No. 24 UW Men Make Home Debut Hosting Husky Fever Classic
Sept. 20, 2005
Following a five-game road trip, Washington men's soccer finally returns to Seattle to make its home debut this weekend. UW, riding a three-match winning streak, will host the 17th annual Husky Fever Classic Friday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 25. The Huskies (4-1-0) will face Wisconsin (4-2-0) Friday at 7 p.m., a match preceded by Portland (1-2-1) versus Harwick (4-2-0) at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Portland will face Wisconsin at 11 a.m. and Washington will fact Hartwick at 1:30 p.m. All matches will be played at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus. The Huskies broke into the NSCAA/adidas poll this week at No. 24. UW is also ranked 18th by Soccer Times and 20th by College Soccer News.
Husky Fever Classic:
This year marks the 17th edition of the Husky Classic, a tournament that dates back to 1989. Washington has won nine of the 16 titles including the last two seasons. Other tournament champions include five-time winner Portland (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001), Marquette (1997) and Connecticut (2002). The Husky Classic champion will be 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. Most Valuable Players will be named for both offense and defense.
The Huskies swept their pair of matches in Denver, Colo., this past weekend, shutting out Denver 2-0 and coming back to stun Air Force, 3-2. Against Denver, Washington used goals from senior Leo Totev and freshman Jo Jo Katz, and senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander recorded his 13th career shutout. Katz scored his first collegiate goal just over a minute after coming in as a second-half sub. Sunday versus Air Force, the Huskies found themselves down 2-0 with just eight minutes remaining. But that was all they would need. An own goal in the 83rd minute, credited to sophomore Nick Loveless, lit a fire under the Huskies. Sophomore Brett Hite then scored the equalizer in the 84th minute and sophomore Spencer Schmidt tallied the gamewinner at the 88:08 mark to cap the dramatic rally.
The Badgers are 4-2-0 overall, coming off a split at the TLC Plumbing and Utitilies Invite in Albuquerque, N.M. last weekend. Wisconsin fell to third-ranked New Mexico, 3-2, but bounced back to shutout Butler 1-0. Junior midfielder Aaron Hohlbein leads the team with six points on two goals and two assists. Junior midfielder Reid Johnson has five points on two goals and one assist. Goalkeeper Jake Settle has manned the net for Wisconsin, tallying 28 saves and a 1.17 goals against average. Washington leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 2-0, notching wins in Seattle in 1998 (5-1) and in Madison in 1996 (2-1).
Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and Hartwick College. The Hawks, out of Oneonta, N.Y., come to Seattle with a 4-2-0 record and have won three of their last four. Hartwick's two losses have come to nationally ranked teams Connecticut (2-0) and Binghamton (1-0). Most recently Hartwick defeated Temple, 5-2. The Hawks are led by freshman forward Austin McCann who has four goals and three assists for 11 points. Another freshman, John Paul Boyle, has three goals and two assists. Junior goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has played five of six matches, recording 14 saves and a 1.20 goals against average.
The Pilots travel to Seattle but will not face the Huskies this weekend. Portland is 1-2-1 overall and will look to snap a two-match losing streak. The Pilots' lone win came versus Cal Poly (1-0), but they battled to a 1-1 tie with then No. 8 Creighton in their season opener. Three players have accounted for their three goals on the season including Alex Elliott, Brayton Knapp and Jeff Griffin. Goalkeeper Luis Robles continues to put up strong numbers tending the net, making 19 saves and recording a 0.95 goals against average.
Washington broke into the NSCAA/adidas poll for the first time this season at No. 24. The Huskies are also ranked 18th according to Soccer Times and 20th by College Soccer News. UW is still unranked in the latest Soccer America poll.
