Men's Soccer Hosts UCLA in Final Home Game

Nov. 1, 2000

This Week - Friday, Nov. 3
No. 16 Washington vs. No. 13 UCLA
7 p.m. Husky Soccer Field
Sunday, Nov. 5
No. 16 Washington at Oregon State
1 p.m. Corvallis, Ore.

This Week: The No. 16 Washington men's soccer team (10-5-0, 4-1-0) makes its final regular season home appearance when it hosts No. 13 UCLA (10-5-0, 1-4-0) at 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 3 at Husky Soccer Field. From there, the Huskies travel down to Corvallis for a Pac-10 game versus Oregon State at 1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5 at Wayne Valley Stadium. That game will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a delayed basis, with air time set for Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Bob Akamian will call the game and former Seattle Sounder Alan Hinton will provide color commentary.

This Week in the Polls
NSCAA Coaches
25. Washington
NR - UCLA
Soccer America
13. UCLA
16. Washington
Soccer Times
20. Washington
21. UCLA

Some Game Themes: Friday is Washington's final regular season home match ... senior night for Mike Casale, Mark Hogenhout, Kai Carroll and Kris Hollingshead ... final game versus a ranked team (for postseason implications) ... teams have identical 10-5-0 overall records ... Bruins seek revenge after losing to the Huskies, 3-2, on a last minute goal in Los Angeles ... after going 4-0 through the first round of conference play, UW seeks to win home and away games against a league foe ... UW looking to rebound after 4-1 setback at Portland Sunday ... after a pair of non-league games, UW finishes with three Pac-10 games, one at home and the final two on the road, at OSU and Cal ... after winning six straight, UW has lost two of three ... UCLA won at Portland (3-1) last weekend to snap a four-game skid ... Bruins opened the year 8-0 and were unanimous No. 1 through that period.

NCAA Tournament InformationThe NCAA Tournament Selection show is Monday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m. PST.Washington will bid to host the first three rounds at Husky Soccer Field. Potential games could be:
1st round - Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
2nd round - Saturday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
3rd round - Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.

Series History: UCLA holds an 8-5-1 lead in the series, but UW has won three in a row and four of the last five. It's been an interesting series over the last four meetings, including the first this year. The game back on Oct. 15 at UCLA appeared headed to overtime until Ben Somoza scored with 19 seconds remaining. Last year, the 14th-ranked Huskies upset No. 1 UCLA, 2-0, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title game is Seattle, to claim a second straight MPSF championship. In 1998, the No. 7 Huskies shut out No. 1 UCLA, 2-0, en route, to winning their first MPSF title. UCLA's last win came in 1997, when the Bruins handed UW a 1-0 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins went on to win the national championship that year. Washington holds a dominant 20-0-2 record in the series with OSU. The Huskies won the first meeting this season, 1-0, on Oct. 1 in Seattle. The most recent tie game was in 1993, a 1-1 MPSF game.

First Meeting with UCLA: (Oct. 15 at UCLA) Junior Ben Somoza scored a goal with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the No. 7 Washington men's soccer team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 5 UCLA. It was Washington's third victory over a top 10 team in the last three weeks and third straight over the Bruins.The Huskies won their sixth straight while UCLA, the consensus top-ranked team in the country until that week, suffered just its second loss of the season. The Bruins shot out to a 2-0 lead on a goal from all-America candidate McKinley Tennyson at 8:19 into the match. Tennyson helped the Bruins earn their second goal of the contest at 51:00 when he drew a foul in the penalty area. Shaun Tsakiris converted the penalty kick to give UCLA a two-goal lead. Washington quickly got back in the game at 53:44 when a Somoza corner kick found Jake Sagare, who headed it in past the Bruin keeper. Three and a half minutes later, Somoza hit a free kick that Bryn Ritchie headed into the net at 57:26. The game appeared to be headed to overtime until Somoza's score, a shot from 16 yards out, at 89:41. UW outshot the Bruins 18-10. Chad Olsen earned the win for the Huskies and tallied one save for the day. UCLA's DJ Countess had five saves.

