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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Huskies on a roll with Fung in goal

By Kalani Takase
Advertiser Staff Writer

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Stephen Fung

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Daniel Phelps

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The Washington men's soccer team has a proven leader in head coach Dean Wurzberger.

The Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament 10 of the past 12 years under Wurzberger, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2004 and earlier this season, he won his 200th career match.

This year, his 16th in Seattle, has had its share of ups and downs, including the loss of his starting goalkeeper in the fourth game of the season.

While at New Mexico on Sept. 14, Rylan Hawkins suffered a broken nose and a chipped tooth in a collision with a Lobos' player. Redshirt freshman Stephen Fung ('Iolani '06 of Honolulu) took over in goal in the 62nd minute.

"He was thrown into the most unexpected circumstances," Wurzberger said. "Stephen was called upon in a very intense situation. He was absolutely brilliant."

Fung completed the shutout as the Huskies won, 1-0.

"That was the start of a great run for him," Wurzberger said. "He's just taken off from there."

Two days later, Fung played all 90 minutes and made four saves in a 3-0 upset of then-No. 3 Southern Methodist.

"He's getting incredible experience as a goalkeeper. He's continued to learn, has learned from his errors, keeps the right attitude and we're very pleased with him," Wurzberger said. "The team can win with Stephen in goal. Had he been unable to answer the call, we'd be in a real problem."

Washington stands at 8-7-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the Pac-10 with games left at Oregon State today and a non-conference game at San Diego State Sunday.

Sophomore midfielder Daniel Phelps (Leilehua '06 of Wahiawa) is also on the roster.

"He's very versatile and athletically gifted," Wurzberger said. "He's a sub that we value. Daniel's always been the first in line to help the team, the kind of guy you need."


  • Southern Methodist freshman midfielder Kekoa Osorio (Kamehameha '07) scored an unassisted goal in the 37th minute of a 3-0 win over Central Arkansas Friday. The fifth-ranked Mustangs (13-3-2) meet Florida International for the Conference USA championship today in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Gonzaga senior goalkeeper Vito Higgins (Academy of the Pacific/Pac-Five '03) had three saves in a 1-0 loss at Loyola Marymount Friday and matched that effort in a 1-0 loss at San Diego Sunday.

  • Whitworth senior defender Brett Kagawa (Mililani '04) was named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team.


  • Denver sophomore midfielder Lizzy Carlson (Punahou '06) had an assist in a 2-0 win over North Texas in the Sun Belt Conference championship game, Saturday in Mobile, Ala. The goal broke a scoreless tie in the 50th minute. Carlson was named to the All-Tournament Team. The Pioneers (13-4-4) are making their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and play Portland (15-3-0) Friday in Boulder, Colo.

  • Duke senior goalkeeper Allison Lipsher (Punahou '04) made six saves in a 1-0 loss to Wake Forest in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament last week Wednesday. The Blue Devils (8-5-6) earned an at-large berth into their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament and play No. 23 South Carolina (14-6-2) Friday in Athens, Ga.

  • George Fox (Newberg, Ore.) freshman midfielder/forward Nicole Akiu (Kamehameha '07) was named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team.

  • Occidental freshman forward Jesi Sasaki ('Iolani '07) was named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Sasaki scored seven goals and had four assists. Sophomore defender Marci Kang ('Iolani '06) was named to the second team.


  • Washington junior defensive tackle Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (Hawai'i Prep '04) had six tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble in a 29-23 loss at Oregon State Saturday. Senior defensive tackle Wilson Afoa (Saint Louis '03) had two tackles, a sack and broke up a pass for the Huskies. Oregon State junior safety Al Afalava (Kahuku '05) recorded four tackles and a forced fumble.

  • California junior defensive tackle Mika Kane (Kamehameha '05) had five tackles, including one for loss in a 24-17 loss to Southern California Saturday. Sophomore defensive end Tyson Alualu (Saint Louis '05) also posted five tackles, had two quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble for the Bears. Trojans junior linebacker Kaluka Maiava (Baldwin '05) had four tackles.

  • Utah junior running back Ray Stowers ('Iolani '04) had 10 carries for 38 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown, and caught a pass for 7 yards in a 50-0 victory over Wyoming Saturday.

