Men's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play At Stanford And Cal This Weekend

Oct. 7, 2002

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This Week: Fri., Oct. 11 - Washington at #5 Stanford, 7:30 p.m., Palo Alto, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 13 - Washington at #15 Cal, 2:00 p.m., Berkeley, Calif.
Next Week: Sun., Oct. 20 - #18 Oregon State at Washington, 2:00 p.m., Seattle, Wash.

This Week:
After closing out its non-conference slate with 1-1 tie at No. 16 Portland Sunday, Washington men's soccer (3-3-3) opens Pac-10 play on the road this weekend at Stanford (ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA coaches poll and No. 5 by Soccer America) and Cal (ranked 15th by Soccer America). The Huskies and Cardinal will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Palo Alto, Calif. UW will then face the Cal Golden Bears Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif.

Scouting Stanford:
Stanford is 9-1-0 entering Pac-10 play this weekend, its only loss of the season coming to unranked Tulsa at home (3-1), Sept. 27. The Cardinal has shut out its opponents six times and has outscored them 29-8. Most recently, Stanford pulled out a 2-1 double overtime win over San Jose State, Thursday, Oct. 3, in Palo Alto. Darren Fernandez scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute. Stanford's leading goal scorer is Johanes Maliza with six goals and three assists. Roger Levesque leads the Cardinal with 25 points on five goals and 12 assists. Fernandez also has five goals. Goalkeeper Robby Fulton has tallied four shutouts and allowed just one goal in six games. UW and Stanford have had one common opponent this year, Portland. Stanford blanked the Pilots 2-0, while the Huskies tied their Northwest rival 1-1.

Stanford Series Notes:
Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford 15-11-0, but has lost the last three straight meetings. Last year, the Cardinal defeated UW 4-1 in Palo Alto, Oct. 28 and 1-0 in overtime in Seattle, Nov. 16. The last time the Huskies came away with a win was a 2-1 victory in Palo Alto, Oct. 22, 2000.

Scouting Cal:
The Golden Bears put a six-match winning streak on the line when they open Pac-10 play this weekend. Cal, 7-2-1 overall and 4-1 at home, hosts No. 18 Oregon State Friday before the Huskies come to Berkeley, Sunday. Cal's most recent opponent was also San Jose State as the Bears played the Bay Area rival in San Jose, coming away with a 2-1 victory, Sunday, Oct. 6. Portland is also the teams' common opponent, with Cal winning 2-1 in overtime Sept. 6. The Bears' leading goal scorer is Mike Munoz with five goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Josh Saunders has recorded five shutouts and has allowed seven goals this season.

Cal Series Notes:
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal 16-6-4. Last year, the teams split their two conference games with Cal winning 1-0 in Berkeley Oct. 26 and Washington winning 4-2 in Seattle Nov. 18.

Huskies In The Polls:
Washington is unranked for the third-straight week. UW's last appearance in a top-25 poll was Sept. 16 (ranked 17th by Soccer America). The Huskies have not been ranked in the NSCAA coaches poll for the sixth straight week. Prior to this season, the last time the Huskies were not ranked by all three polls (Soccer America, NSCAA, Soccer Times) was Sept. 18, 2000. In regional NSCAA rankings, Washington is 10th in the Far West (Stanford is No. 1, Cal is No. 6).

UW Battles To 1-1 Tie With Portland:
UW battled 16th-ranked Portland (7-4-1) through double overtime periods to tie 1-1 in its final non-conference match of the season at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore., Sunday. It was the Huskies' third tie this year. UW took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute on sophomore Brett Wiesner's third goal of the season. Junior Sean Giudice lobbed the ball into the box, finding Wiesner who knocked it under Portland goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri. The Pilots came back to tie in the 77th minute on Matthew Domingo's first career goal. Portland outshot Washington 18-13, including 13-7 in the second half and overtime periods.

