No. 7 Husky Men Head To Corvallis To Take On Oregon State
Oct. 14, 2003
Having moved up one spot in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll this week, seventh-ranked Washington men's soccer (8-1-2, 2-1-1 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game Pac-10 road trip when it travels to Corvallis for a match versus Oregon State (9-4-0, 3-1 Pac-10), Sun., Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. Last weekend in the Bay Area, the Huskies tied Cal 1-1 in double overtime before snapping a five-game losing streak against Stanford with a 1-0 victory in Palo Alto. The Huskies have won seven of their last nine matches and are looking to snap a brief two-game losing streak against the Beavers.
Noting The Huskies:
With eight wins this year, Washington has already proved it was capable of rebounding from a sub-par season in 2002. UW has surpassed its win total of six from last year, with its only loss in 2003 coming to top-ranked UCLA. Until falling to the Bruins 1-0 on Oct. 5, UW had opened the season unbeaten in its first eight games. The Husky defense, led by senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman, has frustrated opposing teams, recording four shutouts and allowing eight goals in 11 contests. Washington's offensive firepower has been bolstered by the additions of sophomore Leo Totev and freshman Kevin Forrest, while junior Brett Wiesner will also look to contribute after returning to the starting lineup since an injury had kept him out of the first seven games. Washington has outscored its opponents 21-8, despite being outshot, 131-127. UW has also scored at least two goals in six games. The Huskies are a young team with freshmen and sophomores filling eight starting roles. Anchoring the UW backline are freshmen Ty Harden and Will Flanagan, and sophomore Kevin Murray. Totev has emerged as the Huskies' top offensive player to this point, with team-highs in goals (five) and points (13). Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas has also scored three goals, while adding a team-high five assists. Thirteen different Huskies have recorded either a goal or an assist so far this season. In goal, Waltman boasts an 0.71 goals against average (second in the Pac-10).
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers are ranked 17th in this week's Soccer America poll and have posted three straight shutouts against Pac-10 opponents. Oregon State has not allowed a goal since a 2-1 loss to then-No. 2 UCLA on Oct. 3. Last weekend, OSU defeated Stanford, 1-0, and Cal, 2-0, on the road. Freshman midfielder Carlos Cornejo is this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week for scoring both game-winning goals vs. Stanford and Cal. Senior goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer was also named to this week's College Soccer News National Team of the Week for posting his fourth and fifth shutouts of the year.. Senior forward Alan Gordon is the Pac-10 co-leader in points (21) and game-winning goals (four). Gordon leads OSU with nine goals, while Ryan Johnson has 12 assists.
Washington had never lost to Oregon State until losing a pair to the Beavers last year. The Huskies were edged by OSU, 3-2, at home on Oct. 20, before a 6-3 drubbing in Corvallis on Nov. 11. Before then, Washington had won the last 12 straight and the only non-winning efforts were two 1-1 double overtime ties in 1993 and 1976. Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 24-2-2.
Last Week Recap:
The Huskies battled Cal to a 1-1 double overtime tie in Berkeley Friday, before blanking Stanford 1-0 in Palo Alto on Sunday. Sophomore Gavin Hobbs scored first to get UW on the board in the 35th minute. Cal's Pieter Berger scored the equalizer in the 54th minute, on a 15-yard shot to the far post. UW goalkeeper Danny Waltman made six saves on 21 shots from Cal, while Golden Bear keeper Mike Oseguera tallied three saves on 12 Husky shots. Washington got back in the win column versus Stanford, with a 1-0 victory. Freshman Will Flanagan's first career goal scored just before halftime lifted UW to its second Pac-10 win, and first against Stanford since 2000. Sophomore Evan Cummings assisted Flanagan on the goal, making them the 12th and 13th Huskies to contribute either a goal or an assist this season. Waltman made four saves on the day, including a couple of critical stops in the second half. Junior forward Brett Wiesner, hampered by injury this year, made his first start of the season, after coming in as a sub in the previous three matches.
