Men's Soccer Meets Oregon State in Corvallis
Oct. 31, 2001
This WeekThe fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer team (10-3-0, 2-2-0) aims to snap a two-game losing streak when it travels to Oregon State (5-8-0, 1-3-0) for an afternoon game at 1 p.m., Fri., Nov. 2. The Huskies, who suffered their first back-to-back losses since the opening two games of the 2000 season, meet a Beaver team that is also on a two-game skid. Washington is coming off a 1-0 loss at California and a 4-1 setback at the hands of No. 6 Stanford. Oregon State also lost at Cal and Stanford, by scores of 4-0 in each match. The Huskies stayed at No. 4 in the current Soccer America poll while dropping from No. 8 to No. 12 in the NSCAA Coaches poll. The Beavers are not ranked.
Huskies on TV
Washington's game at Oregon State will be televised for a delayed replay by Fox Sports Northwest. The game airs Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.
Dawgbite: No Pac-10 team has won a conference road game this season.
A Glance at the Huskies
Washington saw its eight-game win streak snapped with the loss at California last weekend. It was the Huskies' first setback since Sept. 8 and its first Pac-10 road loss since league play began last year. The Huskies, who have been ranked in the top 10 since the first week of the season, had not lost since a 1-0 setback to Indiana in Portland back on Sept. 8. Statistically, senior co-captain Ben Somoza continues to lead the way with 12 points. Freshman Brett Wiesner Washington's lone goal of the weekend, his fourth of the season and first since the Seattle University game Sept. 20.
UW's record against the Beavers stands at a stellar 22-0-2, including a 2-1 win in Seattle Oct. 13. The Huskies swept the Beavers last year,1-0 in Seattle and 3-0 in Corvallis.
Credit Somoza with the Assist
When senior co-captain Ben Somoza assisted Greg Foisie on the Huskies' gamewinner against UCLA two weeks ago, it gave him 20 career assists and moved him into a tie at No. 10 on Washington's all-time chart. He is tied with John Hamel who tallied 20 assists from 1985-88. Somoza, who prepped at Edmonds-Woodway HS, needs one more to move ninth, two more to eighth and three more to move into a three-way tie for sixth. He has tallied eight assists per season each of the last two years.
Scouting Oregon State
The Beavers are led by Aaron McHardy who has scored nine goals this season. Seven other players have scored at least one goal. OSU pulled off a 1-0 upset of No. 20 UCLA before battling injuries and illness in its two most recent losses.
First Meeting with OSU - Washington 2, Oregon State 1
A penalty kick by Ben Somoza turned out to be the game-winner as Washington won its Pac-10 opener, 2-1, over Oregon State in front of 2,490 fans at Husky Soccer Field.It was the sixth straight win for the Huskies. Washington got on the board early in the game. A corner kick by Seth Marsh sailed near the net where Bryn Ritchie followed with a header that was saved by the OSU keeper. Jake Sagare followed with a close shot that went in for the first goal at 19:51. The Beavers equalized with just three seconds remaining in the first half. Chad Bartlome lobbed the ball in toward the net where Husky keeper Chad Olsen mishandled it and Ross Duncan recovered the ball and sent it in at 44:57. Somoza converted the Husky penalty kick early in the first half, putting Washington ahead for good at 48:33. In a tight battle that saw the Huskies take 21 shots to OSU's 18, the Beavers had several chances in the final minute of the game. Olsen earned the win in goal and was credited with five saves, including two in the final 60 seconds.
According to Coach Wurzberger
'Last weekend was obviously a surprise for us, to play like we did on the road, to play like that, period. It was an uncharacteristic poor performance by our players. To have not lost since early September and then drop two in a row was a bit of shock. But we continue to have full confidence in our team. We've proven in the past we can play well after a loss. If you look back at last season, we lost 4-1 at Portland at almost the exact same point in the season. To be fair, it's hard to make a run through most of September and most of October without a loss. It puts us on notice, though, that we better tighten up and put our ship back in the right direction. We are looking at our last five games in a different light now. We have to bring it back together. This is a response game. A good performance this weekend will get everyone feeling better again.'
Championship Defense Under Way
Washington was off to a quick start defending its Pac-10 championship from last season. The Huskies won a pair of home games, over Oregon State and UCLA, to kickoff the 2001 campaign. Washington won the inaugural Pac-10 title last year, the first season of men's soccer within the conference. It was the third consecutive conference championship for the soccer team, which won the previous two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) titles, in 1998 and '99. Last year the Huskies posted a record of 7-1 in Pac-10 action, including an undefeated record on the road. Current senior co-captains Bryn Ritchie and Ben Somoza earned first team all-conference honors while six other Huskies also earned recognition.
