Men's Soccer Closes Out Regular Season At Home With No. 5 Cal, No. 9 Stanford
Nov. 14, 2002
Next Week: Fri., Nov. 15 - #5 California at Washington, 7 p.m., Husky Soccer Field
Sun., Nov. 17 - #9 Stanford at Washington, 2 p.m., Husky Soccer Field
The Washington men's soccer team (5-9-3 overall, 2-6 Pac-10) will wrap up the 2002 regular season hosting fifth-ranked Cal (13-3-2, 6-1-1) and ninth-ranked Stanford (12-4-2, 3-3-2) this weekend at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies and Golden Bears face-off Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., before the Cardinal comes to Seattle for 2 p.m. match on Sunday, Nov. 17. Four Washington seniors, Kyle Fukuchi, Dayo Oyetuga, Aaron Heinzen and Zac Tallman will be making their final appearances at Husky Soccer Field. With a second-place standing in the conference, Cal will battle first-place UCLA for the Pac-10's top spot. Cal can win the Pac-10 title outright with wins over Washington and Oregon State this weekend. Stanford sits in third-place, while the Huskies aim to climb out of sixth place.
Klaas Competing with U.S. Under-20 National Team:
The Huskies continue to miss the services of sophomore co-captain C.J. Klaas who is competing with the U.S. Under-20 National team in its world qualifying tournament Nov. 13-17. The CONCACAF U-20 Group B Qualifying Tournament is being held in Charleston, S.C. The U.S. defeated Haiti 2-0 Wednesday, and will face El Salvador Friday and Canada Sunday. The top two finishers in Charleston will advance to the FIFA World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates March 25-April 16.
Cal enters the weekend in second-place in the Pac-10 and is coming off a pair of wins vs. UCLA and Fresno State. Junior Mike Hickman fired in the game-winning shot over UCLA in the 102nd minute on a penalty kick for a 1-0 double overtime win. The Golden Bears also defeated Fresno State 1-0 on a goal by Calen Carr in the 75th minute. Cal's leading scorer is Mike Munoz with seven goals and five assists. Also in double figures are Carl Acosta with 11 points (five goals, one assist) and Carr with 10 (two goals, six assists). Josh Saunders has started all 18 games in goal, recording 10 shutouts.
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal 16-7-4. In the teams' first meeting of the year in Berkeley, Munoz scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime period to lift the Golden Bears over Washington 2-1. Last year, the teams split their two conference games with Cal winning 1-0 in Berkeley and Wahsington winning 4-2 in Seattle.
The Cardinal, sitting in third-place in the Pac-10 with two games left, ended a four-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Fresno State Nov. 8. Until then, Stanford had gone 13 straight periods (including five overtime stanzas) without scoring a goal. Darren Fernandez ended the drought with a goal in the 20th minute. Stanford then fell 1-0 to No. 5 UCLA on Nov. 10. Richard Lesveque leads the Pac-10 with 13 assists and is tied for second with 23 points. He also has five goals to his credit.
Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford 15-12-0, but has lost the last three straight meetings. Earlier this season, then-No. 1 Stanford blanked the Huskies 2-0 in Palo Alto, Oct. 11. Mike Janusz and Taylor Graham netted goals for the Cardinal. The last time the Huskies cam away with a win was a 2-1 victory in Palo Alto, Oct. 22, 2000.
UW Loses Second Straight To OSU:
After posting a 24-0-2 record in the all-time series with Oregon State going into this year, the Huskies dropped their second straight match of the season to the Beavers Nov. 10. Led by a hat trick from the Pac-10's leading scorer Alan Gordon, OSU defeated UW 6-3 in Corvallis last Sunday after wining its first ever game versus UW Oct. 20. The Huskies owned a 3-2 lead with 19 minutes to play in regulation, only to have the Beavers rattle off four unanswered goals. Sophomore Brett Wiesner had two the Huskies' three goals, while freshman Gavin Hobbs added. Washington allowed the most goals since a 7-1 loss versus Portland in 1994.
The Huskies will say good-bye to four seniors at Sunday's match versus Stanford. Kyle Fukuchi, Aaron Heinzen, Dayo Oyetuga and Zac Tallman will play the final regular season game of their college career. Theses four seniors have been apart of two conference championships (1999 MPSF, 2000 Pac-10) and three NCAA tournament teams.
Huskies End Drought Against Ranked Opponents Vs. UCLA:
Until UW's upset at UCLA, Nov. 1, 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 nine 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.
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 since the preseason poll. 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.
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 leads the team in goals (seven) and points (13) ...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...11 UW players have accounted for the team's 24 goals...13 different Huskies have one assist each including five newcomers...Junior Seth Marsh leads all Huskies with five assists...Wiesner has two game-winning goals, while Oyetuga, freshman Jeff Hoover and sophomore C.J. 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 139-56-21 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.
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.