Huskies Make Home Debut Friday Hosting Northwest Rival Portland

Sept. 3, 2003

This Week:
After making its season debut by winning the Nike Portland Invitational last weekend, Washington men's soccer (1-0-1) returns to Seattle for its home opener with Northwest rival Portland (1-1-0), Fri., Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. These long-time rivals did not face each other in Portland's tournament.

UW Wins Portland Invitational:
The Huskies made a stellar season debut, winning the Nike Portland Invitational held Aug. 30, and Sept. 1, by virtue of goal differential. Led by sophomore newcomer Leo Totev, Washington exploded for a 5-1 first-round win over UNLV. Also getting into the scoring act were freshman Kevin Forrest, senior Troy Ready and senior Sean Giudice. Junior C.J. Klaas, the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, added a pair of assists. It had been three years since UW scored as many as five goals, the last time being a 7-0 shutout of Cal on Oct. 8, 2000. In its second game of the tournament, Washington battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with Oakland. Ready scored the lone goal for the Huskies.

Wurzberger One Shy Of 150 Career Wins:
Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger needs just one more win under his belt to reach 150 career victories has a collegiate coach. Wurzberger, in his 12th season with the Huskies and 13th overall, has compiled an overall record of 149-65-27. His Washington record stands at 141-57-22. Prior to arriving in Seattle for the 1992 season, Wurzberger coached one year at Sacramento State in 1985.

Totev Named To College Soccer News National Team of the Week:
Sophomore Leo Totev was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, ending Aug. 31. In his Husky debut, Totev scored the first two Washington goals of the season in the teams' season opener with UNLV, Aug. 30. Totev's first goal tied the game at 1-1 in the 32nd minute, while his second, the eventual game-winner, came just one minute later.

Scouting Portland:
The Pilots posted a 1-1 record at the Portland Invitational, suffering a 2-1 double overtime loss to Oakland in the first round, followed by a 2-0 shutout over UNLV. The Pilots return seven starters and 18 letterwinners from the 2003 roster. Last year, Portland finished with a 13-6-1 overall record and won the West Coast Conference title with a 5-1-0 league mark. The PIlots dropped out of the Soccer America and NSCAA Coaches Poll this week, after opening with a No. 22 billing in both preseason polls.

Series Notes:
The Washington-Portland rivalry dates back to 1965, with the Huskies leading the all-time series 21-12-3. Washington is 8-5-2 against Portland on its home field. Last year, the teams battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in Portland. The last Husky win was a 4-3 victory at home on Nov. 9, 2001. The Huskies and Pilots have met five times in the NCAA Playoffs.

Klaas Named Soccer America Preseason All-American:
Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas was named a Preseason All-American by Soccer America, announced Aug. 26. Klaas was one of three Pac-10 players on the list, joined by Stanford defender Chad Marshall and UCLA midfielder Adolfo Gregorio. Klaas was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an NSCAA All-Far West Region second team pick in 2002. He was also the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001.

Washington has not appeared in either of the first two NSCAA/adidas coaches or the Soccer America Top-25 polls this season. The Huskies were tabbed 23rd in the College Soccer News preseason poll, but fell to 24th in the Aug. 31 ranking.

Hot Start For Ready:
Redshirt-senior Troy Ready, whose Husky career has been plagued by injury, kicked off his final year at Washington scoring one goal in each of the first two matches of the season, the first two of his career. Ready's first collegiate goal came in the 59th minute of play against UNLV, Aug. 30, the fourth goal on the day for Washington. Then versus Oakland, his 12-yard bullet tied the match at 1-1 just 42 seconds into the first half. A tie proved all that the Huskies needed to win the Portland Invitational on goal differential. Heading into this year, Ready had played 12 matches and started three. He did not play in 2000 and redshirted the 2001 season due to injuries.

Newcomers Making An Impact:
Leo Totev was one of four Husky newcomers to earn starts in Washington's season opening matches with UNLV and Oakland, last weekend. Joining Totev in the starting lineup were freshmen Kevin Forrest, Will Flanagan and Ty Harden. Forrest scored his first collegiate goal versus UNLV, while Flanagan and Harden made their debut in the Husky back line.

Injury Update:
Washington opened the season without the services of two of its top players, senior Seth Marsh and junior Brett Wiesner. Marsh is rehabilitating a sprained right knee (MCL), while Wiesner has been out with a strained left hamstring, an injury suffered in UW's exhibition game with Seattle University. Wiesner is listed as day-to-day and could return in Friday's match with Portland. Marsh's projected return looks to be by October.

