UW Wraps Road Trip At Portland Wednesday, Hosts Husky Invitational This Weekend
Sept. 14, 2004
Washington men's soccer, ranked 10th by Soccer America and 18th by the NSCAA/adidas poll, finally wraps a season-opening six-game road trip Wed., Sept. 15, facing rival Portland (3-1-0) at Merlo Field. The 7 p.m. match will be the first ever men's night game on the Pilots' home pitch. Then Washington (4-1-0) returns home for the first time in 2004, hosting the Husky Invitational Fri., Sept. 17, and Sun., Sept. 19 at Husky Soccer Field. Washington will welcome Denver (3-1-0), UC Riverside (2-1-0) and St. Mary's (1-0-3) to Seattle. UW's home opener will be against St. Mary's, Friday, at 7 p.m., a match preceded by the tourney opener between Denver and UC Riverside at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's action will feature St. Mary's versus UC Riverside at 11 a.m., followed by Washington's match with Denver at 1:30 p.m. Beginning Friday, the Huskies will play seven of their next nine matches at home.
Huskies Win Two More At FILA Invitational:
Despite arriving back in Seattle from New York on Tuesday of last week, and turning around to board another plane for Las Vegas on Thursday, the Huskies pulled out a pair of victories at the UNLV FILA Invitational last weekend. Washington recorded its second three-goal win of the year, defeating host UNLV 3-0 on Friday. Junior midfielder Mike Chabala had a goal and an assist to lead the Huskies, while sophomore forward Kevin Forrest and senior forward Casey Armstrong also netted goals. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander made three saves and racked up his third shutout of the year. Facing the No. 13 team in the nation and playing in over 90-degree heat, the Huskies defeated Creighton 2-1 on Sunday. Freshman foward Brett Hite and junior midfielder Evan Cummings scored back-to-back goals in a four-minute time span in the second half to put Washington on the board. Led by Eylander's eight saves, the Huskies held on for the win, their first ever against the Bluejays in three meetings. Creighton had defeated No. 2 UCLA in the tournament opener on Friday.
Huskies Continue Climb In The Rankings:
Washington jumped from No. 20 to No. 10 in this week's Soccer America poll. UW is tied for 18th in the NSCAA/adidas poll (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), which is where the Huskies stood last week.
UW's six-game road trip to open the season is its longest since opening with its first seven games on the road in 1999. That year, UW played in three tournaments before coming home to Husky Soccer Field. In 1999, Washington posted an overall record of 15-5 and finished first in the Mountain Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Sharing The Wealth:
Seven different Huskies have accounted for UW's nine goals this season. Freshman Brett Hite and senior Casey Armstrong lead the pack with two goals each. Also getting into the scoring act have been junior Mike Chabala, senior C.J. Klaas, sophomore Kevin Forrest, junior Leo Totev, and junior Evan Cummings.
Scouting Portland (3-1-0):
Portland and Washington are longtime Northwest rivals. The last time these teams met was the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, when the Huskies defeated the Pilots 1-0 to advance to their first ever Sweet 16. UW leads the all-time series with Portland 23-12-3, having won two meetings last year including the postseason match in Seattle. The Pilots split a pair of games at the South Carolina Classic in Charleston, S.C., last weekend, falling to South Carolina 3-2 before defeating College of Charleston in overtime, 2-1. Wednesday marks the first-ever men's night game played at Merlo Field.
Scouting St. Mary's (1-0-3):
St. Mary's is undefeated so far this season, but has already ended up in three ties. The Gaels played to two scoreless overtime ties with New Hampshire and Vermont to open the season, and also tied Sacramento State 1-1 in double overtime. The lone win for St. Mary's came against UC Davis at home, 1-0. Matt Fitzgerald leads the team with one goal and one assist. Brian Mason has played all four games at goalkeeper, posting three shutouts. UW leads the all-time series with St. Mary's, 5-1-1. In the last meeting in 2001, Washington was victorious, 4-1.
Scouting Denver (3-1-0):
The Pioneers venture from their home field for the first time this season when they come to Seattle. Denver has three wins under its belt, defeating Illinois-Chicago (4-1), Central Florida (3-0) and Alabama A&M (8-0). Scott Davidson is the team's leading scorer with three goals. Travis Hendricks also has two goals and three assists. Washington and Denver have met just once before, with the Huskies defeating the Pioneers 4-3 in overtime in 1999.
