in Camas, Wash., the Portland Timbers U-23s beat the Washington Crossfire 1-0 to guarantee them a spot in the PDL Northwest Division playoffs. Mark Sherrod had the lone goal to extend the Timbers U-23s' unbeaten streak to four matches.
Portland and UW goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded his third shutout to guide the team to their fourth win in six games, tallying two saves, including a magnificent one in the 17th minute, tipping an open look by Crossfire defender Jordan Burt from inside the box over the crossbar. For the Crossfire, seniors Ben Fisk and Nathan Sackeyfio played the full 90, each having a shot in the game.
The Timbers and Kitsap Pumas will battle out for second place in the division (both are currently tied) on Sunday at Hare Field in Hillsboro, OR at 6 p.m. They will then finish the regular season at Redmond for another match with the Crossfire on Wednesday, June 11.

Richey and Sackeyfio Record Assists in PDL Weekend Matchups

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Friday (6/29) games:

Portland Timbers U-23s at Fraser Valley Mariners FC, 2-0

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Washington junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey became the first Timbers U-23s goalkeeper to record an offensive point with his assist that set up the second goal in the 2-0 Portland victory against Fraser Valley.

In the final minutes of the contest, a long ball played over the top by Richey set up the insurance goal. Richey recorded his second shutout of the season and was credited with an assist to help lead the Timbers U-23s (8-3-1, 25pts) to their third win in the last four matches.

Washington Crossfire at Kitsap Pumas, 1-2

BREMERTON, WASH. - Washington transfer Nathan Sackeyfio recorded an assist for the Washington Crossfire in a 1-2 loss against current first-place Kitsap Pumas. Kitsap claimed the first ever Ruffneck Cup. Along with Sackeyfio, Huskies Ben Fisk and Andy Thoma played all 90 minutes for Crossfire.

Sounders FC U-23 at North Sound SeaWolves FC, 5-0

EDMONDS, WASH. - The Sounders U-23 defeated the North Sound SeaWolves FC Friday night 5-0 in an impressive performance. Goals by five different Sounders U-23s, paired with solid play at the back, helped earn the victory.

Incoming Husky forward Darwin Jones scored for the Sounders in the 84th minute while junior defender Michael Uyehara helped with the shutout. For the SeaWolves, Quinton Beasley and Abdul Aman played some quality minutes, where Aman had two shots in the game.


Saturday (6/30) games:

Portland Timbers U-23s at Victoria Highlanders FC, 1-1

VICTORIA, B.C. - The Portland Timbers U-23s extended their unbeaten streak to three games after drawing against Victoria Highlanders FC 1-1. Completing a stretch of three road games in eight days with a record of 2-0-1, the team is unbeaten since a 4-3 loss to Seattle on June 22.

North Sound SeaWolves FC at Kitsap Pumas, 1-2

BREMERTON, WASH. - The Kitsap pumas battled from behind to take over first place in the PDL Northwest Division and clinch a playoff spot. After the SeaWolves scored in the fourth minute, Kitsap came back with two goals before half time.


Sunday (7/1) games:

Sounders FC U-23 at Washington Crossfire, 1-0

REDMOND, WASH. - The Sounders U-23 got a late game winner from Aodhan Quinn to take a 1-0 victory over the Washington Crossfire to secure the Sounders a spot in the playoffs.

Darwin Jones took a shot for the Sounders. Ben Fisk, Andy Thoma, and Nathan Sackeyfio played 90 minutes for the Crossfire; Sackeyfio had one shot.


About the PDL Playoffs:


This year, the PDL Northwest will do its own playoff series of 1 v. 4 and 2 v. 3 to see who is sent on to the Conference Finals. The Pumas and Sounders have secured a spot in the playoffs, as they are guaranteed no worse than 4th place in the standings. Crossfire can clinch a spot with one win or one Whitecaps loss (goalwa.com).


Here are the full standings (up until July 1):
Kitsap Pumas, 29pts, 9-3-2
Sounders U-23, 27pts, 8-2-3
Timbers U-23s, 26pts, 8-3-2
Wash. Crossfire, 25pts, 8-5-1
Whitecaps U-23, 18pts, 5-5-3
Highlanders FC, 13pts, 3-6-4
N.S. SeaWolves, 12pts, 4-9-0
F.V. Mariners FC, 1pt, 0-12-1

Fisk Scores Game-Winner As Crossfire Moves Atop Standings

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REDMOND, WA. - The Washington Crossfire jumped to first place in the Premier Development League (PDL) Northwest Division Standings after defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 Wednesday night at Redmond High School. Crossfire improved to 8-3-1 after the 2-1 win while Vancouver is now 5-4-4.
Upcoming UW senior Ben Fisk (right; photo: Dale Garvey) scored the game-winner for Crossfire in the 54th minute after he took the shot from the edge of the Vancouver box. Fisk also assisted the first goal by Zach Hammond in the fourth minute. Former Husky Nick James and senior Nathan Sackeyfio played a full 90 minutes for Crossfire; Sackeyfio took two shots. 
Crossfire now has 25 points after the victory, two points ahead of second place Kitsap (23). The two teams will meet on Friday in Bremerton, where they will compete for The Ruffneck Cup. The Cup, in its inaugural year, is awarded to one of the four Puget Sound clubs (Kitsap Pumas, Washington Crossfire, Sounders U23, North Sound SeaWolves FC) that finishes with the most points in seven matches played against each other. Kitsap can become the "2012 Ruffneck Champions" if it beats Crossfire, since it is 4-0-0 in Cup play. 

Sounders U23 Top Timbers U-23s in Thrilling 4-3 Victory

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VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Sounders U23 defeated the Timbers U-23s 4-3  in a thrilling match at the Kiggins Bowl on a rainy Friday night in Vancouver, Washington. 
There was no steady lead for either team, as the match was tied 1-1, then 2-2, and 3-3, the goals being from 5 minutes to, at most, 25 minutes apart. It wasn't until the 88th minute that the Sounders U-23 got the game winning goal from Fernando Monge. The Sounders handed Portland its first home loss of the season.
The Sounders win gets them right back in the hunt for the Northwest Division crown, as they leap  over the Timbers in the standings to 3rd place with 21 points, only two points behind the Division-leading Kitsap Pumas. The Timbers fall to 4th place with 19 points. 
Huskies Chris Brundage and Michael Uyehara made the starting 18 for the Sounders U23. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey played in all 90 minutes for the Timbers U-23s, recording four saves. 
Portland face a second game in four days as they visit the North Sound SeaWolves Monday night at Edmonds Woodway High School; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The Sounders continue on the road and will also play the SeaWolves on June 29.

Aman Scores Goal No. 5 in SeaWolves Comeback Victory

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EDMONDS, Wash. - The North Sound SeaWolves overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Victoria Highlanders 3-2 in a PDL match-up Friday at Edmonds Stadium. The win snapped a three-match losing streak for the SeaWolves, who improved to 4-6 with six games left. Victoria fell to 2-6-3.
North Sound's rally started in the 40th minute after being down 2-0 when Victoria defender Kalem Scott fell on the ball in the penalty area and was whistled for a handball. Washington red-shirt senior Abdul Aman converted from the penalty spot, the North Sound forward's team-leading fifth of the season. Aman and fellow UW senior Quinton Beasley started for the SeaWolves, recording one shot each. 
The SeaWolves tied it at two in the 54th minute with a goal from Brady Ballew and got the game winner int he 65th minute when Marshall Kosaka tapped in for his first goal of the season. 
The SeaWolves have two home matches remaining, including Monday's 7:30 p.m. match with the Portland Timbers U-23s and then against the Sounders FC U23 on Friday, June 29. 

Aman Scores Fourth Goal of Season; Sounders U-23s Beat Crossfire

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EDMONDS, Wash. - Abdul Aman scored in the second minute and the North Sound SeaWolves defeated the Fraser Valley Mariners FC 1-0 Friday at Edmonds Stadium. It was the second win in a row for the SeaWolves, who evened their record at 3-3 and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Northwest Division with the Victoria Highlanders FC.
Washington forward Aman scored his fourth goal of the season before some in the crowd even realized what was happening. He took an outlet pass on the left side and raced toward the goal, beating Fraser Valley keeper Mark Village to the near side. He nearly scored five other times only to have Village make a save.
Quinton Beasley also started for the SeaWolves and had three shots in the game.
The SeaWolves will try to make it three wins in a row when they visit Franklin Pierce High School for a match against the Sounders FC U-23 Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.
TACOMA, Wash. - The Sounders U-23 kicked off their weekend double header with a strong showing as they took down the Washington Crossfire 2-0 Friday night at Franklin Pierce High School. 
Great play by the Sounders U-23 defense, which included Huskies Chris Brundage and Taylor Peay, held the Crossfire without a shot on goal until midway through the second half. Sean Okoli (Wake Forest) and Fernando Monge (UCLA) had the goals for the Sounders.
Huskies Ben Fisk, Andy Thoma, and Nathan Sackeyfio started for the Crossfire. Sackeyfio had a good chance at goal in the 65th minute, but his shot deflected out of the goal for a corner. The Crossfire were able to put a lot of balls into the box in stoppage time, including a free kick given just outside the box, but weren't able to get a goal thanks to a strong effort from the Sounders defense.
The win put the Sounders U-23 in a momentary three-way tie for first place in the PDL Northwest Division standings. They join the Kitsap Pumas and the Portland Timbers U-23 at the top with 15 points each. 
The Sounders U-23 return to Franklin Pierce High School on Sunday against the SeaWolves at 2 p.m. Tickets for the match are available at SoundersU23.com
The Crossfire will travel to Redmond High School to play against Fraser Valley Mariners FC at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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Edmonds, Wash. - After both missed the North Sound SeaWolves' loss Sunday to the Kitsap Pumas, current Huskies Abdul Aman and Quinton Beasley came back and had strong performances in North Sound's 3-1 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23.
Beasley (left; credit Dale Garvey) scored his first goal of the season off an assist from Aman in the first half at the 39-minute mark. After a long pass from Aman, Beasley beat the Vancouver keeper one-on-one for the game's first goal. It broke a 174-minute scoring drought for North Sound and gave them a lead for the first time since the season-opener on May 20.
In the second half, Aman added a spectacular left-footed goal from 30 yards out over the head of the keeper and into the right side of the net. It was Aman's team-high third goal of the season. He later added an assist on the team's third goal. Aman missed the previous match against the defending champs Kitsap Pumas with a red-card suspension and Beasley missed the game for personal reasons.
The SeaWolves (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak while Vancouver (2-4-2) lost its second in a row.
Next up for the North Sound SeaWolves will be a match-up against Fraser Valley Mariners at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Edmonds Stadium. Then they will head to Tacoma to play the Seattle Sounders U-23s at Franklin Pierce Stadium on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m.
REDMOND, Wash. - The Washington Crossfire (4-1-1) handed the Portland Timbers U-23s (5-2-0) its second straight loss Wednesday, defeating them 2-1 at Redmond High School.
Portland scored an early goal in the 3rd minute by Andrew RIbeira, but the Crossfire rallied back after a penalty kick in the 40th minute by Nik Besagno and the game-winner in the 65th minute by Adam Mena.
The Timbers' usual starting goalkeeper and Husky Spencer Richey missed his first match Wednesday. Andy Thoma and Nathan Sackeyfio started for the Crossfire and Alex Klein came in as a sub. Former Huskies Nick James and Daniel Gray also started for the Crossfire, where Gray had an assist in the game.
The Crossfire will visit the Sounders U-23s Friday, June 8 at Franklin Pierce Stadium at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Fraser Valley Mariners at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Redmond High School.
Portland is tied for first place with Kitsap Pumas in the PDL Northwest Division. Both have 15 points while the Washington Crossfire is third with 13 points and the Sounders U-23 close behind with 12 points.
Tumwater, WA - The Sounders U-23s handed the Portland Timbers U-23 its first league loss of the season Saturday night in a Cascadian rivalry match-up. The lone goal of the match came in stoppage time from Sounders U-23 forward Jamael Cox (brother of former Husky Raphael Cox), who was substituted in at the 68th minute mark. 
Husky defender Chris Brundage played a full 90 minutes for the Sounders U-23 while goalkeeper Spencer Richey also played the full 90 for the Timbers U-23 and made two saves; Richey is still tied for the most wins in the PDL. 
The huge rivalry match was played in front of 1300 fans at Tumwater High School and marked the first meeting between the two sides in the PDL. The Sounders U-23 also shut out the Timbers U-23 for the first time in 14 matches that dates back to last season. The win puts the Sounders U-23s in a tie for second (12 points) with the Kitsap Pumas in the PDL Northwest division standings. The Portland Timbers U-23s remain in first place with 15 points.
Next up for the Sounders U-23 is a home match-up against the Washington Crossfire on Friday, June 8. The match will consist of several Huskies playing for both sides. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Pierce High School; tickets will be available at the gate and at SoundersU23.com.
The Timbers U-23s will also play the Washington Crossfire at Redmond High School on Wed, June 6 at 7 p.m. and then face the Kitsap Pumas on the road Saturday, June 9, at Bremerton Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.

