Hot Huskies Host Oregon State Sunday
Oct. 13, 2004
Sitting atop the Pac-10 standings and unbeaten in its last four matches, the 12th-ranked Washington men's soccer team (9-3-2, 2-0-1 Pac-10) remains at home this week to host Northwest foe Oregon State (5-7-1, 0-3-0), Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The match will be the second of an afternoon doubleheader with the Husky women's team, who takes on UCLA at noon. Sunday's festivities also include the annual men's soccer Alumni Game, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the East Practice Field.
Huskies Upset Cal, Draw With Stanford:
The Huskies returned home last weekend to host two of the nation's top teams in then-No. 3 California and No. 7 Stanford. Riding the wave of an upset over No. 12 UCLA in Los Angeles the previous week, Washington continued its hot streak , shocking the unbeaten Golden Bears with a decisive 3-0 victory. Senior C.J. Klaas scored the Huskies' first goal of the match in the 30th minute, on a give-and-go from senior Casey Armstrong. The Huskies didn't look back, as sophomores Kevin Forrest and Ty Harden both scored off corner kick set plays from Klaas. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander made five saves en route to his Pac-10 leading eighth shutout of the season. The Huskies then battled the Cardinal to a 2-2 double overtime draw. Klaas put UW on the board first in the 25th minute. Stanford answered with back-to-back goals within two minutes in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. It was UW freshman Ely Allen who came through for the Huskies, netting the equalizer in the 79th minute. Both teams were held scoreless through 20 minutes of overtime and settled for the draw.
Klaas Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Senior midfielder C.J. Klaas was honored as this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week for his two goal, two assist performance against Cal and Stanford. Klaas was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. It was the second-straight week a Husky player has been honored by both the Pac-10 and CSN, as Brett Wiesner received both nods last week.
Huskies Climb In National Rankings:
Washington continues its steady climb in this week's Soccer America poll, moving from 14th to 12th. The Huskies returned to the NSCAA/adidas rankings this week, tied for 25th. In other polls, Washington enters this week at No. 14 according to Soccer Times and No. 16 according to College Soccer News.
A Look At Oregon State:
The Oregon State Beavers are looking to snap a three-game losing streak when the arrive in Seattle. OSU has come up short in all its Pac-10 matches so far, falling to UCLA (3-1), Stanford (2-1) and Cal (2-0). Robbie Findley leads the team with five goals and two assists.
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 25-3-2, but the Beavers have dominated the series as of late, winning three of the last four matches. The Huskies defeated the Beavers the last time they met, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field in the 2003 regular season finale. Washington has owned the series record in Seattle, leading OSU 12-1-0.
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington has faced six ranked opponents this season, compiling a 4-1-1 record. UW's victories came against No. 5 UConn, No. 25 Creighton, No. 12 UCLA and No. 3 California. The only loss came to then-No. 2 St. John's,with the draw coming just this last week versus then-No. 7 Stanford.
Strong Conference Start:
The last time the Huskies went unbeaten in their first three conference matches was 2000 - the year they won the inaugural Pac-10 crown. That season UW opened Pac-10 play with wins over Oregon State, Stanford and Cal. This year UW defeated UCLA and Cal, while tying with Stanford.
Junior midfielder Mike Chabala leads the Pac-10 with five assists, while junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander leads the conference in saves (60), shutouts (8), and saves per game (4.29). Sophomore forward Kevin Forrest and senior midfielder C.J. Klaas are tied for second in the conference with 12 points, while Klaas and senior forward Casey Armstrong are tied for second in assists with 4. Forrest is tied for second in scoring with five goals.
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 eight shutouts in UW's 14 games and allowing just nine goals. His 0.62 goals against average also ranks seventh on UW's single-season list, while his eight shutouts tie him for fourth. 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 besides goalie Chris Eylander to start all 14 games. A central defender, Harden has been the glue for the Husky backline which has held its opponents to nine goals in 14 matches. UW has not allowed more than two goals in a single game and has held its opponents scoreless eight times. Harden got involved in UW's offensive attack versus Cal, scoring his first goal of the year on a header off a corner kick.
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:
Ten different Huskies have accounted for UW's 23 goals this season. Sophomore Kevin Forrest leads the team with five goals, while senior C.J. Klaas has four and junior Mike Chabala has three. Senior Casey Armstrong, freshman Ely Allen, freshman Brett Hite and senior Brett Wiesner each have two. Juniors Leo Totev and Evan Cummings each have one goal, as does sophomore Ty Harden.
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 170-73-30 (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 162-65-25 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Matthew Olson and Darren Sawatzky.
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.
Joe Birklid Online Diary:
Senior defender Joe Birklid is chronicling the Huskies' 2004 season with an online diary at www.gohuskies.com. The diary can be accessed by clicking on the men's soccer page.
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.
Washington is off next week and returns to the pitch in the Bay Area, facing Stanford (Oct. 29) and California (Oct. 31) on the road.