Huskies Return To Action At Marquette Invitational In Milwaukee
Sept. 15, 2003
After taking a week off, Washington men's soccer (2-0-1) returns to action this weekend when it heads to the Marquette Invitational at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. The Huskies will face Michigan in its first-round match, Fri., Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. PT, before a showdown with host Marquette, Sun., Sept. 21, at 12 p.m. PT. South Florida, which faces Marquette and Michigan, rounds out the four-team field. Washington is coming off a 1-0 shutout of Northwest rival Portland on Sept. 5. The Huskies won the other tournament they played in this season, the Nike Portland Invitational, held Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.
Noting The Huskies:
Just three games into the 2003 season, Washington is already off to a strong start with an overall record of 2-0-1. The Huskies are a young team with eight starters being either freshmen or sophomores. With a 1-0 win over Portland, Sept. 5, head coach Dean Wurzberger earned his 150th career victory, coaching 12 years at Washington and one at Sacramento State. Junior Casey Armstrong was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for scoring the game-winner in UW's contest with Portland. Sophomore newcomer Leo Totev has jumped out to an early team lead with two goals and one assist. Senior Troy Ready also has two goals, while senior Sean Giudice has one goal and two assists under his belt. Senior Danny Waltman has started all three games in goal, posting a 0.62 goals against average, 14 saves and one shutout. Washington has outscored its opponents 7-2 and outshot them 42-30.
Washington has not appeared in either the NSCAA/adidas coaches or the Soccer America Top-25 polls this season. The Huskies were tabbed 23rd in the College Soccer News preseason poll, and are ranked 17th according to this week's poll.
Michigan, coached by Steve Burns, is 4-2-0 overall and is coming off a 1-1 showing at the Nike Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., last weekend. The Wolverines fell 1-0 to fifth-ranked North Carolina, before pulling out a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over UNC Greensboro. Mychal Turpin scored all four goals for Michigan, including the golden goal in the 98th minute. Turpin leads the team with a season total of six. Marquette brings a 3-3-0 overall record to this weekend's tournament, a mark that includes a 2-0 record at home. The Golden Eagles picked up wins versus Denver, DePaul and Evansville, while losing to Air Force, Illinois-Chicago and Oakland. Washington and Marquette have played one common opponent in Oakland. The Huskies tied Oakland 1-1 at the Nike Invitational. The Golden Eagles, coached by Steve Adlard, are led by sophomore Blair Kohlmeyer with four goals. Freshman Matt Blouin has two goals, while goalkeeper Adam Ubert has tallied two shutouts. South Florida is 3-2-1, picking up wins versus Florida Atlantic, Furman and Providence. The Bulls are led by Hunter West, who has already scored seven goals in six games
Friday marks the first ever meeting between Washington and Michigan, while UW and Marquette have met five previous times. The Huskies lead the all-time series 3-2-0 and have won the last two meetings. Last year, UW defeated Marquette 3-2 in Seattle at the Nike Husky Classic.
Home Sweet Home For Wiesner:
This weekend will mark a homecoming of sorts for Husky junior forward Brett Wiesner. Wiesner, last year's leading scorer, is a native of Brookfield, Wis., where he attended Brookfield East High School. Should Wiesner play against Michigan or Marquette, it will be his season debut as he sat out the first three games with a strained hamstring injury suffered in an Aug. 20 exhibition match with Seattle University. As a prep standout, Wiesner was the NSCAA Wisconsin State Player of the Year and the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior.
Last Game Recap:
Behind junior Casey Armstrong's goal in the 56th minute, UW blanked Northwest rival Portland 1-0 in the Huskies' home opener at Husky Soccer Field, Sept. 5. Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger picked up his 150th career win, improving his overall collegiate coaching record to 150-65-27. Wurzberger is in his 12th year at Washington, and 13th overall. It was Armstrong's header off a perfectly placed cross from sophomore Leo Totev that sealed the win for UW. Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas led the Husky attack with a game-high five shots, while senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman made five saves to record a shutout.
Armstrong Named Pac-10 POW:
Husky forward Casey Armstrong was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 2-8. Armstrong scored to lift UW over Portland, 1-0, in the Huskies' home opener Sept. 5. It was Armstrong's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Washington's sixth all-time.
Newcomers Making An Impact:
Coach Wurzberger is already heavily relying upon his younger players with eight starters being either freshmen or sophomores. Four of those underclassmen are newcomers to the team in sophomore Leo Totev and true freshmen Kevin Forrest, Will Flanagan and Ty Harden. Totev already leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist), scoring two goals in his Husky debut versus UNLV, Aug. 30. Forrest also scored his first collegiate goal versus UNLV, while Flanagan and Harden have shored up a Husky back line that has allowed just two goals this season.
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. Ready sat out Washington's last game versus Portland serving a red card suspension from the previous match.
Washington has played the first three matches of 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 to action this weekend. Marsh's projected return looks to be by October.
2003 Husky Outlook:
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.
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 reached the 150 career-win milestone with a 1-0 victory over Portland, Sept. 5. Wurzberger has an overall head coaching mark of 150-65-27 (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 142-57-22 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Bill May, Seth Spidahl and Darren Sawatzky.
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.
Mike Chabala Online Diary:
Starting sophomore midfielder Mike Chabala is chronicling the 2003 Husky soccer season in an online diary at www.gohuskies.com. From the UW front page, click on the men's soccer link to see Chabala's weekly entries.
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 www.gohuskies.com. General admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Other ticket options are also available, including group and family plans.
Washington returns home to Seattle to host the Husky Fever Classic, Sept. 26 and Sept. 28, at Husky Soccer Field. Portland, Kentucky and South Carolina round out the four-team field. The Huskies' first-round opponent will be Kentucky, while Portland will square off with South Carolina. Washington will face South Carolina on Sept. 28, following Portland's match with Kentucky.