UW Men Host California, Stanford This Week
Oct. 18, 2005
Washington men's soccer (8-3-1, 2-2-1 Pac-10) opens the second-half of Pac-10 play this week hosting No. 12 California (9-3-1, 2-3-0), Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. and Stanford (3-8-2, 0-4-1), Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. It will be deja vu for all three sides as the Huskies will entertain the same teams they faced last weekend. In fact, Washington will play Cal for the second-straight match. The Huskies will look for the series sweep over both the Golden Bears and Cardinal, after notching 1-0 victories over both teams in the Bay Area last weekend. The Huskies are ranked 25th by Soccer America this week. Cal is ranked 12th in the NSCAA/adidas poll and 16th in the Soccer America poll.
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.
The Husky home matches Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 mark UW Faculty/Staff weekend. Sunday's match will also be Autograph Day. Following the 1 p.m. game versus Stanford, all Husky players will be signing autographs.
Eylander, Harden Honored For Defensive Effort:
Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander and junior defender Ty Harden both earned national recognition for their defensive efforts versus Cal and Stanford. Harden was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and Eylander was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. In addition to that, Eylander also earned his second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.
Last Time Out:
When the Huskies left town for the Bay Area last Thursday, they had a few things on their to-do list. UW was looking to end a three-game scoreless drought and pick up their first conference win. Both items were checked off the list, as UW registered back-to-back 1-0 shutouts over Stanford and then-No. 13 Cal. On the offensive side of the ball, senior midfielder Leo Totev came to the rescue, scoring his third goal of the season in the 13th minute versus Stanford. His score stood as the eventual gamewinner as the UW defense proceeded to shut down the Cardinal. Sunday, the Huskies were once again up to the task. Senior midfielder Jeff Hoover scored UW's lone goal in the 55th minute (assisted by Totev) and the backline led by defender Ty Harden and goalkeeper Chris Eylander once again turned in a stellar effort. UW held a Cal team scoreless that had registered 22 goals in 12 games before Sunday. UW also became the first Cal opponent to win in Berkeley this season. It was also a special match for the Husky seniors, as the group tallied their first win in Berkeley. Washington had not defeated Cal on the road since 2000.
Despite two wins over the weekend, Washington remained unranked in the NSCAA/adidas poll. The Huskies did move back into the Soccer America Top-25 at No. 25. UW is ranked highest by Soccer Times (18th) and is billed No. 20 by College Soccer News.
Cal, ranked as high as third this season, begins the week fifth in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-3-0 record. Last weekend, Cal picked up a 2-0 victory over Oregon State before falling to Washington, 1-0. The Bears lost their first two conference matches to UCLA (2-0) and San Diego State (2-0) and their other win was over rival Stanford. Cal has only surrendered seven goals in 13 matches thus far. Senior midfielder/forward Calen Carr leads the league in shots (48), shots per game (3.69) points (16), points per game (1.23) and gamewinning goals (5). He is also tied for first in goals (7) and goals per game (0.58). Senior midfielder Pieter Berger is second on the team with four goals. Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, starting all 13 matches, has a 0.55 goals against average and five shutouts. As a team, Cal ranks eighth in the nation in goals against average (0.53) and is tied for 15th in shutout percentage (0.53)
All-Time Series With Cal:
UW leads the all-time series with Cal 20-9-5 after its 1-0 win in Berkeley, Sunday. 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 9-1-3 versus Cal in Seattle, with the only loss coming Nov. 2, 2003 (1-0).
Like the Huskies and Golden Bears, the Cardinal and Oregon State Beavers will face each other for the second-straight time on Friday. Stanford will then travel to Seattle for Sunday's meeting. With an 0-4-1 conference clip, Stanford is still searching for its first Pac-10 win when it heads to the Northwest. Stanford has lost the last four-straight matches and is winless in the last five. 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 nine matches, posting a 0.95 goals against average and three shutouts.
All-Time Series With Stanford:
UW leads the all-time series with Stanford 19-13-1. The Huskies are unbeaten against Stanford in the last five meetings, posting four 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. UW is 7-5-1 versus the Cardinal at home.
Thus far Washington is unbeatable when netting the first goal...UW is 5-0 when scoring first in a match...senior Leo Totev leads the team with three goals and eight points...Totev helped restart the offense last weekend, scoring a goal versus Stanford and assisting the goal versus Cal...Totev has three gamewinning goals this season, and five in his career...the Huskies lead the Pac-10 with 178 shots (14.83 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)...the UW defense has allowed just two goals through the first half of conference play...goalkeeper Chris Eylander has a 0.38 goals against average against Pac-10 opponents, while recording three shutouts in five matches.
The Huskies have established themselves as a 'second-half' team. While being outscored by its opponents in the first-half, 6-5, after halftime Washington has scored 11 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. Eighteen 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 13 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.
A leader in every sense of the word, senior Mike Chabala is second on the squad 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. 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-straight shutouts, Eylander has 17 in his career and is one away from tying Bill May on the UW career list. May tallied 18 shutouts from 1994-97.Craig Christopherson is second on the list with 27 (1983-86) and Mark Schuur olds the career shutout record with 31 (1980-82).
Freshman Jo Jo Katz has played in all 12 matches this season and made his first career start versus San Diego State (10/9). 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 180-80-31 (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 172-72-26 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
The Huskies travel to Southern California for matches versus San Diego State (Friday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m.) and UCLA (Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m.).