Senior Mike Chabala is off to a hot start, recording either a goal or an assist in all but one match. The Husky midfielder nearly equaled his career total for goals in UW's first two matches and with seven total points so far, has tallied just over half of his total points from last year. Chabala had three goals coming into 2005 and scored a pair at the Nike Portland Invitational. Versus Cal Poly, his goal on a penalty kick tied the match at 1-1 and he assisted the third goal on a throw-in. Versus Creighton, Chabala scored a goal on a free kick. He also assisted the gamewinning goal versus Saint Mary's and the first of the three-goal barrage versus Air Force. Four of his five career goals have been scored on penalty kicks (he is a perfect 4-for-4 in PK attempts) and all five have come on restarts. Chabala has played every single match for the Huskies since his freshman season and has started all but one since his sophomore campaign.
Five Huskies scored their first career goals in UW's five matches: sophomores Nick Loveless, Spencer Schmidt and Adam West, redshirt freshman Eric Blythe and true freshman Jo Jo Katz. Schmidt and Loveless have both scored two goals and rank second and third on the team in points with five and four, respectively. Among Schmidt's goals was the gamewinner in the 89th minute over Air Force. Most recently Katz scored his first collegiate goal just a minute after subbing in versus Denver. Katz has come off the bench in all five matches.
Eylander Climbs Career Charts:
Senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander is looking to etch his name in the Husky record books before his career is complete. With back-to-back shutouts versus Saint Mary's and Denver, Eylander has 13 career shutouts and owns sole possession of fifth place on the UW career list. Eylander needs two more to reach Dusty Hudock (1991-93) in fourth place with 15. Mark Schuur (1980-82) holds the school record with 31 career shutouts.
For the second-straight season, the Huskies opened the year with at least five-straight road matches. Last year, UW opened with six-straight on the road, going 4-2 in those games and losing only to then-No. 2 St. John's and rival Portland. The only loss on this year's road trip came to nationally-ranked Creighton.
Newcomers George John and Jo Jo Katz were named to the '100 Freshmen To Watch' list by College Soccer News. Katz, a midfielder from Mission Viejo, Calif., and John, a midfielder from Shoreline, Wash., lead a talented incoming recruiting class. Katz was a four-year member of the ODP Region IV team and led his club team, Irvine Strikers FC, to both the California State title and National State Cup title in 2005. John, a local standout from Shorewood High School, was a 2004 NSCAA High School adidas All-American and led Emerald City FC to back-to-back state cup titles in 2003 and 2004. Both Katz and John played in all five matches thus far, with John getting his first collegiate start versus Air Force.
2004 Season Review:
Last year, Washington compiled an overall record of 11-7-2 overall and tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 4-3-1 mark. The Huskies started hot, winning nine of the first 13 matches including eight via shutout. After playing the first half of the Pac-10 slate, UW was 3-0-1 against conference opponents and poised to win a second Pac-10 title. But UW ended the regular season losing three straight, two in overtime, and had its year come to an end with a 5-3 loss to Portland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior C.J. Klaas became the first player in UW history to earn back-to-back first-team NSCAA All-America honors and was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2005 Major League Soccer Draft. Klaas, a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy for the second consecutive year, was also named the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and earned first-team all-league honors. Joining Klaas on the All-Pac-10 team were goalkeeper Chris Eylander (first-team), forward Kevin Forrest (first-team), midfielder Mike Chabala (second-team) and defender Ty Harden (second-team). UW's honorable mention picks were forward Ely Allen, forward Casey Armstrong, defender Will Flanagan and midfielder Jeff Hoover. Allen was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year while head coach Dean Wurzberger was named Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. Klaas and Harden were All-Region picks, Klaas to the first-team and Harden to the third-team.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger:
In his 14th season at the helm of the Washington men's soccer program, head coach Dean Wurzberger has guided the Huskies to nine NCAA tournament berths in 10 seasons. Wurzberger is the longest tenured Pac-10 coach and was named the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. He reached the 150 win milestone for both his career and Washington overall records in 2003. 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 176-78-30 (13 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 168-70-25 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
Tickets for Husky soccer matches 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. General admission ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (18 and under) and seniors. Group discounts are available by calling 206-616-6194.
Washington opens Pac-10 play at Oregon State, Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. in Corvallis.