Huskies Suit Up For Sounders U23-Timbers U23 Rival Match-Up

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Tacoma, WA - Cascadia week continues for the Sounders U-23 (2-1-3) and the Timbers U-23 (5-0-0) as the two teams will meet each other for the first time this season Saturday night.
Huskies playing for the Sounders U-23s are Chris Brundage, Ryan Herman, Bradley McIntosh, Taylor Peay, Michael Uyehara, and incoming freshman Darwin Jones. 
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey enters the match with a PDL-leading five wins of the season for the Timbers U-23. The junior already has 12 saves with only three goals allowed. 
The rival match-up is set for 6:00 p.m. at Tumwater High School in the Olympia area; tickets are available at the gate for $10 each. 
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EDMONDS, Wash. - The North Sound SeaWolves (1-2) dropped its home-opener to the Crossfire (3-1-1) in a 2-1 loss Friday night. 
Current Husky and SeaWolves forward Abdul Aman scored his second goal of the season just before halftime; he had three shots in the game. He later received a red card for a pushing match with the Crossfire defense with eight minutes to go in regulation; Aman will miss Sunday's matchup against the defending PDL champion Kitsap Pumas. 
Upcoming senior Quinton Beasley played the full 90 minutes and had a shot in the game for the SeaWolves, while Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, and Nathan Sackeyfio started for the Crossfire. Former Washington midfielder Daniel Gray scored for the Crossfire in the 15th minute.
Next up for the Washington Crossfire will be a match-up against the Portland Timbers U-23s, June 6th at Redmond High School.
The North Sound SeaWolves stay at home and face the defending PDL champions Kitsap Pumas on June 3rd at 6 p.m. 
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s (5-0-0) set a new Premier Development League (PDL) attendance record Friday as the team defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 2-1 before 8,174 fans on a Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center, at JELD-WEN Field.
The record crowd broke the previous league mark set by the Fresno Fuego in 2011. In total, 16,203 school kids and fans attended the Timbers U-23s' two Health and Fitness School Days in 2012. 
Current Husky Spencer Richey earned his PDL-leading fifth win of the season for the Timbers U-23s, recording two saves - one in each half. Roberto Farfan and Cam Vickers scored for the Timbers U-23s and Mark Sherrod recorded both assists. Benjamin Fisk Routledge had the lone goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23s (2-3-2).
The Timbers U-23s will play again Saturday and visit the Seattle Sounders FC U-23 for the first time; kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Tumwater High School.

Several Huskies in a PDL Match-up Tonight

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Several players from the Washington men's soccer team will play against each other in a Professional Development League (PDL) Northwest Division game tonight. The North Sound SeaWolves FC (Edmonds, Wash.) will play its first home game against the Washington Crossfire (Redmond, Wash.) at 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium. 
Forward Abdul Aman and midfielder Quinton Beasley have started in all PDL matches for the SeaWolves (1-1) this season. Aman scored a goal in the first league game against Fraser Valley Mariners FC in a 2-1 win.
Five Huskies are currently playing for the Crossfire (2-1): Andy Thoma, Charlie Ranahan, Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, and Nathan Sackeyfio; recent graduate Nick James is also on the roster, where he has a goal and an assist.
The two teams already met back on May 23rd, where the Crossfire edged the the SeaWolves 1-0

Richey Records Fourth Straight PDL Victory With Timbers U-23

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Timbers U-23s won its fourth straight match to open the 2012 Premier Development League season after a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 at the University of British Columbia's Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday. Timbers U-23s defender Chris Harms scored the first goal in the 11th minute and forward Clark Phillips recorded the game-winning strike in the 75th minute.

Current Husky and starting goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded four saves to lead the Portland Timbers U-23s (4-0-0, 12pts) to victory in their first road contest of the season.

Portland is currently in first place in the PDL's Northwest Division. Through the first four games of the season, the Timbers U-23s defense has allowed just two goals. Richey logged his PDL-leading fourth win of the season as starting goalkeeper.

Last Thursday, the Timbers U-23s defeated the defending PDL champions Kitsap Pumas 4-0 at home.

Another match-up is set for the Timbers U-23s and the Whitecaps FC U-23, this time at JELD-WEN Field on Friday, June 1. The match is part of a Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center; kickoff for the special daytime match is 11 a.m. PT. Tickets are $7 and are available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office.

Richey, Timbers U-23s Battle Rival Kitsap Pumas

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s face a two-match week, starting Thursday, when they play host to rival the Kitsap Pumas as part of a Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center, at JELD-WEN Field at 11 a.m. PT. The Timbers U-23s then take to the road for the first time this season, visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 on Saturday at the University of British Columbia at 2 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Thursday's match are $5 and are available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The day will feature health fair on the concourse at JELD-WEN Field and a special pre-game, on-field presentation led by Providence Health & Services; gates open at 9 a.m.
The Timbers U-23s (2-0-0, 6 pts) are coming off a 4-1 victory over Victoria Highlanders FC on May 19. Husky goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded five saves in the win. The Seattle, Wash. native started all three games of the season so far, including the U.S. Open Cup match against the PSA Elites. 
Thursday's match pits the top two teams in the PDL's Northwest Division, with both Portland and Kitsap (2-1-0, 6 pts) tied with six points. The Timbers U-23s lead the all-time series against the Pumas, with a record of 3-2-1. The two sides last met June 3, 2011, also a Health and Fitness School Day, with the Pumas earning a 3-2 win at JELD-WEN Field.

Richey Records Five Saves In Timbers U-23 Win

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MILWAUKIE, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s won its second straight match in Premier Development League play. Forward Mark Sherrod recorded the fourth hat trick in team history, midfielder Eric Miller notched his first PDL goal, and midfielders Cam Vickers and Andrew Ribiero had the assists to lead the team to a 4-1 victory over Victoria Highlanders FC in front of 349 fans at Alder Creek Middle School on Saturday night. 
Current Husky goalkeeper Spencer Richey started for the Timbers U-23s and made five saves in 82 minutes before he got subbed out. Three of his five saves came in the second half, including a stop on an attempt by Highlanders forward Josh Heard from the left side of the box that he was able to get to with a diving effort. 
The Timbers U-23s play host to the defending-PDL champion Kitsap Pumas on Thursday, May 24, as part of a Health & Fitness School Day at JELD-WEN Field, presented by Providence Sports Care Center; kickoff is set for 11 a.m. The day will feature pre-game activities and a special on-field presentation led by Providence Health & Services. 

Former Husky Jamie Finch Signs With Carolina RailHawks

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Former Washington standout Jamie Finch inked a professional contract with the Carolina RailHawks from the North American Soccer League (NASL). 
Finch, a defender from Bothell, Wash., was a four-year starter in the backline. He was one of three captains last year and was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 after leading a Husky defense that recorded nine shutouts. 
Finch and the RailHawks continue their season on May 19th against the Puerto Rico Islanders. 

UW Men's Soccer Ranks Among Top 50 Nationally In Attendance

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The University of Washington men's soccer program is ranked No. 43 nationally in attendance, announced by the NCAA. 
UW recorded an average 2011 home attendance of 948 for its eight home games this past season, with a grand total attendance of 7,584. 
UC Santa Barbara led the nation with 4,782 per game and 62,162 total attendance, followed by Connecticut with 3,578 per game and 49,152 total attendance. Here is the complete list (alphabetically and by rank) for Division I men's soccer attendance (in pdf): d1attendspreadsheet.pdf
The Huskies also had the third-most attendance in the Pac-12, trailing only UCLA and Stanford, which had 14,584 in thirteen games and 9,946 in ten games, respectively. 

Richey Plays In First U.S. Open Cup For Timbers U-23s

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Current Washington goalkeeper Spencer Richey played in his first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the Portland Timbers U-23s Tuesday night. Richey had the start at goal and made three saves against a tough PSA Elite team from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association.

