SEATTLE -- Washington (5-5-2, 1-0-2) returns home this weekend to resume conference play with Utah (6-1-5, 2-0-1) and Colorado (10-2-0, 2-1-0) at the Husky Soccer Stadium. The Dawgs host the Utes on Friday night at 7 p.m. and the Buffaloes on Sunday at noon.
Both games this weekend will be available via webcast with the link above.
Washington is coming off a productive weekend in Los Angeles to stay unbeaten in conference. The Dawgs won 1-0 at USC on an Allie Beahan goal, before earning a rugged 0-0 draw at No. 3 UCLA. Megan Kufeld earned a pair of shutouts to give Washington results in all three conference games so far. The early run through the conference is even more impressive considering each game has been played on the road so far.
The Dawgs now return home for a stretch at the Husky Soccer Stadium. Currently, Washington sits in the middle of a jumbled Pac-12 table that includes no perfect records, but eight teams that have picked up four to seven points. Washington is one of four remaining unbeatens, the others being California, UCLA and Utah.
The Dawgs continue to be stout defensively, allowing just 10 goals in 12 games this season. Kufeld has settled in well in net and was at her best over the weekend in Los Angeles. The Husky backline has been formidable as well after some early-season injuries shuffled things up a bit. Ally Brahs has settled in nicely at center back, alongside Molly Boyd, who is back to 100 percent. On the outside, freshman Havana McElvaine is now looking like a veteran at left back to go with the steady senior Lindsey Bos at right back.
Goal scoring remains Washington’s key as the Dawgs are 5-0-1 when they score at least once, but have been shutout six times, going 0-5-1 in those games. Becca Schoales remain the Husky scoring leader with three goals, while Beahan, Kate Bennett and Jaclyn Softli have two apiece. Lindsay Elston and Isabel Farrell have been the team’s main distributors with four assists each. They are both tied for eighth in the conference in that category.
The Utes come to Seattle unbeaten in conference after earning a 0-0 draw with No. 8 California and then defeating both Oregon and Oregon State. All three games were played at altitude in Salt Lake City as the Utes will be traveling in Pac-12 play for the first time this weekend. For the season, Utah has scored 20 goals and allowed just six. Katie Taylor is the scoring leader with four goals and three assists, while Lindsey Luke has started eight of the 12 games in net and allowed only one goal.
The Buffaloes enter the week receiving votes in the NSCAA poll with an overall record of 10-2. Like Utah, Colorado has not hit the road yet in conference, falling to Stanford, but then defeating both Oregon State and Oregon at home. The Buffs have scored 23 goals on the year, while allowing just eight. Anne Stuller is tied for second in the conference with 20 points, scoring seven goals and tallying six assists. Brie Hooks has chipped in seven goals of her own.
Since the conference expanded to the Pac-12, the Dawgs are 2-0 against Colorado and 1-1 against Utah. Washington fell last season in Salt Lake City, 2-0, but did earn a 2-1 overtime win in Boulder on an Elston golden goal. In 2011, when both Utah and Colorado came to Seattle, the Dawgs defeated Colorado, 2-1 and Utah, 4-0.
Following the weekend of hosting the mountain schools, the Dawgs remain home to face Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.