No. 21 UW Men Host Husky Fever Classic This Weekend
Sept. 21, 2004
Washington men's soccer, ranked 21st by Soccer America, remains at home for the second straight week, hosting the 16th annual Husky Fever Classic at Husky Soccer Field, Friday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 26. Washington's (5-4-1) first opponent will be UC Irvine (2-4-0), Friday at 7 p.m. No. 20 Portland (4-1-0) and Akron (4-1-1) kick off the tournament with a 4:30 p.m. match on Friday. Sunday's matches feature Portland versus UC Irvine at 11 a.m. and Washington versus Akron at 1:30 p.m.
Husky Fever Classic:
The Husky Fever Classic champion will be determined based on the following tie-breaking system: 1) win/loss record, 2) head-to-head competition, 3) goal difference, 4) goals scored and 5) goals allowed. A most valuable player on offense and defense will be named. Washington has won eight of the 15 Husky Classic crowns, while Portland has captured five titles. The only other teams to have taken titles are Marquette in 1997 and Connecticut in 2002. Washington won last year's crown, while then-sophomore Leo Totev was named Offensive MVP.
Win, Lose and Draw:
Last week saw the Huskies tally a win, a loss and a tie. Washington wrapped its season-opening six game road trip at Portland on Wed., Sept. 15, failing to outlast the Pilots and losing 2-1. Junior Mike Chabala scored UW's only goal on a penalty kick in the 60th minute. It marked the first time this season junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander allowed more than one goal. Happy to be home to host the Husky Invitational, Washington used a late goal from sophomore Kevin Forrest to down St. Mary's 1-0, Fri., Sept. 17. Forrest, a second-half substitute, scored in the 88th minute. It was the fourth shutout of the year for Eylander. In the final day of the Husky Invitational Sept. 19, the Huskies did battle with Denver and ended in a 1-1 deadlock in double overtime. The Pioneers got on the board first in the 24th minute, and UW had the equalizer in the 64th minute. Senior All-American C.J. Klaas scored off a cross from senior Casey Armstrong. Neither team could capitalize on numerous scoring chances later in the game and in overtime. UC Riverside, a team that Washington did not face in the tourney, was crowned Husky Invitational champion with a 2-0 record. Highlander forward Luc Harrington was named Offensive MVP, while UW's Chabala was named Defensive MVP.
Huskies Fall In National Rankings:
Owning a season-high ranking of No. 10 from Soccer America last week, the Huskies fell to No. 21 in the publication's poll for this week. After receiving a No. 18 billing in the NSCAA/adidas poll, UW completely dropped from that Top-25 this week.
UW's six-game road trip to open the season was 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.
Sharing The Wealth:
Seven different Huskies have accounted for UW's 12 goals this season. Freshman Brett Hite, senior Casey Armstrong, senior C.J. Klaas, junior Mike Chabala and sophomore Kevin Forrest each have two goals each. Juniors Leo Totev and Evan Cummings each have one goal.
Scouting Portland (4-1-0):
The Pilots should be well-rested when they arrive in Seattle, having not played since their match with Washington on Sept. 15. Portland's only loss this year came at the hands of South Carolina. In addition to Washington, Portland has picked up wins versus Sacramento State, UAB and College of Charleston. Christopher Sanders leads the team with three goals and one assist, while Miguel Guante also has seven points with two goals and three assists. Portland has outscored its opponents 11-5, posting two shutouts. In goal, Luis Robles has a 0.99 goals against average and has made 19 saves.
Scouting UC Irvine (2-4-0):
The Anteaters hope to snap a two-game losing streak this weekend. UCI suffered back-to-back losses in the Titan Classic at Cal State Fullerton last week. Irvine lost 2-0 to Stanford and 2-1 to Cal. The Anteaters' two wins have come against DePaul (2-0) and Wisconsin-Green Bay (1-0, OT). Brad Evans leads the team with two goals and two assists. UCI has been outscored 9-5. Ryan Mathy has played six games as goalkeeper, recording two shutouts and a 1.34 goals against average. The Huskies are 3-0 in the all-time series with UC Irvine. The last time these two teams met was in 2000.
Scouting Akron (4-1-1):
The Zips come to Seattle in the midst of a four-match road trip. Last weekend, Akron split a pair at the Penn State Nike Classic, defeating Ohio State 3-1, before falling to the host Nittany Lions, 4-0. Alex Odwell leads the team with four goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Justin Christafaris has posted three shutouts and tallied 23 saves. Sunday will mark the second all-time meeting between Washington and Akron. These teams met in 2000, with UW earning the 3-0 victory on a neutral field. This will be the Zips' first trip to Seattle.
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.
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 166-72-29 (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 158-64-24 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. 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 is back out on the road, traveling to Southern California for a match at UC Riverside, Friday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., before opening Pac-10 play at UCLA, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 12 p.m.