The Timbers U-23s attempted 26 shots against PSA Elite, creating several scoring chances throughout the match. Unfortunately, the Timbers U-23s were eliminated from their first U.S. Open Cup appearance after losing 3-1 before 1,524 fans at JELD-WEN Field.

The Timbers U-23s return to Premier Development League play Saturday as they play host to the Victoria Highlanders at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie, Ore.; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.

Timbers U-23s Host First U.S. Open Cup Tuesday

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s will make their first appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday when they play host to PSA Elite of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA) in a first-round matchup at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Current Huskies Spencer Richey and Thomas Spragg have joined the Timbers U-23s for the start of the 2012 season. Richey made his starting debut in goal in the Timbers' first game of the year. The junior made a save to contribute to the team's first shutout in a 3-0 win over Fraser Valley.
Tickets are $7 and are available for purchase through the JELD-WEN Field box office or online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com
The winner of the first-round match between the Timbers U-23s and PSA Elite will travel to face the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the second round on Tuesday, May 22, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.; kickoff is set for 4:07 p.m. PT.

Pair Of Huskies To Make Timbers U-23s Debut Friday

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s kick off their fourth Premier Development League campaign on Friday as they play host to Fraser Valley Mariners FC at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 
Washington's own junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey and red-shirt freshman forward Thomas Spragg will make their debut in a Timbers U-23 uniform on Friday. The duo joined the PDL team earlier this year.  
Tickets for the Timbers U-23s' 2012 season opener will be available at the JELD-WEN Field box starting at 10 a.m. on Friday. Tickets are priced $5 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under. 
The Timbers U-23s' season opener kicks off a stretch of three games in nine days to open the campaign. On Tuesday, May 15, the Timbers U-23s play host to PSA Elite of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association in the first round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday at JELD-WEN Field.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s will play host to PSA Elite of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA) in the first round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 15, at JELD-WEN Field at 7:30 p.m., it was announced Monday by U.S. Soccer.
After finishing their spring schedule last weekend, current Huskies Spencer Richey and Thomas Spragg will join the Timbers U-23 squad. Both signed with the PDL team for the 2012 season earlier this year.
Tickets for the Timbers U-23s' U.S. Open Cup are $7 and go on sale to the public Tuesday at 10 a.m. through the JELD-WEN Field box office and Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.
Based in Irvine, Calif., PSA Elite won the USASA Region IV championship over the weekend, defeating Cal FC 2-0 to earn a berth into the U.S. Open Cup and clinch a spot in the USASA National Cup Final Four in July.
The winner of the Timbers U-23s' first-round matchup will travel to face the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) on Tuesday, May 22, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC; kickoff is set for 4:07 p.m. PT.
For more information on the U.S. Open Cup, visit www.ussoccer.com.

Villanova To Host 2013 Men's College Cup At PPL Park

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Chester, Pa. - Villanova University and PPL Park will serve as the hosts for the 2013 NCAA College Cup, the NCAA announced today. The dates for the 2013 Division I men's soccer championship are Friday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 15. This will mark the first time in the history of the men's soccer championship that Philadelphia will host the event. 
"We are thrilled to have been selected by the NCAA as the host institution for the 2013 College Cup," stated Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "PPL Park is the finest soccer facility of its kind in the nation and together we have forged a partnership with the leadership of the Philadelphia Union and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau that will allow us to create a first class experience for the fans attending this outstanding event. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us in the Philadelphia region and we look forward to serving as host." 
The College Cup is the culmination of the 48-team NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament that begins on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. 
"We are proud and excited to be able to host yet another great NCAA event at PPL Park," said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "We believe, as does the NCAA, that PPL Park and its strong geographic location in the Greater Philadelphia region is the perfect spot to host college soccer's pinnacle event. It is only fitting that this event be played in one of the best soccer stadiums in America, PPL Park."
PPL Park opened in 2010 and serves as the home for Philadelphia Union. It has also served as a home site for a Villanova men's soccer game in 2010 as well as a women's soccer and football game in 2011. The seating capacity for soccer is 18,500. The venue features 29 luxury suits and a view of the Delaware River.

Richey, Spragg To Play U.S. Open Cup Match For Timbers U-23s

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Two Huskies will suit up for the Portland Timbers U-23s when they host their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match - junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey and red-shirt freshman forward Thomas Spragg. Both were recently added to the Timber's U-23 roster for the 2012 season.
The Timbers U-23s and a club from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association, which will be announced at a later date, will play on Tuesday, May 15 at JELD-WEN Field at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are $7 and go on sale to the public Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. through the JELD-WEN Field box office and Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com
The winner of the Timbers U-23s' first-round matchup will travel to take on the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) on Tuesday, May 22, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC; kickoff is set for 4:07 p.m. PT.
The Timbers U-23s are one of 16 teams from United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League (PDL) competing in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup tournament, which includes a 64-team field. For more information on the U.S. Open Cup, visit www.ussoccer.com.

Photos: Sounders v Huskies

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Check out these great photos from the April 21 scrimmage between the Washington men's soccer team and the Sounders first-team. The Huskies allowed only one goal in a 1-0 loss. 
(Photos courtesy of Stephanie Brownfield)
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Men's Soccer Featured on Top Drawer Soccer

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The Washington men's soccer team was recently featured in an article on TopDrawerSoccer.com. The article features interviews with Pac-12 coaches, including Husky head coach Jamie Clark. Incoming freshman Darwin Jones is also mentioned and listed as one of the players to watch in the Pac-12.
Check out the full article on TopDrawerSoccer.com: Pac-12 coaches focused on impressing committee

Q&A With Defender George John

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Former Husky standout George John, who is currently having a successful career in the MLS with FC Dallas, chatted with Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times. You can check out the Q&A here.
The 24-year-old from Shoreline, Wash. also had his jersey retired at Shorewood High School. Here's the full story.

SDSU Men's Soccer To Leave Pac-12

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San Diego State University has announced that its men's soccer team will be leaving the Pac-12 conference and joining the Big West Conference. A total of 14 of its sports will be making a move to the Big West. Although a majority of its teams will begin the transition in the 2013-14 academic year, men's soccer will stay in the Pac-12 until 2015 or as soon as a replacement can be found, mainly because a conference needs a minimum of six teams to receive an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs finished third, behind Washington, this year in the Pac-12 standings.

Men's Soccer Final Statistics for 2011

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The complete statistics for men's soccer have been finalized today for the 2011 season. 
In the Pac-12, Washington finishes second in the conference with a 12-4-2 record and is in the top-3 for shots, points, goals/per game, assists/per game and shutouts. UW also has the least goals allowed and is ranked second in average home game attendance. 
Seniors Brent Richards and Jacob Hustedt is in the top five for shots, points, goals and game-winning goals. Fellow seniors Casey McCool and Jamie Finch also ranks in goals and assists, respectively. Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Richey ranks in the top three for goals against average, saves and shutouts.
 
Here are the rest of the team and individual stats (in PDF file):
12-12 MSOC Stats FINAL.pdf
Statistics for all Division I NCAA schools have been updated, as well. Washington ranks 15th in the nation for team goals against average (0.75), 14th in shut-out percentage (0.50), 11th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.722) and 28th in save percentage (0.808). 
Individually, Richards ranks 29th in points per game (1.39) and Richey is 20th in goals against average (0.748) and 27th in save percentage (0.808). 
To see the complete list of stats, click here: http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/rankings?sportCode=MSO

Men's Pac-12 Soccer Updated Stats

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The Pac-12 statistics for men's soccer have been updated through games of Nov. 27. Washington finished in 2nd place with a 7-3-0 conference record and a 12-4-2 overall record.

Washington has the lowest number of goals allowed (14) and is also first in shots (298) and goals against average (0.75).
Seniors 11-27 MSOC Stats.pdf

You can also check out the NCAA statistics for all men's college soccer teams here.

The Elite 8 for the Men's College Cup has been set. As the only Pac-12 team selected in the tournament, No. 13 UCLA will face No. 12 Louisville on Dec. 3. The other Elite 8 match-ups are No. 1 UNC vs. St. Mary's, No. 3 UCONN vs. Charlotte, and No. 7 USF vs. No. 2 Creighton.

The final four will take place on Dec. 9th and the national championship game will be held at Hoover, Alabama on Dec. 11th.
See the complete bracket here: Div. 1 Men's College Cup Bracket

Men's Soccer Not Selected For NCAA Tournament

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The UW men's soccer team was a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and once again did not make the tournament. UW finished the season at 12-4-2 and second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA who made the tournament.

 

"We reached all of our goals and improved throughout the year. I'm so proud of this senior class and just feel the worst for them," said head coach Jamie Clark.

 

View the complete bracket here: http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/gametool/brackets/soccer-men_d1_2011.pdf.

Men's Soccer Ranked No. 21 By College Soccer News

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The University of Washington men's soccer team is ranked No. 21 in the College Soccer News top-30 national poll, released November 6. Despite having a bye week, the Huskies (11-4-2, 6-3-0 Pac-12) moved up one spot from last week. It marks the fourth consecutive week that UW has been ranked in the poll. Washington is only two of the Pac-12 schools (UCLA) to be ranked in the top-30.
The Pac-12 Conference standings and statistics are also updated. Washington is locked in for 2nd place, behind UCLA, with a 6-3-0 Pac-12 record.
Team    Conf.     Pct.  GF GA  Overall   Pct.  GF  GA  Home  Away  Neut  Last10  Streak
UCLA     9-0-0  1.000  18   2    14-4-1   .763   34   18   9-2      5-2      0-0     9-1       W4
UW        6-3-0    .667  15  11   11-4-2   .706   27   14   4-2      4-2      3-0     7-3        W1
SDSU    4-4-1    .500 13   15   10-5-3   .639    32   23  7-1      3-4      0-0    5-4-1
OSU      3-5-1    .389 11   16    5-10-2  .353    20   31   3-5      2-5      0-0    3-6-1     L2
Stanford 2-6-1   .278  9    15    5-10-2  .353    17   26   5-3     0-7      0-0     3-6-1     L1
Cal        0-6-3    .167   7    14    3-8-5    .344    18   25   1-3     1-5      1-0     1-6-3
1. New Mexico
2. Creighton
3. North Carolina
4. Connecticut
5. Maryland
6. UCLA
7. Akron
8. South Florida
9. Charlotte
10. Indiana
11. UC Irvine
12. Coastal Carolina
13. Boston College
14. UC Santa Barbara
15. Louisville
16. St. John's
17. Old Dominion
18. Furman
19. UAB
20. James Madison
21. Washington
22. Northwestern
23. UCF
24. Notre Dame
25. Virginia
26. Bradley
27. South Carolina
28. CSU Bakersfield
29. Duke
30. Fairfield

UW Moves Up in Men's Soccer RPI Rankings

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The UW men's soccer team improved to No. 48 in the nation in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer RPI Rankings on Tuesday. This was a huge jump for the Dawgs, moving up 16 spots from last week. UW is one of two Pac-12 teams in the top 100, with UCLA coming in at No. 15.
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare a team's won-lost record, opponents' strength of schedule and opponents' opponents' strength of schedule. The ranking is an important criteria for the NCAA committee when it selects the at-large teams for the 48-team NCAA Tournament field.
In addition to the RPI rankings, the Huskies rank in the team and individual statistics updated on Tuesday. UW is 27th in goals against average (0.79 with 14 goals allowed) and tied for 22nd in both won-lost-tied percentage (0.706%) and shutout percentage (0.47% with eight total shutouts).
Senior forward Brent Richards is ranked in the top 30 for points per game (T27, 1.47), total points (T23, 25), goals per game (T28, 0.59) and total goals (T25, 10). Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Richey is 26th in goals against average (0.79).
After a loss to UCLA on Friday and then a victory against SDSU two days later, the Huskies are currently 11-4-2 (6-3-0 in conference play) and ranked No. 20 in both Soccer America and NSCAA Top 15 polls.

