UNLV FILA Invitational Up Next For No. 18 Huskies As Road Trip Continues
Sept. 8, 2004
Washington men's soccer, ranked 18th in the NSCAA/adidas poll and 20th by Soccer America, continues its season-opening road trip, traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., for the UNLV FILA Invitational this weekend. The Huskies (2-1-0) will face host UNLV (1-1), Fri., Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. and Creighton (2-0), Sun., Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Washington will be facing its third Top-25 opponent of the season, as the Creighton BlueJays are ranked 13th in the NSCAA/adidas poll and 25th in the Soccer America poll. Rounding out the four-team tournament field will be UCLA (No. 6-NSCAA/adidas and No. 2-Soccer America). UCLA will face Creighton in the tournament opener Friday at 4:30 p.m., and then face UNLV on Sunday at noon in the first game of the doubleheader. Live scoring for UW's matches can be accessed on www.gohuskies.com.
Huskies Answer Early Test:
The Huskies faced an early season test last week facing Gonzaga, No. 5 Connecticut and No. 2 St. John's on the road. Showing it can play with the best teams in the nation, Washington posted two shutouts and allowed just one goal in the three games. The only goal allowed came to the nation's second-ranked team in St. John's playing on their home field. UW defeated Gonzaga 3-0 in its season opener on the road, with freshman Brett Hite scoring his first collegiate goal just two minutes and 16 seconds into his Husky debut. Senior C.J. Klaas and junior Leo Totev added goals to fuel the UW attack. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander posted four saves for the shutout. Then it was on to the East Coast, where UW did battle with the 'other' Huskies, UConn. The Washington defense shutout then-No. 5 Connecticut, 1-0. Eylander picked up his second consecutive shutout and posted four saves on 12 shots from UConn. Senior Casey Armstrong's goal in the 12th minute proved to be all UW would need. Then the Huskies held off a strong St. John's team for 79 minutes, only to have the Red Storm score at the 79:29 minute mark. No. 2 St. John's held on for the1-0 victory, as Eylander staved off 13 shots from the Red Storm.
Eylander Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
For his outstanding play in goal last week, Chris Eylander was the first of the year to be named Pac-10 Player of the Week. It is the first ever honor for the junior goalkeeper from Sumner, Wash., and the 10th all-time honor for the Huskies. Eylander tallied 12 saves, two shutouts and one goal allowed in the three opening games for Washington.
Huskies Climb In The Rankings:
Washington increased its standing in both the NSCAA/adidas poll (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and the Soccer America poll. UW, which only received votes in the preseason NSCAA poll, moved up to 18th, while in Soccer America the Huskies moved from No. 21 to No. 20.
Washington plays its first six games on the road before coming home to host consecutive tournaments. Following this weekend's tournament in Las Vegas, the Huskies will still counter Portland on its home field in a mid-week game, Wed., Sept. 15. UW's six-game road trip to open the season is its longest since opening with its first seven games on the road in 1999. That year, UW played in three tournaments before coming home to Husky Soccer Field. In 1999, Washington posted an overall record of 15-5 and finished first in the Mountain Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
The Rebels opened their season at the UC Irvine Men's Soccer Classic last week, falling to San Diego in the opener, 3-0, but bouncing back to defeat Navy 1-0. Rod Dyachenko has scored the lone goal for UNLV this season, but Boomer Arbelaez leads the team with nine shots so far. Peter Clitheroe played both games at goalkeeper and has an early 1.50 goals against average. The Revels finished 6-12 last season, 3-3 in the MPSF. Washington leads the all-time series with UNLV, 5-2-2, its last win coming last season (5-1) at the Portland Invitational.
The Bluejays opened the season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2000, while hosting and winning the Diadora Challenge. Creighton shutdown Western Michigan 4-0, before posting a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Loyola Marymount. Julian Nash was named tournament MVP, scoring one goal and adding two assists. Andrew Peterson, Matt Wieland and Joan Carvajal made the all-tournament team. Creighton posted a 12-6-4 overall record last year, 7-1-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Washington trails the all-time series with Creighton 0-2. These teams met in 2000 (UW lost 2-0 at Omaha) and 2002 (UW lost 2-1 in overtime at Husky Soccer Field).