Six players in the Washington senior class are aiming for a perfect four-for-four in conference championships during their collegiate careers. With two MPSF titles and the first-ever Pac-10 championship to their credit, Greg Foisie, Zach Kingsley, Bryn Ritchie, Jake Sagare, Billy Sleeth and Ben Somoza have a chance to make it four in a row with a second Pac-10 title this year. The seventh senior, Trevor Frobose, transferred to UW from the Air Force Academy, and played his first season as a Husky last year. The six fourth-year seniors have also been to the NCAA tournament each of the three previous seasons. Washington is one of nine schools in the nation to have made six consecutive trips to the postseason tournament. Ironically, the Huskies have been knocked out of the tournament in the second round the last two season, each time at the hands of Indiana. The Hoosiers also handed the Huskies their only loss this season, at the adidas Invitational in Portland Sept. 8.
Scheduling News: Washington's games versus UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 14) and at Gonzaga (Sept. 16) were postponed following the events of Sept. 11. The UCSB game has been cancelled while plans to reschedule the Gonzaga match are pending.
Dawg Bite: The Huskies are making strides towards the postseason with increased scoring in 2001. Eleven different players have scored 25 goals in 13 games this season, a marked increase from years past. Last season, the team had 25 goals after 13 games, but that total was skewed by a 7-0 route of California. In 1999, the Huskies had converted just 19 shots midway through the year.
King of the Hill
With his game-winning goal in overtime at Santa Clara Oct. 5, senior forward Zach Kingsley (Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park) has four goals in the Huskies' first 13 games, far surpassing his scoring output from his first three years at Washington. Kingsley scored three goals as a junior last year after going scoreless in his first two seasons. A move further up the field this year, to forward, up from the attacking midfield spot, has him closer to the goal with more chances to finish opportunities. 'Zach had a great off-season and his confidence is high right now,' says Husky coach Dean Wurzberger. 'He is versatile and most effective in front of the goal. He started the season at midfield but it quickly became clear that he could do the most damage, cause opponents the most problems, in the attacking part of the field. Zach is unpredictable with his dribbling and has a good ability to finish his attacking moves.' Kingsley, an entertaining writer, keeps a weekly soccer diary on www.gohuskies.com. Check out the men's soccer page for the latest 'Quoteth Kingsley' chapter.
At California 1, (No. 4) Washington 0
An unranked California team on a two-game losing streak handed No. 4 Washington its first loss since Sept. 8 when it staged a 1-0 upset of the Huskies in Pac-10 action at Edwards Stadium. Cal senior forward Austin Ripmaster came through with the gamewinner early when he slipped past two Husky defenders and launched a shot from 20-yards out at 18 minutes, 28 seconds into the match. Washington had two close opportunities in the first half. The first came in the 29th minute when Seth Marsh took a shot that sailed just over the cross bar. The other chance came when a shot was misdirected, landing in front of Kyle Fukuchi just five yards from the goal, who was unable to capitalize. The second half saw Washington come out strong and force Cal back on its heels. The Huskies controlled possession for most of the first five minutes but the Bears staved off the initial wave of attacks and settled in, allowing five shots the rest of the way. The battle was at midfield in what ultimately turned out to be a defensive struggle for both in the second half.
at (No. 6) Stanford 4, (No. 4) Washington 1
Sixth-ranked Stanford scored three first half goals and another in the opening minutes of the second half en route to a 4-1 route of Washington at Maloney Field. For the Huskies, it was the first time they had suffered back-to-back losses since the opening two games of the 2000 season. The weekend sweep for Washington marked its first conference losses on the road since league play began last year. It was also the largest margin of victory in the series between Stanford and Washington since 1989. Seven of the last eight meetings had been decided by a single goal. Stanford's first score came in the 22nd minute, when Todd Dunivant stole the ball and passed it inside to Derek Shanahan for the goal at 22:12. The Cardinal struck again 10 minutes later on an unassisted shot by Darren Fernandez at 32:07. Washington answered quickly though, just 11 seconds later, when freshman Brett Wiesner scored the Huskies' lone goal at 32:18. He collected a cross from senior Billy Sleeth and fired it past the Stanford keeper for his fourth goal of the season. Stanford increased its lead just before the end of the first period when Johanes Maliza sent a pass across to Roger Levesque who went around his defender and beat the keeper for the score at 42:44. The same two players reversed roles early in the second half. This time Levesque sent the ball to Maliza who beat his defender and fired the ball in the net at 50:26. Stanford dominated the match statistically, firing 14 shots to the Huskies' five. Chad Olsen started in goal for Washington and tallied one save but was relieved midway through the second half by Dan Waltman.
