No. 24 Huskies Face UC Riverside, UCLA In Southern California
Sept. 28, 2004
After hosting back-to-back tournaments, Washington men's soccer will head back out on the road this week, traveling to Southern California for a pair of matches with UC Riverside and No. 12 UCLA. The Huskies (6-3-1) and Highlanders (4-3-0) will batle Friday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. at UCI Soccer Stadium in Riverside. UW will then open Pac-10 play versus the Bruins (4-1-2), Sunday, Oct. 3, at noon. Washington's match with UCLA is the first game of a doubleheader with the Bruin women's team. An online radio broadcast UW's match with UCLA will be broadcast at www.uclabruins.com. UW is ranked 24th this week by Soccer America and Soccer Times.
UW Claims Husky Fever Classic:
With a 1-1 record, UW claimed its second-straight Husky Fever Classic title. Washington was granted the tournament trophy based on a goal differential tiebreaker. All four teams posted 1-1 records, with all the games being decided by just one goal with the exception of the Huskies' 2-0 win over UC Riverside on Sept. 24. UW sophomore Kevin Forrest, who scored two goals and added one assist in the two contests, was named Offensive MVP, while Akron's Cameron Knowles was named Defensive MVP. Forrest scored the first goal and assisted the second in UW's 2-0 victory over the Anteaters. Freshman forward Ely Allen's first collegiate goal in the 80th minute sealed the win. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander earned his fifth shutout of the season. On Sept. 26, the Huskies came out on the short end of a physical match with the Akron Zips. UW was forced to play catch-up after Arkon scored first at 17:26. It was Forrest who scored the equalizer at 40:46, and the 1-1 score stood through the remaining 50 minutes of regulation. With just 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, Akron's Ross McKenzie scored the gamewinner, handing UW just its third loss of the season.
Huskies Fall In National Rankings:
Washington fell from No. 21 to No. 24 in this week's Soccer America poll. The Huskies were ranked as high as 10th by they publication on Sept. 13. UW did not appear in the NSCAA/adidas Top-25 this week. The Huskies are also ranked 24th by Soccer Times.
Scouting UC Riverside (4-3-0):
UC Riverside came to Seattle for the Husky Invitational two weeks ago, but the Highlanders were the team UW did not face in the tournament. UCR captured the Husky Invitational crown with wins over Denver (1-0) and St. Mary's (4-2). Since then, Riverside has lost two straight, falling to No. 1 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, and to Loyola Marymount, 5-2. The Highlanders are looking for their first win against a nationally ranked opponent when they face No. 24 Washington. Junior midfielder Scott Barnett leads the team with four goals and one assist.
Scouting UCLA (4-1-2):
The Bruins open Pac-10 play with Oregon State on Friday before hosting the Huskies on Sunday. UCLA, the two-time defending conference champion, has tied with its last two opponents, battling Loyola Marymount (0-0) and Cal State Fullerton (1-1) through back-to-back double overtime draws. UCLA's only loss this year came at the hands of then No. 13 Creighton, a team that Washington defeated 2-1 in Las Vegas. UCLA has two players on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List, seniors Aaron Lopez and Mike Enfield. Enfield leads the team with four goals.
Friday marks the first meeting between UW and UC Riverside. UW trails the all-time series with UCLA, 8-12-1. UCLA has won four of the last five meetings.
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington has faced three ranked opponents this season, compiling a 2-1 record. UW topped Connecticut - then ranked No. 5 by Soccer America and No. 10 by the NSCAA - 1-0. UW's other victory came against No. 25/13 Creighton, 2-1. The only loss against a ranked opponent for the Huskies this year came to No. 3/2 St. John's, 1-0. All three games took place in the Huskies' six-game season-opening road trip.
Eylander Making Most of Starting Role:
After platooning with Danny Waltman as a freshman and serving as a back-up to Waltman last season, junior Chris Eylander finally owns the starting goalkeeping position for the Huskies in 2004. Eylander has made the most of his new role, recording five shutouts in UW's 10 games and allowing just seven goals. His 0.68 goals against average also ranks eighth on UW's single-season list. Eylander started out the year allowing just one goal in UW's first four games, with that lone goal coming from the nation's second-ranked team in St. John's. For his early season efforts, Eylander became the first Husky this year to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.
Harden Solidifies The Defense:
Sophomore Ty Harden, a second-team All-Pac-10 player as a freshman, has been a model of consistency for the Huskies being the only player on the team to start all 10 games. A central defender, Harden has been the glue for the Husky backline which has held its opponents to seven goals in 10 games. UW has not allowed more than two goals in a single game and has held its opponents scoreless five times.
UW's six-game road trip to open the season was 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:
Eight different Huskies have accounted for UW's 15 goals this season. Sophomore Kevin Forrest leads the team with four goals, while junior Mike Chabala, senior Casey Armstrong, senior C.J. Klaas and freshman Brett Hite each have two. Freshman Ely Allen, and juniors Leo Totev and Evan Cummings each have one goal.
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 167-73-29 (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 159-65-24 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. 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 returns to Seattle to continue Pac-10 play, hosting California on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., and Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m.