Men's Soccer Battles Northwest Rival Oregon State Sunday
Nov. 5, 2002
This Week: Sun., Nov. 10 - Washington at Oregon State, 2 p.m., Corvallis, Ore.
Next Week: Fri., Nov. 15 - #6 California at Washington, 7 p.m., Husky Soccer Field
Sun., Nov. 17 - #9 Stanford at Washington, 2 p.m., Husky Soccer Field
Just three regular season games remain on the 2002 slate for the Washington men's soccer team (5-8-3 overall, 2-5-0 Pac-10). Up next, the Huskies will play their final road match of the season at Oregon State, Sun., Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in Corvallis. UW will then return home for its regular season finales with No. 6 Cal and No. 9 Stanford, Nov. 15 and Nov. 17. The Huskies and the Beavers are tied for last place in the Pac-10 with 2-5 conference records. UW split its two games in California last weekend, defeating No. 3 UCLA 2-1 in double overtime but falling 3-2 to Fresno State. The Beavers went 0-2 in California, falling 1-0 at Fresno State and 2-0 at UCLA.
Klaas Competing with U.S. Under-20 National Team:
The Huskies will miss the services of sophomore co-captain C.J. Klaas for the final two weeks of the regular season. Klaas is training with the U.S. Under-20 National Team for its world qualifying tournament held in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 13-17. The team will face Haiti, El Salvador and Canada in the CONCACAF Under-20 Group B Qualifying Tournament. The top two finishers in Charleston will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates March 25-April 16.
UW Pulls Upset Over UCLA, Falls To Fresno State:
After facing Fresno State and UCLA at home Oct. 25 and 27, Washington faced the same two opponents for the second-straight weekend, this time on the road. At home, UW defeated FSU but lost to UCLA, while last weekend on the road, the result was the opposite. The Huskies pulled a 2-1 sudden-death double overtime upset of third-ranked UCLA, 2-1, Nov. 1. Sophomore midfielder C.J. Klaas scored the golden goal in the 108th minute of the match, his first of goal of the season. Sophomore Brett Wiesner scored UW's other goal and had the second assist on Klaas' game-winner. Junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman tallied eight saves. With the win, the Huskies handed the Bruins their first Pac-10 loss of the season and snapped their eight-game unbeaten streak. The UCLA loss to UW also snapped the Bruins' 11-game home unbeaten streak dating back to September, 2001. The Huskies were unable to carry the momentum on to Fresno, falling to the Bulldogs 3-2. Scoring goals for Washington were freshman defender Kevin Murray and senior midfielder Kyle Fukuchi. It was UW's first loss to FSU in six years.
Huskies End Drought Against Ranked Opponents:
Until UW's upset at UCLA, Friday, the Huskies had not earned a victory in their last six matches against ranked opponents. UW did tie No. 16 Portland 1-1 during that time frame. The Huskies have had trouble with ranked opponents all season. Six of UW's eight losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-25 (rankings Soccer America indicated at time of game): No. 5 South Carolina, No. 18 Creighton, No. 9 UConn, No. 1 Stanford, No. 15 Cal and No. 5 UCLA. Washington defeated No. 24 Santa (2-1), Sept. 6, its first ranked opponent of the season and its only win against a ranked team until UCLA.
UW's win at UCLA not only broke a streak against ranked opponents, it was the first overtime victory for the Huskies in six matches that went past regulation this season. Prior to the win over UCLA, the Huskies were 0-2-3 in overtime. Despite just one overtime win this season, UW has outshot its opponents 17-12 in extra frames.
Scouting Oregon State:
The Oregon State Beavers find themselves tied for last in the Pac-10 with Washington with a 2-5 league record. But overall, OSU is 11-6-0. The Beavers opened the 2002 season on a tear winning nine of their first 10 matches. But since conference play opened, OSU has only won two of its last five games. The Beavers have lost two straight, falling last weekend at Fresno State (1-0) and No. 3 UCLA (2-0). Senior goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer leads the Pac-10 with 79 saves this season, including seven against Fresno State last weekend. Junior forward Alan Gordon leads the Beavers with 11 goals and four assists for 26 total points. OSU's additional leading scorers are freshman midfielder Joe Zahar (eight goals and four assists) and senior midfielder Aaron McHardy (six goals and five assists).
Oregon State Series Notes:
Oregon State made a bit of history in its last meeting with UW in Seattle, Oct. 20. OSU recorded a 3-2 win, giving the Beavers their first-ever victory over Washington. Prior to this season, UW held a 24-0-2 advantage in the all-time series. The two draws came in 1993 (1-1) and as far back as 1976 (1-1) with both being played in Corvallis. Last year, Washington defeated OSU 2-1 in Seattle and 1-0 in Corvallis.
Huskies In The Polls:
Washington has been unranked for most of the season with its last appearance in a top-25 poll being Sept. 16 (ranked 17th by Soccer America). The Huskies have not been ranked in the NSCAA coaches poll for the 10th 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.
In The Pac:
With just two weeks left on the regular season slate, teams continue to battle for the Pac-10 crown. UCLA leads the pack with a 6-1 conference record, its only loss coming to UW. In second place is Cal with a 4-1-1 mark, followed by Stanford (2-2-2), Fresno State (2-4-1), OSU (2-5-0) and UW (2-5-0). Since its overtime loss to the Bruins on Oct. 18, Stanford has neither won a game nor scored a goal. Cal is 10-1-1 in its last 12 games.
Waltman Putting Up Big Numbers In Goal:
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman has 57 saves in 11 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 four save performances in the Pac-10 this season. He tallied a career high 10 at Cal Oct. 13, which is the second-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 third in the conference with Peter Billmeyer's nine save performance vs. Air Force Sept. 6. Waltman ranks first in the Pac-10 with 5.18 saves per game.
Sophomore Brett Wiesner climbed into the team lead in goals (five) and points (11) with a goal and an assist vs. UCLA...Senior Dayo Oyetuga is second with 10 points (four goals, two assists)...freshman defender Kevin Murray is third on the team with three goals and two assists for eight points...10 UW players have accounted for the team's 21 goals...11 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, freshman Jeff Hoover and Klaas each have one.
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 139-55-21 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.
The Huskies will close out the 2002 regular season hosting Cal, Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., and Stanford, Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
NCAA Selection Show:
The 48-team 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer championship bracket will be announced on ESPNNEWS Mon., Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET.