Men's Soccer Wraps Regular Season
Nov. 13, 2001
No. 11 Huskies Host No. 3 Stanford and Cal in Final Home Games
Fri., Nov. 16: No. 3 Stanford at No. 11 Washington, 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 18: California at Washington, 1 p.m. / Alumni Game, 9:30 a.m.
Mon., Nov. 19: NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 12 noon, Fox Net TV
All homes games played at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The match with Portland is a doubleheader following the UW women's game versus Oregon at 5 p.m.
The 11th-ranked Washington men's soccer team (12-4-0, 3-3) plays its final regular season home games this weekend, hosting No. 3 Stanford at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 and California at 1 p.m., Nov. 18. Several former Huskies return to Seattle for the annual alumni game at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, prior to the California match. The day also marks the final regular season home appearance for seven seniors on the team. The group will be honored in pregame ceremonies. The Huskies, who are out of the running for the Pac-10 title, will be seeking retribution for losses suffered to both schools on the road. Washington fell, 1-0, at California back on Oct. 26 and 4-1 at Stanford Oct. 28. Washington has snapped a three-year string of conference championships, having won back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles and the inaugural Pac-10 title last year. The weekend also offers Washington a chance to preserve its undefeated home record. The Huskies have won all seven games played at Husky Soccer Field this season. Sophomore defender Seth Marsh has sparked the Husky offense recently, with a goal in each of the last two games. He checked into the match against Portland with just over a minute remaining in regulation and scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left on the clock. At UCLA, his goal gave the Huskies an early 2-1 lead in the eventual overtime loss to the Bruins. Marsh has started 13-of-16 games this season, but came off the bench to score to score his third and fourth goals of the year. The Huskies tumbled another two notches, from 14, to No. 16, in the current Soccer America poll while dropping one notch in in the NSCAA Coaches Poll, from No. 10 to No. 11. Stanford is ranked No. 4/3 in the NSCAA and Soccer America, respectively. California is not ranked.
NCAA Tournament Selection: Washington will find out its postseason fate when the 48-team NCAA tournament field is announced at 12 noon PT, Mon., Nov. 19. The selection show will air live on Fox Sports Net.
Postseason Tournament Field Expands: The NCAA Executive Committee approved the expansion of the fields for the Division I men's and women's soccer championships, effective with the 2001 tournaments. The men's bracket increased from 32 to 48 teams. It is the first expansion for the men's tournament since the bracket was increased from 28 to 32 teams following the 1992 championship. In the men's championship, 20 conferences will receive automatic bids with the remaining 28 being awarded to at-large teams. There will be no play-in games for qualification. The Pacific-10 Conference champion does not receive an automatic berth to the tournament because only five schools in the league sponsor the sport (UW, OSU, UCLA, Stanford, California). Sixteen campus sites will host the first and second rounds of the men's tournament. Three teams will be selected to the 16 sites with the first round being played November 23. In the second round, the winning team of the first round will play the team with the first-round bye on November 25. The third round will be played the weekend of December 1-2, and the quarterfinals will be played December 8-9. The 2001 NCAA Men's College Cup will be played December 14 and 16 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Dawgbite: A pair of wins this weekend would give Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger 135 victories in his 10-year tenure at Washington. He currently owns a mark of 133-45-18 at UW and has an 11-year career mark of 141-53-23. Wurzberger is the all-time winningest coach among eight men's soccer leaders at Washington.
A Glance at the Huskies
Washington won its final non-conference game on a dramatic goal with seven seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory over rival Portland last Friday. The Huskies were right back on the road following the game, for a Sunday afternoon match at UCLA. A tight match saw Washington holding a 2-1 lead with less than three minutes remaining in regulation when UCLA scored the equalizer and sent it to overtime. It was all UCLA after that, as the the Bruins scored the golden goal in the 12th minute of overtime and knocked the Huskies out of contention for the Pac-10 title. The Huskies completed a season sweep of Oregon State with a 1-0 victory over the Beavers in Corvallis. It was a pleasant rebound off a weekend in which the Huskies suffered their first back-to-back losses since the opening two games of the 2000 season and had its eight-game win streak snapped with losses at California (1-0) and Stanford (4-1). Prior to that, the Huskies had not lost since since Sept. 8. It also marked the first Pac-10 road losses since league play began last year. The Huskies have been ranked in the top 15 since the first week of the season. Statistically, senior co-captain Ben Somoza continues to lead the way with 12 points off five goals and six assists.
Washington owns a 15-10-0 record in its history with Stanford after the Cardinal won the first game this season, 4-1, on Oct. 28 in Palo Alto. Prior to that meeting, the series had been one of close games. Seven of the last nine matches had been decided by one goal and the Huskies were 4-5 in that span, with the only exceptions this year's first meeting along with a 1-0 Cardinal win last year on The Farm. The two teams split last season, with the Huskies winning the first meeting, a 2-1 overtime thriller in Palo Alto. Bryn Ritchie scored in the first minute of overtime to lift the 12th-ranked Huskies to the win over previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Stanford. The second meeting, in Seattle, was more lopsided as the Cardinal handed UW its first conference loss of the year, 2-0, and snapped a six-game win streak for the Huskies.
