Men's Soccer Hosts Defending Champ Indiana in NCAA Second-Round
Nov. 21, 2000
This Week: The Pac-10 champion Washington men's soccer team (14-5-0, 7-1-0) continues postseason play when it hosts an NCAA second-round game against two-time defending national champion Indiana (14-6-0) Sat., Nov. 25 at Husky Soccer Field. Game time is set for 6 p.m. Washington advanced to the second round with a 1-0 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in four overtime periods. Indiana advanced after knocking off No. 8 seed San Jose State, 4-0. It marked the first time the Hoosiers had played a first round game on the road since 1993. The scenario this weekend, with the Huskies and Hoosiers meeting in the second round, is a repeat of last season when the teams met at the same point in the postseason tournament, although the game was played in Bloomington. Indiana posted a 2-0 victory in the game, knocking the Huskies out and continuing on to the NCAA championship. For the Huskies, it marked the second time they had been knocked out in the second round by the Hoosiers, who also won in 1992. This will be the third meeting between the teams. The Huskies finished the regular season with a record of 13-5-0 overall and 7-1-0 en route to claiming the first-ever Pacific-10 Conference title. Washington entered the year as one of just 10 programs in the nation with a current five-year streak of appearing in the postseason tournament. With their bid to the 2000 tournament, the Huskies become one of only nine other programs in the country to match the feat of six consecutive invitations. In all, Washington has made 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies have advanced to the second round four times, its furthest mark in postseason action. Indiana finished the regular season with a record of 13-6 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers finished second in their league, the first time they had not won the conference title since 1993. After opening the year with a pair of losses, to Portland and UCLA, they won 13 of their next 14 games. The streak was stopped by a pair of losses to Pac-10 teams Stanford (1-0 ot) and California (2-1), giving them an 0-3 record against the league. They are led by Matt Fundenberger, who has scored 11 goals this year. The winner Saturday advances to the third round for a match against the North Carolina-Rhode Island winner. UW faced Rhode Island in the Husky Classic this season, defeating the Rams, 2-1, on Sept. 22.
Head Coach Dean Wurzberger Says: "Indiana is a talented, disciplined, tough team. We know we have a strong challenge. Having said that, three teams from our conference have beaten them this year. We feel good about that in terms of us having a chance to be the fourth. When I say that Indiana is talented and strong, I see those same qualities in our team. This will be the first time we've ever played them at our place, so that will be exciting. Getting the game in Seattle was great news. "Our teams knows every game in the NCAA tournament is going to be tough. You grow and gain a little confidence after every tournament win. We are excited about playing Indiana. We know them very well. They ended our season last year, in Bloomington, on the identical weekend. We now have the opportunity to return the favor. It's not a revenge factor as much as finding out what we learned from our experience back there. In a team meeting after last season, words like intensity, opportunistic, physical, tough defense, all those factors, came up in the discussion of that game. You come away from a game saying Indiana had those ingredients. Those are the key ingredients on teams that go far in the tournament. I feel good that this team has taken those lessons to heart. We showed some of those same qualities against UAB. Now we have to bring it to the second round at a high level against a quality team. "The Pac-10 has prepared us well, week in and week out. The Pac-10 teams have given Indiana some trouble this year. We've coped with teams that have played with their system and now the challenge is up to us to take the game to them, show that we have a lot of determination."
First Round Recap
UW'S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Washington is making its 14th NCAA tournament appearance since the program's inception in 1968, including six straight under coach Dean Wurzberger. UW has a 5-13 record in the tournament, with Wurzberger's teams at 5-6. Last year, Washington won its first round game at Portland before falling to eventual national champion Indiana, in Bloomington. The first round game against UAB last Friday at Husky Soccer Field was the first NCAA home match for UW since 1998 when, as a No. 4 seed, the Huskies were upset by No. 16 UNC-Greensboro, 2-1.
1968 -- 1st round, lost at San Francisco, 16-0, final record: 5-6-2
A Look at the Tournament Field: North Carolina earned the No. 1 seed in the 2000 tournament, followed by Clemson, No 3 Stanford, No. 4 San Diego, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 SMU, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 8 San Jose State. Washington has faced five of the 32 NCAA teams this season, including conference foes UCLA and Stanford twice, and is 5-2 in those games. The Huskies could potentially meet Rhode Island in the tournament, a team they knocked off, 2-1, in the Husky Classic Sept. 22. Here is a look at the tournament teams UW has played and the result: Sept. 2 at No. 21 Creighton L, 2-0 (season opener) Sept. 22 Rhode Island W, 2-1 (come-from-behind win) Sept. 24 No. 6 Fullerton W, 2-1 ot (OT upset of No. 6 Titans) Oct. 6 at No. 4 Stanford W, 2-1, ot (first loss for Stanford) Oct. 15 at No. 5 UCLA W, 3-2 (come-from-behind win in final :19 seconds) Oct. 22 No. 2 Stanford L, 2-0 (first Pac-10 loss for UW) Nov. 3 No. 13 UCLA W, 2-1 (two 2nd half goals for come-from-behind W)
About the NCAA Tournament: Known as the "College Cup" the men's postseason soccer tournament is a 32-team field that is played in single elimination format. Games will be held at host schools until the field is pared down to a final four teams. The final four and championship games will be held at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina Dec. 8 and 10.
Back-to-Back-to-Back: A victory at California, along with a UCLA win over Stanford Nov. 10, gave Washington the first-ever Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer championship. While it is the first Pac-10 title for UW, it marks the third consecutive conference championship for the Huskies, who were coming off back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in 1998 and `99.