Another week meant another rise in the rankings for Washington. The Huskies moved from eighth to seventh in this week's NSCAA/adidas national rankings. UW also moved up one spot in each of the Soccer America (eighth) and Soccer Times (seventh) polls. College Soccer News has Washington at No. 8. Unranked at the beginning of the season, Washington made its season debut in the coaches poll at No. 22 on Sept. 22.
The Huskies are 7-0-1 when scoring first this year. Only three times has UW failed to net the first goal of the game, resulting in one win, one tie and one loss. Washington came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat UNLV 5-1. After trailing Oakland 1-0, UW came back to knot the game at 1-1 but the match eventually ended in a tie. The Huskies weren't as fortunate vs. UCLA, failing to score in a 1-0 loss to the Bruins.
In The Pac:
Washington enters the weekend in third place in the Pac-10 standings at 2-1-1. UCLA, undefeated at 3-0, is the conference leader, followed by second-place Oregon State at 3-1. As a team, UW ranks second in goals allowed (eight) and goals against average (0.70). Midfielders C.J. Klaas and Leo Totev rank among the league's top-10 in every single offensive catgory.
Newcomers Making An Impact:
Coach Wurzberger is already heavily relying upon his younger players with eight starters being either freshmen or sophomores. Four of those underclassmen are newcomers to the team in sophomore Leo Totev and true freshmen Kevin Forrest, Will Flanagan and Ty Harden. Totev is the team leader with five goals, including a pair of two-goal performances vs. UNLV and South Carolina. Forrest has already netted three goals to go along with one assist. Flanagan and Harden, who have each scored one goal, have shored up a Husky back line that has allowed eight goals in 11 games.
Senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman is making the most of his senior campaign, excelling for the Huskies this season. Through 11 games, Waltman ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.71), saves (49) and save percentage (.860). He also ranks third in shutouts (four), saves per game (4.45) and shutouts per game (0.36). His season-high save performance was eight versus Michigan, two shy of his career high of 10 set versus Cal last year. Waltman has also etched his name in the Husky record books and ranks eighth on the GAA single-season list (0.71). Waltman just moved ahead of current assistant coach Bill May who tallied a 0.75 GAA in 1996. Waltman needs to play 283 more minutes to gain consideration to make the UW career list for goals against average. He currently has a 1.19 GAA which is just below fifth-place.
UW is still without the services of senior Seth Marsh who is rehabilitating a sprained right knee (MCL).
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 12th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger looks to lead his Huskies to their eighth NCAA tournament berth in nine seasons. He reached the 150 career-win milestone with a 1-0 victory over Portland, Sept. 5. Wurzberger has an overall head coaching mark of 156-66-28 (11 years at Washington, one year at Sacramento State). Under Wurzberger's guidance, Washington was one of only seven schools in the country to make seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1995 to 2001. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, following two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. Wurzberger's overall record of 148-58-23 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Bill May, Seth Spidahl and Darren Sawatzky.
Washington's Pac-10 match with Stanford on Fri., Oct. 31 (7 p.m.) at Husky Soccer Field will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest and broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Nov. 1.
Alumni Festivities To Be Held Nov. 2:
Come out to cheer on your favorite former Huskies at the annual alumni game, Sun., Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. The game will be held at the East Practice Field, adjacent to Husky Football Stadium. The 2003 Huskies will take on Cal later that day at 2 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.
Mike Chabala Online Diary:
Starting sophomore midfielder Mike Chabala is chronicling the 2003 Husky soccer season in an online diary at www.gohuskies.com. From the UW front page, click on the men's soccer link to see Chabala's weekly entries.
Season tickets are available for the 2003 Washington men's soccer season and can be obtained through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). Advanced single-game tickets are also available at the ticket office or on-line at www.gohuskies.com. General admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Other ticket options are also available, including group and family plans.
Washington returns home for the first time since Oct. 5, to host Gonzaga in a non-conference contest, Sun., Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. The Huskies return to Pac-10 action hosting Stanford (Oct. 31) and Cal (Nov. 2).
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