First Meeting - at Stanford 4, Washington 1
Sixth-ranked Stanford scored three first half goals and another in the opening minutes of the second half en route to a 4-1 route of the No. 4 Washington men's soccer team at Maloney Field. For the Huskies, it was the first time they had suffered back-to-back losses since the opening two games of the 2000 season. It was also the largest margin of victory in the series between Stanford and Washington since 1989. Seven of the last eight meetings had been decided by a single goal. Stanford's first score came in the 22nd minute, when Todd Dunivant stole the ball and passed it inside to Derek Shanahan for the goal at 22:12. The Cardinal struck again 10 minutes later on an unassisted shot by Darren Fernandez at 32:07. Washington answered quickly though, just 11 seconds later, when freshman Brett Wiesner scored the Huskies' lone goal at 32:18. He collected a cross from senior Billy Sleeth and fired it past the Stanford keeper for his fourth goal of the season. Stanford increased its lead just before the end of the first period when Johanes Maliza sent a pass across to Roger Levesque who went around his defender and beat the keeper for the score at 42:44. The same two players reversed roles early in the second half. This time Levesque sent the ball to Maliza who beat his defender and fired the ball in the net at 50:26. Stanford dominated the match statistically, firing 14 shots to the Huskies' five. Chad Olsen started in goal for Washington and tallied one save but was relieved midway through the second half by Dan Waltman.
Stanford has won five of its last six matches and posted its 10th shutout of the season against California. A pair of victories this weekend would assure the Cardinal of the Pac-10 title and one win could be enough depending on how the competition fairs. Roger Levesque leads the team with nine goals and nine assists for 27 points.
The Bears are coming off back-to-back losses, 1-0 in overtime to UCLA and 2-0 to Stanford. Senior Austin Ripmaster leads the team with six goals and four assists for 16 points this year. Teammate Chris Roner leads in shots taken with 30 and has scored three goals.
According to Coach Wurzberger
'Obviously it's our final weekend of the season and there is a lot of built-in motivation. We lost to both these opponents and it was really the low part of our season, back in late October. Stanford comes in as the No. 1 team in the region. We normally have been very dangerous as the underdog. Despite the fact that we lost Bryn (who must sit out after five yellow cards), we think it will still rally us. We are really putting all our sights on the Stanford game right now. Our goal is to finish the regular season with two strong performances. We embarrassed ourselves by self destructing down there, so I'm positive our guys will give a better effort this weekend. It's going to be a good game Friday night, possibly two seeds in the west, going at each other.'
Weekend Recap - at Washington 4, Portland 3
Sophomore Seth Marsh checked into the game in the 88th minute and scored the game-winning goal with just seven seconds remaining in regulation to lift the 10th-ranked Washington men's soccer team to 4-3 non-conference victory over No. 15 Portland at Husky Soccer Field. Marsh, a season-long starter, came off the bench at 88:50 with the score tied at 3-3. A corner kick by senior co-captain Ben Somoza set up the score as Marsh collected the ball directly in front on the goal and from six yard out sent a header into the net at 89:53. Portland scored all three of its goals in the first half. The first goal came just two minutes into the match when Kelly Gray took a cross from Josh Simpson and flicked the ball in the net at 2:25. Washington answered quickly when senior Zach Kingsley received a cross from Somoza and sent a header into the lower left corner at 6:01. The next two scores were just as quick. Portland's Jarrod Weis got a breakaway shot all alone and from close range beat the keeper and sent the ball into the lower left again at 34:30. Somoza evened the score when he converted a penalty kick after Kingsley was fouled in the box at 38:46. The Pilots scored their final goal just before the half when Gray scored again, this time blasting the ball from 25 yards out at 43:37. Another Husky reserve, Greg Foisie scored the equalizer in the 70th minute. Foisie got a clean breakaway and was all alone on the right side when he slid past the keeper and found the back of the net from 10 yards out at 70:53.
at UCLA 3, Washington 2 (1ot)
UCLA rallied in the final three minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime and then clinched the victory in the waning minutes of the extra period as the unranked Bruins upset the 10th-ranked Washington men's soccer team, 3-2, at Mitchell Field. It was the first victory for UCLA over Washington since a 1997 NCAA Tournament win that ended the Huskies' season in Los Angeles. Washington took an early lead in the game when senior co-captain Bryn Ritchie scored at 12:20 into the match. UCLA's Tim Pierce came off the bench in the 28th minute and scored the equalizer just one minute later, following through on a Matt Taylor shot that was blocked by Husky goalkeeper Chad Olsen. The Huskies regained the lead when Seth Marsh, who notched the game-winner against Portland Friday night, scored off a free kick at 38:06. It was a UCLA free kick that set up the second equalizer. Adolfo Gregorio took the kick and lofted it to Taylor in the left corner of the goal box. With his back to the goal, Taylor unleashed a bicycle kick past Olsen to tie the game at 87:34 and send it to overtime. In the 12th minute of overtime, a Tony Lawson cross found Cliff McKinley in the right corner of the box, and McKinley finished with the golden goal.
Credit Somoza with the Assist
Senior co-captain Ben Somoza logged two assists in Washington's game versus Portland last weekend, moving his career total to 22. The figure moves him to No. 8 all-time on Washington's career chart. He is tied with Ian Russell, who played from 1993-97 and who played for the MLS champion San Jose Earthquakes this season. Somoza needs one more to move into a three-way tie for sixth. He has six assists this season and has tallied eight per season each of the last two years.
Washington's six fourth-year seniors (the seventh, Trevor Frobose, is a transfer) have 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.
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 7Oct. 8 5 7 7Oct. 15 4 9 7Oct. 22 4 8 5Oct. 29 4 12 11Nov. 12 16 11 10