Men's Soccer Hosts Nike Husky Classic This Weekend
Sept. 24, 2002
This Week: 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic * Husky Soccer Field
Fri., Sept. 27 - #11 Portland vs. #9 UConn, 4:30 p.m.; UW vs. Marquette, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 29 - #11 Portland vs. Marquette, 11:30 a.m.; UW vs. #9 UConn, 2 p.m.
Next Week: Sun., Oct. 6 - Washington at #11 Portland, 2:15 p.m., Portland Ore.
Aiming to snap its brief two-game losing streak, the Washington men's soccer team (2-2-2) is set to host the 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic Friday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 29, at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. Friday's first match pits No. 11 Portland (6-2-0) against No. 9 Connecticut (4-2-0) at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Huskies versus Marquette (2-3-0) at 7 p.m. The tournament continues Sunday with Portland set to face Marquette at 11:30 a.m., leading up to UW's showdown with Connecticut at 2 p.m.
Dating back to 1989, Washington has won seven Husky Classic tournaments, while Portland, last year's champion, has won five titles including three of the last four. Marquette won the remaining crown in 1997.
The Nike Husky Classic champion will be determined based first on win-loss record, followed by head-to-head competition, goal difference, goals scored and goals allowed. Individual awards will also be presented for a Most Valuable Player on both offense and defense.
Marquette brings a 2-3-0 overall record to Seattle this weekend. The Huskies' first opponent split a pair of road games last week, defeating Wright State (4-2) Sept. 18, before falling to Cincinnati, 2-1, Sept. 22. The Golden Eagles are led by junior Derek Gutierrez who has three goals and one assist. UW and Marquette have met four times in the all-time series, each winning two and losing two. Washington won the last meeting in 1999, 1-0.
The 2000 College Cup champion Connecticut Huskies tote a 4-2 overall record to the Northwest, including three shutouts. UConn is ranked ninth by Soccer America, 10th according to Soccer Times and 15th by the NSCAA coaches poll. The Huskies split their two games played last week, falling to Boston University 1-0 before taking care of Pittsburgh 4-1. Cesar Cuellar and Damani Ralph lead team scoring with five goals and one assist each. Anthony Curtis has five assists. UConn is 2-0 all-time against Portland and 0-2 versus Washington. Last year UW defeated UConn, 1-0, at the UConn Soccer Classic.
Portland, ranked 11th by Soccer America and 17th by Soccer Times, puts a four-game winning streak on the line in Seattle this weekend. The Pilots are 6-2 overall, with both losses coming on the road at Cal (2-1 ot) and at No. 1 Stanford (2-0). Last week Portland played three games, defeating Seattle (3-2), Creighton (3-2) and Cal Poly (3-0). Junior forward Nate Jaqua leads the team with six goals and three assists. Senior forward Sheldon Maistry is right behind him with six goals and two assists. Washington does not face the Pilots during this tournament but will travel to Portland next Sunday for a 2:15 p.m. match at Merlo Field.
Huskies In The Polls:
For the first time this season, Washington is not ranked in any of the three national polls. Last week, UW was ranked 17th according to Soccer America. The Huskies have not been ranked in the NSCAA coaches poll for the fourth straight week. The last time the Huskies were not ranked by all three polls was Sept. 18, 2000.
Brookfield East HS Reunion:
Four teammates from Brookfield East HS in Brookfield, Wis. will be reunited at the Husky Classic this weekend. UW sophomore forward Brett Wiesner, UConn's starting freshman goalkeeper Adam Schuerman and Marquette's Danny Mullin and Tony Walby all played for Brookfield East HS.
Senior Dayo Oyetuga and junior transfer Patrick Tanner lead all Huskies with five points on two goals and one assist each...Oyetuga, Tanner and sophomore Brett Wiesner lead the team with two goals apiece...Six UW players have accounted for the team's nine goals...Six different Huskies have one assist each including three newcomers...Wiesner has both game-winning goals for UW.
UW Falls To Creighton 2-1 In Double OT:
Mike Tranchilla scored the game-winning goal in double overtime, leading No. 18 Creighton over No. 17 Washington, 2-1, at Husky Soccer Field Sept. 19. The Huskies dropped their second straight game and first at home in 2002. Tranchilla's game-winner came with just over one minute left to play in the second overtime period. Both teams played over 90 minutes of scoreless soccer after netting their first goals in the opening 15 minutes of play. Creighton took a 1-0 lead at the 1:17 mark and Washington evened the score almost exactly 13 minutes later on senior Dayo Oyetuga's second goal of the season. Oyetuga was assisted by sophomore midfielder C.J. Klaas. UW had a chance to break the tie mid-way through the second half, but senior defender Zac Tallman missed a penalty shot attempt.
2002 Season In Review:
UW 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. UW followed that match with yet another double overtime tie, this time a 1-1 decision against DePaul. The Huskies notched their first win in their home opener Friday, Sept. 6, with a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Santa Clara. Sophomore Brett Wiesner netted the game-winner in the 60th minute. The Huskies then split a pair of games at the Gamecock Soccer Classic in Columbia, S.C. Friday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 15. In its first game, UW shutout College of Charleston 2-0 before falling to No. 11 South Carolina, 3-1. Senior defender Aaron Heinzen was named the tournament's Defensive MVP and 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 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.
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 136-49-20 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.
The Huskies will travel south to face Northwest rival Portland, Sunday, Oct. 6, for a 2:15 p.m. game at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore. UW will open Pac-10 play on the road at No. 1 Stanford Friday, Oct. 11, and at Cal Sunday, Oct. 13.