Husky Men's Soccer 2003 Schedule Announced

Aug. 11, 2003

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SEATTLE - The 2003 schedule for the Washington men's soccer team will once again feature some fierce competition, a slate highlighted by seven 2002 NCAA Tournament opponents including defending NCAA champion UCLA and NCAA runner-up Stanford.

'It is an excellent schedule,' 12-year head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'Certainly one that will allow Seattle fans to see us play some quality teams here and then we'll of course have our challenges on the road. I like the tests that we'll have to face before we go into conference play. We'll have some excellent sides before then which will hopefully prepare us for taking a run at the Pac-10 Championship.'

The Huskies will tune-up for the regular season slate with a pair of exhibition matches at home against cross-town rivals Seattle University, Wed., Aug. 20, and Seattle Pacific, Sat., Aug. 23. Both contests will be held at Husky Soccer Field at 7 p.m.

Washington's preseason docket includes two tournaments on the road, the first hosted by the University of Portland and the second at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. The Huskies will open the 2003 regular season at the Portland tournament with matches against UNLV on Aug. 30, and Oakland University on Sept. 1. Following its home opener versus perennial power and arch-rival, Portland, on Sept. 5, (7 p.m.), Washington hits the road again for a tournament in Milwaukee. The Huskies will face Michigan (Sept. 19) and host Marquette (Sept. 21).

UW returns home to host its own tournament action, as the Husky Fever Classic features Portland, South Carolina and Kentucky. Washington's matches will be against Kentucky (Sept. 26, 7 p.m.) and South Carolina (Sept. 28, 1:30 p.m.).

The Huskies open Pac-10 play at home with Fresno State and defending national champion UCLA, Oct. 3 (7:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 (2:30 p.m.), respectively. Following trips to Cal, Stanford and Oregon State, Washington will entertain Gonzaga at Husky Soccer Field on Oct. 26 (2 p.m.).

Washington then resumes conference action with home games versus Stanford (Oct. 31, 7 p.m.), Cal (Nov. 2, 2 p.m.) and Oregon State (Nov. 16, 2 p.m.). UW is on the road at UCLA Nov. 7, (7 p.m.) and at Fresno State, Nov. 9, (2 p.m.).

UW returns 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's squad that went 6-10-3 overall, and placed fifth in the Pac-10 with a conference record of 3-7-0.

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