No. 17 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 18 Creighton Thursday
Sept. 16, 2002
This Week: #17 UW (2-1-2) vs. #18 Creighton (4-1-1), Thurs., Sept. 19
7 p.m. Husky Soccer Field
Next Week: 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic * Husky Soccer Field
Fri., Sept. 27 - Portland vs. UConn, 4:30 p.m.; UW vs. Marquette, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 29 - Portland vs. Marquette, 11:30 a.m.; UW vs. UConn, 2 p.m.
Looking to get well at home, the 17th-ranked Washington men's soccer team returns to the friendly confines of Husky Soccer Field to host 18th-ranked Creighton, Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. PT. Washington is coming off its first loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of South Carolina in the final match of the Gamecock Soccer Classic in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Sept. 15. UW aims to improve upon its 2-1-2 overall record, while Creighton has won two straight and brings a 4-1-1 record to Seattle.
Creighton, ranked 18th by Soccer America and 16th by the NSCAA, won the only meeting between these two teams, a 2-0 decision in Omaha, Neb., during the 2000 season. The Bluejays are coming off two shutouts at home last weekend, winning the Ameritus Classic championship title with a 1-0 win over Dayton and a 2-0 victory over Oral Roberts. Senior forward Mike Tranchilla was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for scoring two goals and adding an assist in the Bluejays' two games. Three of Creighton's four wins have come at home and its only loss (4-2) was at 23rd-ranked Furman, Sept. 8. Including Furman, Creighton has faced three ranked opponents, tallying a 1-1-1 record.
Huskies In The Polls:
In the latest Soccer America Men's Top 25 released Monday, Sept. 16, Washington dropped to 17th from 10th in last week's poll. The Huskies also find themselves absent for the third straight week in the NSCAA/adidas poll. The Soccer Times poll has not yet been released.
Gamecock Classic Recap:
Searching for their first road win, the Huskies got just what they wanted with a 2-0 shutout of Charleston in their opening game of the Gamecock Soccer Classic Friday, Sept. 13. Sophomore Brett Wiesner put UW on the board in the 16th minute of the first half, heading a cross from freshman Gavin Hobbs past Charleston goalkeeper Keith Wiggans. It was his second game-winning goal in as many matches. In the second half, senior Dayo Oyetuga sealed the victory at 65:56, picking up the rebound off his own shot and dribbling past the keeper for the score. UW freshman goalkeeper Chris Eylander made six saves en route to his first career shutout. In the second game of the tournament against No. 11 South Carolina, the Huskies weren't as lucky. Once again, Washington struck first 10 minutes into the opening half with a goal by freshman Kevin Murray, assisted by sophomore C.J. Klaas. Just 34 seconds later, the Huskies fell victim to an own goal when a Gamecock shot deflected off UW sophomore defender Joe Birklid into the net. South Carolina went on to score two second half goals, sealing the Huskies fate and handing them their first loss of the season.
Heinzen Named Defensive MVP:
Senior co-captain Aaron Heinzen was selected as the defensive MVP for the 2002 Gamecock Soccer Classic. Heinzen helped anchor the Husky defense that shut out Charleston 2-0. Heinzen also joined teammates C.J. Klaas and Dayo Oyetuga on the all-tournament team.
Freshman goalkeeper Chris Eylander recorded his first career shutout vs. Charleston Sept. 13...it was also UW's first win by shutout since Nov. 2 of last year at Oregon State (1-0)...freshman Kevin Murray scored his first collegiate goal vs. South Carolina, Sept. 15, UW's lone goal in the game...freshman Gavin Hobbs recorded his first career assist vs. Charleston.
Junior transfer Patrick Tanner leads all Huskies with five points on two goals and one assist...Tanner and sophomore Brett Wiesner lead the team with two goals apiece...Six UW players have accounted for the team's eight goals...Six different Huskies have one assist each including three newcomers...Wiesner has both game-winning goals for UW.
Huskies Notch First 'W' In Home Opener:
Washington notched its first win of the season in its home opener Friday, Sept. 6 with a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Santa Clara. Sophomore Brett Wiesner netted the game-winner for the Huskies in the 60th minute, and was assisted by senior Dayo Oyetuga. The pair teamed up for the score just 27 seconds after they re-entered the game in the second-half. UW took a 1-0 lead at the 39-minute mark on a header from junior Patrick Tanner off a cross from freshman Mike Chabala. The Broncos tied the game on a penalty shot by Burke Ewers at 52:59.
Fit To Be Tied:
The Huskies opened the 2002 season with a pair of ties at the Nike Portland Invitational, Friday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 2. In its season opener, Washington battled through double overtime periods en route to a 2-2 tie with Central Florida. Junior Seth Marsh netted UW's first goal, assisted by junior Patrick Tanner, while senior Zac Tallman scored the second goal on a penalty kick. UW followed that match with yet another double overtime tie, this time a 1-1 decision against DePaul on Sunday. ASU's lone goal came from Tanner and was assisted by Marsh.
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.
UW Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10 Poll:
UW was predicted to repeat its third-place Pac-10 finish of a year ago in a poll of the conference coaches released Aug. 19. Stanford was picked first in the coaches poll with 34 points, followed by UCLA (31) and Washington (24). California (18), Oregon State (10) and Fresno State (9) rounded out the six-team field. Stanford is the defending 2001 Pac-10 champion and advanced to last year's Final Four.
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 136-48-20 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.
Nike Husky Classic Up Next:
Washington is set to host the 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic, Friday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 29, at Husky Soccer Field. Teams participating include No. 12 Portland, No. 4 Connecticut and Marquette. Friday, Sept. 27, Portland and Connecticut face-off at 4:30 p.m. followed by Washington's match with Marquette at 7 p.m. Sunday, action begins with the Portland vs. Marquette game at 11:30 a.m., followed by Washington and Connecticut at 2 p.m.