Under the Lights: This year marked the introduction of night time soccer under the lights and on grass. Lights were installed justat Husky Soccer Field prior to the start of the season, allowing Washington to play after dark. Washington, which will play its second round NCAA game at 6 p.m. Saturday, is undefeated in night games at Husky Soccer Field.
Pac-10 Honors: Junior defender Bryn Ritchie and junior midfielder Ben Somoza both were honored on the 2000 Pac-10 All-Conference Men's Soccer Team as five members of the Pac-10 champion Washington team were recognized. Senior team captain Mike Casale, a midfielder, earned second team recognition, as did fellow senior midfielder Mark Hogenhout and junior defender Billy Sleeth. Stanford senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, Cardinal leader Bobby Clark was Coach of the Year and UCLA midfielder Alex Yi was tabbed freshman of the year.
Carroll Named Player of the Week: Senior midfielder Kai Carroll was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts against California Nov. 10. Carroll, a senior from Eugene, Ore., recorded a hat trick at California, leading No. 13 Washington to a 4-2 win over the Bears and clinching the Pac-10 Championship in the process. He also helped the Huskies notch their second season sweep over a Pac-10 opponent and finish the season undefeated on the road in conference play. Carroll leads the team in goals this year with a eight, a career-high for him, with six of those goals being game-winners.
Strength of Schedule: Washinton's strength of schedule was among its toughest ever, with the formation of the Pac-10 and four strong out-of-region opponents in Akron, Creighton, Rhode Island and SW Missouri State. Seven of UW's 14 opponents, including nine of 18 matches, were against teams that made the NCAA Tournament in 1999.
A Look at the Huskies: The Huskies are led by senior midfielder Kai Carroll, who had a hat trick at California last week to boost his goal output to eight this season, a career-high for the player ... alongside him are defender Bryn Ritchie with six goals, including the game-winner in the first round, and junior midfielder Ben Somoza with five goals ... when Kyle Fukuchi scored his first career goal at Oregon State, it made nine different Huskies have found the back of the net this year ... in its first year of Pac-10 action, UW swept through the first round of play with a perfect 4-0 record ... they were also undefeated on the road in Pac-10 play ... Washington has taken 317 shots in 18 games so far, compared to 174 shots by opponents ... the Huskies have recorded six shutouts and have played to overtime in just two games, both victories.
Dawg Bites: Jake Sagare has taken a team-high 46 shots on goal this year, and Kai Carroll is right behind with 45 ... senior midfielder Mike Casale is the team captain ... he has missed only three starts in the last three years ... sophomore keeper Chad Olsen has played all but 16 minutes in goal this year ... he has a goals against average of 1.22 ... the Huskies are a strong second half team ... 26 of their 39 goals have come after the first period and they have taken 206 shots after halftime, as opposed to 145 shots in the first ... in addition, Washington has posted five come-from-behind wins this season (Rhode Island, Fullerton, Stanford, UCLA -twice) ... the Huskies set a school record for attendance against Stanford, with 3,280 fans at the game ... the previous best was 2,524 last season, also against Stanford ... former Husky goalkeeper Bill May is in his first year on the UW staff this season ... he started 67 matches over his four year career from 1994-97, and compiled a sterling goals against average of 0.90 during his tenure ... he replaces Nat Gonzales, who accpeted the head coach position at UC-Riverside, where they will field a team for the first time in Fall, 2001.
The Comforts of Home: Washington has posted a mark of 8-2-0 mark in games at Husky Soccer Field this season. The lone setbacks came at the hands of 1999 Final Four participant Santa Clara, a 2-0 loss back on Sept. 16 and to Stanford, 2-0, on Oct. 22.
Dawg Bite: Ben Somoza is chasing the UW school record for assists ... he enters the tournament with eight ... the UW single season mark is 15, set by Wes Hart in 1998 (in 20 games) ... Somoza had a team-high eight assists as a sophomore last season.
Leading the Dawgs: Dean Wurzberger enters his ninth year at UW as the winningest coach in UW soccer history. He owns a 121-40-18 record in his tenure at UW and is 129-48-23 in his 10 year head coaching career. He has now guided the Huskies to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, five consective, and three MPSF titles, including the last two. Wurzberger was coach of the men's U-16 National Team in 1998.
The Pac-10 Conference: This season marks the beginning of men's soccer within the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington, along with Pac-10 members UCLA, California, Stanford and Oregon State, broke away from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to compete in a home-and-away series with each school. The new format hopes to provide greater national visibility and strength of schedule for the member schools. Schools must earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the conference will not have an automatic bid, with only five schools in the league. Washington left the MPSF as two-time defending champions, having claimed the federation title in 1998 and `99. Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger was named MPSF Mountain Division Coach of the Year in `99 and senior Wes Hart was player of the year.
A Glance at the Huskies: An experienced defense, aggressive midfield and explosive front line define the 2000 Huskies, who will be shooting for a goal only nine other programs in the nation can match - a sixth straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss of three full-time starters- all-American Wes Hart, Rees Bettinger, eighth all-time in UW goals, and first-team all-MPSF defender Morgan McCoy-18 players return from a 1999 season in which Washington won 10 of its final 11 games and bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round to eventual champion Indiana. Four seniors and six juniors, seven of whom started at least half of last year's games, provide ample experience and leadership for the 16 underclassmen.
Huskies in the Polls
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LOCALLY BORN AND BRED: The state of Washington is turning out stellar soccer players, and UW coach Dean Wurzberger is doing his part to keep them at home. No less than 20 players, two more than last season, on this year's 26-player roster are from the Evergreen State, the highest total in Wurzberger's history with the Dawgs.
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