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Sounders on Campus: Huskies Flying High

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The Washington Huskies continue their inexorable march to the top of the national rankings powered by a big group of Sounders Academy players. And in the Division 2 rankings, a Sounder has already helped power a team to the top.

#3 Washington
2-0-1 since last update
M Ian Lange, F Darwin Jones (2 Goals), D Michael Gallagher, F Dom Dismuke, GK Ryan Herman (5 SV, 2 GA)

The Huskies played three home games in the last two weeks and went undefeated with two wins and a draw, propeling them up to #3 in the latest NSCAA national rankings, behind only Cal and Notre Dame.

In the first match, they blew out Florida Gulf Coast 5-0, with Darwin Jones getting the 4th for his first goal of the season. That game also saw Michael Harris — he of the flip throw — score a couple of pretty spectacular goals of his own in the run of play. Three days later, they drew Georgia State 1-1. Then last Friday they played SMU and took another 1-1 tie into overtime, but Jones scored in the second overtime to earn the win.

Jones and Lange continue to be near every-minute players and Herman is firmly entrenched as the starting keeper now. It looks like Gallagher has moved into a substitute role in central defense and Dismuke is getting 10-15 minutes a game as a sub. In addition, Washington has signed yet another Sounders Academy alum in Jimmy Oganga, who played last season at Highline.

Now the team moves on to a tough opening of conference play with away matches against Stanford (featuring two more Sounders) and #1 overall Cal before coming back for an 'away' match against Seattle U (featuring a few more Sounders).

#20 Wake Forest
2-0-1
F Sean Okoli

The Deacons also went undefeated in their three matches, including a draw against then #1 overall North Carolina and somehow dropped from #9 to #20. Go figure. First they beat Pittsburgh away. In the following match against #17 VCU Okoli was sent off in the 23rd minute with a straight red (I believe for a studs up tackle) with the team already a goal behind, but they came back to win 2-1 despite being a player down. Then they earned that 1-1 draw with UNC (without Okoli, obviously). They're now tied with Maryland at the top of the ACC standings heading into games against Charlotte, Virginia Tech, and NC State with Okoli presumably rejoining the starting lineup.

Stanford
3-0-0
M Aaron Kovar (2 Assists), F Jordan Morris (2 Goals, 2 Assists)

Three straight wins since the last update and 5 wins in a row overall has the Cardinal closing out their non-conference schedule with authority. First it was a pair of Sounders versus a pair of Sounders as Kovar and Morris took on Troy Peterson and Ike Crook of College of Charleston and both the Stanford Sounders picked up assists as they beat the Cougars 2-0. The Morris assisted the only goal in a 1-0 home win over Colgate. And finally, in a very tough away match at UCSB (where opposing players will get tortillas thrown at them thoughout the game) Morris scored the first goal on a header off a Kovar free kick, and then after the game went into overtime at 1-1, he scored the golden goal winner on a deflected shot from distance.

Morris and Kovar are now tied for the team lead in assists with three each (out of 8 total assists on the team) and Morris' 7 points trails only his Junior forward partner Zach Batteer's 8.

Now the Cardinal move on to host Washington on Thursday in an epic Sounder showdown then host Oregon State before traveling to UCLA.

Denver
3-0-0
M Jordan Schweitzer

Schweitzer is back to holding down midfield for the Pioneers and they've won their last three in a row, including an away win over Portland. That gives them the best out-of-conference record in a weak Summit League. Conference play starts this weekend against Fort Wayne.

College of Charleston
0-3-0
M Troy Peterson (Assist), Ike Crook

So about those Cougars. A bad start for Charleston has gotten even worse as they lost all of their last three games and have now lost all but one game this season. After that loss to Stanford, they fell 3-1 to Cal (with Peterson assisting the lone goal) and then lost at home 1-0 to UNC Wilmington. Tonight they play another tough game against Winthrop away and then move into conference play where they can hopefully turn the ship around.

Bucknell
1-1-0
F Jesse Klug (2 Goals)

The Bison get graduated into their own update thanks to an ongoing goalsplosion from Sophomore Jesse Klug. At the last update he's scored the game winner in three consecutive games. In the next match he scored Bucknell's two goals in a 2-0 win over Seton Hall. Then they (and Klug) were finally cooled off in an 0-2 loss to Army. Jesse now leads the conference in shots and is third in goals scored.

Oregon State
2-0-0
F Michael Steele (Goal)

The Beavers has a light schedule with only two played and against light opposition against San Jose State and Northwest Christian. They won the first 1-0 and then Steele scored one of 5 goals in a 5-0 mauling for the second. Now they move on to conference play and like Washington start off with difficult away games against Stanford and Cal.

Others

Might Nick Palodichuk be the first player we have to pull from the Sounders on Campus updates? His eligibility as a HGP has always been a little fuzzy and now there's a thought (from UNNAMED SOURCES) that he may have not met the offseason training requirements with the Sounders to stay eligible. In any case, Duke went 1-2-0 with Nick playing about 60 minutes a match as he comes back to full fitness.

Brandon Brockway remains out injured for UCSB, who went 2-2-0 since the last update and now move into conference play to beat up on some Big West opposition. And Nick Raskasky likewise remains out for West Virginia, who've now lost 4 in a row including a conference opener against Akron. The Redhawks of Seattle U won one and lost one with none of their three Sounders figuring in the scoring.

The #1 ranked Division 2 school in all the land is British Columbia's Simon Fraser (how does a Canadian school join the NCAA? Seems fishy), thanks largely to their winning all 8 of their games this season. And on Simon Fraser is Sounder forward Glenn Paden, who transferred from Oregon State this season and is now leading the team with 5 goals.

Inactives

No surprise minutes from our previous inactive Freshmen, who still look on schedule to redshirt this season.