SEATTLE -- Washington women’s soccer (4-5-1, 0-0-1) resumes Pac-12 play this weekend with a trip to Los Angeles to face USC (5-4-1, 0-1-0) and No. 3 UCLA (9-1-0, 1-0-0). The Dawgs face the Trojans at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon and the Bruins Monday night at 7 p.m. Both games will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Huskies are coming off a tough loss at home to No. 14 Portland, but preceded that with a four-game unbeaten streak. The Dawgs opened Pac-12 play at Oregon State, earning a road point with a 1-1 draw in some difficult conditions in Corvallis.
In that game, Kate Bennett scored an equalizer in the 72nd minute. She has scored the last two goals for the Dawgs as she also had the game winner in a 1-0 defeat of Gonzaga. For the season, the Dawgs have an even goal differential with 10 goals scored, along with 10 allowed.
Becca Schoales leads Washington in both goals with three and points with six. Jaclyn Softli joins Bennett as the other player with multiple goals this season. Isabel Farrell is the Husky leader with four assists, all coming in UW’s 5-0 win over Seattle U.
Defensively, Megan Kufeld has played nearly every minute of the season in goal and has amassed 33 saves and three shutouts. She has recorded a 0.97 goals allowed average for the year.
The Trojans opened Pac-12 play with a 1-0 loss at Arizona State, but have beat up on most of their regional opponents, including San Diego State, San Diego and Cal-State Northridge to open the season. The Trojans have a +10 goal differential with 21 goals and 11 allowed. Last season, USC defeated the Dawgs 1-0 on a golden goal in a game also played in Los Angeles. Washington has not won at USC since 2001 and since 2004 overall.
The Bruins have been one of the nation’s elite teams with their lone loss coming to defending national champion North Carolina. UCLA has scored 21 goals and allowed just four for the season with Darian Jenkins having a team-leading seven goals. The Bruins have wins over three ranked teams already this season and opened Pac-12 play with a 2-1 win over Arizona. Last season, UCLA won 1-0 in Seattle, but the Dawgs did win in Los Angeles as recent as 2010.
Following this weekend’s trip to L.A., the Dawgs return home for three in a row at the Husky Soccer Stadium. Washington hosts Utah and Colorado next weekend, followed by Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 17.