Men's Soccer Set To Face Santa Clara In Home Opener Friday

Sept. 4, 2002

This Week:
Friday, Sept. 6 - #24 Santa Clara (1-0-0) at #12 Washington (0-0-2), Husky Soccer Field, 7 p.m. PT

Up Next:
Friday, Sept. 13 - #12 Washington vs. College of Charleston, 2 p.m. ET, Columbia, S.C.
Sunday, Sept. 15 - #12 Washington at #14 South Carolina, 10 a.m. ET, Columbia, S.C.

2002 Home Opener:
Following two ties at the Nike Portland Invitational last weekend, the 12th-ranked Husky men's soccer team returns to Seattle for its 2002 home opener versus 24th-ranked Santa Clara, Friday, Sept. 6. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT at the Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Washington (0-0-2) is in search of its first win of the season, while the Broncos (1-0-0) are coming off a 9-1 win over Notre Dame de Namur in their season opener Monday.

Huskies Make Season Debut At Nike Portland Invitational:
The Huskies began their 40th season of collegiate competition last weekend at the Nike Portland Invitational. UW battled to a 2-2 tie with Central Florida in its season opener, Saturday, Aug. 31. Junior Seth Marsh and senior Zac Tallman each scored in the first half, rallying the Huskies from one goal behind to take a 2-1 lead at halftime. Central Florida evened the score just four minutes into the second half before the teams played through two-10 minute overtime periods. Despite outshooting second-game opponent DePaul 20-6, UW settled for a 1-1 tie Monday, Sept. 1. Junior transfer Patrick Tanner netted the Huskies' lone goal with a header off a cross from Marsh in the second half. DePaul came back to tie just over eight minutes following UW's score. Host school Portland won the tournament championship, while Washington finished second.

All-Time Series Vs Santa Clara:
The Broncos hold a 8-5-1 all-time series advantage with Washington. Last year at Buck Shaw Stadium in Portland, senior Zach Kingsley broke a scoreless tie in overtime, scoring the game-winner at the 103:30 mark. The Huskies have won four of the last five meetings, with Santa Clara's only win during that span 2-0 victory in Seattle in 2000.

Poll Patter:
Following a No. 7 preseason ranking by Soccer America released Aug. 27, the Huskies dropped to No. 12 in the Sept. 3 poll. They finished the 2001 season rated No. 16 by Soccer America and 19th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Washington was ranked 12th in the preseason NSCAA poll, but was not included in this week's ranking. In the annual preseason poll of the league's coaches, UW was projected for a third-place Pac-10 finish.

2002 Notables:
The Huskies are in pursuit of their eighth straight NCAA Tournament berth...UW has a current streak of 10 consecutive winning seasons and 33 non-losing seasons dating back to 1969....Washington is one of only seven schools to compete in each of the last seven NCAA Tournaments ... Six starters return for the Huskies who lost their top three goal scorers from last season's 13-6 squad ... Departed players accounted for 22 of the team's 36 goals during 2001 ... Over half of the 26-man roster is comprised of newcomers, including 10 true freshmen and three transfers ... Mike Chabala, a prep All-American from Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., was recognized as one of the top 25 incoming freshmen in the 2002 class ... Eight teams on the Huskies' 2002 schedule were ranked in Soccer America's preseason top 25 poll.

Exhibition Recap:
Sophomore Brett Wiesner registered a hat trick and junior transfer Sean Giudice added two goals Sunday, Aug. 25, as Washington started the season with a 7-1 exhibition victory over the University of British Columbia at Blaine High School. A pair of seniors scored the first two goals. Kyle Fukuchi opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Dayo Oyetuga followed four minutes later. Wiesner, who received honorable mention All-Pac-10 acclaim as a freshman last year, netted the next three tallies to extend the lead to 5-0 at halftime. He scored in the 15th and 27th minutes before completing the hat trick with a goal just 21 seconds before halftime. Steve Frazao recorded the lone British Columbia tally in the 46th minute. Giudice scored the final two goals in his Husky debut. The Cal State Fullerton transfer found the back of the net in the 62nd and 68th minutes.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 11th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger looks to lead his Huskies to their eighth straight NCAA tournament berth in 2002. Under Wurzberger's guidance, Washington is one of only seven schools in the country to make seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, following two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. Wurzberger holds an overall record of 134-47-20 at Washington. His assistant coaches are Jimmy Gabriel, Bill May and Seth Spidahl.

2001 Season Recap:
Washington posted a 13-6 record last season and finished third in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 4-4 mark. The Huskies earned their seventh straight NCAA Tournament berth and lost 1-0 at home to Portland on a goal in the 63rd minute. Seniors Bryn Ritchie and Benjamin Somoza were first-team All Pac-10 selections and C.J. Klaas was honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Up Next:
UW will head to Columbia, S.C. for games with College of Charleston, Friday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. ET, and No. 14 South Carolina, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. ET. The Huskies' next home match is slated for Thursday, Sept. 19, vs. No. 19 Creighton. Kickoff at Husky Soccer Field is slated for 7 p.m. PT.

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