Men's Soccer Hosts Fresno State, No. 5 UCLA This Weekend
Oct. 22, 2002
This Week: Fri., Oct. 25 - Fresno State at Washington, 7:15 p.m., Seattle, Wash.
Sun., Oct. 27 - #5 UCLA at Washington, 2:15 p.m., Seattle, Wash.
Next Week: Fri., Nov. 1 - Washington at #5 UCLA, 2 p.m., Los Angeles, Calif.
Sun., Nov. 3 - Washington at Fresno State, 2 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
Winless in its last five games and still searching for a Pac-10 victory, the Washington men's soccer team (3-6-3, 0-3-0) wraps up its current three-game homestand, hosting Fresno State (3-6-4, 0-2-1) and fifth-ranked UCLA (8-1-2, 3-0-0), this weekend. The Huskies take on the Bulldogs Fri., Oct. 25, at 7:15 p.m., followed by a battle with the first-place Bruins, Sun., Oct. 27, at 2:15 p.m. UW's annual alumni game will be played Sat., Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., on the Husky Stadium East practice field.
Beavers Hand Huskies First-Ever Loss:
Oregon State edged Washington 3-2, Sunday at Husky Soccer Field, the first time ever the Beavers have defeated the Huskies in men's soccer action. Prior to the match, UW led the all-time series 24-0-2. Matt Johnson scored the game-winner in the 64th-minute to break a 2-2 tie. OSU got on the board first with a goal by Joe Zaher on a free kick. UW senior forward Dayo Oyetuga knotted the game at 1-1 with his goal at the 12:50 mark. Not quite three minutes later, OSU answered on a goal by Alan Gordon, only to have UW sophomore Brett Wiesner tie the score again with his fourth goal of the season.
Scouting Fresno State:
In their first season in the Pac-10, the Bulldogs aren't to be overlooked. Fresno State, entering Friday's match with a 3-6-4 overall record and 0-2-1 in league play, took Stanford through double overtime to end in a scoreless tie Sunday at home. Only UCLA has been able to hold the Cardinal scoreless this season. FSU lost its other Pac-10 contests, falling to Cal 1-0 Oct. 18 and at UCLA 2-1, Oct. 13. Three players are tied for the team lead in points with five each, senior Kupono Low (two goals, one assist), junior Joshua LeRoy (two goals, one assist) and freshman Marvin Sorto (one goal, three assists). The Bulldogs are coached by former Husky soccer player Dave Chesler. Chesler was a 1977 graduate of Washington, lettering in 1975 and 1976 and earning all-league accolades twice as a Husky midfielder. He was also a UW assistant coach from 1991-1997, including six seasons on current head coach Dean Wurzberger's staff.
Fresno State Series Notes:
Washington leads the all-time series with Fresno State, 5-2-4. The last time these two teams met was in 1999, with the Huskies coming away with a 2-1 overtime win in Seattle. The last time the Bulldogs defeated UW in Seattle was by a score of 2-1 in 1996, knocking UW out of the NCAA tournament.
The first-place Bruins are the only team still undefeated in the Pac-10 with a 3-0-0 league record and an overall record of 8-1-2. UCLA will make a stop in Corvallis to face Oregon State Friday, before traveling farther north to Seattle for Sunday's match. The Bruins are coming off a 1-0 overtime win at No. 1 Stanford and a 2-1 win at Cal, last weekend, after opening up conference play with a 2-1 win over Fresno State. Tiim Pierce leads all players with 17 points (six goals, five assists), followed by Matt Taylor with 13 points (five goals, three assists). Former UW goalkeeper Peter Van de Ven, a 1998 grad, is in his second season as an assistant on the UCLA coaching staff. Another Bruin-Husky coaching connection: UW head coach Dean Wurzberger was an asssistant for the Bruins from 1986-1988.
UCLA Series Notes:
The Bruins' trips to the Pacific Northwest haven't been easy, as the Huskies have won the last five straight meetings in Seattle. The last time UCLA won a match in the Emerald City was Sept. 13, 1980. The Bruins lead the all-time series 9-7-1. Last year, the teams split a pair of games with UCLA winning 3-1 in Westwood and UW winning a 3-2 overtime match in Seattle.
Huskies In The Polls:
Washington is unranked for the fifth-straight week. UW's last appearance in a top-25 poll was Sept. 16 (ranked 17th by Soccer America). The Huskies have not been ranked in the NSCAA coaches poll for the eighth straight week. Prior to this season, the last time the Huskies were not ranked by all three polls (Soccer America, NSCAA, Soccer Times) was Sept. 18, 2000. Washington also dropped out of the top-10 regional NSCAA rankings last week. UCLA is ranked No. 1 in the region, while FSU is also unranked.
In The Pac:
Three matches into Pac-10 Conference play, the Huskies find themselves in unfamiliar territory -- in last place with an 0-3 mark. UCLA sits alone in first place (3-0), followed by Cal (3-1), Stanford (2-1-1), Oregon State (1-2) and Fresno State (0-1).
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
UW's woes against ranked opponents continued with its trip to the Bay Area two weeks ago. All five of UW's losses this season have come to opponents ranked in the top-25: No. 5 South Carolina, No. 18 Creighton, No. 9 UConn, No. 1 Stanford and No. 15 Cal. The ranked opponent Washington has beaten this year was No. 24 Santa (2-1). UW tied No. 16 Portland 1-1.
Waltman Putting Up Big Numbers In Goal:
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman has 38 saves in seven games this season, more than surpassing last year's total of 16 in seven games. Splitting time in the goal with freshman Chris Eylander, Waltman has two of the top three save performances in the Pac-10 this season. He tallied a career high 10 at Cal Oct. 13, which is the highest number of saves by a Pac-10 goalie this year. Waltman also made nine saves vs. No. 5 South Carolina Sept. 15, which ties for second in the conference with Peter Billmeyer's nine save performance vs. Air Force Sept. 6. Waltman ranks first in the Pac-10 with 5.43 saves per game.
Five of Washington's 12 matches this year have gone into overtime, with the Huskies coming away with three draws and two losses. UW has not scored a goal in overtime, yet has outshot its opponents 12-11 outside of regulation.
Senior Dayo Oyetuga leads the Huskies with nine points (four goals, one assist)...sophomore Brett Wiesner is second with eight points on four goals...Junior transfers Patrick Tanner and Sean Giudice, as well as freshman defender Kevin Murray, have two goals each...Seven UW players have accounted for the team's 14 goals...Eight different Huskies have one assist each including five newcomers...Sophomore C.J. Klaas and junior Seth Marsh lead all Huskies with four assists each...Wiesner has two game-winning goals, while Oyetuga has the third.
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 137-53-21 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.
Washington will head to California to play UCLA in Westwood, Friday, Nov. 1, before heading to Fresno State, Sunday, Nov. 3. Both matches will be played at 2 p.m. PT. The game time for the UCLA match was changed from its originally scheduled time of 1 p.m.