Huskies Return To Pac-10 Play Hosting Stanford and Cal
Oct. 29, 2003
After taking a break for a non-conference match last weekend, Washington men's soccer (9-2-2, 2-2-1 Pac-10) opens the second-half of Pac-10 play this week hosting Stanford (2-12-2, 0-7-0 Pac-10) and California (7-7-2, 3-3-1 Pac-10) at Husky Soccer Field. Washington will look for the season sweep over Stanford, as these teams square off Fri., Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The match will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest and broadcast on a tape-delayed basis, Sat., Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Ron Callan and Alan Hinton will be calling the action from the pitch. Washington will then host Cal, Sun., Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. UW and California battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in their earlier season meeting. The Huskies will host their annual alumni game at 10 a.m. on the East Practice Field, Sunday as well. The Huskies are ranked No. 25 according to the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll, while Soccer America has UW ranked No. 8.
Noting The Huskies:
With nine wins this year, Washington has proven it was capable of rebounding from a sub-par season in 2002. UW has surpassed its win total of six from last year, with its only two losses in 2003 coming to top-ranked UCLA (1-0) and Oregon State (3-1). Until its match with the Bruins on Oct. 5, UW had opened the season unbeaten in its first eight games, the best start to a season since an 8-0-2 start in 1990. Since then, the Huskies have won two of their last five matches, downing Stanford (1-0) and Gonzaga (1-0). UW suffered losses to UCLA and Oregon State, while battling to a 1-1 draw with Cal. The Husky defense, led by senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman, has frustrated opposing teams, recording five shutouts and allowing 11 goals in 13 games. Washington's offensive firepower has been bolstered by the additions of newcomers sophomore Leo Totev and freshman Kevin Forrest, while senior Troy Ready and junior C.J. Klaas are also among the team leaders in goals scored. Washington has outscored its opponents 23-11 and has outshot them 168-158. UW has also scored at least two goals in six games. The Huskies are a young team with freshmen and sophomores filling eight starting roles. Anchoring the backline are freshmen Ty Harden and Will Flanagan who have started all 13 matches. Totev has emerged as the Huskies' top offensive player to this point, with team-highs in goals (five) and points (13). Klaas, Ready and Forrest all have three goals each, while Klaas leads the team with five assists and 34 shots. Fourteen different Huskies have recorded either a goal or an assist so far this season. In goal, Waltman boasts an 0.83 goals against average, which ranks ninth on UW's single-season list. The three goals allowed to Oregon State (Oct. 19) were a season high for Waltman.
Wiesner Named Pac-10 POW:
Junior forward Brett Wiesner became the third Husky this season to garner Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Wiesner scored the game-winning goal in Washington's 1-0 win over Gonzaga (Oct. 26). He headed in a corner kick from senior Troy Ready to score the match's only goal at 13:44 into the first half. Wiesner led all players in the match with a total of eight shots. UW's leading scorer last year, Wiesner's goal vs. the Zags was his first of the season. He had played in only five games and had started just one prior to the Gonzaga game due to injury.
Scouting Stanford (2-12-2, 0-7-0):
Stanford comes to Seattle still in search of its first conference win of the 2003 season. The Cardinal is coming off back-to-back losses in Southern California to UCLA (2-0) and Fresno State (1-0), which extended its losing streak to seven. Stanford has been shutout in the last six games, with their last goal coming in a 3-1 loss to California on Oct. 5. Junior Matt Janusz leads the Cardinal in goals (3) and points (7), while junior James Twellman and freshman Bret Shimizu are tied for the team lead with two assists. Junior goalkeeper Robby Fulton has registered a team-high 46 saves.
Washington edged Stanford 1-0 in the first meeting of the season in Palo Alto, Oct. 12. Freshman Will Flanagan's first collegiate goal in the 43rd minute lifted UW to the victory which broke a five-game losing streak against the Cardinal that dated back to the 2000 season. The Huskies are looking for back-to-back wins versus Stanford for the first time since the Huskies won two straight in 2000 and 1999. UW defeated Stanford 2-1 in Palo Alto on Oct. 6, 2000, following a 1-0 win in Seattle on Oct. 24, 1999. Washington leads the all-time series vs. Stanford 16-13 and owns a 6-5 record against the Cardinal at home.