Pac-12 Quiz: Spencer Richey

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Each week the Pac-12 will catch up with student-athletes from around the conference. They will ask them some questions and see what fun facts come up.

Starring in the week of October 27: Meagan Ganzer (Washington State, volleyball), Shelby Houlihan (Arizona State, cross country), Megan McBride (Oregon State, volleyball), Rachel Quon (Stanford, soccer), Spencer Richey (Washington, soccer).

View their answers here: http://www.pac-12.org//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=207997631SoccerM/Tabid/1456/Article/138128/Pac-12-Pop-Quiz-October-27-2011.aspx

You can also check out other Husky athletes that have been featured in the past:

Brent Richards (October 6)

Kari Davidson (September 23)

Three Dawgs Named to Soccer's Top 100 Upperclassmen

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An updated list of TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Upperclassmen was announced Wednesday, and three Huskies have been named to the list. The rankings include all seniors, juniors, and sophomores across the country.
For the women's soccer team, senior midfielder Kate Deines is 30th. For the men's, senior forward Brent Richards is 11th and sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Richey is 100th. Deines (34th) and Richards (29th) were named to the website's preseason Top 100 rankings in early August.
Two-time team captain Deines has started all 16 games so far, tallying in two goals and an assist for a total of five points as a midfielder. Throughout her UW career, Deines has started in every game for the Huskies with 21 career goals. Deines also played in the U-23 National Team this summer.
Richards was recently named GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week and Soccer America's Team of the Week. After scoring his season-high 10th goal of the year this past weekend, he leads the team in goals (10) and points (23) and is second in assists (3). 
In goal, Richey has posted seven shutouts with a 10-3-2 overall record this season. Richey has played in every minute (1415:23) in all 15 games, recording 51 saves and allowing just 13 goals. Richey is only one of five goalkeepers on the Top 100 list.

Finch Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week

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Senior defender Jamie Finch has been selected as part of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Team of the Week for his performance in the Dawgs' two victories this past weekend. 
 
The Husky co-captain had his second assist of the season, setting up senior forward Jacob Hustedt's header in Friday's 2-1 win against Stanford. On Sunday, he helped the Dawgs shut out Cal in a 1-0 victory.
 
Washington, currently on a five-game winning streak, improved to 5-2-0 in conference play and 10-3-2 overall to lead the Pac-12. 
 
Full list for Week 9's TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week:
 
GK: Justin Epperson, James Madison
D: Andrew Duran, Creighton
D: Jamie Finch, Washington
M: Steve Neumann, Georgetown
M: Nik Robson, UCF
M: James C. Nortey, Marquette
F: Carson Baldinger, New Mexico
F: Darren Mattocks, Old Dominion
F: Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame
F: Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
 

Richards Named to Soccer America's Team of the Week

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Senior forward and co-captain Brent Richards was named to Soccer America Men's Team of the Week for the week of October 10-16. The honors continue to roll in for Richards, who was also recently named Bank of the West Pac-12 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for the second time this season. 
Richards was honored after having two assists in a 2-0 win at Stanford and scoring both goals, one of which was a Golden Ball, in a 2-1 two overtime win over California. 
The Huskies returned to the Top 25 National Rankings, coming in at No. 23 in the NSCAA poll and at No. 24 in the Soccer America poll.
Soccer America Men's Team of the Week (Oct. 10-16):
GK Carl Woszczynski (UAB), Sr.
D Nikko Boxall (Northwestern), Fr.
F Dom Dwyer (USF), Jr.
F Ethan Finlay (Creighton), Sr.
F Giuseppe Gentile (Charlotte), Fr.
F Tim Hopkinson (Old Dominion), Soph.
M Sebastian Jansson (Marquette), Fr.
F Garret Pettis (Lipscomb), Sr.
F Brent Richards (Washington), Sr.
F Mark Sherrod (Memphis)

Men's Soccer Video Highlights

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Check out some video highlights from the 2011 non-conference season.

 

Richards, Beasley & White Feature

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From their hometown of Camas, Wash., read the feature on Brent Richards, Quinton Beasley and Drew White.

http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2011/sep/27/purple-papermakers/.

SMU All-Tournament Team

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The Huskies participated in the SMU Classic last weekend and the All-Tournament Team has been named.  For the Huskies, Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and Jake Hustedt were named to the team.  Also on the list were Noah Cohen and Nick Pappas from Dartmouth, Arthur Ivo and Juan Castillo from SMU, and Matt Boullt and Omar Mata from Tulsa.  Two players from each team were chosen because the last game of the weekend, Washington versus host SMU, was cancelled due to lightening.  In their first and only game of the tournament, Washington defeated Tulsa 1-0, and Tucker-Gangnes made significant contributions to help the team come away with the win.  Hustedt assisted the game-winning goal, his third assist of the year, a team-high.  He also had three shots in the game, second most for UW. 

 

 

 

 

George John To Stay With Dallas FC

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After weeks of rumors that former Husky men's soccer great George John would be traded from Dallas FC to Blackburn in the English Premire League, it was announced yesterday that John will in fact stay in Dallas.

The 24-year-old, who can also play in midfield, had been identified as a possible transfer target by Rovers manager Steve Kean.

 

Kean has admitted he is hoping to add to his squad before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, having already brought in the likes of David Goodwillie, Radosav Petrovic and Simon Vuckevic.

 

But FC Dallas say there will be no deal for John at the current time, with the player set to remain at Pizza Hut Park.

 

FC Dallas president and chief executive Doug Quinn told the club's official website: "Despite mutual interest, Blackburn Rovers and George John have decided not to enter into a contract.

 

"Blackburn had significant interest in acquiring George, however, for the time being, they decided not to finalise the deal.

 

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"We are excited to have a player of George's calibre back at FC Dallas."

 

Hustedt Named One Of Top Transfers In 2011

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Socceramerica.com recently listed it's top 36 transfers of 2011 which includes Husky senior Jacob Hustedt. Former Husky Zac Portillos made the list as well as he transferred to Akron.

View the complete list here: http://www.socceramerica.com/article/43477/transfers-are-rage-at-top-programs.html.

Richards And Hustedt Listed As Top Pro Prospects

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Men's soccer seniors Brent Richards and Jacob Hustedt were recently listed by Topdrawersoccer.com as two of the top 100 pro prospects. View the complete list here: http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer/college-soccer-archives/nid-20160/Joes-Big-Board-Complete.

Men's Soccer Camp Photos

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Check out pictures from men's soccer camp last week, the last camp of the summer

 

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Richards & Hustedt Named By Top Drawer Soccer As Top 100 Seniors

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Introducing Joe's Big Board, exclusively on TopDrawerSoccer.com

College player expert Joe Mauceri, the most-traveled observer of the men's college game you could hope to find, is at it again, checking his maps and charts and preparing to deluge the college soccer schedule with his watchful presence, always with an eye to see who the top players are in terms of prospecting for the professional ranks.

Now on TopDrawerSoccer.com we will be showcasing his observations on Joe's Big Board, a listing of the top 100 prospects for professional soccer in the college senior class. The list will grow as the season goes on, and we're also keeping an eye on the sometimes-elusive list of top underclassmen prospects.

Every Thursday, Joe will be sharing his most recent findings from the college soccer landscape, evaluating players, providing tidbits from big matches across the country and basically keeping you in touch with who looks to be going places. When the season ends, he's really just beginning to present his comprehensive analysis about who's looking the  most likely to be playing professionally, both in MLS and abroad.

So without further adieu, here is the complete offering of Joe's Big Board for seniors, and then the underclassmen prospects on Friday. Keep checking back for the updates to Joe's Big Board.

