SEATTLE -- No. 3 Washington (10-0-4, 3-0-2) travels to Southern California this weekend for a pair of rematches with San Diego State (4-7-1, 1-3-1 Pac-12) and No. 4 UCLA (7-3-3, 2-1-2 Pac-12). The Dawgs will face the same set of opponents for a second-consecutive week as they look to stay unbeaten and in position to win a Pac-12 title.
Friday the Dawgs take on San Diego State at 7 p.m., while Sunday's game at UCLA will be at 1 p.m. and broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Dawgs are coming off a 5-3 win over San Diego State, followed by a wild 2-2 draw with the UCLA. The results leave Washington with 11 points in conference play, two less than first place and top-ranked California. To keep pace with the Golden Bears who are off this week, the Dawgs will need a pair of results on the road this weekend.
The Huskies held their No. 3 national ranking for the fourth-straight week. Washington’s season-opening 14 game unbeaten streak is tops in school history.
After an impressive offensive outburst over the weekend, Washington is now third in the country in scoring. Taylor Peay continues to lead the Huskies with six goals, while Darwin Jones has five and Cristian Roldan and Josh Heard have four apiece. James Moberg leads the Huskies with seven assists, while Michael Harris has five. Washington’s 32 goals as a team ranks tied for seventh in the country.
Defensively, the Dawgs allowed multiple goals in both games last weekend, something they had not done yet this season. Washington allowed only six goals over the first 12 games, before allowing five in the past two. Ryan Herman remains unbeaten in goal, making 26 saves and allowing 0.88 goals per game.
San Diego State is coming off a road win at Oregon State and their three goals in Seattle was the best offensive output of any Husky opponent this year. The Aztecs are led by Abraham Villon who has six goals and five assists and Jordan Ongaro who has seven goals. San Diego State has struggled at the defensive end, allowing 22 goals this season.
The Bruins remain in the hunt for a third-straight Pac-12 title, but will need to pick things up over the second half of the conference schedule. UCLA is currently third in the conference standings with eight points and hosts Oregon State on Friday. The Bruins are led by Leo Stolz who has six goals and four assists. Washington won at UCLA last season and will be looking to improve on Monday night’s 2-2 tie in Seattle.
Following the weekend in Southern California, the Dawgs will have a week off before preparing for the home stretch of the conference schedule. The Dawgs host Stanford on Nov. 8, before the potential showdown with No. 1 Cal on November 10.