No. 4 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 20 UCLA
Oct. 16, 2001
Fri., Oct. 19: UCLA at Washington, 7 p.m.
Next Game: at California, Oct. 26 and at Stanford, Oct. 28
Home games are held at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus.
This WeekThe fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer team (9-1-0), on a seven-game win streak,hosts a single home match this weekend when it faces No. 20 UCLA (6-4-2) at 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 19. The Huskies are coming off a pair of home victories last weekend, a 4-1 non-conference win over St. Mary's and a 2-1 decision over Oregon State. Washington moved up one spot, to No. 4, in the current Soccer America Top 20 poll, while dropping two spots, from No. 7 to No. 9 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll.
The Bruins are on a three-game win streak and won both home games in the opening round of Pac-10 play, 2-0 over California and 2-1 over a top 10 Stanford team. UCLA moved into the Soccer America poll at No. 20 this week and received votes in the coaches poll.
Championship Defense BeginsWashington began defense of its Pac-10 Conference championship with a 2-1 victory over Oregon State last Saturday night. The Huskies won the inaugural Pac-10 title last year, the first season of men's soccer within the conference. It was the third consecutive conference championship for the soccer team, which won the previous two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) titles, in 1998 and '99.
The Huskies last year posted a record of 7-1 in Pac-10 action, including an undefeated record on the road. Current senior co-captains Bryn Ritchie and Ben Somoza earned first team all-conference honors while six other Huskies also earned recognition.
Four-for-FourSix players in the Washington senior class are aiming for a perfect four-for-four in conference championships during their collegiate careers. With two MPSF titles and the first-ever Pac-10 championship to their credit, Greg Foisie, Zach Kingsley, Bryn Ritchie, Jake Sagare, Billy Sleeth and Ben Somoza have a chance to make it four in a row with a second Pac-10 title this year. The seventh senior, Trevor Frobose, transferred to UW from the Air Force Academy, and played his first season as a Husky last year.
The six fourth-year seniors have also been to the NCAA tournament each of the three previous seasons. Washington is one of nine schools in the nation to have made six consecutive trips to the postseason tournament. Ironically, the Huskies have been knocked out of the tournament in the second round the last two season, each time at the hands of Indiana. The Hoosiers also handed the Huskies their only loss this season, at the adidas Invitational in Portland Sept. 8.
Series HistoryUCLA leads the series with Washington, 6-8-1, but the Huskies have won the last four ... the last UCLA win was an NCAA tournament game in 1997 when the Bruins won, 1-0, in Los Angeles ... the Huskies staged a pair of upsets last season, winning 3-2 in Los Angeles and 2-1 in Seattle.
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.
Dawg BiteThe Huskies are making strides towards the postseason with increased scoring in 2001. Eleven different players have scored 21 goals in 10 games this season, a marked increase from years past. Last season, the team had 20 goals after 10 games, but that total was skewed by a 7-0 route of California. In 1999, the Huskies had converted just 12 shots midway through the year.
King of the HillWith his game-winning goal in overtime at Santa Clara Oct. 5, senior forward Zach Kingsley (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park) has four goals in the Huskies' first eight games, far surpassing his scoring output from his first three years at Washington. Kingsley scored three goals as a junior last year after going scoreless in his first two seasons. A move further up the field this year, to forward, up from the attacking midfield spot, has him closer to the goal with more chances to finish opportunities. 'Zach had a great off-season and his confidence is high right now,' says Husky coach Dean Wurzberger. 'He is versatile and most effective in front of the goal. He started the season at midfield but it quickly became clear that he could do the most damage, cause opponents the most problems, in the attacking part of the field. Zach is unpredictable with his dribbling and has a good ability to finish his attacking moves.' Kingsley, an entertaining writer, keeps a weekly soccer diary on www.gohuskies.com. Check out the men's soccer page for the latest 'Quoteth Kingsley' chapter.
