Huskies Continue Road Trip At St. Mary's Sunday

Sept. 6, 2005

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This Week:
Coming off a split at the Nike Portland Invitational, Washington men's soccer continues its season opening five-game road trip visiting the St. Mary's Gaels, Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. PT, at St. Mary's Stadium. The Huskies (1-1-0) will look to hand SMC its first loss of the season as the Gaels (2-0-0) are coming off back-to-back shutouts over Sacramento State (3-0) and Oregon State (1-0). Washington's road trip continues at a tournament in Denver, Colo. (Sept. 17, 19) before its home opener versus Wisconsin, Sept. 23.

Nike Portland Invitational Recap:
The Husky men were victorious in their season opener with Cal Poly, defeating the Mustangs 3-1. The Huskies found themselves down 1-0 after just 90 seconds of play, but came back to score three unanswered goals. Senior midfielder Mike Chabala's penalty kick tied the score in the 41st minute, and sophomores Adam West and Spencer Schmidt added back-to-back scores in the 56th and 59th minutes. The Huskies found themselves down again to No. 12/14 Creighton, trailing 1-0 in the 37th minute. UW battled back to tie the score twice in the second half but it wasn't enough as the Bluejays held on for the win. Freshman Eric Blythe's goal in the 59th minute tied the match 1-1, only to have CU take the lead once again on a goal from Byron Dacy. Chabala evened the game, scoring on a free kick in the 74th minute. But in the end it was Creighton with the final say, as Michael Kraus scored the eventual gamewinner in the 81st minute.

Scouting St. Mary's:
The Gaels play at San Jose State on Wednesday before returning home to host Washington, Sunday. St. Mary's has been led by the emergence of freshman Michael Clegg, who recorded four goals in SMC's first two matches including a hat trick versus Sacramento State. For his efforts, Clegg was named the WCC Co-Player of the Week and was also selected to the College Soccer News Team of the Week. Clegg's performance helped SMC record a 2-0 mark to start the season for the first time since 1991 and for just the second time in school history.

All-Time Series With SMC:
The Huskies are 6-1-1 in the all-time series with St. Mary's and have won the last five straight meetings including a 1-0 victory in Seattle last year. UW is 1-0 at St. Mary's Stadium, winning that 1997 meeting 3-0.

Rankings:
Washington was tabbed 28th in this week's College Soccer News Top-30, but did not appear in either polls for the NSCAA or Soccer America for the second-straight week. The Soccer Times rankings have not been released for the week.

Top Dawg:
Senior Mike Chabala is off to a hot start in his final season. The Husky midfielder nearly equaled his career total for goals in UW's first two matches. Chabala had three goals coming into 2005 and scored a pair at the Nike Portland Invitational. Versus Cal Poly, his goal on a penalty kick tied the match at 1-1 and he assisted the third goal on a throw-in. Versus Creighton, Chabala scored a goal on a free kick. He leads the team with five points. Four of his five career goals have been scored on penalty kicks (he is a perfect 4-for-4 in PK attempts).

Youth Is Served:
Three Huskies scored their first career goals last weekend - redshirt freshman Eric Blythe and sophomores Adam West and Spencer Schmidt. Blythe made his collegiate debut in the season opener versus Cal Poly and got into the scoring act versus Creighton. West and Schmidt paired up to snap a 1-1 tie with back-to-back goals, giving the Huskies a comfortable two-goal lead versus Cal Poly. After two matches, Schmidt leads the team with 10 shots.

Road Warriors:
For the second-straight season, the Huskies open the year with at least five-straight road matches. Last year, UW opened with six-straight on the road, going 4-2 in those games and losing only to then-No. 2 St. John's and rival Portland.

Season Openers:
Washington's win over Cal Poly was its third-straight season opening victory, improving its overall record in season openers to 28-11-3. The last loss in a season opener? Sept. 2, 2000 at Creighton - the same team that handed the Huskies their first loss this year. The last time UW opened the season at home was 1998 versus Gonzaga - the only time the Huskies have opened at home during head coach Dean Wurzberger's tenure.

Dawg Bites:
Washington played its first two matches without the services of starters Ty Harden and Kevin Forrest...Both juniors are battling injuries...Harden is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered over the summer and hopes to be back in the lineup for Sunday's match...Until last weekend, Harden had not missed a start in his first two seasons...Forrest is battling a foot injury - plantar fasciitis - and is expected to be out one more week...Four players made their Husky debuts last weekend: Eric Blythe, Bobbak Talebi, Jo Jo Katz and George John...Talebi was the only one not making a collegiate debut...The sophomore midfielder is a transfer from the University of Portland.

Top Frosh:
Newcomers George John and Jo Jo Katz were named to the '100 Freshmen To Watch' list by College Soccer News. Katz, a midfielder from Mission Viejo, Calif., and John, a midfielder from Shoreline, Wash., lead a talented incoming recruiting class that could make an immediate impact. Katz was a four-year member of the ODP Region IV team and led his club team, Irvine Strikers FC, to both the California State title and National State Cup title in 2005. John, a local standout from Shorewood High School, was a 2004 NSCAA High School adidas All-American and led Emerald City FC to back-to-back state cup titles in 2003 and 2004.

Huskies Picked To Finish Second In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
The Huskies were picked to finish second in this year's Pac-10 standings according to a vote of the leagues coaches, the conference announced Aug. 16. The Huskies, who tied for second in last year's Pac-10 standings, received one first-place vote, while the other five went to UCLA. The Bruins were selected to win a fourth-straight Pac-10 crown. UCLA recieved 25 points, followed by Washington's 19. The Huskies edged out California, picked third with 18 points. Stanford (13 pts.) was picked to finish fourth, followed by Oregon State (10) and San Diego State (5). This year marks the first year in the Pac-10 for SDSU.

2004 Season Review:
Last year, Washington compiled an overall record of 11-7-2 overall and tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 4-3-1 mark. The Huskies started hot, winning nine of the first 13 matches including eight via shutout. After playing the first half of the Pac-10 slate, UW was 3-0-1 against conference opponents and poised to win a second Pac-10 title. But UW ended the regular season losing three straight, two in overtime, and had its year come to an end with a 5-3 loss to Portland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior C.J. Klaas became the first player in UW history to earn back-to-back first-team NSCAA All-America honors and was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2005 Major League Soccer Draft. Klaas, a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy for the second consecutive year, was also named the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and earned first-team all-league honors. Joining Klaas on the All-Pac-10 team were goalkeeper Chris Eylander (first-team), forward Kevin Forrest (first-team), midfielder Mike Chabala (second-team) and defender Ty Harden (second-team). UW's honorable mention picks were forward Ely Allen, forward Casey Armstrong, defender Will Flanagan and midfielder Jeff Hoover. Allen was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year while head coach Dean Wurzberger was named Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. Klaas and Harden were All-Region picks, Klaas to the first-team and Harden to the third-team.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 14th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger has guided theHuskies to nine NCAA tournament berths in 10 seasons. Wurzberger is the longest tenured Pac-10 coach and was named the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. He reached the 150 win milestone for both his career and Washington overall records in 2003. 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 173-78-30 (13 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 165-70-25 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for Husky soccer matches 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. General admission ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (18 and under) and seniors. Group discounts are available by calling 206-616-6194.

Up Next:
Washington heads to the Rockies for a tournament at the University of Denver, Sept. 17 and 19. UW will face the host Pioneers on Friday (3 p.m. PT) and Air Force on Sunday (10 a.m. PT).

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