Joe's Big Board - Seniors

# Name Pos. School
1 Ethan Finlay F Creighton
2 Matthew Hedges D North Carolina
3 Austin Berry D Louisville
4 Billy Schuler F North Carolina
5 Colin Rolfe F Louisville
6 Antoine Hoppenot F Princeton
7 Kevan George MF UCF
8 Tony Cascio MF Connecticut
9 Mykell Bates D Santa Clara
10 Brian Ownby F Virginia
11 Ryan Meara GK Fordham
12 Hunter Jumper D Virginia
13 Danny Barrera MF UC Santa Barbara
14 Luke Holmes MF Akron
15 Warren Creavalle D UCF
16 Casey Townsend F Maryland
17 Aaron Maund D Notre Dame
18 Kenney Walker MF Louisville
19 Miguel Ibarra MF UC Irvine
20 Luis Silva MF UC Santa Barbara
21 Cameron Brown MF North Carolina
22 Tommy Meyer D Indiana
23 Nick DeLeon MF Louisville
24 Jake Levin D Penn
25 Temi Molinar MF Duke
26 Andy Rose MF UCLA
27 Fredrik Brustad MF Stetson
28 Michael Bustamante MF Boston University
29 Oliver Kupe F Northwestern
30 Eder Arreola F UCLA
31 Edvin Worley F Boston College
32 Calum Mallace MF Marquette
33 Justin Chavez D Tulsa
34 Arthur Ivo MF SMU
35 David Tiemstra D Ohio State
36 Raymon Gaddis D West Virginia
37 Alex Lee D Maryland
38 Ben Berube F Boston University
39 Charles Rodriguez D Charlotte
40 Andrew Duran D Creighton
41 Lucky Mksosana F Dartmouth
42 Matt Oduaran F Maryland
43 Marc Cintron MF Providence
44 Carl Haworth MF Niagara
45 Austin Neil F Tulsa
46 Michael Balogun MF Akron
47 Michael Rose MF Notre Dame
48 Tony Walls MF Akron
49 Christian Barreiro MF Penn
50 Steven Miller F Colgate
51 Andrew Bulls F UMBC
52 Dominic Barone F Michigan State
53 Kirk Urso MF North Carolina
54 Evan Slusser D Louisville
55 Ya Ya Toure F Detroit
56 Mitch Hildebrandt GK Oakland
57 Luke Norman MF Wake Forest
58 Colin Henry D Boston University
59 Evans Frimpong MF Delaware
60 Ryan Gracia MF George Mason
61 Sam Redmond MF Wake Forest
62 Roger Downes D Loyola Marymount
63 Francklin Blaise D Clemson
64 Terry Gibbs F Bloomfield (D2)
65 R.J. Allen D Monmouth
66 Babayele Sodade F UAB
67 Brent Richards F Washington
68 Patrick Sigler D Cal Poly
69 Christian Nogueira D Monmouth
70 Kaoru Forbess MF Maryland
71 Chris Wheeler F Mount St. Mary's
72 Isaac Cowles D Charlotte
73 Greg Monaco D Virginia
74 Brian Rowe GK UCLA
75 Wes Feighner D Cal Poly
76 Adam Shaw MF Michigan
77 Bryan Gaul F Bradley
78 Felipe Libreros MF Virginia
79 James Shupp D Virginia Tech
80 Shawn Singh D UCLA
81 Max Hamilton MF Monmouth
82 Sean Rosa F Brown
83 Karo Okiomah F High Point
84 Nick Posthuma F Cal State Fullerton
85 Harry Newman MF St. Peter's
86 Draymond Washington D George Mason
87 Brian Holt GK Creighton
88 Krystian Witkowski F Marist
89 Ryan Kawulok D Portland
90 Franck Tayou   F West Virginia
91 Aaron Schoenfeld F East Tennessee State
92 Andrew Fontein GK UC Irvine
93 Sam Brooks D Kentucky
94 Patrick McLain GK Cal Poly
95 Michael Chesler GK High Point
96 Jacob Hustedt MF Washington
97 Jarod Stigall MF Denver
98 Kevin Venegas MF Cal State Fullerton
99 Mauricio Mora D Adelphi
100 Lance Rozeboom MF New Mexico




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Men's Soccer Camp Photos

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The men's soccer team hosted one of it's summer camps last week. Check out the photogallery and some pictures below.

 

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George John Named to the MLS Team of the Week

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NEW YORK -- It's taken half a season, but they're finally here.

Few would have thought it would take this long for Seattle Sounders star forward Fredy Montero and Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey to earn their first MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week mentions this year. The other debutants on the best XI squad are Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko and Real Salt Lake fullback Tony Beltran.

On the other end of the spectrum, Nick LaBrocca of Chivas USA, Sporting Kansas City's C.J. Sapong and New York Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere reappear for consecutive weeks as they continue their solid run of form. Only the Red Bulls and Chivas USA had multiple players represented in this week's selections with 10 teams represented, including D.C. United through manager Ben Olsen.

GK: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA) - Although his team gave up a last-minute equalizer to Sporting KC, he was solid throughout the game, making tough saves look routine.

DF: Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) - Nearly had the perfect match against D.C. United, intercepting several dangerous balls and serving exquisite passes from the back.

DF: George John (FC Dallas) - He's No. 2 in the Castrol rankings for a reason. Despite the final result at RSL, he was one of the best performers on the night.

DF: Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake) - The right back was up against the toughest wingers in the league vs. FC Dallas, but was never outmatched and also contributed again in attack.

MF: Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls) - The engine that fueled his team in a 5-0 midweek win over TFC was also the brightest spot in a 1-0 defeat to D.C. United on the weekend.

MF: Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA) - His magic moment continues goals in midweek and on the weekend. Aside from the goals, he is a menace every time he touches the ball.

MF: Patrick Nyarko (Chicago Fire) - Despite the rough tackle suffered toward the end of the game, the Ghanaian enjoyed a spectacular and effective performance on the wing and assisting on the equalizer.

MF: David Beckham (LA Galaxy) - His set pieces continue to be decisive for LA and he rescued them again on Saturday night, including scoring directly from a corner kick.

FW: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders) - Fredy's back. In addition to his two goals on Sunday, he showed a drive and energy that even his teammates took notice of.

FW: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) - Ruthless finishing skills were on display in two games. According to Opta, he's scoring on one of every three chances presented to him.

FW: C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City) - The Rookie of the Year candidate turned the midweek match around vs. Colorado as a sub and was a force against Chivas USA as a starter. On a team with Teal Bunbury and Omar Bravo, he's Sporting's most impactful striker.

Manager: Ben Olsen (D.C. United) - It's not easy to keep the Red Bulls off the scoreboard, especially on the road. Credit to DC's boss for addressing his young team's defensive shape to capture what was arguably the biggest win of the year.

Honorable Mentions: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Nizar Khalfan (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders)

 

UW Football Experimenting In Practice With Helmet Cams

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University of Washington business students Marc Barros and Jason Green, each also avid skiers, needed an entry for an entrepreneurial contest. Hey, they thought, why don't we figure out how to attach a camera to a ski helmet and film our runs?

"We really just wanted to show our friends what we were doing," he said.

The contraption of a camera connected to a battery-powered camcorder won third place in the Business Plan Competition and $20,000. And that helped them start a Seattle-based company, Contour, that last year was rated as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine.

The hands-free cameras have been used largely by skiers, cyclists, hunters and similar outdoor enthusiasts, but recently have begun to creep into widespread use in team sports such as football, putting a whole new spotlight on the company.

It was one of Contour's cameras that UW coach Steve Sarkisian affixed to his quarterbacks for the school's Spring Game last April. A video of a couple of minutes of Keith Price wearing one was linked by national websites and has had roughly 35,000 views on YouTube.

Little known at the time was that Barros, the CEO of the company, is a former soccer player at Issaquah High and UW, attending Washington from 2000 to 2003.

Pretty exciting," said Barros of the publicity that has begun to come to the company from the use of the cameras by UW, as well as Notre Dame and by NFL quarterbacks Michael Vick and Peyton Manning, and receiver Wes Welker during a Pro Bowl practice.

Sarkisian said that to the general fan, the video helps give a realistic look at what it's like to be a quarterback.

"For so long everyone has said, 'Gosh, I wish I could see what the quarterback sees. What that experience is like,' " said Sarkisian, a college quarterback at Brigham Young and later in the Canadian Football League. "And it's the closest I've seen to the reality of what a quarterback is truly seeing."

What struck many observers watching the video, including Barros, was the speed of the game.

"We were surprised how fast those guys are," Barros said. "The speed is just the most impressive part."

Sarkisian said that as a coach, there is huge potential value in being able to eavesdrop on the quarterback on the field.

"You can mike him up and listen to him talk and call plays and all that," he said. "But it's another thing to have that miked up and not just have film of him but actually see what he is remotely looking at. You don't necessarily see where his eyes are, but at least what he's going through from a timeline emotionally and what he sounds like. So it works hand-in-hand for us.

"It gave us a pretty good perspective what he's like in and out of the huddle and getting plays and his ability to get to the next snap. All of those things really came into play."

(By the way, Sarkisian noted that the plays Price is calling on the video don't necessarily correspond with what the viewer then sees being run -- the school took some editing liberties in case future opponents might have decided to watch.)

The cameras, which weigh 5.2 ounces, may be worn on top of the helmet instead of on the side, giving the best possible view of what the quarterback is seeing. And for now, only quarterbacks in non-contact periods can wear them since obviously any other player could get hit in the helmet and the camera broken.

Barros promises the company will continue to evolve.

After winning the $20,000, he had his uncle co-sign on a loan for another $50,000 to get the company started in 2003. The first office was in a warehouse with no heat in Mountlake Terrace. "There was just two of us in a room," he said. "I wouldn't let my mom visit."

From those humble beginnings, Contour now has more than 50 employees working out of a downtown Seattle office.

Its latest innovation is cameras with real-time GPS (which might actually be handy for all those Little League parents who Barros says buy them to put on their kids playing in the outfield).

Sarkisian, meanwhile, said the spring experiment with the cameras will continue.

"I'm not sure if it's an everyday operation for us, but it's definitely something we can use going forward," he said.

College Cup Date Formula Approved

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet, during its conference call on June 24, approved a standardized date formula for the Women's College Cup to ensure that the women's final will always be the weekend before the men's championship.

The cabinet approved a "standardization of date formula" that puts the Women's College Cup on the first full weekend in December - Friday to Sunday - even if Dec. 1 should fall on a Saturday, as it does in 2012.

Beginning in 2012, the Women's College Cup will take place the first weekend in December. In years where Dec. 1 falls on Saturday, it will count as the first weekend of the month with competition taking place on Friday and Sunday. The 2012 dates for the semifinals and finals of the Women's College Cup are Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

Cabinet members also approved a 1-2-1-2 format for the 2011 women's championship. The first weekend of the tournament will consist of first-round matches at 32 sites. The second and third rounds will be held the next weekend, with four teams competing at eight sites. Quarterfinal matches will be at four sites over Thanksgiving weekend, followed by the semifinals and finals on the Friday and Sunday of the next weekend.

Men's soccer proposal not supported
Cabinet members defeated a proposal from the Division I Men's Soccer Committee that would have waived the requirement that officials work at least six Division I men's soccer matches to be considered for postseason assignments.

The cabinet expressed concern that the recommendation did not contain an overall requirement for officiating Division I games (men or women) and that, absent such a requirement, consideration of professional soccer events worked could adversely affect development of men's collegiate soccer officials.

All-Region Boys Soccer Player of the Year

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Drew White, Camas High School

  

? Scored two second-half goals in Papermakers' 4-0 win over Southridge in the state semifinals.

? Scored a team-leading 28 goals and had 11 assists, which tied for the team lead with Parker Roland.