Klaas Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List:
Senior C.J. Klaas is one of 25 players named to the watch list of candidates for the 2004 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The list was compiled by a coaching panel for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), which serves as the official selection body for the MAC's Hermann Trophy. The 25 players on the watch list are considered to be among the top players entering the 2004 college season. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in November, with three finalists selected in early December. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 8, 2005. Klaas was one of 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 2003. Already a highly decorated athlete for the Huskies, Klaas became the first Washington player to ever earn NSCAA first-team All-America acclaim last year. This year he is also vying to become the first three-time first-team All-Pac-10 player in school history.
Freshmen Forwards Make Early Splash:
The freshmen forward trio of Ely Allen, Brett Hite and Spencer Schmidt wasted no time getting into the offensive action on the Husky frontline. Hite scored his first collegiate goal just over two minutes into his Husky debut in UW's opener with Gonzaga. Hite ended up with five shots in the three games. Schmidt racked up an assist versus Gonzaga as well, assisting Leo Totev's goal in the 72nd minute. Allen is still shy of scoring his first collegiate goal, but has a team-high six shots. Both Hite and Allen have started two of the first three matches.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 13th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger has guided the Huskies to eight NCAA tournament berths in nine seasons. He reached the 150 win milestone for both his career and Washington overall records last year. Wurzberger's 150th career win came with a 1-0 victory over Portland, Sept. 5, 2003, while his 150th win as Husky head coach came with Washington's 3-1 win over Stanford, Oct. 31, 2003. Wurzberger has an overall head coaching mark of 163-71-28 (12 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 155-63-23 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Matthew Olson and Darren Sawatzky.
Huskies Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
The Huskies were picked to finish third in this year's Pac-10 standings according to a vote of the leagues coaches, the conference announced Aug. 17. UCLA, coming off its second consecutive Pac-10 title in 2003, was picked to win a third straight conference crown. UCLA received three first place votes, while Cal (picked to finish second) received one. The final first-place vote went to Washington. Stanford was selected to finish fourth, followed by Oregon State.
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. Junior C.J. Klaas became the first UW player to ever earn NSCAA First-Team All-America honors and joined seven of his teammates on the All-Pac-10 team. Klaas was a first-team selection for the second-straight year, while freshman Ty Harden and seniors Troy Ready and Danny Waltman earned second-team acclaim. Four Huskies earned honorable mention honors. Also honored for his efforts in the classroom, Waltman was named a second-team NSCAA Academic All-American.
2004 Husky Promotions:
The Washington men's soccer promotional schedule has been announced for the 2004 season, a slate that includes autograph day on Sun., Oct. 10, and Washington State Youth Soccer Day, on Sun., Oct. 17. Washington's opening home weekend will be the Husky Invitational held Sept. 17, and Sept. 19, which will be Camp Reunion and Tyee Weekend. A very popular promotion is Autograph Day, where all Husky players will sign autographs following their match with Stanford on Sun., Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. On Sun., Oct. 17 will be WSYSA Day, which includes free admission for all WSYSA members (under 12) with a coupon. The Huskies play Oregon State at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, a part of a doubleheader with the UW women's team that takes on UCLA at 12 p.m. Senior Night will take place on Fri., Nov. 5. That night is also UW Faculty/Staff Night and is also a part of a doubleheader with the Husky women. The women counter Stanford prior to the men's game at 5 p.m. A complete schedule of this season's promotional events can be found on'www.gohuskies.com, the official website for Husky Athletics. Just click on the men's soccer page. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.gohuskies.com, by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or at the Husky Soccer Stadium box office beginning one hour prior to the game. Group discounts are available by calling 206-616-6194.
Washington culminates the six-game road trip at Portland, Wed., Sept. 15. The 7 p.m. game will be the first ever men's game played under the lights at Merlo Field. The Huskies will then host the Husky Invitational, Fri., Sept. 17 and Sun., Sept. 19. UW will play St. Mary's on Friday, Denver on Sunday. UC Riverside rounds out the four-team field.