Scouting UC Riverside (2-1-0):
Washington will not face UC Riverside this week, but is slated to face them later in the season in Southern California. The Highlanders have played three games, all against Southern California opponents. UCR defeated Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, and San Diego State, 2-0, while losing to UCLA, 1-0. Scott Barnett leads the team with two goals and one assist.
Klaas Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List:
Senior C.J. Klaas is one of 25 players named to the watch list of candidates for the 2004 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The list was compiled by a coaching panel for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), which serves as the official selection body for the MAC's Hermann Trophy. The 25 players on the watch list are considered to be among the top players entering the 2004 college season. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in November, with three finalists selected in early December. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 8, 2005. Klaas was one of 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 2003. Already a highly decorated athlete for the Huskies, Klaas became the first Washington player to ever earn NSCAA first-team All-America acclaim last year. This year he is also vying to become the first three-time first-team All-Pac-10 player in school history.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 13th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger has guided the Huskies to eight NCAA tournament berths in nine seasons. He reached the 150 win milestone for both his career and Washington overall records last year. Wurzberger's 150th career win came with a 1-0 victory over Portland, Sept. 5, 2003, while his 150th win as Husky head coach came with Washington's 3-1 win over Stanford, Oct. 31, 2003. Wurzberger has an overall head coaching mark of 165-71-28 (12 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 157-63-23 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Matthew Olson and Darren Sawatzky.
Huskies Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
The Huskies were picked to finish third in this year's Pac-10 standings according to a vote of the leagues coaches, the conference announced Aug. 17. UCLA, coming off its second consecutive Pac-10 title in 2003, was picked to win a third straight conference crown. UCLA received three first place votes, while Cal (picked to finish second) received one. The final first-place vote went to Washington. Stanford was selected to finish fourth, followed by Oregon State.
2003 Season Review:
Last year, Washington compiled an overall record of 13-5-2, quite a turnaround from winning only six matches in 2002. The Huskies finished tied for third in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-4-1 conference mark. A win over Oregon State in its regular season finale gave the Huskies a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament. UW hosted its second round game, defeating Portland 1-0 for its first trip ever to the Sweet 16. A trip to the Elite Eight felt almost in reach when the Huskies took fourth-ranked Saint Louis into overtime, but ended up falling 3-2. Junior C.J. Klaas became the first UW player to ever earn NSCAA First-Team All-America honors and joined seven of his teammates on the All-Pac-10 team. Klaas was a first-team selection for the second-straight year, while freshman Ty Harden and seniors Troy Ready and Danny Waltman earned second-team acclaim. Four Huskies earned honorable mention honors. Also honored for his efforts in the classroom, Waltman was named a second-team NSCAA Academic All-American.
2004 Husky Promotions:
The Washington men's soccer promotional schedule has been announced for the 2004 season, a slate that includes autograph day on Sun., Oct. 10, and Washington State Youth Soccer Day, on Sun., Oct. 17. Washington's opening home weekend will be the Husky Invitational held Sept. 17, and Sept. 19, which will be Camp Reunion and Tyee Weekend. A very popular promotion is Autograph Day, where all Husky players will sign autographs following their match with Stanford on Sun., Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. On Sun., Oct. 17 will be WSYSA Day, which includes free admission for all WSYSA members (under 12) with a coupon. The Huskies play Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, a part of a doubleheader with the UW women's team that takes on UCLA at 12 p.m. Senior Night will take place on Fri., Nov. 5. That night is also UW Faculty/Staff Night and is also a part of a doubleheader with the Husky women. The women counter Stanford prior to the men's game at 5 p.m. A complete schedule of this season's promotional events can be found on'www.gohuskies.com, the official website for Husky Athletics. Just click on the men's soccer page. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.gohuskies.com, by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or at the Husky Soccer Stadium box office beginning one hour prior to the game. Group discounts are available by calling 206-616-6194.
Washington will host its second straight tournament next weekend, the Husky Fever Classic. Rounding out the four-team field will be Portland, Akron and UC Irvine. The Huskies will play UC Irvine, Fri., Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., and Akron, Sun., Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m.