  • Colorado senior linebacker Jordon Dizon (Waimea '04) tied for a game-high 10 tackles in a 31-28 loss at Iowa State Saturday.

  • Navy junior quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (Kapolei) rushed for 55 yards on six carries and completed 4 of 5 passes for 108 yards and a 41-yard touchdown in a 74-62 win over North Texas Saturday.

  • Weber State freshman quarterback Cameron Higgins (Saint Louis '06) passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-3 rout of Fort Lewis College Saturday. Junior receiver Akamu Aki (Baldwin '03) caught two passes for 23 yards.

  • Montana Western freshman quarterback Henry Keomalu (Wai'anae '06) completed 35 of 52 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Rocky Mountain College Saturday. Sophomore running back Kekoa Perbera (Mililani '06) carried seven times for 34 yards, freshman receiver Kahai Sevilla (Baldwin '05) caught two passes for 16 yards and senior receiver Keahua Bowman (Saint Louis '02) had one reception for 13 yards for the Bulldogs. Senior defensive back Albert Distajo (Nanakuli '04) had seven tackles.

  • Whitworth senior running back Chris Ahsing (Campbell '03) had 15 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown in a 34-13 win over Puget Sound Saturday. The 20th-ranked Pirates finished their season at 8-2.


  • Creighton senior Kari Tanimoto (Pearl City '04) finished 152nd at the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional at Peoria, Ill. Saturday. Tanimoto finished the 6K course in 23:44.

  • Pacific University senior Caitlyn Tateishi (Waiakea '03) was 67th at the NCAA Division III West Regional at Estacada, Ore. Saturday. Tateishi ran the 6K race in 24:18.

  • Illinois Tech freshman Kevin Acacio (Waipahu '07) finished 51st and junior Kevin Krupp (University High '05) was 73rd at the NAIA Region VIII championships in Crow Creek Park, Iowa last week. Acacio's time of 28:28 was a personal best in the 8K. Krupp ran a season-best 29:52. The Scarlet Hawks finished second as a team.


  • Washington sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro (Kalani '05) had 30 digs and senior defensive specialist Ashley Aratani ('Iolani '04) had two aces in a five-game loss at Stanford last week. Miyashiro had 10 digs and four assists in a four-game win over California Friday.

  • Oregon State sophomore setter Camilla Ah-Hoy (Kahuku '06) had 47 assists, 23 digs, two aces and a kill in a four-game loss to UCLA Thursday. She then posted 22 assists, eight digs and three kills in a three-game loss to USC Friday.

  • Hofstra senior setter Shellane Ogoshi (Roosevelt '04) broke the school record for career assists in a five-game win over James Madison Friday. Ogoshi had 57 assists, 17 digs and six kills for the Pride and went for 60 assists, nine digs and 10 kills in Saturday's five-game win over George Mason. Ogoshi has 4,487 assists and 1,636 digs for her career.

  • St. Mary's freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o ('Iolani '07) had 55 assists, 11 digs, three kills and an ace in a five-game win over Santa Clara Friday.

  • Pepperdine senior middle blocker Lecca Roberts (Seabury Hall '04) had 16 kills against two errors on 25 attempts in a five-game win at San Francisco Thursday. Roberts hit .560 for the match and was in on nine blocks.

  • Pacific University senior setter Anela Iseke (Kamehameha '04) has been named to the AVCA Division III All-West Region Team.


  • Oregon freshman Sean Maekawa (Honoka'a '07) finished tied for ninth with a 206 at last week's Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. Maekawa shot rounds of 69, 67 and 70 at the par-72 Brookside Country Club. The Ducks finished fourth as a team.


  • Yale senior Lindsay Hong (Punahou '04) finished in third place with a 226 at the Ross Invitational at Southern Pines, N.C. Hong shot rounds of 73, 75 and 78 at the par-72 Mid Pines Golf Club. The Bulldogs tied for sixth as a team.


  • UC Irvine junior Chelsea Nagata (Maui '04) won both the 100-yard backstroke (55.83 seconds) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.73) in a tri-meet against UCLA and host Arizona Saturday. Nagata also was on the second-place 400-yard medley relay (3:49.04) team and was sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.77).

    UCLA freshman Brittany Beauchan (Punahou '07) was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.59) and fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.44).

    Reach Kalani Takase at ktakase@honoluluadvertiser.com.