Of the five unbeaten and untied teams left in the NCAA Division I men's ranks, No. 10 Washington (5-0-0) is the only team that didn't make last year's NCAA Tournament.
A big reason
for the fast start is the return of junior Kevin Forrest
, who red-shirted last season with an injury. Forrest scored the game-winner on a free kick in
overtime to give the Huskies a 2-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday and the title at Wisconsin's Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational. The goal was Forrest's sixth in five games. Last
year, UW's leading scorer, Ely Allen
, scored only four goals. Allen, who has already scored three goals this season, and Forrest give UW one of the
best frontlines on the West Coast.
Washington has won back-to-back tournaments. It captured the Nike Portland Invitational a week earlier. Forrest says one of the keys to UW's turnaround
has been its all-business attitude on the road.
For his part, UW coach Dean Wurzberger
liked his players' resiliency in their physical battle
"Our guys really hung in there," he said, "showing a lot of composure and proving that they were going to defend well and not get beat."
Allen haven't been UW's only heroes. Center backs Ty Harden
and Matt Fischer
, both seniors, scored big goals in Portland. Sophomore midfielder George John
scored two late goals
gave the Huskies a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin on Friday night. Unfortunately, John took an elbow to the face against UW-Milwaukee and left the game with a broken nose.
Washington goes for
three tournament titles in three weeks when its hosts Marshall, Northern Illinois and Portland at this weekend's Husky Fever Classic. NCAA DI MEN'S GOAL SCORERS
G PLAYER, SCHOOL,
9 Tommy Krizanovic
, Jacksonville, Sr.
9 Riley O'Neill
, Kentucky, Sr.
6 Kevin Forrest
, Washington, Jr.
6 Mike Grella
, Duke, Soph.
, Monmouth, Sr.
6 Ian McAuley
, Evansville, Sr.
6 Anton Axelsson
, Jacksonville, Jr.
6 Braden Fleak
, Wright State, Fr.
6 George Josten
, Gonzaga, Jr.
, Eastern Illinois, Soph. (Games through Sept. 10.)