Men's Soccer Meets Santa Clara Friday Night in Bay Area
Oct. 3, 2001
No. 7 Huskies to Face Santa Clara in Bay Area
Fri., Oct. 5: No. 7 Washington at Santa Clara, 7:30 p.m.c Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Next Game: Oct. 12, St. Mary's at Washington, Husky Soccer Field
This Week: No. 7 Washington is (6-1-0) on the road for a single game at Santa Clara Fri., Oct. 5. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Huskies, on a four game win streak, are coming off a pair of wins last weekend, in the Nike Husky Classic. They defeated UNLV, 2-0 in the opener,followed by a 2-1 win over No. 19 Air Force. Senior co-captain Bryn Ritchie was named Most Outstanding Defensive player in the tournament, for the second straight year, and Portland took tournament champion honors, based on goal differential.
Scheduling News: Washington's games versus UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 14) and at Gonzaga (Sept. 16) were postponed following the tragic events of Sept. 11. The UCSB game has been cancelled while plans to reschedule the Gonzaga match are pending.
What's Been Going On: Washington barely caught its breath after a cross country two-win opening weekend in Connecticut when the team traveled three hours south for its second tournament of the season. Fresh off their upset of top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut, the Huskies met an old nemesis when they faced No. 8 Indiana in the first round of the Portland adidas Invitational, Sept. 8. The Hoosiers kept alive their streak against the Huskies, winning 1-0 on a goal in the 64th minute, to improve the all-time series record to 4-0 over UW. The second round had the Huskies facing No. 16 William & Mary. Three first half goals gave the Huskies the edge they needed as they hung on to win, 3-2, over the Tribe. After a 10-day layoff due to cancelled games, Washington finally played its home opener when it hosted cross town rival Seattle University Sept. 20. The Huskies used two first half goals and one for insurance in the second half to down the visitors, 3-1. Freshman Brett Wiesner and senior Zach Kingsley leads the Huskies with three goals apiece this season. Another freshman, C.J. Klaas, is the leader in shots with 16.
Series History: Washington and Santa Clara have met 13 times and the Broncos hold an 8-4-1 advantage in the series. The teams met last year in Seattle with SCU posting a 2-0 victory at Husky Soccer Stadium. Prior to that, the Huskies had won the last three meetings ... Husky coach Dean Wurzberger was an assistant coach at SCU for one year, in 1991, when the Broncos posted a record of 20-1-2 and finished the year with a loss on penalty shots in the NCAA championship game.
Scouting Santa Clara: The Broncos enter the weekend with a record of 4-4, with a 2-0 win over James Madison as the most recent victory ... the Broncos have already faced two Pac-10 schools and posted a 2-1 double overtime win over Oregon State and a 1-0 loss to UCLA ... following the Washington match, they face Bay Area rival California on Sunday ... the Broncos have six players who have each scored a goal this season ... Jamil Walker leads the way with 28 shots so far ... Santa Clara is coached by Mitch Murray, in his 11th season.
Dawgbite: Washington has outscored its opponents, 14-7, so far and is outshooting the competition, 128-70.
Huskies in the Polls
Date Soccer America NSCAA Soccer TimesPreseason 11 12 14Sept. 3 2 2 3Sept. 10 10 7 5Sept. 24 6 7 6Oct. 2 6 7
Huskies Against the Best: In its first six games this season, Washington has already faced four teams ranked in the top 25, including defending national champion and top-ranked Connecticut. The Huskies posted wins over No. 1 UConn (1-0), No. 16 William and Mary (3-2) while suffering the lone loss against No. 8 Indiana.Last weekend, they defeated No. 19 Air Force, 2-1, in Seattle. Year in and year out, Washington's schedule is among the toughest in the nation. This season, the Huskies face six teams that competed in the 2000 NCAA Championships.
