Men's Soccer Faces UCLA, Fresno State For Second Straight Week

Oct. 29, 2002

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This Week: Fri., Nov. 1 - Washington at #3 UCLA, 2 p.m., Los Angeles, Calif.
Sun., Nov. 3 - Washington at Fresno State, 2 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
Next Week: Sun., Nov. 10 - Washington at Oregon State, 2 p.m., Corvallis, Ore.

This Week:
After splitting pair of games at home with Fresno State and UCLA last weekend, the Washington men's soccer team will face the same two opponents for the second straight week, as the Huskies travel to California to kick off the second-half of Pac-10 play. Up first for UW will be a match with No.3 UCLA, Fri., Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. in Westwood. On Sun., Nov. 3, the Huskies will face the Bulldogs also at 2 p.m. UW's game against UCLA will be broadcast live over the internet at with Tony Luftman and Michael Sondheimer calling the action.

UW Picks Up Much Needed Win Over Fresno State, Falls To UCLA:
UW snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Fresno State Oct. 25. Freshman Jeff Hoover's first collegiate goal in the 58th minute proved to be the game-winner. Hoover's shot from the left side of the field some 30 yards out deflected off a Bulldog defender and into the net. Junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman made four saves in route to his first shut out of the year. Sun., Oct. 27, No. 5 UCLA downed the Huskies 1-0, winning its first match in Seattle since 1980.

Scouting UCLA:
Half-way through Pac-10 play, UCLA enters the weekend in first-place with an undefeated conference record of 5-0 and an overall record of 10-1-2. The Bruins made a climb in this week's polls, moving up to No. 2 in the NSCAA poll and No. 3 according to Soccer America. UCLA is coming off a pair of wins in the Pacific Northwest, defeating Oregon State 3-0 and Washington 1-0. Unbeaten in their last eight games, the Bruins are led offensively by Tim Pierce with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. Matt Taylor also has 14 points on five goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Zach Wells tied a UCLA record with 11 saves vs. Oregon State, Oct. 25. Former UW goalkeeper Peter Van de Ven, a 1998 grad, is in his second season as an assistant on the UCLA coaching staff. Another Bruin-Husky coaching connection: UW head coach Dean Wurzberger was an asssistant for the Bruins from 1986-1988.

UCLA Series Notes:
The Bruins lead the all-time series 10-7-1, winning the latest contest 1-0 in Seattle, Oct. 27. Last year, the teams split a pair of games with UCLA winning 3-1 in Westwood and UW winning a 3-2 overtime match in Seattle.

Scouting Fresno State:
The Bulldogs are coming off a tough weekend on the road, losing matches at Washington (1-0) and Oregon State (5-1). FSU took a 1-0 lead over OSU, before the Beavers came storming back with five unanswered goals. Fresno State is the only Pac-10 team below Washington in the standings with a league record of 0-4-1 and an overall record of 3-8-4. Joshua LeRoy leads the team with three goals and one assist, while Kupono Low (two goals, one assist) and Marvin Sorto (one goal, three assists) help lead the offensive attack. The Bulldogs are coached by former Husky soccer player Dave Chesler. Chesler was a 1977 graduate of Washington, lettering in 1975 and 1976 and earning all-league accolades twice as a Husky midfielder. He was also a UW assistant coach from 1991-1997, including six seasons on current head coach Dean Wurzberger's staff.

Fresno State Series Notes:
Washington leads the all-time series with Fresno State, 6-2-4. UW's 1-0 win over FSU, Oct. 25, was the first meeting between these two teams since 1999 when UW won 2-1 in overtime in Seattle.

Huskies In The Polls:
Washington is unranked for the sixth-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 ninth 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 The Pac:
Half-way through Pac-10 Conference play, the Huskies find themselves in unfamiliar territory -- second-to last place with a 1-4 mark. UCLA sits alone in first place (5-0), followed by Cal (4-1), Stanford (2-2-1), Oregon State (2-3), UW and Fresno State (0-4-1).

Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
UW's woes against ranked opponents continued with the UCLA Bruins in town last weekend. Six of UW's seven losses this season have come to opponents ranked in the top-25 (rankings indicated at time of game): No. 5 South Carolina, No. 18 Creighton, No. 9 UConn, No. 1 Stanford, No. 15 Cal and No. 5 UCLA. The ranked opponent Washington has beaten this year was No. 24 Santa (2-1). UW tied No. 16 Portland 1-1.

Waltman Putting Up Big Numbers In Goal:
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman has 45 saves in nine 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 four save performances in the Pac-10 this season. He tallied a career high 10 at Cal Oct. 13, which is the second-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 third in the conference with Peter Billmeyer's nine save performance vs. Air Force Sept. 6. Waltman ranks second in the Pac-10 with 5.2 saves per game.

Overtime Woes:
Five of Washington's 14 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.

Husky Leaders:
Senior Dayo Oyetuga leads the Huskies with nine points (four goals, one assist)...sophomore Brett Wiesner is second with eight points on four goals...Junior transfers Patrick Tanner and Sean Giudice, as well as freshman defender Kevin Murray, have two goals each...Eight UW players have accounted for the team's 17 goals...Eight different Huskies have one assist each including five newcomers...Sophomore C.J. Klaas and junior Seth Marsh lead all Huskies with four assists each...Wiesner has two game-winning goals, while Oyetuga and freshman Jeff Hoover each have one.

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 138-54-21 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 will remain on the road next week for their final regular season road game of 2002. UW will face Oregon State, Sun., Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore.

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