Husky Men Make Bay Area Swing This Weekend
Oct. 7, 2003
After wrapping up its longest homestand of the year last weekend, Washington men's soccer (7-1-1, 1-1 Pac-10) now takes to the road and heads to the Bay Area for a pair of Pac-10 matches with Cal (5-4-1, 1-0 Pac-10) and Stanford (2-6-2, 0-1 Pac-10). UW will face Cal, Fri., Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. in Berkeley, before a showdown with Stanford, Sun., Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. in Palo Alto.The Huskies opened conference action last weekend by splitting a pair of matches, defeating Fresno State, 2-0, before a 1-0 setback to then-No. 2 UCLA, their first loss of the season. Washington, winner of six of its last seven contests, jumped from 13th to eighth in this week's NSCAA/adidas rankings, while UCLA moved to No. 1.
Noting The Huskies:
The Huskies met adversity for the first time this season, suffering their first defeat to then-No. 2 UCLA, 1-0, on Sun., Oct. 5. Until that point, UW had opened the season unbeaten in its first eight games, had posted three shutouts and had outscored its opponents 19-6. Washington's match with UCLA also marked the first time the Husky offense had been held without a goal. Until that point, the Huskies had scored at least two goals in their last five matches. UW went 1-1 in its Pac-10 opening weekend, defeating Fresno State 2-0 on Fri., Oct. 3. The Huskies will be on the road for the next two weeks before returning home to host Gonzaga in a non-conference match, Sun., Oct. 26. The Huskies are a young team with freshmen and sophomores filling eight starting roles. Led by senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman, the Husky defense has allowed just seven goals to their own 19. Anchoring the UW backline are freshmen Ty Harden and Will Flanagan, and sophomore Kevin Murray. Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas leads the team with 12 points on three goals and a team-high five assists. Sophomore newcomer Leo Totev, a center midfielder, has emerged as the Huskies' top offensive player to this point, scoring a team-high five goals. Ten different Huskies have recorded either a goal or an assist so far this season. In goal, Waltman boasts an 0.78 goals against average and has posted three shutouts.
California, ranked 22nd according to this week's Soccer America poll, is 1-0 in Pac-10 play this year after a 3-1 win over rival Stanford on Sunday. Junior foward Mike Munoz was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance versus the Cardinal. Munoz notched a goal and an assist in the match and currently ranks second on the team with seven points (two goals/3 assists). Carl Acosta leads the team with 14 points on seven goals. The Golden Bears have won two straight and three of their last four matches. Washington and California have yet to play a common opponent this season. Last year, Cal finished second in the Pac-10 with a 6-3-1 league mark and ahead of Stanford which advanced to the NCAA final versus UCLA.
Washington leads the all-time series with California 17-7-4. The last two years, these teams have split their pair of conference matches. In 2002, both games went into overtime, with UW pulling out a 2-1 thriller in Seattle on Nov. 15 over then-No. 5 Cal. Sean Giudice scored on header off a corner kick from Mike Chabala right at the final horn of the first overtime period. That victory came after the Golden Bears showcased their own overtime magic on a goal by Mike Munoz in 99th minute to secure a 2-1 victory in Berkeley on Oct. 13.
After finishing third in the Pac-10 and advancing to the finals of the 2002 College Cup, Stanford has only posted an overall record of 2-6-2 so far this year, including an 0-1 start to Pac-10 play. The Cardinal fell to rival Cal, 3-1, on the road, dropping their fifth road contest. Stanford is still looking to rebound from an early season six-game streak in which it failed to win a match. Matt Janusz leads the team with seven points on three goals and one assist, while James Twellman is right behind him with 6 points on two goals and two assists. Robby Fulton and Andrew Kartunen have split the goalkeeping duties, with Fulton recording a 1.07 goals against average and Kartunen averaging 1.58 goals per game.
The all-time series between Washington and Stanford has remained close throughout the years, with UW holding a slight 15-13 advantage. But the Huskies will look to snap a five-match losing streak against the Cardinal that dates back to 2000. Last year, Stanford downed Washington, 2-0, in Palo Alto, on Oct. 11, before a, 2-1, overtime win in Seattle on Nov. 17.
Last Week Recap:
The Huskies opened Pac-10 play at home by splitting a pair of matches with Fresno State and No. 2 UCLA. Washington extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-0 blanking of the Bulldogs. Freshman defender Ty Harden scored his first collegiate goal that eventually became the game-winner. Harden headed a free kick from junior C.J. Klaas into the net to get UW on the board in the 69th minute, before fellow freshman Kevin Forrest followed up with his third goal of the season in the 88th minute. Klaas also assisted Forrest's goal for a team-leading five assists. Senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman secured his second-straight shutout and third of the year. UW was unable to keep its momentum going against the second-ranked and defending NCAA champion Bruins. UCLA's Benny Feilhaber scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute to down Washington, 1-0. It was the first shutout of the year over UW and snapped a six-game winning streak. The Huskies had also scored at least two goals in each of the previous five games.
The Huskies made another big jump in the national rankings this week, climbing from No. 13 to No. 8 in the NSCAA/adidas poll. UW is also ranked eighth by Soccer Times, ninth by Soccer America and 10th by College Soccer News. Unranked at the beginning of the season, Washington made its season debut in the coaches poll at No. 22 on Sept. 22.
The Huskies are 6-0 when they are the first team to score in a match this season. Only three times has UW failed to net the first goal of the game, resulting in one win, one tie and one loss. Washington came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat UNLV 5-1. After trailing Oakland 1-0, UW came back to knot the game at 1-1 but the match eventually ended in a tie. The Huskies weren't as fortunate vs. UCLA, failing to score in a 1-0 loss to the Bruins.
In The Pac:
Washington was the last unbeaten team standing when Pac-10 play opened last weekend, before falling to UCLA on Sunday. Junior midfielder C.J. Klaas ranks among the league's top-10 in every single offensive catgory: shots (third, 28), points (seventh, 11), goals (t-seventh, 3), assists (t-fourth, 5), shots per game (second, 3.11), points per game (seventh, 1.22), goals per game (t-seventh, 0.33), assists per game (fourth, 0.56) and game-winning goals (t-third, 2). Sophomore midfielder Leo Totev ranks among the top-10 in all but two categories.
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 is the team leader with five goals, including a pair of two-goal performances vs. UNLV and South Carolina. Forrest has already netted three goals to go along with one assist. Flanagan and Harden, who scored his first collegiate goal vs. Fresno State, have shored up a Husky back line that has allowed seven goals in nine games.
Senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman is making the most of his senior campaign, excelling for the Huskies this season. Through nine games, Waltman ranks third in the Pac-10 with a 0.78 goals against average and is tied for second in both shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.33). He also ranks second in the conference with 39 saves. His season-high save performance was eight versus Michigan, two shy of his career high of 10 set versus Cal last year.
Junior forward Brett Wiesner, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last year, made his season debut last weekend. Wiesner, who had missed the first seven games of the season due to a strained hamstring injury, eased his way back into the lineup, playing less than 20 minutes each match vs. Fresno State and UCLA. UW is still without the services of senior Seth Marsh who is rehabilitating a sprained right knee (MCL).
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 155-66-27 (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 147-58-22 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Bill May, Seth Spidahl and Darren Sawatzky.
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 continues a three-match road-trip, facing Oregon State, Sun., Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in Corvallis. The Huskies will then take a break from conference play to host Gonzaga, Sun., Oct. 26, at 2 p.m.