No. 4 Huskies Open Second Half of Pac-10 Play At Stanford, Cal
Oct. 25, 2004
Coming off a well deserved week off and riding a five-match unbeaten streak, the fourth-ranked Washington men's soccer squad returns to the pitch this weekend in the Bay Area. The first-place Huskies (10-3-2, 3-0-1) open the second-half of Pac-10 play at Stanford (6-3-5, 1-2-2), Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a match with California (9-3-2, 1-3-1), Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2:30 p.m. Washington tied with Stanford, 2-2 in double overtime, and defeated Cal 3-0 in the previous meetings this season.
Huskies Defeat Beavers 2-0 In Northwest Battle:
Washington used goals from senior Casey Armstrong and sophomore Kevin Forrest to shut down Northwest rival Oregon State, 2-0, in the Huskies' most recent outing on Oct. 17. The Beavers were challenged early and often by a Husky offense that tallied 23 shots. Armstrong put UW on the board at 14:27, further cushioned by Forrest's team-leading sixth-goal of the year at 58:51. UW goalkeeper Chris Eylander made one save on nine shots to earn his ninth shutout of the season. Eylander is now tied for third on the Husky season list for shutouts. The victory helped UW snap its Sunday jinx at home, picking up its first Sunday afternoon win of the season at Husky Soccer Field. Until then, UW had battled to two double overtime draws and suffered one loss when playing at home on Sundays.
Huskies Climb In National Rankings:
Washington continues its climb in this week's Soccer America poll, and enters the week ranked fourth in the country. The only teams ranked higher according to the publication are No. 1 UNC Greensboro, No. 2 New Mexico and No. 3 SMU. Despite not playing this past week, UW moved up from fifth to fourth in the poll. In other polls, the Huskies rank 10th in College Soccer News, while the other two - NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times - have not yet been released for the week.
A Look At Stanford and Cal:
It's a bit of role reversal when the Huskies encounter the Cardinal and Golden Bears this week. Last time these teams met, it was Cal and Stanford who were the higher ranked teams - Cal being ranked third and Stanford seventh by Soccer America. Now the Huskies are ranked fourth, while Stanford sits at 17th and California at 18th. Stanford is winless in its last four matches. The Cardinal is coming off back-to-back losses to UCLA, and before that battled to overtime draws with UC Davis and the Huskies. Cal is also coming off a loss to UCLA its last time out. The Golden Bears' only conference win came against Oregon State on Oct. 10.
Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford, 17-13-1. The last time these teams met on Oct. 10, the Huskies and Cardinal battled to a 2-2 double overtime draw. UW freshman Ely Allen's equalizer with just 12 minutes remaining in regulation saved the Huskies from their first conference loss. UW has an even 7-7 record on Stanford's home pitch. UW also leads the all-time series with California 19-8-5. The Huskies handed the Golden Bears their first loss of the season on Oct. 8 at Husky Soccer Field with a 3-0 defeat. C.J. Klaas, Kevin Forrest and Ty Harden scored goals for Washington. UW is 7-5-1 in Berkeley.
Huskies Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington has faced six ranked opponents this season, compiling a 4-1-1 record. UW's victories came against No. 5 UConn, No. 25 Creighton, No. 12 UCLA and No. 3 California. The only loss came to then-No. 2 St. John's, with the draw coming versus then-No. 7 Stanford. UW will have a chance improve that record, facing No. 17 Stanford and No. 18 Cal, this week.
Strong Conference Start:
The last time the Huskies went unbeaten in their first four conference matches was 2000 - the year they won the inaugural Pac-10 crown. That season UW opened Pac-10 play with wins over Oregon State, Stanford and Cal. This year UW defeated UCLA, Cal and Oregon State, while tying with Stanford.
Huskies On TV:
Washington's regular season home finale versus UCLA on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. will be televised by Fox Sports Net Northwest. The match will air on a tape-delayed basis on Saturday, Nov. 6. Stay tuned for the air time.
Eylander Making Most of Starting Role:
After platooning with Danny Waltman as a freshman and serving as a back-up to Waltman last season, junior Chris Eylander finally owns the starting goalkeeping position for the Huskies in 2004. Eylander has made the most of his new role, recording nine shutouts in UW's 15 games and allowing just nine goals. His 0.58 goals against average ranks seventh on UW's single-season list, while his nine shutouts tie him for third with former UW assistant coach Bill May. Eylander started out the year allowing just one goal in UW's first four games, with that lone goal coming from the nation's second-ranked team in St. John's. For his early season efforts, Eylander became the first Husky this year to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Eylander has posted shutouts in four of the last five matches.
Harden Solidifies The Defense:
Sophomore Ty Harden, a second-team All-Pac-10 player as a freshman, has been a model of consistency for the Huskies being the only player besides goalie Chris Eylander to start all 15 games. A central defender, Harden has been the glue for the Husky backline which has held its opponents to nine goals in 15 matches. UW has not allowed more than two goals in a single game and has held its opponents scoreless nine times. Harden got involved in UW's offensive attack versus Cal on Oct. 8, scoring his first goal of the year on a header off a corner kick.
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:
Ten different Huskies have accounted for UW's 25 goals this season. Sophomore Kevin Forrest leads the team with six goals, while senior C.J. Klaas has four and senior Casey Armstrong and junior Mike Chabala have three. Freshman Ely Allen, freshman Brett Hite and senior Brett Wiesner each have two. Juniors Leo Totev and Evan Cummings each have one goal, as does sophomore Ty Harden.
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 171-73-30 (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 163-65-25 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Matthew Olson and Darren Sawatzky.
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.
Joe Birklid Online Diary:
Senior defender Joe Birklid is chronicling the Huskies' 2004 season with an online diary at www.gohuskies.com. The diary can be accessed by clicking on the men's soccer page.
2004 Husky Promotions
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 at 5 p.m. prior to the men's game. 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 returns home to host UCLA in its regular season home finale, Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m.