Huskies Wrap Up Tough Road Stretch in the Alabama
Sept. 13, 2012
SEATTLE- After starting the season 3-0-1 the Huskies narrowly missed out on an upset opportunity of the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, losing on an overtime goal on the road against UCONN. UW still managed to move up a spot, from No. 21 to No. 20 in the NSCAA poll, with road contests this weekend against Memphis and University of Alabama-Birmingham in the 2012 "Soccer For a Cure" Classic tournament hosted by UAB in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the last leg of a tough three-week road stretch, and the Huskies are hoping to continue their strong play and leave the south with two more wins before returning home to host the Husky Classic tournament next weekend.
In the first game of the tournament, the Huskies will face the Tigers of the University of Memphis Friday afternoon in a 2:30 p.m. match. This is only the second meeting between these teams, with the Huskies getting the victory in the first match, winning 8-1 in 1995. The Tigers are 1-2-1 on the year, with one of their losses coming against Wisconsin, a team the Huskies beat 3-2 earlier this season.
On Sunday, Washington takes on tournament host UAB at 12:00 p.m. The Huskies and the Blazers have met twice previously with both matches going to UW. In the most recent meeting last year, the Huskies came out on top 2-1. The Blazers are led by senior forward Kofi Gyawu who has a total of seven points after scoring 3 goals and dishing out one assist on the year. UAB has posted a 3-2-1 record on the season.
Despite more than half the team being new additions this year, the Huskies have had an encouraging start to the season. Freshman James Moberg is making an immediate impact and is currently the team's assist leader with three on the year.
Junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey has been solid in the goal, allowing just four goals in 477 minutes, making sixteen saves and earning a .800 save percentage on the year.