Men's Soccer Closes Regular Season at Cal
Nov. 9, 2000
This Week - Friday, Nov. 10
No. 13 Washington at California
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
This Week: The No. 13 Washington men's soccer team (12-5-0, 6-1-0) plays its final regular season game when it faces California (6-11-1, 2-3-1) in a Pac-10 match at 1:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 9 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The Huskies, winners of two straight, look for to cap their regular season with another Pac-10 sweep. The first league sweep came over UCLA, with a win at home last weekend completing the series. Washington pummeled California, 7-0, in the first meeting between the teams back on Oct. 8. The Bears are coming off an upset of No. 3 Indiana, 2-1, in their home tournament last week in Berkeley. They have won four of their last six. Washington enters its final game with a chance to assure itself of at least a co-championship as the inaugural Pac-10 season winds down. The Huskies, with just one conference loss, stand alongside Stanford, the only other team with one loss. The Cardinal play at UCLA Friday and host Oregon State Sunday.
This Week in the Polls
Series History: Washington leads the series with California, 15-5-4, and has won the last three games.
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.
Potential Tournament Dates: Washington will bid to host the first, second and third rounds of NCAA Tournament action. Should the Huskies receive the nod to host, games would be at the following date and times:First round - Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
Second round - Saturday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
Third round - Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
Dean Wurzberger Says: 'This is an exciting time for us, heading into our final game. All three goals we set in the preseason are still within our reach, to win the Pac-10 Conference, go to postseason play and win the national championship. All three of those are still within our grasp. Heading into our game at Cal, a win assures us of nothing less than a co-championship in the Pac-10. None of this has been easy sailing. We've learned from our setbacks and come out strong. Finishing the regular season with three wins in a row would be nice. We've shown this year that we have a group of players who know how to play when the chips are down. Cal is a much different team that what we saw earlier in the season. They've changed their format and knocked off Indiana and UCLA. They know they can play the roll of giant killer. We just need to stay focused on what we can accomplish and finish our schedule on a positive note.'
A Look at the Huskies: The Huskies are led by junior midfielder Ben Somoza, junior defender Bryn Ritchie and senior midfielder Kai Carroll, who each have five goals this season ... when Kyle Fukuchi scored his first career goal at Oregon State, it made 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 (6-1) and Stanford (5-1) are atop the league standings as each has one conference loss ... Washington has taken 302 shots in 17 games so far, compared to 166 shots by opponents ... the Huskies have recorded six shutouts and have played to overtime in just two games, both victories.
Dawg Bites: The Huskies set a school record for attendance against Stanford, with 3,280 fans at the game ... the previous best was 2,524 last season, also against Stanford ... Jake Sagare has taken a team-high 41 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 1.18 ... the Huskies are a strong second half team ... 24 of their 34 goals have come in the second period and they have taken 176 shots after halftime, as opposed 125 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 California: (Oct. 8 in Seattle) Dayo Oyetuga and Greg Foisie both came off the bench and scored a pair of goals as the 12th-ranked Washington men's soccer team pounded California, 7-0, at Husky Soccer Field. It was the fifth-straight victory for the Huskies and completes a weekend in which they also knocked off fourth-ranked Stanford, 2-1, in overtime in Palo Alto two nights earlier. The seven goal total was the highest for a Husky squad since Oct. 9, 1998, when UW downed UC-Santa Barbara, 9-1, in Seattle. The teams played a close first half, with Washington taking a 1-0 lead at the break. Senior Kai Carroll put the Huskies on the board when he converted a penalty kick at 36:04. The Huskies unloaded in the second half, first when senior Mark Hogenhout had an unassisted goal at 48:41. Oyetuga scored the next two for his second and third goals this season. He took a pass from Foisie to put the first one in at 67:29 and followed quickly with the second when Jake Sagare sent a pass from the right side that hit the cross bar allowing Oyetuga to knock the ball in at 74:53. The Huskies completed the scoring flurry in the final thee minutes of the game. Foisie had back-to-back scores - at 87:55 and 88:15 - the first an unassisted shot from 12 yards out on the left side and the second a low shot from the right corner with an assist from Trevor Frobose. Team captain Mike Casale set up the final goal, sending a cross to Frobose, who headed it in the net at 89:23. The Huskies finished with 30 shots while Cal tallied six for the game.
The Comforts of Home: Washington has posted a mark of 7-2-0 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 eight ... the UW single season mark is 15, set by Wes Hart in 1998 (in 20 games) ... Somoza has one regular season game 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 119-40-18 record in his tenure at UW and is 127-48-23 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.
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.
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. 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.