2003 Husky Preview:
The Huskies return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's squad that went 6-10-3 overall, and finished fifth in conference play with a 3-7 Pac-10 record. The 2002 season was quite uncharacteristic of previous Husky tradition, as it was UW's first non-winning season since 1991 and the first losing season since 1968. Last year also marked the first time in eight seasons that UW did not earn an NCAA Tournament berth. But led by 12-year head coach Dean Wurzberger, Washington will be eager to take the field this fall with the goal of restoring its winning tradition. The 2003 squad features returning All-Pac-10 selections C.J. Klaas (first-team), Brett Wiesner (second-team) and Seth Marsh (honorable mention). Klaas, a junior midfielder, was also an NSCAA All-Far West Region second-team pick last season. Wiesner, a junior forward, returns as the Huskies' leading scorer from a year ago, after notching a team-high seven goals in 2002. Seniors Sean Giudice (F), Marsh (D), Troy Ready (MF) and Danny Waltman (GK) will also be looked upon to provide leadership for this Husky squad that is made up of 65 percent freshmen and sophomores. Additional returning players who should make an impact include juniors Joe Birklid (D) and Casey Armstrong (F), as well as sophomores Gavin Hobbs (MF/D), Mike Chabala (MF), Chris Eylander (GK), Jeff Hoover (MF) and Kevin Murray (D). Nine newcomers have joined the team this year, including five freshmen and four transfers. Eight of those nine players hail from the Pacific Northwest.

Exhibition Recaps:
The Huskies played a pair of exhibition games at home to tune-up for the regular season slate. Washington opened with a 1-0 loss to Seattle University on Aug. 20, the only goal coming on a header by Pat Doran off James Vert's corner kick in the 40th minute. The Redhawks outshot the Huskies 16-11, including 11 first-half shots. Six Husky newcomers saw action in the match, including starts for freshman Will Flanagan, sophomore transfer Hans Esterhuizen and freshman Derek Crismier. Washington bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Seattle Pacific on Aug. 23. Goals from second-half substitutions Kevin Forrest and Sean Giudice, lifted UW to the win. SPU's goal came on a free kick by Michael Morris.

Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 12th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger looks to lead his Huskies to their eighth NCAA tournament berth in nine seasons. He is also just one win shy of reaching 150 career victories with an overall head coaching mark of 149-65-27 (11 years at Washington, one year at Sacramento State). Under Wurzberger's guidance, Washington was one of only seven schools in the country to make seven consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1995 to 2001. His 2000 team won the inaugural Pac-10 Conference championship, following two consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles. Wurzberger's overall record of 141-57-22 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Bill May, Seth Spidahl and Darren Sawatzky.

Huskies Picked To Finish Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
The Washington men's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 standings this season, as voted upon by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office. Defending NCAA and Pac-10 champion UCLA was selected to repeat its first-place finish from last year. The Bruins received four first-place votes, while Stanford, picked to finish second, received two. Cal was chosen to finish third, followed by Washington, Oregon State and Fresno State. In last year's Pac-10 standings, Cal finished second behind UCLA, while NCAA runner-up Stanford placed third. Oregon State was fourth, followed by fifth-place Washington and sixth-place Fresno State. In addition to UCLA and Stanford, Cal and Oregon State advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

2003 Recruiting Class Nationally Recognized:
The Huskies received a No. 28 billing in the College Soccer News ranking of the Top-40 recruiting classes in the nation. The Huskies 2003 recruiting class is made up of Northwest standouts Derek Crismier (Redmond, Wash.), Matt Fischer (Sammamish, Wash.), Will Flanagan (Ridgefield, Wash.), Ty Harden (Junction City, Ore.) and Kevin Forrest (Edmonds, Wash.). UCLA's recruiting class received top billing, followed by St. Louis, Notre Dame, SMU and North Carolina to round out the Top-Five.

Ticket Information:
Season tickets are available for the 2003 Washington men's soccer season and can be obtained through the Husky Ticket Office (206-543-2200). Advanced single-game tickets are also available at the ticket office or on-line at General admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Other ticket options are also available, including group and family plans.

Up Next:
Washington will take next week off in preparation for the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis., Fri., Sept. 19, and Sun., Sept. 21. The Huskies will face Michigan in the first-round of play on Sept. 19, (3:30 p.m. PT), followed by a match with host Marquette on Sept. 21 (12 p.m. PT).

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