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UW men’s soccer returns to NCAA tournament, where freshman Sam Fowler defends goal

There is no football kick, no matter how deployed, that UW goalkeeper Sam Fowler thinks he should pass.

He steals every goal allowed, but fortunately for Fowler և Haski, he receives very few blows from freshmen who helped Washington reach the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.

The Huskies (10-3-0) are the total number 7 in the tournament և on Sunday at 1 p.m. NC (the entire tournament is held in North Carolina).

Fowler started his freshman year last year, helping Washington reach the Elite Eight. He led the Pac-12 against average goals (0.62) and was named a freshman on the College Soccer News.

Fowler saves more percentage hits this season (77.8% compared to 72.4%) է was named the whole Pac-12 second team. He helped Washington finish second in the Pac-12 with few goals allowed.

“Sam was fine there,” said Washington coach Amy Clark. “We needed a leader, I do not think it has anything to do with age, he is very confident there, he really keeps the boys on their feet.”

Fowler quickly passes the loan “to protect the goal from the back line”, but when a shot is received, it will most likely be stopped.

It was no surprise that Fowler excelled. He joined Sounders Youth Academy when he was 14 years old. He went on a training camp with the first team Sounders, while missing a year after graduating from Issaquah High School.

“It was very eye-popping to be able to train full-time with professionals, to see their mentality,” said Fowler, who has played in several Sounders2 games for the United Football League.

Fowler started playing football at the age of 6, but did not start playing goalkeeper until he was 10 years old. “And I wanted to jump in the gate and try it.”

“I would not call myself very good from the beginning,” he said. “Naturally, I was not an athletic child when I was 10 և 11 years old. But I always had a mindset, I always wanted to push myself. ”

As “athletic ability began to find its way” to Fowler, he began to make great progress.

Fowler competed for the Sounders Youth Academy when he was 13 and joined the academy the following year.

“It was huge in my player development,” Fowler said of his time with the Sunders.

Fowler joined UW in his senior year of high school. Despite training with the Saunders, he was a little scared last season, in 2019, joining the veteran Husky team.

But Fowler said that his teammates welcomed him, saying that one of the players who helped him the most was goalkeeper Bryce Logan, although the junior in the red shirt was competing with Fowler for playing time.

“He was very kind in giving me constant advice,” Fowler said of Logan. “It really helped me to thrive on the spot, to thrive on the team, to feel confident that I could play on that team.”

The Huskies were No. 6 in last year’s NCAA tournament, losing a couple of late goals in the quarterfinals to possible champions Georjtown.

“It was a special group of boys, we had incredible players,” said Fowler. “Not that I thought it was natural, but my college bar was quite high.”

Almost 18 months later, Fowler is still trying to concede those goals to Georjowtown, even though the equalizer was a perfectly placed penalty kick.

“I feel like my job is to remove the saver that no one thinks you will save,” he said.

Fowler says one of the hardest things for him is to get through before he sets a goal.

“I am so strict with myself, I expect a lot from myself, but when I turned 19-20, I realized that I could not stay long on conceding goals,” he said. “I have to focus and save to help the team win when it needs to.”

Haskier outscored rivals 31-10 this season. Despite losing many stars to the team last season, Fowler said: “I sincerely believe that this team will go even further this year.”

He said. “Just because of how connected we are, how hard we all work.”

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