According to the Coach: 'Santa Clara is a program with great tradition. We play a night game in Buck Shaw Stadium, under the lights, so it should be a great soccer atmosphere. They play with incredible defensive pressure and they place a high premium on collective pressure. They make it very difficult for opponents to play them. It's all team-oriented first, individuals second, so right there you have a difficult game. Santa Clara has great tradition and pride in its soccer program. We will have to be at our best and be physically and emotionally ready to play. It will be important for us to hold their attack and be patient in our attempt to find a goal to win the game.'
Fabulous Frosh: While a seven-player senior class leads the Huskies in their 2001 campaign, a talent-rich freshman class is making an immediate impact. Leading the way is Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wisc.), who scored the lone goal in Washington's upset of top-ranked Connecticut Sept. 3. He has started all six games thus far and is expected to be a fixture on the front line. Joining him in the starting lineup is C.J. Klaas of Cherry Valley, Ill., He also wasted little time in his collegiate debut, assisting on Washington's first goal of the season, against FDU. Both Klaas and Wiesner were Parade first team all-America honorees last year. Joe Birklid, a local product out of Buckley, Wash., also saw playing time against FDU. The freshman class is made up of six players and also includes Johnny Schefter, from the perennial power Solaris Club in Yakima, as well as Casey Armstrong, who played for current Husky assistant Seth Spidahl on FC United. Eric Touton joins the Huskies as a redshirt freshman after transfering from the University of San Francisco.
Back-to-Back-to-Back: A victory at California, along with a UCLA win over Stanford back on Nov. 10 gave Washington the first-ever Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer championship following the 2000 season. While it was the first Pac-10 title for UW, it marks the third consecutive conference championship for the Huskies, who were coming off back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in 1998 and '99.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger: As he enters his 10th year at Washington, Dean Wurzberger is set to cap a decade of excellence which has seen him lead the Husky men's soccer program to unprecedented heights. Last year, on the heels of capturing the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, Wurzberger's program moved into elite territory, as one of only nine schools in the nation to earn a sixth straight berth to the NCAA Tournament.Since arriving at UW in 1992, Wurzberger has guided the Huskies to seven NCAA appearances in nine years. Washington won the first-ever Pac-10 league title in 2000, a third straight conference title after winning two consecutive MPSF championships.Wurzberger enters his 10th year at the helm of the Husky program with an impressive list of accomplishments. His 2000 squad tore through the initial year of Pac-10 play, posting an undefeated record on the road while recording upsets at perennial powers Stanford and UCLA.
2001 Preview: Tenth-year coach Dean Wurzberger has set the table for a championship run in 2001. A seven-player senior class, deep in experience, together with a veteran squad and what Wurzberger calls, 'perhaps the greatest recruiting class in the 34-year history of Husky soccer,' and the pieces are in place. Senior co-captains Bryn Ritchie and Ben Somoza highlight the large senior class that has been to the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years. Add Jake Sagare, the team leader in shots with 47 last year, offensive threats Zach Kingsley, Trevor Frobose and Greg Foisie and defender Billy Sleeth and the senior class is stacked. The group has 215 career starts among it. Wurzberger hopes the proliferation of experience will answer one of the team's biggest challenges, that of finding a consistent goal scorer among the forwards. Ritchie and Somoza returns as the leading scorers with six goals apiece last year. Opportunity could come in the form of an emerging sophomore class and talented newcomers. The sophomore group, which began to emerge in the spring, includes midfielder Russ Cahill, defender Seth Marsh, forward Bobby McAlister, Jimmy Stark and in goal, Dan Waltman. ( 2001 Preview, continued) The freshman class is an exciting one, featuring a pair of two-time Parade all-Americans, who spent the summer as starters on the U-18 National Team, forward Brett Weisner (Brookfield, Wisc.) and midfielder C.J. Klaas (Cherry Valley, Ill.). Both are veteran national team players and competed for Wurzberger and Husky assistant coach Jimmy Gabriel on the U-16 team in 1998 and '99. On a Washington roster stocked with regional talent, their arrival marks the first time a pair of players from the Midwest has joined the team.