No. 15 Huskies Open Pac-10 Play At Oregon State
Sept. 27, 2005
Having won six of their first seven matches including the last five-straight, the 15th-ranked Washington men's soccer team (6-1-0) opens Pac-10 play this weekend at Oregon State (4-2-4), Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. The contest will be played at Paul Lorenz Field at Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Washington claimed the title at its own Husky Fever Classic last weekend, defeating Wisconsin, 2-1, in double overtime and Hartwick, 1-0. The Beavers won the Gonzaga Nike Classic in Spokane, Wash., last weekend, battling to a 1-1 draw with Wisconsin-Milwaukee and defeating Jacksonville, 4-3. This week does not mark the end of non-conference play for the Huskies who still have to face Portland and Gonzaga in November.
Husky Fever Classic Recap:
Washington claimed the 2005 Husky Fever Classic title, defeating Hartwick 1-0 in what turned out to be the championship match. Sophomore transfer Bobbak Talebi, making his first start for the Huskies, scored his first career goal on a header in the 21st minute. Talebi's goal ended up to be the gamewinner as Washingotn held the Hawks at bay to hold on for the victory, their fifth-straight. The Huskies forced double overtime versus Wisconsin in the first day of the tournament, getting the gamewinner from senior Leo Totev with just 21 seconds left. It marked the second-straight game UW came from behind to win. The Badgers got on the board first in the 12th minute on a goal by Dirk Pearson. UW sophomore Ely Allen, the tournament's Offensive MVP, scored the equalizer in the 74th minute. The scored remained tied at the end of regulation and through the first 10-minute overtime period. Then with 21 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Totev's second goal of the season proved to be the deciding score. Hartwick goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar received tournament Defensive MVP honors, making 15 saves in two games.
For the first time this season, Washington is ranked in all four of the major men's soccer polls. The Huskies' most dramatic climb was in the NSCAA/adidas poll where UW moved up to No. 15 from No. 24. The Huskies check in at No. 23 according to Soccer America. UW is also ranked 14th by Soccer Times and 18th by College Soccer News.
Scouting Oregon State (4-2-4):
The Beavers got off to a rocky start, losing two of their first three matches but since then are unbeaten in the last seven. Sophomore midfielder Nick Webb and senior forward Ryan Johnson lead the squad with 10 points each, Webb with four goals and two assists, and Johnson with two goals and six assists. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Packy Deenihan has tended the net nine times, making 55 saves and registering a 1.11 goals against average. Deenihan has two shutouts to his credit. The Beavers are coming off a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville. Down 2-1 after the first half, OSU scored three goals in the second frame including the gamewinner by Webb in the 90th minute. Earlier this season, the Beavers battled then-No. 1 Indiana to a 2-2 tie at the OSU Diadora Classic.
The Huskies will look to snap their 'Corvallis Curse' on Sunday. Washington has not defeated OSU in Corvallis for three consecutive seasons. UW's last win on the Beavers' home pitch was a 1-0 victory on Nov. 2, 2001. In fact, Oregon State had never defeated Washington until 2002 when the Beavers swept both matches in Seattle (3-2) and Corvallis (6-3). Last season, UW lost a tough 3-2 overtime decision in Corvallis. Should the Huskies come away with a win this Sunday, it would mark the first for the current senior class at OSU.
All-Time Series With OSU:
Despite Washington's recent bad fortune playing OSU on the road, the Huskies lead the all-time series 26-4-2. The last two years, these teams split their two conference meetings. In 2004, UW defeated OSU 2-0 in Seattle before the overtime defeat in Corvallis.
Junior defender Ty Harden is a native of Junction City, Ore., not far from the OSU campus in Corvallis. Harden, an All-Pac-10 second-team and All-Region third-team selection, has been easing his way back into the lineup as he battles a hamstring injury. He has played in four matches this season, coming off the bench versus Wisconsin and starting and playing the entire match versus Hartwick. Harden was a two-time Oregon state 3A Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons and led Junction City to back-to-back state titles.
The Huskies have mustered come-from-behind victories three times this season, including twice in the last three matches. The Huskies have had a flair for the dramatic recently, defeating Wisconsin with 20 seconds left in overtime (2-1) and defeating Air Force with three goals in the last eight minutes of the match to win 3-2. In UW's season opener, the Huskies also found themselves down early to Cal Poly but came back with three unanswered goals to hold on for the victory.
Senior Mike Chabala is off to a hot start, leading the team with seven points on two goals and three assists. The Husky midfielder nearly equaled his career total for goals in UW's first two matches and with seven total points so far, has tallied just over half of his total points from last year. 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 also assisted the gamewinning goal versus Saint Mary's and the first of the three-goal barrage versus Air Force. Four of his five career goals have been scored on penalty kicks (he is a perfect 4-for-4 in PK attempts) and all five have come on restarts.
Six Huskies have scored their first collegiate goals this season: sophomores Nick Loveless, Spencer Schmidt, Bobbak Talebi, Adam West, redshirt freshman Eric Blythe and true freshman Jo Jo Katz. Schmidt and Loveless have both scored two goals and rank second and third on the team in points with five and four, respectively. Among Schmidt's goals was the gamewinner in the 89th minute over Air Force. Most recently Katz scored his first collegiate goal just a minute after subbing in versus Denver. Katz has come off the bench in all seven matches.
Eylander Climbs Career Charts:
Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander is looking to etch his name in the Husky record books before his career is complete. With three shutouts this season, Eylander has 14 in his career and owns sole possession of fifth place on the UW career list. Eylander needs one more to reach Dusty Hudock (1991-93) in fourth place with 15. Mark Schuur (1980-82) holds the school record with 31 career shutouts.
The Last Time...:
Washington won as many as five-straight matches was a six-game winning streak in 2003.
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. 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. Both Katz and John have seen playing time this season. Katz has come off the bench in all seven matches and has one goal and two assists.
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 the Huskies 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 178-78-30 (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 170-70-25 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
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.
Washington returns to Seattle to continue conference play at home, hosting UCLA (Oct. 7) and San Diego State (Oct. 9).