Men's Soccer Battles Northwest Rival Portland Sunday
Oct. 3, 2002
This Week: Sun., Oct. 6 - Washington at #16 Portland, 2:15 p.m., Portland Ore.
Next Week: Fri., Oct. 11 - Washington at #5 Stanford, 7:30 p.m., Palo Alto, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 13 - Washington at #19 Cal, 2:00 p.m., Berkeley, Calif.
Washington men's soccer (3-3-2) closes out its non-conference slate as the Huskies travel south on I-5 to face Northwest rival, No. 16 Portland (7-4-0), Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at Merlo Field. The game will be televised live on ASCN Sports in Oregon wtih Paul Swangard and Jimmy Clarke doing play-by-play and color commentary. UW's match with Portland is the beginning of a three-game road swing that also takes the Huskies to No. 5 Stanford and No. 19 Cal next weekend in the Bay Area.
UW and Portland have competed in two of the same tournaments, yet Sunday's match will be the teams' first meeting of the season. UW opened the season at the Nike Portland Invitational with a pair of ties against Central Florida (2-2) and DePaul (1-1). Portland won the tourney title shutting out DePaul 6-0 and Central Florida 3-0. At last weekend's Nike Husky Classic, both teams fell to the tournament champ UConn. Portland was defeated 2-1 before going on to beat Marquette (3-0). UW also was a winner over Marquette (3-2), and fell victim to a UConn 2-0 shutout in the championship match. The Huskies hold a 21-12-2 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, UW won a regular season thriller, 4-3, at Husky Soccer Field Nov. 9. Seth Marsh scored the game-winner with seven seconds remaining in the match. The Pilots avenged the loss by knocking UW out of the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 1-0 win Nov. 25, also at Husky Soccer Field.
Portland has an overall record of 7-4-0 and is coming off a tough 2-1 loss at Oregon State Wednesday. The Beavers scored the game-winner with 32 seconds remaining in the match. Last weekend, the Pilots went 1-1 at the Nike Husky Classic, falling to eventual champion UConn 2-1 Friday, before handling Marquette 3-0 Sunday. In this week's polls, Portland checks in at No. 16 according to Soccer America and is 23rd in the Soccer Times poll. Portland is unranked in the NSCAA coaches poll. Nate Jaqua leads the team with eight goals and four assists, while Sheldin Maistry also seven goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri has tallied three shutouts. The Pilots are 5-0 at home this season.
Huskies In The Polls:
Washington is unranked for the second-straight week. Two weeks ago, UW was ranked 17th according to Soccer America. The Huskies have not been ranked in the NSCAA coaches poll for the fifth straight week. Prior to this season, the last time the Huskies were not ranked by all three polls was Sept. 18, 2000.
Nike Husky Classic Wrapup:
Led by a pair of goals from forward Damani Ralph, ninth-ranked UConn defeated UW 2-0 to win the 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic Sept. 29. Ralph scored his first goal at the 28-minute mark, while his second score came in the 73rd-minute. UConn outshot UW 18-7. In Sunday's other match, Portland defeated Marquette 3-0. Friday, junior transfer Sean Giudice sparked aUW come-from-behind 3-2 win over Marquette. Trailing 1-0 after the first half, Giudice scored back-to-back goals and senior Dayo Oyetuga added a third to put UW up 3-1. The Golden Eagles made good on a penalty shot late in the game to cut UW's lead to 3-2. UConn defeated Portland 2-1 in the first match of the tournament. Giudice was voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player on offense, while UConn's Shavar Thomas earned Most Outstanding defensive player honors.
Senior Dayo Oyetuga leads the team with three goals and one assist (seven points)...junior transfers Patrick Tanner and Sean Giudice have two goals each, as does sophomore Brett Wiesner...Seven UW players have accounted for the team's 12 goals...Seven different Huskies have one assist each including four newcomers...Wiesner has two game-winning goals, while Oytuga has the third.
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
All three of UW's losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-25: No. 5 South Carolina, No. 18 Creighton and No. 9 UConn. With their next three opponents ranked in this week's Top-25 by Soccer America, the Huskies look to turn the tides against the nation's top teams. The ranked opponent Washington has beaten this year was No. 24 Santa (2-1).
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.
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. UW returned home, looking to get well, but faced another top-25 opponent in Creighton. The Huskies lost their second straight, a heart-breaker, 2-1 at the hands of a game-winning goal in the final minute of the second overtime period. Mike Tranchilla netted the deciding goal. Oyetuga tied the score 1-1 early in the game. UW had a chance to score a go-ahead goal mid-way through the second-half, but senior defender Zac Tallman missed a penalty shot attempt.
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 137-50-20 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 open Pac-10 play in the Bay Area next weekend, facing No. 5 Stanford Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Palo Alto Calif., followed by a visit to No. 19 Cal, Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in Berkeley.