2012 Men's Soccer Preview: Midfielders
Aug. 23, 2012
SEATTLE - Our next look at the 2012 men's soccer team focuses on the midfielders. This season showcases many seniors, all of whom have received phenomenal praise outside UW. Head coach Jamie Clark looks to utilize their attacking skills and field vision this year.
Senior team captain Ben Fisk leads the Husky midfield. Fisk, who Clark calls the "leader and glue of the team" commands the midfield with his decision-making skills.
Fisk hails from Federal Way, Wash. He transferred from Cal Poly after his sophomore season. In 2011 Fisk started 15 games for the Huskies and earned an All Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Fisk plays on the Washington Crossfire PDL team.
"Fisk makes all the right decisions. He's a smart and simple player who you don't always notice but is crucial to our success," says Clark.
Alex Klein is another senior on the Husky squad this season. The Seattle, Wash., native played in 14 of 18 games last season and was named First-Team Pac-12 All-Academic. Clark expects him to play vital minutes for the Huskies in 2012.
Junior Michael Harris returns after a strong sophomore season. Harris played in every game in 2011, recording one goal and two assists. Clark believes Harris will play around the center of the arc this year with his skill set. "He has the ability to go from box to box defending or on the attacking side of things," adds Clark.
Clark expects freshman James Moberg to come in and attack immediately. "He goes forward very well and is very strong and crafty and can score some goals in the midfield area," says Clark.
Adding transfer Patrick Pacheco into the mix, Clark hopes he will be able to play all four spots in the midfield. There, he will be able to utilize his athleticism and experience.
Redshirt junior Michael Uyehara is a dual defender and midfielder. The Agoura Hills, Calif., native had a stellar freshman season at Navy where he started all 19 games and netted two goals.
Check back on Friday for a preview of the forwards before the 5 p.m. game vs. Gonzaga.