UW Men Host UCLA, San Diego State This Weekend
Oct. 4, 2005
Coming off a 1-0 loss at Oregon State last weekend, Washington men's soccer returns home to host Pac-10 opponents UCLA, Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. and San Diego State, Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Husky Soccer Field, marking just the second weekend of the season the Huskies (6-2-0, 0-1-0) have competed on their home pitch. Washington has won five of its last six matches, including three via shutout. The Bruins (6-2-0, 2-0-0) have won three straight including a pair of 2-0 victories over California and Stanford to open Pac-10 play. The Aztecs (7-0-2, 1-0-1), in their inaugural season in the conference, are unbeaten and making just their second road trip of the year. Both UCLA and San Diego State are nationally ranked, with UCLA checking in at No. 12 in the NSCAA poll and No. 6 according to Soccer America, while SDSU is ranked 15th in the NSCAA poll and 14th by Soccer America. The Huskies are ranked 20th by Soccer Times and 26th by College Soccer News.
On Friday, Oct. 7, the first 250 fans will receive free Papa John's Harry the Husky Soccer Bobbleheads. Sunday will be Washington State Youth Soccer Association Day with free admission for all WSYSA members (under age 12) with a coupon. For more information call 206-616-6194.
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.
Huskies Fall In Pac-10 Opener:
The Huskies' troubles in Corvallis continued, falling to Oregon State 1-0 in both teams' Pac-10 opener Oct. 2. Washington has now lost four straight in Corvallis dating back to the 2002 season. Sunday's OSU win also snapped a five-game Husky winning streak and marked the first time this year the Huskies have been held scoreless. OSU's Robbie Findley scored in the 41st minute which proved to be all the Beavers would need to hold onto the victory. The Huskies missed some good opportunities for the equalizer as sophomore forward Spencer Schmidt was one-on-one with the Beaver goalkeeper Packy Deenihan twice, but was unable to score. UW goalkeeper Chris Eylander grabbed five saves in the loss, while Deenihan had three saves.
After being ranked 15th in the NSCAA poll and 23rd in the Soccer America poll, Washington dropped from both polls this week. UW remains in two other polls, ranked 20th by Soccer Times and 26th by College Soccer News.
The Bruins come to Seattle with the same overall record as the Huskies, but are 2-0 in Pac-10 play. UCLA has won three-straight, including a 2-0 upset over then-No. 3 Cal and a 2-0 win over Stanford. UCLA has shutout its opponents in all six victories and has allowed just five total goals. Among the Bruins' big wins was a 4-0 win over then-No. 2 Maryland. Kamani Hill leads the team with 12 points on three goals and six assists. Jonathan Bornstein is UCLA's top goal scorer with four. Tending the net have been Eric Reed and Nate Pena. Reed has five shutouts to his credit and has a 0.29 goals against average in seven matches.
All-Time Series With UCLA:
UCLA leads the all-time series 13-9-1 with the Bruins winning three of the last four meetings. UW and UCLA split the season series last year, with Washington winning 1-0 in Westwood and the Bruins defeating UW 2-1 in Seattle.The last seven meetings, dating back to 2001, have been decided by just one goal. Washington is 5-6 overall against UCLA in Seattle.
Scouting San Diego State:
San Diego State is unbeaten (7-0-2) heading into its Northwest trek this weekend. The Aztecs will face Oregon State in Corvallis before heading North to Seattle for Sunday's match. This weekend marks just the third and fourth road games for SDSU. The Aztecs opened the year at the Philips/adidas Classic in Piscataway, N.J., defeating Rutgers (1-0) and earning a 0-0 draw with St. John's. SDSU opened its inaugural season in the Pac-10 with a 1-1 tie versus Stanford and a 1-0 upset of then-No. 3 California. Kraig Chiles leads the team with seven points, while Raul Bautista has four goals and one assist. The SDSU defense has been stingy, allowing just three goals and recording seven shutouts.
All-Time Series With SDSU:
Washington leads the all-time series with SDSU, 3-2, but Sunday will mark the first time these teams have squared off in Seattle. Four of the five meetings have been played on a neutral field. Washington won the last meeting, 3-0, on Sept. 9, 2000. The first meeting in the series was in 1983.
The Huskies have established themselves as a 'second-half' team. While being outscored by its opponents in the first-half, 5-4, in the second frame Washington has scored nine goals and allowed just three. The Huskies have registered three come-from-behind victories, including an overtime thriller versus Wisconsin and a dramatic three-goal rally in the last eight minutes versus Air Force.
Strength In Numbers:
One of the keys to the Huskies' success thus far is their depth. Seventeen players have started at least one match and UW is seeing offensive production from some unlikely candidates. Six Huskies scored their first collegiate goals (four sophomores and two freshmen) and a total of 12 players have tallied either a goal or an assist. In fact four of Washington's goals have been scored by bench players, including the gamewinner in the 89th minute versus Air Force by sophomore forward Spencer Schmidt.
The Huskies have won five of their last six games and are undefeated (2-0) on their home pitch...Sunday's 1-0 loss to OSU marked the first time UW has been held scoreless this year...goalkeeper Chris Eylander ranks third in the Pac-10 with 3.62 saves per game...Washington's 28 shots versus Wisconsin rank second in the conference...freshman Jo Jo Katz is one of four Pac-10 players who have tallied two or more assists in a single game.
A leader in every sense of the word, senior Mike Chabala has a team-high 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.
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.
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, while John has played in six, starting one match.
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 178-79-30 (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 170-71-25 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
Washington heads to the Bay Area to face Stanford (Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.) and California (Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.).