No. 14 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 3 Cal and No. 7 Stanford
Oct. 5, 2004
Coming off an upset victory in its Pac-10 opener with UCLA last week, the 14th-ranked Washington men's soccer team (8-3-1, 1-0-0) returns to Seattle to host a pair of Top-10 opponents in No. 3 California (7-0-2, 0-0-1) and No. 7 Stanford (5-1-3, 0-0-1). Washington will be tested early, facing the unbeaten Bears, Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., before a showdown with the Cardinal, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus and Sunday will be Autograph Day with Husky players signing autographs following the match.
Huskies Sweep SoCal Trip:
The Huskies continued their strong play on the road, defeating both UC Riverside and No. 12 UCLA in Southern California last week. First stop was Riverside, where UW avoided overtime by scoring back-to-back goals within 17 seconds in the 87th minute. Junior Mike Chabala scored on his third penalty kick attempt of the season, and UW quickly gained possession on the restart. Senior Casey Armstrong served the ball to fellow senior Brett Wiesner who beat the UCR defense to score his first goal of the year. Then it was on to Westwood, where Wiesner came through again. His goal in the 13th minute proved to be the gamewinner as UW held on to defeat the two-time defending Pac-10 champions, 1-0. UW handed UCLA its first Pac-10 loss since 2002, which was also the same season that the Huskies last defeated the Bruins.
Honors Bestowed On Wiesner:
Senior forward Brett Wiesner earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his two-goal performance at UC Riverside and UCLA last weekend. He is the second Husky to earn conference honors, after junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander did so the first week of the season. Wiesner earned national acclaim as well, as he was tabbed a member of the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
Huskies Climb In National Rankings:
Thanks in part to their recent wins in Southern California, the Huskies jumped 10 spots to No. 14 in this week's Soccer America poll. Washington is still not ranked in the NSCAA/adidas poll, but enters this week at No. 16 according to Soccer Times and No. 24 according to College Soccer News.
A Look At The Opponents:
Both California and Stanford are looking for their first Pac-10 wins after they battled to a 2-2 tie last week. Unbeaten California is led by Nick Hatzke who has four goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg has posted five shutouts in nine games and owns a stellar 0.43 goals against average. Stanford has made an incredible turnaround from last season, as the 2003 Cardinal posted a 3-15-2 overall record and an 0-10 mark in the Pac-10. The Cardinal is led by Darren Fernandez who has a team-high five goals. Stanford has accounted for two of the four goals allowed by Cal this year.
California leads the all-time series with Washington, 18-8-5. Last season Cal and UW battled to a 1-1 tie in Berkeley, while the Bears defeated the Huskies 1-0 in Seattle. Washington's last win against Cal was a 2-1 overtime thriller in the regular season finale of 2002 in Seattle. Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington, 17-13-0. Last season, UW snapped a five-match losing streak against the Cardinal with a pair of victories both in Seattle (3-1) and in Palo Alto (1-0).
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington has faced four ranked opponents this season, compiling a 3-1 record. UW topped Connecticut - then ranked No. 5 by Soccer America and No. 10 by the NSCAA - 1-0. UW's other victories came against No. 25/13 Creighton (2-1) and No. 12 UCLA (1-0). The only loss against a ranked opponent for the Huskies this year came to No. 3/2 St. John's, 1-0. All four of those matches were played on the road.
Junior midfielder Mike Chabala leads the Pac-10 with five assists, while junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander leads the conference in saves (52), shutouts (7), and saves per game (4.33).
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 seven shutouts in UW's 12 games and allowing just seven goals. His 0.57 goals against average also ranks seventh on UW's single-season list, while his seven shutouts tie him for fifth. 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 12 games. A central defender, Harden has been the glue for the Husky backline which has held its opponents to seven goals in 12 games. UW has not allowed more than two goals in a single game and has held its opponents scoreless seven 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:
Nine different Huskies have accounted for UW's 18 goals this season. Sophomore Kevin Forrest leads the team with four goals, while junior Mike Chabala has three. Senior Casey Armstrong, senior C.J. Klaas, freshman Brett Hite and senior Brett Wiesner 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 169-73-29 (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 161-65-24 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
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.
Up Next: Washington remains at home to host Northwest rival Oregon State, Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m.