? White's favorite goal was scored in Camas' 3-0 state playoff win over Shorecrest. He stole the ball and scored the last of the goals in the match he and his teammates called their biggest win.

 

More about Drew

? Drew wears more than a dozen wrist bands on his left wrist, each a reminder of a person or event of significance in his life. Among them is a piece of string from a homeless man.

? Favorite music: "Oldies" Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Barenaked Ladies, music often played in the car on trips to soccer practices in Tacoma.

 

Next year and beyond

? White plans to play soccer for Washington. A defender for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy team, he hopes to someday play professional soccer.

"Soccer's different. You have to be running for 90 minutes, sweating and getting tackled and bleeding, and still keeping your head in the game. ... It takes so much more mental strength than you'd expect."

 

Incoming Freshmen Drew White Wins State Title

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By Matt Massey

Special to The Seattle Times

 

For the Camas boys' soccer program, it's become a family tradition. It's almost a birthright to claim a state title nowadays.

 

Camas (20-1-0), once a downtrodden program, captured its third state title in the last six years. Since coach Roland Minder took over in 1995, the Papermakers have reached the state playoffs 13 years in a row.

 

"We have guys from 10 different clubs that we are tying in together, and they love playing for Camas," said Minder, whose team outscored opponents 80-8 this season and dominated state foes 12-1. "We have guys who play year-round. We have soccer families. We have good chemistry. They love each other and they play like brothers. They play for each other."

 

It was ninth-ranked Bainbridge's first title appearance in boys' soccer and its best finish in school history. The Spartans were 1-12 in 13 previous trips before this year's 3-1 playoff run.

 

"(Camas) was getting in, but we were getting just as many looks," said Bainbridge senior forward Alex Raquer, whose Spartans (17-4-1) outshot Camas 16-14. "It was nice to get here, but it would've been nice to get the big trophy. We were hoping to go home a winner.

 

Connor Winship's 21-yard scoring volley for Bainbridge in the 17th minute was waved off by the referee when teammate Sebastian Scales was called offsides.

 

Less than two minutes later, Beasley volleyed in a looping free kick from Chris Miller to give the Papermakers a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute. Beasley slid the shot just inside the left post after waiting for Miller's 30-yard free kick.

Beasley struck again in the 29th minute, converting a well-placed pass on the left wing from UW-bound Drew White. Beasley powered the shot into the upper middle portion of the net from close range.

 

Beasley nearly converted his third goal of title match in the 53rd minute when Spartan goalkeeper Nic Miller came out to challenge, leaving an open net. But Beasley fired at the left post and Bainbridge defender Joe McKenzie cleared the ball away at the left post.

 

Camas' Parker Roland hammered in a 22-yard blast from out top for a 3-0 lead in the 69th minute. That shot came after a Miller shot glanced off the Bainbridge keeper and ball bounced conveniently to Roland's feet.

 

"Years and years ago, we were kind of the doormat of southwest Washington in (boys) soccer," said Minder. "Everybody looked forward to playing us, because they knew it was going to be an easy win. When I took over, it was Camas-Washougal. "It took four years to turn that around, but we've got great synergy and we all also grew as a town."

 

White signed a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 2 to attend UW in the fall. He will join former Camas HS grads, Brent Richards and Quinton Beasley on the team.

Richards Scores Hat Trick For Timbers

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A hat trick from forward Brent Richards paved the way as the Portland Timbers U-23s earned their first win of the USL Premier Development League season as they defeated the Washington Crossfire 6-0 on Sunday night at Redmond High School. The Timbers U-23s scored four of their six goals in the second half.

In his season debut, Richards scored two of his three goals in the second half to record just the third hat trick in the three-year history of the Timbers U-23s. Richards, the reigning PDL MVP, was the owner of one of the two hat-trick performances by Portland in its 2010 championship season.

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Kellye Joswick Reflects On Alumni Day

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On May 14, 2011 the UW women's and men's soccer team hosted their Alumni event at the Dempsey indoor facility. This is an annual event that takes place in order for previous players to reconnect and duke it out in a competitive Dawg Bowl soccer match. While the women alums played on one side of the Dempsey, the men were set up on the other side. It was divided by a "kid zone" where alum's children could go to play and the present UW players would babysit them. I have attended the alumni event the past three years as a player, so I knew what to expect and how fun it was going to be. After ending my career this year, I was extremely excited to finally be able to participate as an alum.

 

A Dawg Bowl game is 10 minutes long (2X5) with double elimination.  For the most part, the teams were broken up by classes and the years you played as a Husky. Since some of girls in my class could not participate this year (McKenna Waitley, Jane Mitchell, and Kendyl Pele), Hannah Grieg, Makenna Brinster, and I were put on the U36 team.  These were the women who were the first group of players to be coached by Lesle when she came to UW. It was great mingling with them and hearing about their experiences at UW.

 

The other teams/participants included:

Team 1: Molesagna

Cheryl Gies

Suzanne Hart

Tami Nguyen

Melissa Dunckley

Dana Harrison

Liana Pence

Megan Sussman

Erin VanPaemel

Andrea Morelli

Allison May

Darcy Bond

Terry Richardson

Melinda Torre

Amy Griffin

 

Team 2: BOL (Bus of Losers)

Dani Bridges

Katy Dowling

Robin Alexander

Katie Hall

Cathy Johnson

Dana Stirn

Shaela Ward

Kim Furniss

Lizzay Showman

 

Team 3: Hot Dawgs

Nikki Leith

Jenna Robison

Chelsea Bumbaugh

Nikki Murray

Katie Buser

Erin Foley

Alex Kirk

Siana May

Nikki Nease

Alex Philips

 

Team Four: U-36

Angie Crivello

Erin Bowser

Adrienne Sellers

Dana Kimble

Casey McCormick

Kiki Pheasant

Stacy Ramakers

Jana Wilson

Kellye Joswick

Hannah Greig

Makenna Brinster

 

The Dawg bowl games were competitive and exhausting but I really enjoyed playing against all the former Huskies. The "Bus of Losers" team won the Dawg bowl tournament this year and was rewarded after during the ceremony. Although my team didn't win, being a part of such a tight bond really made me realize how lucky I am. It was amazing to see the how many incredible people continuously support UW soccer and come out each year to reconnect with everyone. It shows a lot about how special this program is and I am so fortunate to be able to call myself an Husky alum!

 

On the men's side from assistant coach Brandon Prideaux:

We had a very successful Alumni Day. We were able to gather 33 alums in our second year doing this event which doubled last years attendence.  We were thrilled by their support.  We crowned a champion since we were able to have a ligitamate 4v4 tourney with 6 teams participating.  The championship team was Kyle Fukichi's team below:

 

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Marc Barros

Zac Tallman

Dayo Oyetga

Sean Giudice

 

We are really looking forward to next years event.  Go Dawgs!  

 

 

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Men's And Women's Soccer Wrap Up Spring Play

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Men's Recap at Western Washington - May 7 - UW 2, WWU 1

It was a 2-1 win at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., for the UW men's team as the Huskies end the spring season with an impressive 5-1-1 record.

 

"We have enjoyed a great spring season," said head coach Jamie Clark. "Our only blemish of the season was a 2-1 loss to the Sounders, so in terms of results we are happy. We still have a lot of work to do, but we can break as a team confident about next fall.

 

The most encouraging sign was that we seemed to get better as the weeks went along. This final game vs. Western Washington was a dip in terms of quality of performance but the guys competed and still did enough to win.  

 

It was great to start and finish the spring with Brent Richards filling up the score sheet.  We are going to rely on him next fall, so it was nice for him to end the year on a high."

 

The men's fall schedule has not yet been finalized.

 

 Women's Recap at Vancouver Whitecaps at Simon Fraser University, B.C. - May 10 - Tie 0-0

The women's final spring game was against the Vancouver Whitecaps in B.C., Canada. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

 

Coach Lesle Gallimore's comments on the game, "We played well and created some decent changes against a very experienced and physical team. (Alex) Webber had the best chance on a breakaway but collided with the goalkeeper who saved it. Kari (Davidson) got the shutout playing all 90 minutes and all of our backs played very solid."

 

 

Men's Soccer Spring Practice

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Check out some pictures and video from a recent men's soccer practice.

 

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Soccer Spring Game Photos

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The men's and women's soccer teams are wrapping up spring play. The women will play the Seattle Sounders Women's team at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila. The men will play at Western Washington University at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Last week, the women lost 2-1 at Seattle U and the men defeated the Tacoma Tide, 6-1 in Tukwila. Check out some photos from both games below.

 

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Men's Soccer Alumni Returned To Campus

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The UW men's soccer team hosted their Alumni game on Saturday, April 16 in the Dempsey Indoor. They competed in a fun soccer match together that resulted in a 0-0 tie. This year there was a great turn out of alums at the event including many ex-MLS players.

 

Brandon Prideaux - (1994-1997) - In his second year as assistant coach at UW after playing 12 years in the MLS

Billy Sleeth - (1998-01) - Made the All-Pac-10 Team from 2000-01 and went on to play with the Chicago Fire

Tim Lawson-  DC United (1994-97)

Chris Eylander- (2002, 2004-2005) - All-Pac-10 Academic team, NSCAA Scholar All-Region in 2004, All-Pac-10 Team from 2004-05, played with Seattle Sounders

Billy Sleeth - (1998-2001) All-Pac 10 Team

Kevin Forrest - (2003-04, 06-07) - Pac 10 player of the Year in 2004-07

Viet Ngyuen - (1994-95, 1997-98)

 Scott Jenkins- (1992-95)

 Morgan McCoy - (1996-99)

Ben Somoza - (1999-2001)

 Brad Keller - (2007. 2009-10)

 Daniel Gray - (2010)

 Casey Cunningham - (2006-2009)

 Lee Eckman - (1981-84)

 Kyle Fukuchi - (1999-2002)

 Derek Crismier - (2004-2007)

Matt Fischer - (2004-2006)

Stefan Cobb - 1981

Greg Shugarts - (1985-87)

 

Attended - Didn't Play

Marty Rood - (1972)

Jeff Aumell- (1986-88)

Joe Gradilla - (1994-95)

Rob Lampman - (1993)

Scott Gibson - (1979-80)

Paul Hurme - (1991-94)

Bill May- (1994-97)

Frank Gallo

 

Men's Soccer Intrasquad Video

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See some video from a recent men's soccer intrasquad scrimmage.

