Forrest Out With Season-Ending Injury
Oct. 15, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington senior forward Kevin Forrest, the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a candidate for the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy, will miss the rest of the Husky men's soccer season due to a stress fracture in his left foot.
Forrest, a native of Edmonds, Wash., was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his left foot, an injury that was confirmed on Friday. Forrest had been feeling pain and further testing last week revealed the stress fracture. The injury marks a premature end to Forrest's outstanding collegiate career at Washington that saw him solidify himself as one of the top forwards to ever play in the Husky program.
"Kevin's season ending injury has caught everyone by surprise and we really feel sorry for him since this is his final season with us," UW head coach Dean Wurzberger said. "I know Kevin is terribly disappointed that he can't continue on the field but we intend to use his leadership, experience and enthusiasm to help guide the team throughout the rest of season. Kevin has been a real success story with our program since his arrival back in 2003, and has excelled both on the field and in the classroom. The good news is we are confident that Kevin will play again in the near future and hopefully realize his dream of a professional soccer career."
Forrest was on track for another standout season in 2007, leading the Pac-10 and the Huskies in goals (six), points (15) and shots (45) prior to the injury. He was twice selected to the Soccer America National Team of the Week (Sept. 5, Sept. 18), and was tabbed the College Soccer News National Player of the Week (Sept. 17) after scoring two of UW's three goals in road wins over No. 28 New Mexico and No. 3 SMU.
Forrest was the first player of the season to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week acclaim (Sept. 4) following his third career hat trick in a 5-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield. As of last week, he ranked 48th in the nation in points per game (1.36) and 51st in goals per game (0.55). Forrest scored the overtime gamewinner in the Huskies' last win versus Furman (Sept. 23). A candidate for the 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Forrest was also a preseason All-American.
A two-year team captain, Forrest finished his UW tenure with 34 career goals and 75 career points. His 34 goals rank eighth on UW's all-time list and stand two behind his father, Ward, who racked up 36 goals while playing for the Huskies from 1972-75. Forrest's 75 points were two shy of matching his father for 10th on the UW all-time list for points.
The second Husky to ever earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, Forrest was also a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection (2004, 2006), and a 2006 NSCAA/adidas first-team All-Far West Region honoree. His career-high 16 goals and 33 points as a junior in 2006 tied for fourth and eighth, respectively, on UW's single-season lists. Forrest helped lead the Huskies to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and was a freshman on the 2003 NCAA Sweet 16 team. He redshirted the 2005 season due to plantar fasciitis.
Not only a standout on the field, Forrest was a 2006 NSCAA Scholar All-American and a 2006 NSCAA Scholar All-Region selection. He was also a two-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team.
Forrest is the third Husky to go down with a season-ending injury this year. Sophomore starting goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins suffered a facial injury in UW's contest at New Mexico (Sept. 14) and freshman defender Jamie Finch, who played in one game, is out for the season after breaking his ankle in practice earlier in the year. Junior midfielder Jo Jo Katz (torn ACL during spring season) and senior midfielder Steve Mohn (broken leg during summer league play) are also missing the 2007 season due to injury.
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