Huskies Host Regular Season Finale With Oregon State
Nov. 8, 2005
Washington men's soccer (10-6-2 overall, 3-4-2 Pac-10) hosts Oregon State (8-7-4, 4-5-0 Pac-10) in both teams' regular season finale, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field. The match between these Northwest rivals has postseason implications for both teams. The Huskies split their two contests last weekend, falling to Portland 1-0 at home before coming back with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Gonzaga in Spokane. Oregon State was idle last week, but has lost its last four-straight matches. OSU enters the week in third place in the Pac-10, with UW close behind in a tie for fourth place with San Diego State. The conference title was claimed last weekend by UCLA, the Bruins' fourth consecutive Pac-10 crown. The Huskies' six seniors will be recognized prior to Sunday's match, as Mike Chabala, Evan Cummings, Mike Cusenza, Chris Eylander, Jeff Hoover and Leo Totev will be playing their final regular season games on their home pitch. Sunday's festivities will also include the annual Alumni Game, to be held at 9 a.m. on the East Practice Field.
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.
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.
Last Time Out:
It was a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Huskies last weekend , hitting a low with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Portland but bouncing back with a dramatic late game rally to defeat Gonzaga, 3-2. The Huskies outshot the Pilots, 27-6, but were unable to score for the third-straight match. Sean Babcock's goal in the 30th minute proved to be the gamewinner for Portland. At Gonzaga, Washington trailed 2-1 with five minutes to play but rallied to score twice within a span of 2:18 to defeat the Bulldogs, 3-2. Sophomore forward Ely Allen knocked in the equalizer at 85:05 and freshman midfielder George John's first collegiate goal was the gamewinner at 87:23. Washington scored all three of its goals in the second half after Gonzaga took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Sophomore defender Nick Loveless accounted for the Huskies' first goal in the 54th minute that tied the match at one all. Gonzaga's Chris Hoyd put the Zags in the lead for the second time with a score at 70:30 before the Huskies began their rally.
The Huskies received votes in the Soccer Times and College Soccer News polls, but are unranked in both Soccer America and NSCAA polls.
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers are looking to snap a four-game losing skid, its last victory coming over Stanford (3-1) on Oct. 16. Last time out, OSU fell to UCLA 1-0 and San Diego State 2-1. The Beavers are playing their last three regular season matches on the road. OSU rode a 10-match unbeaten streak from Sept. 9 through Oct. 9, included in that span was a 2-2 draw versus then-No. 1 Indiana and three-straight Pac-10 victories. Since then, OSU is 1-5. Ryan Johnson leads the team with four goals and seven assists (15). Robbie Findley, Nick Webb and Bryan Jordan also have four goals to their credit. OSU goalkeeper Packy Deenihan has recorded four shutouts and a 1.30 goals against average.
All-Time Series Oregon State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State, 26-5-2, but all five of those losses have come in the last seven meetings. The last two meetings have both come in Corvallis, with OSU defeating UW 3-2 in overtime last season (Nov 14) and 1-0 earlier this season (Oct. 2). The Huskies hold the advantage on their home pitch, dominating the series in Seattle, 13-1-0.
The 2005 Husky class will be honored in a special pregame ceremony, Sunday. Playing their final regular season home matches are midfielder Mike Chabala, midfielder Evan Cummings, midfielder Mike Cusenza, goalkeeper Chris Eylander, midfielder Jeff Hoover and midfielder Leo Totev. This group of players (with the exception of Totev who joined the team in 2003) has seen some of the highest and lowest points in program history. As freshmen, they endured the team's first losing season since 1968 when UW went 6-10-3 in 2002. Then a year later, they played a role in Washington's school-record trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Four of the six players have earned All-Pac-10 distinction, with Eylander earning first-team honors in 2004, Chabala earning second-team honors in 2004, and Hoover and Totev earning honorable mention honors in 2004 and 2003, respectively. Chabala was also an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2003.
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). NCAA first round games will take place Friday, Nov. 18 or Saturday, Nov. 19.
Thus far Washington is unbeaten when netting the first goal...UW is 6-0 when scoring first in a match...the Huskies snapped a three-game scoreless streak with a three-goal barrage at Gonzaga, Sunday...in fact, UW has scored three goals in its last two victories, taking care of Stanford 3-0, Oct. 23...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 263 shots (14.61 per game)...UW's season-high 28 shots vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 23) rank second in the conference...only Oregon State tallied more (31 vs. Jacksonville)...UW also racked up 27 shots versus Portland, last Friday...goalkeeper Chris Eylander ranks third in the Pac-10 in saves (65)...Eylander's nine saves at UCLA (Oct. 30) were a career-high...UW is 2-0-1 in Sunday matches at home this season...Washington leads the Pac-10 in home attendance with an average of 1139 fans per game.
Scoring By Committee:
Thirteen different players have contributed a goal for the Huskies this season with four players scoring three goals apiece. Sophomores Ely Allen, Spencer Schmidt and Nick Loveless, along with senior Leo Totev, share the team lead in scoring. Senior Mike Chabala has two goals to his credit. Seven Huskies have gotten into the scoring act for the first time in their careers this season including Loveless, Schmidt, Jo Jo Katz, George John, Bobbak Talebi, Adam West and Eric Blythe.
A leader in every sense of the word, senior Mike Chabala is third on the squad with eight points on two goals and four assists. His four assists is a team-high. 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' shutouts this season, but cannot get credit for a solo shutout without playing the entire match.
Freshmen George John and Jo Jo Katz have definitely made an impact on the squad in their rookie campaigns. John has played in 10 matches, starting two, and played a large role in the Huskies' come from behind win at Gonzaga, Sunday. John recorded an assist on UW's first goal of the match, before netting the dramatic gamewinner in the 88th minute which capped a late rally. Katz has played in all 18 matches, starting one, and is tied for second on the team in assists (three). He is also one of six players in the conference to record at least two assists in a single game, tallying a pair in UW's 2-1 overtime win versus Wisconsin (Sept. 23). Katz scored his first career goal versus Denver (Sept. 16). He also had a hand in UW's comeback versus Gonzaga, Sunday, assisting Ely Allen's equalizing goal in the 86th minute.
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 182-83-32 (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 174-75-28 at Washington makes him the winningest head coach in Husky history. His assistant coaches are Seth Spidahl, Richard Reece and Darren Sawatzky.
The Huskies will learn what their postseason fate entails on Monday, Nov. 14, when the NCAA College Cup bracket is announced at 1 p.m. PT.