Dean Wurzberger Says: 'We've had a theme since after Stanford (Oct. 22) that our work is not finished yet, in terms of putting ourselves in position to get a postseason berth. That's still the case. We missed two big chances, with Stanford and Portland, both ranked teams. UCLA is our last ranked team and our last home game of the season. It all stacks up to a very important situation for us. UCLA is obviously a highly respected team. We've got a chance to make a statement that we belong in postseason, by playing well against them. We face the challenge again, of playing at home and away on the same weekend. It's different when you are away and then come home to play. It's the other way around this time. There is nothing more important right now than our game Friday night. That is our focus. We have yet to beat a team home and away this year. That's our challenge. We learned from Stanford the type of motivation a team brings when you beat them once already. We've got to rise above all that. I'm confident our team is going to play well against UCLA. Our game at Portland was so out of character for us that we just have to forget about it. We're certainly glad it happened now. If we both make it to postseason, there is probably a good chance we could face Portland again. So better to have a poor performance now than at a time when it ends your season.'

A Look at the Huskies: After a weekend split that saw Washington shut out Gonzaga, 3-0, and suffer a 4-1 road loss at Portland, the Huskies gear up for their final home game and final meeting against a ranked opponent. The team is led by junior midfielder Ben Somoza, who has a team-leading five goals seven assists this year, along with junior defender Bryn Ritchie and senior midfielder Kai Carroll, who each have four goals this season ... four other Huskies have scored three goals each ... in all, nine different Huskies have found the back of the net this year ... in its first year of Pac-10 action, UW swept through the first round of play with a perfect 4-0 record ... UW (4-1) and Stanford (5-1) are atop the league standings as each has one conference loss ... Washington has taken 265 shots in 15 games so far, compared to 145 shots by opponents ... the Huskies have recorded five shutouts and have played to overtime in just two games, both victories.

Dawg Bites: The Huskies set a school record for attendance against Stanford two weeks ago, with 3,280 fans at the game ... the previous best was 2,524 last season, also against Stanford ... the UCLA game will be Washington's fourth under the nighttime lights ... they are 3-0 (Irvine, Rhode Island, Gonzaga) in night games at Husky Soccer Field, which had lights installed prior to the season ... Jake Sagare has taken a team-high 38 shots on goal this year ... senior midfielder Mike Casale is team captain this year ... he has missed only three starts in the last three years ... sophomore keeper Chad Olsen has played all but 16 minutes in goal this year ... he has a goals against average of 1.27 ... the Huskies are a strong second half team ... 21 of their 29 goals have come in the second period and they have taken 153 shots after halftime, as opposed 111 shots in the first ... former Husky goalkeeper Bill May is in his first year on the UW staff this season ... he started 67 matches over his four year career from 1994-97, and compiled a sterling goals against average of 0.90 during his tenure ... he replaces Nat Gonzales, who accpeted the head coach position at UC-Riverside, where they will field a team for the first time in Fall, 2001.

First Meeting with OSU (Oct. 1 in Seattle): Washington recorded its third shutout of the season and posted the first-ever victory in Pacific-10 Conference action as it blanked Oregon State, 1-0, in the league opener. After a scoreless first half, sophomore reserve Dayo Oyetuga connected on a header from the left post that bounced in the goal at 59:48. Zach Kingsley continued his hot streak, earning the assist on Oyetuga's goal after he sent a cross from the right side to set up the score. Kingsley scored a pair of goals in two games last weekend. For Oyetuga, it was his third career goal and first this season. The Huskies took took 17 shots in the game and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks while the Beavers recorded nine shots. OSU was whistled for 21 fouls, including three yellow cards, while the Huskies had 13 fouls in the game.