Scouting California (7-2-2, 3-3-1):
California, the Pac-10's third-place team, will take on Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday, before heading north to Seattle for Sunday's match. The Golden Bears split a pair of Pac-10 games last weekend, defeating Fresno State, 1-0, before falling to the top-ranked Bruins of UCLA, also by the score of 1-0. Carlos Acosta is the team's leader in goals (8) and points (17). Mike Munoz also has three goals and a team-high four assists. Goalkeeper Mike Oseguera has allowed 11 goals and has posted a goals against average of 0.94.
Washington and Cal battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in the teams' earlier season meeting in Berkeley on Oct. 10. Sophomore Gavin Hobbs scored the Huskies' lone goal of the game in the 35th minute, only to have the Cal's Pieter Berger score the equalizer at 53:11. It was the second tie of the season for UW. Before that match, Washington had won seven of the last nine matches against Cal dating back to 1997. The Huskies have never lost to the Bears at home, boasting an 8-0-3 record. UW leads the all-time series, 17-7-4.
Last Week Recap:
Brett Wiesner, making only his second start of the year, scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute as the Huskies downed Gonzaga, 1-0, in a non-conference contest at Husky Soccer Field, Oct. 26. Wiesner headed in a corner kick from Troy Ready to notch the match's only tally at 13:44 into the first half. Washington maintained it nearly spotless record against Gonzaga as the Huskies are now 17-0-1 all-time vs. the Bulldogs. Senior goalkeeper Danny Waltman recorded his fifth shutout of the season and made five saves.
Last week the Huskies fell from the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll, but climbed back in at the No. 25 spot this week. UW's highest ranking of the season was seventh in the Oct. 13 poll. Washington is ranked eighth according to Soccer America, Soccer Times and College Soccer News.
The Huskies are 8-0-1 when scoring first this year. Only four times has UW failed to net the first goal of the game, resulting in one win, one tie and two losses. 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 versus UCLA and Oregon State, failing to score in a 1-0 loss to the Bruins and scoring in the 81st minute vs. Oregon State.
In The Pac:
Washington enters this weekend in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-2-1 conference record. UCLA, undefeated at 7-0, is the conference leader, followed by second-place Oregon State (4-1-0). Cal is in third place (3-3-1), while Fresno State is in fifth (2-5-0) and Stanford sixth (0-7-0). The Cardinal was the NCAA runner-up one year ago. As of this week's conference rankings, junior midfielder C.J. Klaas ranks among the league's Top-10 in every single offensive category. Sophomore midfielder Leo Totev ranks in all but two categories.
Newcomers Making An Impact:
Coach Wurzberger has been 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 have each scored one goal, have shored up a Husky backline that has allowed 11 goals in 13 games.
Senior Danny Waltman is making the most of his senior campaign, excelling for the Huskies this season. Waltman's current goals against average is 0.83 which ranks ninth on UW's single season top-10 list. His season-high save performance was eight versus Michigan, two shy of his career-high of 10 set versus Cal last year. Waltman has made 60 saves this year, already tying his previous season-high of 60 set in 2002. This year, he has posted five shutouts and had allowed just two goals in five games leading up to the Oregon State game on Oct. 19. Through Oct. 26, Waltman ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.83), saves (60), save percentage (.845) and is tied for second in shutouts (five).
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 157-67-28 (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 149-59-23 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Bill May, Seth Spidahl and Darren Sawatzky.
Alumni Festivites To Be Held Nov. 2:
Come out to cheer on your favorite former Huskies at the annual alumni game, Sun., Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. The game will be held at the East Practice Field, adjacent to Husky Football Stadium. The 2003 Huskies will take on Cal later that day at 2 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.
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.
Washington will make its final road trip of the regular season to UCLA (Nov. 7) and Fresno State (Nov. 9). The Huskies host their season finale with Oregon State, Sun., Nov. 16, at 2 p.m.