1. Road work pays off for unbeaten Washington

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 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"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."

Forrest and 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.


9 Tommy Krizanovic, Jacksonville, Sr.
9 Riley O'Neill, Kentucky, Sr.
Kevin Forrest, Washington, Jr.
Mike Grella, Duke, Soph.
6 Steven Holloway, Monmouth, Sr.
6 Ian McAuley, Evansville, Sr.
6 Anton Axelsson, Jacksonville, Jr. 
6 Braden Fleak, Wright State, Fr.
6 George Josten, Gonzaga, Jr.
6 Brad Peters, Eastern Illinois, Soph.
(Games through Sept. 10.)
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