 

Fast Break with Jamie Clark

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Newly named men's head soccer coach Jamie Clark conducted his first interview at UW last week. Watch the UW Fast Break feature below.

 

Brent Richards Blog Update

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Ho man, I was really busy last week and I didn't have time to write a blog entry so this one should be a little longer. I'll start from where I left off I suppose...
Two weeks ago I wasn't really sure what to do over the weekend but I heard that some of my friends were going to be going to a nearby mountain, Cotopaxi and I was interested in that. On Friday my friend, Danny, went and checked out some climbing agencies around town and found that for a trip with a guía (guide) it costs $160. We were a little shocked that it cost that much but soon discovered that that was actually a pretty good deal because usually those trips cost from $180-250 and it included almost all the equipment and meals as well. I wasn't planning on spending that much money because all the weekends before that I'd been spending about $100 consistently and needed to cut back. Eventually I decided to do it though because my main man, Alex, who studied abroad in Italy last year told me that some things are spendy but really are worth it in the end. I figured this was one of those things that would cost a lot but I'd be happy I did in the end.
I decided Friday night that I'd do it the next day so Danny gave me the packing list of 2 socks, 2 pants (not jeans), long underwear (which I brought thankfully), short and long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, stocking cap, gloves, 2 liters of water at least, snacks, 3 triple A batteries, and a backpack. We were told to have a good dinner that night and hydrate a lot and get good rest so I ended up getting to bed at 10 that night to meet at the climbing office (Yanasacha: means Black Mountain/Jungle in the Quichua language which is native to the Andean Region) which was a short walk from my house.
 
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Brent Richards Blog Update

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Men's soccer player Brent Richards continues to blog while he is studying abroad in Ecuador. Check out his latest post here: http://brecuador2011.blogspot.com/.

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Jamie Clark Feature

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Check out the first feature on newly named men's soccer coach Jamie Clark by Dave Clark.

http://www.sounderatheart.com/2011/2/4/1976101/husky-soccer-planning-for-greatness.

The University of Washtington just hired a new Head Coach. It is a coach with connections to the Seattle Sounders, and one that seems to want those connections to be as strong as they possibly can be. As in the other football, he clearly sees his number one goal to put up a fence around the state and keep every great player at here, while picking up good players from around the country, as well. His goal is simple: just be one of the greatest college soccer programs in the country.

Coach Jamie Clark (no relation) and I talked about why he took the position here after a year at Creighton and a few years at Harvard, the potentials for relationships with the Sounders and the passion for soccer at all levels in the greater Puget Sound. It should be noted that the University of Washington is one of many schools that I have attended.

 

Soccer Blog Updates

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Check out the latest blog updates from McKenna Waitley in Greece http://theblondegreek.blogspot.com/ and Brent Richards in Ecuador http://brecuador2011.blogspot.com/.

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Catching Up With John Crenshaw

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Freshman John Crenshaw of the men's soccer team had a great first year at UW on the field and sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A to talk about fall quarter, winter break and winter training.

 

GoHuskies.com: Now that you have a full quarter of classes and a season of soccer under your belt, how are you feeling?

John Crenshaw: "I realized that it's really important to stay on top of your grades and focus on your school work. I need to take care of school work before practice so at practice I can focus on the game."

 

GH: What classes are you taking this quarter?

JC: "I am taking an American Indian Studies class, a literature class because I'm planning on going into law, societies and justice and this is a prerequisite and I'm also taking a geology class."

 

GH: What did you do over winter break?  (Did you celebrate with your family, etc.?)

JC: "My grandfather has cancer so he was ill for most of break but got over it just in time for Christmas so he is back home so I got to have a good Christmas with him."

 

GH: Do you have any New Year's resolutions?

JC: "My resolution is to score more goals in 2011."

 

GH: What winter/spring sport are you most looking forward to watching at UW now that soccer is over?

JC: "Men's basketball. They look good. I went to the Oregon game and we have a lot of talent on that team."

 

GH: If you could trade spots with any UW athlete from another team for one day, who would you pick and why?

JC: "Jake Locker. He's a stud."

 

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Richards Blog Update

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Men's soccer Academic All-American Brent Richards is studying in Ecuador this quarter. Follow his journey on his blog here: http://brecuador2011.blogspot.com/2011/01/orientation-and-tourist-day.html#comment-form. Each time he make a new post we will update it in our blog for you to follow as well.

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Men's Soccer Camp Photos

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Check out some photos of a recent men's soccer camp in the Dempsey Indoor the last week of December 2010.

 

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Feature on Troy Ready

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Check out this great feature story on former UW soccer great Troy Ready. Check out the full story: http://www.yanks-abroad.com/get.php?mode=otb&id=ready.

Laying the Foundation On and Off the Field

The journey for Ready began in the Pacific Northwest in Spokane, Washington when he was a young boy, longing to become a professional soccer player.

"From the age of five or six, I wanted to play professional soccer," Ready recalled of his childhood with a chuckle. "Actually at the time, I was making a decision if I was going to play professional soccer or the NFL."

"I must have been a confident five year-old believing that I was going to make one of the two."

The decision between the two sports however was not as close as it seems. Even at that young age, deep down, his heart clearly pulled him towards soccer.

"I remember standing in my parent's living room with one of those toy bowling pins," the Washingtonian recalled. "I placed it on one side of the room and then paced to the other side, soccer ball in hand. Then, recognizing the significance of the moment I told myself - if I kick this ball and knock down that pin, then I'm going to play professional soccer...but if I miss it's professional football. I focused, I approached, I kicked...I missed."

"I think I'll try again," Ready laughed. "I persuaded myself, persisting until finally slamming the pin to the ground. Obviously I had already set my heart on my true passion, soccer. From then on, you could have described me as an over-the-top fanatic. I would wear my shin-guards to school, was keeping a log of my training sessions by the second grade, and had green carpet laid in my bedroom to resemble grass."

Once the decision was made, Ready gradually moved forward with his career, progressing in the PDL as a 17 year-old with the Spokane Shadow. But even more important than his career on the field was a growing life-theme that began to take root. He desired to somehow give back to others by using his soccer abilities as a bridge.

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Richards' Ecuador Blog

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Junior men's soccer forward Brent Richards will spend the 2011 winter quarter studying abroad in Ecuador. Keep up with Richards via his blog posts here: http://brecuador2011.blogspot.com/. Read part of his first entry below.

I've never been a real big fan of blogs and have only followed a few of my friends' blogs. I wasn't planning on making one for this trip but figured it would probably be an easy way to keep those who are interested up to date on what I am doing while I am abroad. Instead of personally emailing and calling my friends and family, it was suggested that having a blog for them to read was a good alternative.

(For those of you who don't know what this "trip" I'm referring entails) I will be traveling to Quito, Ecuador for the winter quarter of 2011 (January 8th until March 19th). The program is through the Spanish Department at the University of Washington (institution I normally attend) so I will be taking a 300-level grammar class, a 300-level Latin-American Literature class, a 300-level Intro to Hispanic Culture class, and a 1 credit service learning that I do not exactly know the details of yet.

For a long time I have wanted to become fluent in the Spanish language and have taken many classes (in high school and college) to make that goal more realistic. However, I have heard from many people that to actually become fluent in a language, you pretty much need to move to or live in a place that speaks it so you're practically forced to learn it. I think this will be a great opportunity for me to get closer to reaching my goal of becoming fluent.

It's hard for me to believe that I am actually going to be studying on another continent in less than 3 weeks. Until the middle of Fall 2010 quarter, I was under the impression that I wasn't going to get the opportunity to study abroad because of my involvement with the UW Soccer Team. I was pretty bummed about this because I'd had several friends who had studied or traveled abroad (in Italy, Chile, Guatemala, and other places) and said it was one of the greatest, if not, the greatest experience of their lives. So I got more and more upset that I wouldn't be able to experience that. In the middle of fall quarter, however, the Quito Program director came to my Spanish class and gave his spiel on the program and I (as well as several others in my class) were sold. I went to my coach and asked him about the policy for study abroad. I was prepared to be shut down immediately but to my pleasant surprise, Deano (my coach) said, "Well YEAH! Go for it!" So I applied and here I am now, sixteen days away from embarking on what I am sure will be the experience of a lifetime. 

Three Men's Players Make School Visit

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Men's soccer players Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, Jamie Finch and Brent Richards recently went to Tukwila Elementary School to talk to one young class about being a collegiate student-athlete. See what Dylan had to say about the trip below.

From Tucker-Gangnes:

I found the experience of talking to the kids and interacting with them to be a great experience not only for the kids but for myself as well. The children were all very interested to hear our back stories (where we were from originally, how old we are, and our likes/dislikes) and what it meant to play soccer for the UW. We each spent about five or 10 minutes individually discussing these topics and then answered questions as a group. The kids were great and it was really nice being able to spend time with them. I hope if the opportunity is presented, I can do something like this again because I think the kids had fun meeting us but I also had fun interacting/meeting them so it was a win-win all around. 

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Men's Soccer Clinic Pictures

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Check out pictures from a recent men's soccer clinic in the Dempsey Indoor.

 

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Q&A With Quinton Beasley

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Quinton Beasley is a sophomore forward from Camas, Wash. He finished the season with two goals. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Quinton Beasley: "When people are speaking to me but look in a different direction and lack any eye contact."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

QB: "Eating anything that I haven't had before a previous game because I am unsure how it will sit in my stomach during the game."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

QB: "Macbook Pro because it has helped me in many categories such as studies and social networking."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

QB: "Taylor Peay because the things that come out of his mouth are outrageously entertaining."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

QB: "Sorry."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

QB: "It helps to prepare young people the challenges of working with a team, gaining confidence in what you do, and dealing well with failure."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

QB: "I would like to train with LeBron James because even though he is one of the greatest NBA players known to date, he still works to improve the little things and improving rather than accepting his dominance."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

QB: "They taught me to be respectful to everyone around me and make others want to be in my presence."

 

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?

QB: "My hometown Camas, Wash., has a large paper mill in the center of downtown and our high school mascot was The Papermaker."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

QB: "I must always be engaged and leave outside distractions off the field when playing."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

QB: "One must have the confidence to know that they will be a champion as well as work as hard as possible."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

QB: "I want to leave the legacy of a hard working student-athlete."

 

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Men's Soccer Not Selected For NCAA Tournament

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The Washington men's soccer team was on the bubble for this season's NCAA Tournament and found out on Monday afternoon that they were not selected as one of 26 at-large bids. UW ends the season with an 11-6-1 record, its best since the 2006 season.