Husky Honors: Junior midfielder Ben Somoza was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UW's 3-2 win at UCLA, Oct. 15. Somoza had a hand in all three Husky goals, as he assisted on the first two and scored the game-winner. It was the second week in a row a Husky has earned the honor, after Bryn Ritchie was recognized last week.

The Comforts of Home: Washington has posted a mark of 6-2-0 mark in games at Husky Soccer Field this season. The lone setbacks came at the hands of 1999 Final Four participant Santa Clara, a 2-0 loss back on Sept. 16 and to Stanford last Sunday.

Dawg Bite: Ben Somoza is chasing the UW school record for assists ... he enters this weekend with seven ... the UW single season mark is 15, set by Wes Hart in 1998 (in 20 games) ... Somoza has three regular season games remaining and potential postseason action ... he had a team-high eight assists as a sophomore last season.

Leading the Dawgs: Dean Wurzberger enters his ninth year at UW as the winningest coach in UW soccer history. He owns a 117-40-18 record in his tenure at UW and is 125-48-23 in his 10 year head coaching career. He has guided the Huskies to six NCAA Tournament appearances and three MPSF titles, including the last two. Wurzberger was coach of the men's U-16 Nat'l Team in 1998.

It's Almost Tourney Time ... Washington is gunning for a sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth this year. Just 10 programs in the nation can boast a current five-year streak of appearing in the postseason tournament. Should the Huskies earn a bid in 2000, they would become one of only nine other programs in the country to match the feat. In all, Washington has made 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Wander the Web: Senior captain Mike Casale (Redmond, Wash./Eastlake) will be featured in a weekly diary on www.gohuskies.com. The diary also runs on http://espn.go.com/ncaa/diary/index.html and features Husky women's goalkeeper Hope Solo as well. Check www.gohuskies.com for information on all 23 sports at Washington.

TV SCHEDULE: Washington's schedule features two televised games on Fox Sports Net Northwest. The Huskies' games against Gonzaga (Oct. 27) and at Oregon State (Nov. 5) will be carried on a delayed basis by the regional network.

The Pac-10 Conference: This season marks the beginning of men's soccer within the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington, along with Pac-10 members UCLA, California, Stanford and Oregon State, broke away from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to compete in a home-and-away series with each school. The new format hopes to provide greater national visibility and strength of schedule for the member schools, and the payoff should come quickly as league opponent UCLA is currently the top-ranked team in the country while Stanford is fourth in this week's Soccer America Poll. Schools must earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the conference will not have an automatic bid, with only five schools in the league. Washington left the MPSF as two-time defending champions, having claimed the federation title in 1998 and `99. Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger was named MPSF Mountain Division Coach of the Year in `99 and senior Wes Hart was player of the year.

A GLANCE at the HUSKIES: An experienced defense, aggressive midfield and explosive front line define the 2000 Huskies, who will be shooting for a goal only nine other programs in the nation can match - a sixth straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss of three full-time starters- all-American Wes Hart, Rees Bettinger, eighth all-time in UW goals, and first-team all-MPSF defender Morgan McCoy-18 players return from a 1999 season in which Washington won 10 of its final 11 games and bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round to eventual champion Indiana. Four seniors and six juniors, seven of whom started at least half of last year's games, provide ample experience and leadership for the 16 underclassmen.

RECAPPING 1999: The Huskies are coming off an outstanding season in which they defended their second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title, winning 10 of their final 11 games and earning a fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid. They advanced to the second round before falling to eventual champion Indiana, at Indiana.

Husky Quick Facts
1999 Record 15-5-2
Head Coach: Dean Wurzberger
Record/Years at UW: 117-40-18/9
Overall Record/Years: 125-48-23/10
1999 MPSF Record: 7-0/1st
1999 Postseason: NCAA 2nd round
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/5
Starters Returning/Lost: 9/4
NCAA Appearances: 13 (five consecutive)

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