Season at a Glance
Washington barely caught its breath upon returning from England, on a Monday, when it turned around and headed back across the country to Connecticut Thursday of that same week for its opening matches of the 2001 season. The Huskies extended themselves to overtime for the first win, over Fairleigh Dickinson (3-2) before true freshman Brett Wiesner scored the lone goal to knock-off defending national champion Connecticut, 1-0, on its home field. The team maintained the hectic travel schedule, barely catching its breath again before travelling three hours south for its second tournament of the season. The Huskies met an old nemesis when they faced No. 8 Indiana in the first round of the Portland adidas Invitational, Sept. 8. The Hoosiers kept alive their streak against the Huskies, winning 1-0 on a goal in the 64th minute, to improve the all-time series record to 4-0 over UW. The second round had the Huskies facing No. 16 William & Mary. Three first half goals gave the Huskies the edge they needed as they hung on to win, 3-2, over the Tribe. After a 10-day layoff due to cancelled games, Washington finally played its home opener when it hosted cross town rival Seattle University Sept. 20. The Huskies used two first half goals and one for insurance in the second half to down the visitors, 3-1. The Nike Husky Invitational saw Washington defeat UNLV (2-0) and No. 15 Air Force (2-1) while Portland, a 9-1 winner over Air Force in the first round, won the tournament on goal differential. A road game at Santa Clara went to overtime before senior Zach Kingsley knocked in the game-winner in the 103rd minute for his fourth goal of the year. The Huskies extended their win streak with a 4-1 non-conference victory over St. Mary's and a 2-1 Pac-10-opening win over Oregon State. The streak is at eight games entering the first conference road game this weekend after the fourth-ranked Huskies defeated No. 20 UCLA, 3-1, for its largest margin of victory against the Bruins since 1998.
By the Numbers: Washington has outscored its opponents, 25-15, so far and is outshooting the competition, 220-127 ... the Huskies have also taken 101 corner kicks to opponents' 44.
Huskies in the Polls
Date Soccer America NSCAA Soccer TimesPreseason 11 12 14Sept. 3 2 2 3Sept. 10 10 7 5Sept. 24 6 7 6Oct. 2 6 7 7Oct. 8 5 7 7Oct. 15 4 9 7Oct. 22 4 8 5Oct. 29 4 12 11
Huskies Against the Best: In its first 13 games this season, Washington has already faced five teams ranked in the top 25, including defending national champion and top-ranked Connecticut. The Huskies posted wins over No. 1 UConn (1-0), No. 16 William & Mary (3-2) while suffering a loss against No. 8 Indiana. They defeated No. 19 Air Force, 2-1, in the Husky Classic and most recently tallied a 3-1 win over No. 20 UCLA in Seattle. More recently, the Huskies were handed a 4-1 shellacking at No. 6 Stanford. Year in and year out, Washington's schedule is among the toughest in the nation. This season, the Huskies face six teams that competed in the 2000 NCAA Championships.
Fabulous Frosh: While a seven-player senior class leads the Huskies in their 2001 campaign, a talent-rich freshman class is making an immediate impact. Leading the way is Brett Wiesner (Brookfield, Wisc.), who scored the lone goal in Washington's upset of top-ranked Connecticut Sept. 3. He has started all 13 games thus far and is a fixture on the front line. Joining him in the starting lineup is C.J. Klaas of Cherry Valley, Ill., He also wasted little time in his collegiate debut, assisting on Washington's first goal of the season, against FDU and scoring his first collegiate goal against St. Mary's. Both Klaas and Wiesner were Parade first team all-America honorees last year. Joe Birklid, a local product out of Buckley, Wash., made his first collegiate start at Santa Clara and has been in the starting lineup since then. The freshman class is made up of six players and also includes Johnny Schefter, from the perennial power Solaris Club in Yakima, as well as Casey Armstrong, who played for current Husky assistant Seth Spidahl on FC United. Eric Touton joins the Huskies as a redshirt freshman after transfering from the University of San Francisco.
Back-to-Back-to-Back: A victory at California, along with a UCLA win over Stanford back on Nov. 10 gave Washington the first-ever Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer championship following the 2000 season. While it was the first Pac-10 title for UW, it marks the third consecutive conference championship for the Huskies, who were coming off back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in 1998 and '99.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger: As he enters his 10th year at Washington, Dean Wurzberger is set to cap a decade of excellence which has seen him lead the Husky men's soccer program to unprecedented heights. Last year, on the heels of capturing the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, Wurzberger's program moved into elite territory, as one of only nine schools in the nation to earn a sixth straight berth to the NCAA Tournament.Since arriving at UW in 1992, Wurzberger has guided the Huskies to seven NCAA appearances in nine years. Washington won the first-ever Pac-10 league title in 2000, a third straight conference title after winning two consecutive MPSF championships.Wurzberger enters his 10th year at the helm of the Husky program with an impressive list of accomplishments. His 2000 squad tore through the initial year of Pac-10 play, posting an undefeated record on the road while recording upsets at perennial powers Stanford and UCLA.