7th-Ranked UW Men Begin 2002 Soccer Season

Aug. 27, 2002

Portland Invitational, Merlo Field; Portland, Ore.
Saturday, August 31

- #7 Washington vs. Central Florida, 12 noon
- #15 Portland vs. DePaul, 2:15 p.m.

Monday, September 2
- #7 Washington vs. DePaul, 12 noon
- #15 Portland vs. Central Florida, 2:15 p.m.

Season Opener:
The seventh-ranked Washington men's soccer team begins its 40th season of collegiate competition this weekend at the Nike Portland Invitational. The Huskies open with Central Florida on Saturday, Aug. 31. Kick-off is noon at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore. Host Portland entertains DePaul in the other first-round match-up and the two Northwest schools exchange opponents two days later. Washington meets DePaul on Monday, Sept. 2 at noon in a second-round contest while the 15th-ranked Pilots host Central Florida at 2:15 p.m. The Huskies are in pursuit of their eighth straight NCAA Tournament berth. UW has a current streak of 10 consecutive winning seasons and 33 non-losing seasons dating back to 1969.

Portland Tourney Tidbits:
The Huskies competed in all of the 12 previous Portland Invitationals, winning on five occasions. A good omen is that Washington won all but one of the tournaments in even-numbered years, claiming championships in 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2000. The host Pilots won during all of the odd-numbered years and one even year (1994), winning seven titles in all.

Washington is one of only seven schools to compete in each of the last seven NCAA Tournaments ... Six starters return for the Huskies who lost their top three goal scorers from last season's 13-6 squad ... Departed players accounted for 22 of the team's 36 goals during 2001 ... Over half of the 26-man roster is comprised of newcomers, including 10 true freshmen and three transfers ... Mike Chabala, a prep All-American from Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., was recognized as one of the top 25 incoming freshmen in the 2002 class ... Eight teams on the Huskies' 2002 schedule are ranked in Soccer America's preseason top 25 poll.

Poll Patter:
The Huskies are listed seventh in the Soccer America preseason rankings released Aug. 27. They finished the 2001 season rated No. 16 by Soccer America and 19th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Washington is ranked 12th in the preseason NSCAA poll. In the annual preseason poll of the league's coaches, UW was projected for a third-place Pac-10 finish.

Exhibition Recap:
Sophomore Brett Wiesner registered a hat trick and junior transfer Sean Giudice added two goals Sunday (Aug. 25) as Washington started the season with a 7-1 exhibition victory over the University of British Columbia at Blaine High School. A pair of seniors scored the first two goals. Kyle Fukuchi opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Dayo Oyetuga followed four minutes later. Wiesner, who received honorable mention All-Pac-10 acclaim as a freshman last year, netted the next three tallies to extend the lead to 5-0 at halftime. He scored in the 15th and 27th minutes before completing the hat trick with a goal just 21 seconds before halftime. Steve Frazao recorded the lone British Columbia tally in the 46th minute. Giudice scored the final two goals in his Husky debut. The Cal State Fullerton transfer found the back of the net in the 62nd and 68th minutes.

2001 Season Recap:
Washington posted a 13-6 record last season and finished third in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 4-4 mark. The Huskies earned their seventh straight NCAA Tournament berth and lost 1-0 at home to Portland on a goal in the 63rd minute. Seniors Bryn Ritchie and Benjamin Somoza were first-team All Pac-10 selections and C.J. Klass was honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

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