Men's Soccer Set For Monday Night Exhibition At Seattle Pacific
Aug. 20, 2004
THIS WEEK: Washington men's soccer will have one exhibition tune-up in preparation for the start of the 2004 season. The Huskies will play at city rival Seattle Pacific, Mon., Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. The season can't begin soon enough for UW head coach Dean Wurzberger, as the Huskies are looking to build upon last year's school record trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: The sky is the limit for a Husky team that returns a wealth of talent from one of its best teams in school history. Wurzberger's squad features 12 returning letterwinners from last year's team, including eight starters. Among those starters is senior All-American C.J. Klaas (D), who already begins this year on the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Klaas was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2003 trophy. Additional returners looking to make a big impact on this year's squad will be seniors Casey Armstrong (F), Joe Birklid (D) and Brett Wiesner (F). UW also returns All-Pac-10 player, sophomore Ty Harden (D). Juniors Mike Chabala (MF), Leo Totev (MF) and Jeff Hoover (D) will also make big contributions this season. Sophomores Will Flanagan (D) and Kevin Forrest (F) will continue to build off stellar rookie campaigns. After serving as the backup goalkeeper for the last two years, junior Chris Eylander will take over the starting duties beginning Monday. In addition to returning a strong corps of players, Washington will welcome 10 freshman into the mix, led by the highly decorated prep forward, Ely Allen.2003 SEASON REVIEW: Last year, Washington compiled an overall record of 13-5-2, quite a turnaround from winning only six matches in 2002. The Huskies finished tied for third in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-4-1 conference mark. A win over Oregon State in its regular season finale gave the Huskies a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament. UW hosted its second round game, defeating Portland 1-0 for its first trip ever to the Sweet 16. A trip to the Elite Eight felt almost in reach when the Huskies took fourth-ranked Saint Louis into overtime, but ended up falling 3-2.SEASON OPENER AT GONZAGA: The Huskies will still have to wait another week before their official season opener, at Gonzaga, Wed., Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. That match will be the first of a six-game road trip to kick off the year. After its trip to Spokane, Washington will head to the East Coast to face Connecticut (Sept. 4) and NCAA runner-up St. John's (Sept. 6) on their home fields. Washington will play in the UNLV Fila Invitational in Las Vegas (Sept. 10 and Sept. 12), then make a stop at Portland (Sept. 15), before finally making its home opener on Fri., Sept. 17, hosting the Husky Invitational.