Washington 4, St. Mary's 1Bryn Ritchie scored a pair of goals and assisted on another as Washington scored all four of its goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 non-conference victory at rain-soaked Husky Soccer Field.The Huskies started the scoring early, finding the net twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Ritchie was the catalyst on the first score, collecting the ball in traffic near the goal and sending it to sophomore Seth Marsh, who shot the ball from eight yards out to the lower right corner at 3:51. Ritchie scored the second goal all alone, less than five minutes later, when he headed the ball and hit the cross bar, collected his own rebound and sent a second header into the goal at 7:48. It was Ritchie again on the third score when he drove the ball straight down the middle from 20 yards out at 16:58. St. Mary's got on the board shortly afterward when a free kick by Brian Rhodes went to Jady Nunan, who flicked a header into the right corner at 21:18. Washington added one more goal in the first half at 38:51. C.J. Klaas, the Huskies' leader in shots this season, scored his first collegiate goal at 38:51. Brett Wiesner sent the ball across from the right side to Marsh, who took a shot that was deflected by a St. Mary's defender. Klaas collected the ball near the goal and sent it in to the right corner of the net.
Washington 2, Oregon State 1A penalty kick by Ben Somoza turned out to be the game-winner as Washington won its Pac-10 opener, 2-1, over Oregon State in front of 2,490 fans at Husky Soccer Field.It was the sixth straight win for the Huskies. Washington got on the board early in the game. A corner kick by Seth Marsh sailed near the net where Bryn Ritchie followed with a header that was saved by the OSU keeper. Jake Sagare followed with a close shot that went in for the first goal at 19:51. The Beavers equalized with just three seconds remaining in the first half. Chad Bartlome lobbed the ball in toward the net where Husky keeper Chad Olsen mishandled it and Ross Duncan recovered the ball and sent it in at 44:57. Somoza converted the Husky penalty kick early in the first half, putting Washington ahead for good at 48:33. In a tight battle that saw the Huskies take 21 shots to OSU's 18, the Beavers had several chances in the final minute of the game. Olsen earned the win in goal and was credited with five saves, including two in the final 60 seconds.
Season at a GlanceWashington barely caught its breath upon returning from England, on a Monday, when it turned around and headed back across the country to Connecticut Thursday for the opening weekend of the 2001 season. The Huskies extended themselves to overtime for the first win, over Fairleigh Dickinson (3-2) before true freshman Brett Wiesner scored the lone goal to knock-off defending national champion Connecticut, 1-0, on its home field.
The team maintained the hectic travel schedule, barely catching its breath again before travelling three hours south for its second tournament of the season. 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. The Nike Husky Invitational saw Washington defeat UNLV (2-0) and Air Force (2-1) while Portland, a 9-1 winner over Air Force in the first round, won the tournament on goal differential.
A road game at Santa Clara went to overtime before senior Zach Kingsley knocked in the game-winner in the 103rd minute for his fourth goal of the year. The Huskies extended their current win streak with a 4-1 non-conference victory over St. Mary's and a 2-1 Pac-10-opening win over Oregon State.
By the Numbers: Washington has outscored its opponents, 21-9, so far and is outshooting the competition, 191-102 ... the Huskies have also taken 88 corner kicks to opponents' 31.
Huskies in the Polls
Date Soccer America NSCAA Soccer Times
Preseason 11 12 14
Sept. 3 2 2 3
Sept. 10 10 7 5
Sept. 24 6 7 6
Oct. 2 6 7 7
Oct. 8 5 7 7
Oct. 15 4 9 7
Huskies Against the Best: In its first 10 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. Most recently, they defeated No. 19 Air Force, 2-1, in Seattle, Sept. 30. 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.
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 10 games thus far and is 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 and scoring his first collegiate goal against St. Mary's. Both Klaas and Wiesner were Parade first team all-America honorees last year. Joe Birklid, a local product out of Buckley, Wash., made his first collegiate start at Santa Clara and was in the starting lineup again versus St. Mary's and Oregon State. 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.