Men's Soccer Opens Three-Game Homestand With Oregon State Sunday
Oct. 16, 2002
This Week: Sun., Oct. 20 - Oregon State at Washington, 2:00 p.m., Seattle, Wash.
Next Week: Fri., Oct. 25 - Fresno State at Washington, 7:15 p.m., Seattle, Wash.
Sun., Oct. 27 - #6 UCLA at Washington, 2:15 p.m., Seattle, Wash.
Having played its last three matches on the road, the Washington men's soccer team (3-5-3) returns home to begin a three-game homestand, beginning with Oregon State (9-3-0), Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. Both teams find themselves 0-2 against Pac-10 opponents after opening conference play last weekend. Washington has never lost to Oregon State, leading the all-time series 24-0-2.
Huskies Drop Two Straight On Bay Area Swing:
Washington opened Pac-10 play in the Bay Area last weekend, falling 2-0 to No. 1 Stanford Friday and losing a 2-1 heartbreaker to No. 15 Cal in overtime, Sunday. On Friday, both Stanford's goals came in the first 18 minutes of the match. Despite the loss, Washington outshot the Cardinal 12-8. Freshman goalkeeper Chris Eylander played the first half for the Huskies, allowing both goals, while junior Daniel Waltman came in at the half to hold Stanford scoreless through the second period of play. Then for the fifth time this season, the Huskies played into overtime on Sunday. Cal and Washington played 73 minutes of scoreless soccer until the Golden Bears got on the board first on a goal by Nick Hatzke. Freshman defender Kevin Murray quickly put UW back in the game, tying the score 1-1 on a header off a free kick from sophomore midfielder C.J. Klaas in the 76th minute. But it was Mike Munoz who scored the game-winner five minutes into the first overtime period, lifting Cal to the victory. Waltman, who got the starting nod vs. Cal, tallied a career high 10 saves.
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers met the same fate as the Huskies in the Bay Area last weekend, losing both games at Cal and Stanford, but unable to score a goal in either match. The Golden Bears blanked OSU 5-0 on Friday, but on Sunday the Beavers took top-ranked Stanford into overtime, before falling 1-0. Prior to those two losses, OSU was riding a school-record seven-game winning streak. The Beavers' only other loss this season came to Wisconsin (2-1). Beaver goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer posted six saves against Stanford and now ranks No. 2 on OSU's all-time saves list with 215. Alan Gordon is the team's leading scorer with nine goals and four assists, while Aaron McHardy and Joe Zaher each have six goals apiece. Four Beavers are Washington natives: forward Kevin Atkinson (Sumner, Wash.), defender Brian Johnson (Tacoma, Wash.), defender Kurt Ness (Redmond, Wash.) and defender Christian vanBlommestein (Tacoma, Wash.).
Oregon State Series Notes:
A big streak is on the line when the Beavers arrive in Seattle this weekend. In 26 meetings, UW has yet to lose a game to it's Northwest neighbor, leading the all-time series 24-0-2. Last season, Washington defeated OSU 2-1 in Seattle and 1-0 in Corvallis. The two draws came in 1993 (1-1) and as far back as 1976 (1-1), with both matches played in Corvallis, and both going into overtime.
Huskies In The Polls:
Washington is unranked for the fourth-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 seventh 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. Washington has also dropped out of the top-10 regional NSCAA rankings this week. Last week the Huskies were 10th in the region. This week Oregon State is ranked ninth in the West.
Waltman Putting Up Big Numbers In Goal:
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman has 31 saves in six games this season, more than surpassing last year's total of 16 in seven games. Splitting time in the goal with freshman Chris Eylander, Waltman has two of the top three save performances in the Pac-10 this season. He tallied a career high 10 at Cal Oct. 13, which is the highest number of saves by a Pac-10 goalie this year. Waltman also made nine saves vs. No. 5 South Carolina Sept. 15, which ties for second in the conference with Peter Billmeyer's nine save performance vs. Air Force Sept. 6. Waltman ranks first in the Pac-10 with 5.17 saves per game.
Five of Washington's 11 matches this year have gone into overtime, with the Huskies coming away with three draws and two losses. UW has not scored a goal in overtime, yet has outshot its opponents 12-11 outside of regulation.
Senior Dayo Oyetuga and sophomore Brett Wiesner lead the team with three goals apiece...Oyetuga is the team leader with seven points (three goals, one assist)...Junior transfers Patrick Tanner and Sean Giudice, as well as freshman defender Kevin Murray, have two goals each...Seven UW players have accounted for the team's 14 goals...Eight different Huskies have one assist each including five newcomers...Sophomore C.J. Klaas is the team's assist leader with three...Wiesner has two game-winning goals, while Oyetuga has the third.
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
UW's woes against ranked opponents continued in the Bay Area last weekend. Now all five of UW's losses have come to opponents ranked in the top-25: No. 5 South Carolina, No. 18 Creighton, No. 9 UConn, No. 1 Stanford and No. 15 Cal. The ranked opponent Washington has beaten this year was No. 24 Santa (2-1). UW tied No. 16 Portland 1-1.
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. It was then UW's turn to play Portland, Oct. 6, with the Northwest rivals ending in a 1-1 draw at Merlo Field to close out non-conference action.
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 137-52-21 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.
UW remains at home to face Fresno State, Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:15 p.m. and No. 6 UCLA, Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2:15 p.m. The annual alumni game will be played Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. on the Husky Stadium East practice field.