 

"It was a great ride," said head coach Dean Wurzberger. "I thought this year's team proved their worthiness. We are surprised and disappointed and I feel bad for the seniors but we will recover as a program."

Men's Soccer Selection Show Today

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Men's soccer fans can watch the NCAA Selection show today at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU to see if your Huskies make it! There are 22 conference automatic qualifiers and 26 at-large bids that make up the 48-team field.

 

Although unofficial, www.socceramerica.com has the UW men in its projected field: http://www.socceramerica.com/article/40416/projected-ncaa-division-i-tournament-field.html.

 

Check www.gohuskies.com at the conclusion of the show to see where your Huskies will be playing on Thursday if selected.

Q&A With Zach Portillos

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Zach Portillos is a midfielder from Aurora, Colo. In his freshman campaign he has two goals and one assist in 17 games. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Zach Portillos: "People chewing with their mouth open."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

ZP: "Tie my shoes twice before starting the game."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

ZP: "Getting my first bike."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why? ZP: "Brent because I know I could be stuck with him alone."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

ZP: "Monopoly or Risk."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

ZP: "Because it's a good way to develop friendships and because it's one of the hardest physical sports so it will keep you healthy."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

ZP: "Lebron James so he could teach me how to be a baller."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

ZP: "They showed me how to be truthful, dependable and showed me the importance of God in my life."

 

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know? ZP: "That Colorado is the best place ever to live."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

ZP: "How mentally tough you have to be at the highest level."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

ZP: "Love of the game."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

ZP: "That the soccer guys are the coolest cats on the campus."

 

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Interview With Brad Keller

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Senior Brad Keller talks about this week's game vs. Oregon State and his final regular season game as a Husky.

 

Q&A With Taylor Peay

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Taylor Peay is a freshman defender from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has played in 16 games this season, starting 10 with one goal. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours? 

Taylor Peay: "When people chew with their mouth open."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

TP: "I wear my basketball shorts before every game."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received? 

TP: "My Xbox."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why? TP: "Michael Harris because he looks like a guy off of Survivor."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

TP: "Clue."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

TP: "Michael Jordan because he is one of the best."

 

GH:  What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing? 

TP: "They taught me respect."

 

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know? TP: "It's a pretty cool place."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

TP: "It requires large amounts of patience."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

TP: "Industriousness."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

TP: "A winning program."

 

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Q&A With Quinn Grisham

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Quinn Grisham is a freshman midfielder tom Issaquah, Wash. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Quinn Grisham: "My biggest pet peeve is when I have new shoes and they get dirty right away."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

QG: "I don't really have any superstitions; I just do the things I need to do in order for my body to be ready to play (getting plenty of sleep, hydration, etc.)."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

QB: "My mom bought me a Magic Bullet blender before I came here and I use it every day."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

QG: "My favorite board game is Clue because I played it all the time when I was little."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

QG: "I think it is the best sport because the whole world plays it and the world cup is the greatest sporting event in the world. Also it is a unique sport because technique and cleverness can prevail over athletic ability."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

QG: "Xavi Hernandez from FC Barcelona because I think he is the best central midfielder in the world and I would love to see how he trains and learn from him."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

QG: "My mom is a very healthy person and she engrained good nutrition into my brain."

 

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?

QG: "Issaquah is the best..."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

QG: "I wish I would have known how much practice it takes to be great so that I would have practiced skills more when I was younger."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

QG: "Determination."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

QG: "I want us to win a national championship."

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Q&A With Daniel Gray

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A senior forward from Tacoma, Wash., Daniel Gray will play his final two home games at Husky Soccer Stadium this weekend. Despite playing just one season with the Dawgs, he has made an immediate impact on the team and has 4 goals and three assists on the year. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Daniel Gray: "When people don't say bye on the phone."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

DG: "If I told you then they wouldn't work!"

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

DG: "My family."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

DG: "Stephen Fung because he knows how to work the islands, being from Hawaii."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

GH: "The game of Life."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

DG: "Others should become more involved because it's more than just a sport. It brings so many different people together on a common ground."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

GH: "Tiger Woods because I feel like he knows what hard work and dedication mean on the training ground."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

DG: "They let me make my own decisions and supported me in whatever I did."

 

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?

DG: "Tacoma is the best.  The 253 is the perfect 10. You can't judge it unless you've lived there."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

DG: "The more you play the more you enjoy it."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

DG: "Consistency."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

DG: "To be one of the most successful and hardworking teams in the programs history."

 

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Q&A With Brooks Hopp

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Sophomore Brooks Hopps is a defender from Seattle, Wash. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours? Brooks Hopp: "When people are rude to waiters."

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?  BH: "I don't really have any superstitions, maybe take a shower before a game but that's it."

GH: What is the best present you have ever received? BH: "A new laptop."

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why? BH: "Fung because he would be in his element and able to survive."

GH: What's your favorite board game? BH: "Monopoly."

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer? BH: "It's fun."

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why? BH: "Brett Favre because he skips training and hangs out all preseason."

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing? BH: "Made me play soccer."

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know? BH: "It doesn't rain as much as people think it does."

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport? BH: "That it's really hard work."

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion? BH: "Resilience."

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW? BH: "A winning tradition."

 

Michael Harris' Flip Throw In

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Check out video of men's soccer freshman Michael Harris' flip throw in.

 

Q&A With Dylan Tucker-Gangnes

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Dylan Tucker-Gangnes is a redshirt sophomore midfielder from Bainbridge Island, Wash. He has played and started 12 games this season and scored one goal. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes: "When people try to pretend to be something they aren't. Just be yourself."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

DTG: "I have a few pre-game superstitions but they are secrets, once your secrets are known they no longer work."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

DTG: "A necklace my mom gave me (that I wear everyday) for my 18th birthday. My dad, brother and I all have the same one."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

DTG: "Stephan Fung for comic relief and his expertise on living on an island."

    

GH: What's your favorite board game?

DTG: "Risk."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

DTG: "Because it is the ultimate team game, any team can win on the given day."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

DTG: "Ray Lewis (Ravens Linebacker) because he's a freak athlete and works hard."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

DTG: "They encouraged /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=207997631outside activities and made me work hard."

 

GH: What don't most people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?

DTG: "I grew up on Bainbridge Island, a small town/tight nit community. The game pickle ball was invented there."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

DTG: "The fact that it's actually fairly simply and over complicating it is when bad plays are made."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

DTG: "Hard work. Champions don't just appear, they work extremely hard."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

DTG: "An NCAA Championship."

 

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Men's Soccer Goal Highlight Video

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Check out the newest video of some of the men's goals throughout the season including Brent Richards' throw-in goal and his bicycle kick.

Q&A With John Crenshaw

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Freshman forward John Crenshaw (Marysville, Wash.) has played in five games, starting two this season and has scored one goal. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A. saa

 

Gohuskies.com: What is your pre-game superstition?

John Crenshaw: "I don't have one."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

JC: "Macbook Pro/money."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

JC: "Zack because he's small and I could take his food if I needed to."

    

GH: What's your favorite board game?

JC: "Monopoly."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

JC: "It's good for you."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

JC: "Usain Bolt because he's so fast."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

JC: "There is no single most important thing."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

JC: "How to play smart."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

JC: "Confidence."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

JC: "I was one of the best to play here."

 

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Q&A With Nick James

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Nick James is a junior midfielder from Kirkland, Wash. He has played in 12 games and started five in his Husky career. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Nick James: "Bad manners."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

NJ: "I'm not superstitious."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

NJ: "I never got my dirt bike..."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

NJ: "(Stephen) Fung. He is easy going and probably knows the island landscape better than anyone else."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

NJ: "Trouble."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

NJ: "It's a lot of fun and everyone can play."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

NJ: "I would train with Ussain Bolt and hopefully his speed would rub off on me."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

NJ: "They instilled a good work ethic in me."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

NJ: "It takes a very large amount of practice to play at higher levels."

 

GH:What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

NJ: "Hard work."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

NJ: "I worked hard and was a valued member of the team."

 

Q&A With Casey McCool

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Junior midfielder Casey McCool, Bend, Ore., has two goals and two assists this season. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Casey McCool: "When people brush their teeth in front of me; the sound gives me chills."

 

GH: What is your pre game superstition?

CM: "Not put shin guards in until game time."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever recieved?

CM: "A Nintendo 64 for Christmas when I was like 10. I loved it."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with a teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

CM: "(Stephen) Fung because he's from an island so he'd be somewhat experienced with the terrain and he's funny so even if we were stuck it could be fun."

 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

CM: "CLUE."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

CM: "The cleats are the coolest of any sport."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you choose and why?

CM: "Thierry Henry when he was in his prime at arsenal, because he was mesmerizing."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

CM: "They did anything my siblings and I needed them too. Thanks mom and dad."

 

GH: What don't most people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?

CM: "The outdoor activities and scenery are hard to beat."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

CM: "Confidence."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at the UW?

CM: "Redeeming our team."

 

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Men's Soccer Autograph Pictures

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Q&A With Chris Brundage

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Chris Brundage is in his first season with the Huskies after playing his freshman year at Western Washington. The sophomore defender from Gig Harbor, Wash., has played in seven games starting six. He sat down with www.gohuskies.com for a Q&A.

 

Gohuskies.com: What is a pet peeve of yours?

Chris Brundage: "Chewing food with your mouth open...so annoying."

 

GH: What is your pre-game superstition?

CB: "I need to take a cold shower before every game to wake me up."

 

GH: What is the best present you have ever received?

CB: "My car."

 

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?

CB: "Brent Richards, he seems to be smart, plus he's a good cook."
 

GH: What's your favorite board game?

CB: "Life, it takes zero thought."

 

GH: Why should others become involved in the great sport of soccer?

CB: "Because it's an easy way to compete and have fun."

 

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete who would you chose and why?

CB: "MJ (Michael Jordan) because he's the greatest basketball player of all time."

 

GH: What is one of the most important things your parents did in your upbringing?

CB: "They taught me respect."

 

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?

CB: "I grew up on the streets."

 

GH: What do you know now about the game of soccer that you wish you would've known when you started playing the sport?

CB: "Nothing at all, it's not a complicated sport. The second you start thinking about it too much the worse you'll play."

 

GH: What is one characteristic a person needs to be a champion?

CB: "Conviction."

 

GH: What do you want to leave as a legacy at UW?

CB: "I want to be known as the hardest working player on the field."

 

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