UW Men Face Non-Conference Rivals Portland and Gonzaga
Nov. 1, 2005
Nearing the end of the regular season, Washington men's soccer (9-5-2, 3-4-2 Pac-10) takes a break from Pac-10 play this week as the Huskies take on non-conference Northwest rivals Portland (4-9-2, 2-6-1 WCC) and Gonzaga (5-7-4, 3-4-2 WCC). The Huskies will host the Pilots Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. before packing their bags for a quick trip to Spokane to face the Zags, Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. Friday's match is the nightcap of a doubleheader with the UW women's team which takes on Washington State at Husky Soccer Field at 5 p.m. The Huskies are 6-1 in non-conferences matches this year, 2-0 at home. After this weekend, the Huskies will set their sights on their regular season home finale versus Pac-10 nemesis Oregon State, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.
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.
Last Time Out:
The Huskies faced San Diego State and UCLA for the second time this season, and although playing on the road this time, came away with the same results as they had in Seattle a few weeks earlier. The Huskies and Aztecs battled to a scoreless overtime draw in San Diego. UW outshot SDSU 14-8, including a 5-1 advantage in overtime, but was unable to find the back of the net. Sophomores Derek Crismier and Ely Allen both had scoring changes in overtime, with Crismier's shot hitting the post and Allen's shot forcing Aztec goalkeeper Tally Hall to make an outstanding save. It marked the seventh shutout for UW senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander, and the eighth overall for the team. Two days later in Los Angeles, the Huskies dropped a 1-0 decision to UCLA, a team that shut out all of its opponents at home during the regular season. Eylander played another outstanding game in goal, grabbing a career-high nine saves. Kamani Hill's goal in the 61st minute proved to be the gamewinner for the Bruins.
The Huskies are ranked 26th according to College Soccer News, but did not appear in the NSCAA, Soccer America or Soccer Times polls this week.
The Pilots are looking for their first win since Oct. 17 when they defeated San Francisco 2-1 in double overtime. Portland has lost its last two straight matches and three of the last four. The Pilots did battle to a double overtime 2-2 draw with Gonzaga, Oct. 22. Freshman forward Alex Elliott leads the team with three goals, while junior goalkeeper Luis Robles has tallied 53 saves, three shutouts and a 1.05 goals against average. The Huskies and Pilots have played in two of the same tournaments this year but have yet to face each other. Washington traveled to take part in the Nike Portland Invitational to open the season, while Portland traveled to Seattle for the Husky Classic in late September.
All-Time Series With Portland:
Washington leads the all-time series with Portland 23-14-2, including a 10-6-2 mark at home. Portland has won the last two meetings, both coming last year. The Pilots defeated the Huskies 2-1 in their regular season meeting before handing UW a heartbreaking 5-3 defeat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Unable to hold onto a two-goal lead after 27 minutes, UW allowed four unanswered goals from Portland. UW made it close, with Leo Totev notching a goal in the 86th minute, but Alejandro Salazar's goal in the 89th minute put the match away.
The Zags have played their last four matches on the road, including back-to-back meetings at WCC opponent San Diego. In that span, Gonzaga picked up wins over Loyola Marymount (1-0) and San Diego (3-2), while tying Portland 2-2 in double overtime and falling to USD (2-1). Their challenging schedule continues when they hit the road yet again, to face Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif. Friday, before returning home to host Washington, Sunday. George Josten leads the team with 10 goals and four assists for 24 points. Josten scored a pair of goals to spark Gonzaga's latest win over San Diego, a 3-2 comeback victory. Luke Miller and Mark Stock each have three goals apiece.
All-Time Series With Gonzaga:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Gonzaga 18-0-1, the lone draw coming on Sept. 1, 1999 (2-2) in Seattle. Washington has held the Bulldogs scoreless the last three straight meetings: winning 3-0 in Spokane in 2004, 1-0 in Seattle in 2003 and 3-0 in Seattle in 2000. Last year, Brett Hite, C.J. Klaas and Leo Totev combined to score goals. Hite, a native of Spokane, scored his first collegiate goal in his UW debut just over two minutes into the match.
Huskies To Hold Alumni Day:
The Huskies' regular season home finale versus Oregon State, Nov. 13, will feature the annual Alumni Game festivities. The Alumni game will be played at 9 a.m. on the East Practice Field with a reception to follow at the Conibear Shellhouse at noon. For more information or if you are a former Husky and wish to participate, contact assistant coach Richard Reece at 206-616-1123.
NCAA Selections Around The Corner:
The selection show for the 2005 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament will be broadcast live on ESPNews on Monday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET).
Thus far Washington is unbeatable when netting the first goal...UW is 6-0 when scoring first in a match...following a three-goal barrage versus Stanford (Oct. 23), the Huskies have been held scoreless the last two matches...senior Leo Totev leads the team with three goals and three assists for nine points...Totev has three gamewinning goals this season, and five in his career...the Huskies lead the Pac-10 with 228 shots (14.25 per game)...UW's season-high 28 shots vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 23) ranks second in the conference...only Oregon State tallied more (31 vs. Jacksonville)...goalkeeper Chris Eylander ranks second in the Pac-10 in saves (61)...Eylander's nine saves at UCLA, Sunday, were a career-high...UW is 6-1 in non-conference matches this season, 2-0 at home and 4-1 on the road...Washington leads the Pac-10 in home attendance with an average of 1200 fans per game.
Hometown Heroes: Senior midfielder Evan Cummings and sophomore forward Brett Hite will be playing in front of their hometown crowd when the Huskies take on Gonzaga in Spokane, Sunday. Cummings is a graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, while Hite attended University High School. Hite especially has fond memories of Martin Field in his hometown. Hite scored his first collegiate goal in his UW debut just over two minutes into the match at Gonzaga in last season's season opener for both teams.
Strength In Numbers:
One of the keys to the Huskies' success thus far is their depth. Eighteen players have started at least one match and UW is seeing offensive production from some unlikely candidates. Six Huskies scored their first collegiate goals (four sophomores and two freshmen) and a total of 13 players have tallied either a goal or an assist. In fact four of Washington's goals have been scored by bench players, including the gamewinner in the 89th minute versus Air Force by sophomore forward Spencer Schmidt.
A leader in every sense of the word, senior Mike Chabala is tied for second on the squad with seven points on two goals and three assists. The Husky midfielder nearly equaled his career total for goals in UW's first two matches. 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.
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 seven shutouts this season, Eylander has 18 in his career, tying Bill May for third on the UW career list. May tallied 18 shutouts from 1994-97. Craig Christopherson is second on the list with 27 (1983-86) and Mark Schuur olds the career shutout record with 31 (1980-82). Eylander has had a hand in all eight of the Huskies's shutouts this season, but cannot get credit for a solo shutout without playing the entire match.
Freshman Jo Jo Katz has played in all 16 matches and made his first career start versus San Diego State (10/9). Katz is one of six players in the conference to record at least two assists in a single game, tallying a pair of assists in UW's 2-1 overtime win versus Wisconsin (Sept. 23). Katz scored his first career goal versus Denver (Sept. 16).
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 181-82-32 (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 173-74-28 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
The Huskies host their regular season home final versus Oregon State, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. Prior to the match, Washington's six seniors will be honored for their contributions to the program. Mike Chabala, Evan Cummings, Mike Cusenza, Chris Eylander, Jeff Hoover and Leo Totev complete the 2005 senior class.