Husky Men Travel To Stanford, No. 13 Cal
Oct. 11, 2005
In search of its first Pac-10 win, Washington men's soccer travels to the Bay Area this week to face Stanford (3-6-2, 0-2-1 Pac-10) Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., and No. 13 California (8-2-1, 1-2-0) Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. In addition to picking up their first conference victory, the Huskies (6-3-1, 0-2-1) aim to put an end to their three game scoring drought. UW has been held scoreless in Pac-10 play, losing close 1-0 battles to Pac-10 leader Oregon State and UCLA, while battling to a scoreless draw with San Diego State.
Last Time Out:
The Huskies returned to Seattle last weekend and came away with a tie and a loss versus the Southern California schools. Despite outshooting the Bruins 12-8, the Huskies fell to then-No. 12 UCLA 1-0. UCLA connected on a free kick from Patrick Ianni in the 35th minute which stood as the gamewinner. It was the second-straight 1-0 defeat for Washington. UW's offensive struggles continued against San Diego State. Pummeling SDSU with 23 shots, the Huskies still had trouble finding the net. UW's defense remained up to the task, holding the Aztecs scoreless for 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander made five saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season.
Washington remains unranked in the NSCAA/adidas poll and the Soccer America poll. The Huskies check in at No. 25 according to Soccer Times and No. 28 according to College Soccer News.
Like the Huskies, the Cardinal are looking for their first Pac-10 victory after conference losses to UCLA (2-0) and Cal (1-0) and a 1-1 double overtime draw with San Diego State. Stanford is the only team in the Pac-10 with an overall losing record. Those losses have been tight, with five of Stanford's six defeats coming by just one goal. Sophomore midfielder Marcus Ryan leads the team with nine points on four goals and one assist. Junior midfielder/defender Galen Thompson is the only other player with multiple goals (two). Junior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen has played seven matches, posting a 0.67 goals against average and three shutouts.
All-Time Series With Stanford:
UW leads the all-time series with Stanford 18-13-1. The Huskies are unbeaten against Stanford in the last four meetings, posting three victories and one draw. Last season, UW defeated Stanford 1-0 in Palo Alto (Oct. 29) after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie in Seattle (Oct. 10). Until the 2003 season, Stanford had won five consecutive meetings.
Cal, ranked as high as third this season, has the best record in the conference with an 8-2-1 clip and will face Oregon State at home Friday before the Huskies head to town Sunday. The Bears lost their first two conference matches to UCLA (2-0) and San Diego State (2-0), but came back to defeat rival Stanford last week (1-0). Cal has only surrendered six goals in 11 matches thus far. Senior midfielder/forward Calen Carr leads the league in shots (43), shots per game (3.91) and points per game (t-1.27). Carr leads the squad with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Pieter Berger, who scored the gamewinner versus Stanford, has three goals. Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, starting all 11 matches, has a 0.56 goals against average and four shutouts.
All-Time Series With Cal:
UW leads the all-time series with Cal 19-9-5. These teams split their two meetings last year, with the Huskies winning 3-0 at home (Oct. 8) and Cal winning 1-0 in double overtime in Berkeley. The Huskies are 7-6-1 against Cal in Berkeley, but haven't won there since the 2000 season (4-2). The matches have been close, with the last three meetings in Berkeley decided by overtime.
The Huskies have established themselves as a 'second-half' team. While being outscored by its opponents in the first-half, 6-4, after halftime Washington has scored 10 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 lead the Pac-10 with 161 shots (16.10 per game)...UW's season-high 28 shots vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 23) ranks second in the conference...only Oregon State tallied more (31 vs. Jacksonville)...Washington's scoring drought has stretched to the last 290 minutes...UW's three-game scoreless streak marks the first time in school history the Huskies have had three-straight scoreless games...on the upside, the defense hasn't skipped a beat, allowing just two goals in the last four matches...junior defender Ty Harden, a third-team All-Region pick last year, has anchored the UW backline.
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 a shutout versus San Diego State, Sunday, Eylander moved into a tie for fourth place on UW's career list. Eylander's fourth shutout of the season gave him 15 in his career, tying him with Dusy Hudock (1991-93). Only three Huskies have more shutouts: Bill May with 18 (1994-97), Craig Christopherson with 27 (1983-86) and Mark Schuur with 31 (1980-82).
Freshman Jo Jo Katz has played in all 10 matches this season and made his first career start versus San Diego State, Sunday. Katz is one of five players in the conference to record at least two assists in a single game, tallying a pair of assists in UW's 2-1 overtime win versus Wisconsin (Sept. 23). Katz scored his first career goal versus Denver (Sept. 16).
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 178-80-31 (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 170-72-26 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
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It will be deja vu all over again for the Huskies, Cardinal and Golden Bears. These same teams will return to Seattle next weekend, with UW facing Cal on Friday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m.) and Stanford Sunday, Oct. 23 (1 p.m.).