Husky Leaders:
Senior Dayo Oyetuga and sophomore Brett Wiesner lead the team with three goals apiece...Oyetuge is the team leader with seven points (three goals, one assist)...Junior transfers Patrick Tanner and Sean Giudice have two goals each...Seven UW players have accounted for the team's 13 goals...Eight different Huskies have one assist each including five newcomers...Wiesner has two game-winning goals, while Oytuga has the third.

Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
All three of UW's losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-25: No. 5 South Carolina, No. 18 Creighton and No. 9 UConn. With their next three Pac-10 opponents ranked in this week's Top-25 by Soccer America, the Huskies have a chance to re-enter the polls if they are able to pull off some big wins of their own in the next two weeks. The ranked opponent Washington has beaten this year was No. 24 Santa (2-1). UW tied No. 16 Portland 1-1.

Freshmen Firsts:
Freshman goalkeeper Chris Eylander recorded his first career shutout vs. Charleston Sept. was also UW's first shutout since Nov. 2 of last year at Oregon State (1-0)...freshman Kevin Murray scored his first collegiate goal vs. South Carolina, Sept. 15, UW's lone goal in the game...freshman Gavin Hobbs recorded his first career assist vs. Charleston.

2002 Season In Review:
UW opened the 2002 season with a pair of ties at the Nike Portland Invitational, Friday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 2. In its season opener, Washington battled through double overtime periods en route to a 2-2 tie with Central Florida. UW followed that match with yet another double overtime tie, this time a 1-1 decision against DePaul. The Huskies notched their first win in their home opener Friday, Sept. 6, with a 2-1 victory over No. 24 Santa Clara. Sophomore Brett Wiesner netted the game-winner in the 60th minute. The Huskies then split a pair of games at the Gamecock Soccer Classic in Columbia, S.C. Friday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 15. In its first game, UW shutout College of Charleston 2-0 before falling to No. 11 South Carolina, 3-1. Senior defender Aaron Heinzen was named the tournament's Defensive MVP and joined teammates C.J. Klaas and Dayo Oyetuga on the all-tournament team. UW returned home, looking to get well, but faced another top-25 opponent in Creighton. The Huskies lost their second straight, a heart-breaker, 2-1 at the hands of a game-winning goal in the final minute of the second overtime period. Mike Tranchilla netted the deciding goal. Oyetuga tied the score 1-1 early in the game. UW had a chance to score a go-ahead goal mid-way through the second-half, but senior defender Zac Tallman missed a penalty shot attempt. Next on the slate, UW hosted the 14th Annual Nike Husky Classic. Ninth-ranked UConn won the championship crown with a 2-0 victory over UW, Sept. 29. UW defeated Marquette 3-2 in its first match of the tourney, Sept. 27. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, junior Sean Giudice scored back-to-back goals to spark the Husky comeback. Giudice was named Most Outstanding Player on offense, while UConn's Shavar Thomas was voted Most Outstanding defensive player. In the tourney's other games, Portland defeated Marquette 3-0 after falling 2-1 to UConn.

2002 Notables:
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....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 were ranked in Soccer America's preseason top 25 poll.

UW Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10 Poll:
UW was predicted to repeat its third-place Pac-10 finish of a year ago in a poll of the conference coaches released Aug. 19. Stanford was picked first in the coaches poll with 34 points, followed by UCLA (31) and Washington (24). California (18), Oregon State (10) and Fresno State (9) rounded out the six-team field. Stanford is the defending 2001 Pac-10 champion and advanced to last year's Final Four.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 11th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger looks to lead his Huskies to their eighth straight NCAA tournament berth in 2002. Under Wurzberger's guidance, Washington is one of only seven schools in the country to make seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, following two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. Wurzberger holds an overall record of 137-50-21 at Washington. His assistant coaches are Jimmy Gabriel, Bill May and Seth Spidahl.

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. Klaas was honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Up Next:
The Huskies return home to host No. 18 Oregon State, Sunday, Oct. 20, in Seattle. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m at Husky Soccer Field.

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