SEATTLE – No. 3 Washington (13-1-4, 6-1-2 Pac-12) looks to clinch the Pac-12 title on Sunday at 11 a.m. when they head to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (7-9-2, 0-7-2 Pac-12). The Dawgs control their own destiny, just needing a win for their first conference title since 2000.
Washington’s last conference title was back in the inaugural year of Pac-10 play for men’s soccer. It is possible for the Dawgs to clinch before Sunday’s game if UCLA were to lose or tie Saturday night in their match with San Diego State.
Washington is coming off a big week at home, beating both Stanford and California. The win over Cal came in overtime and moved the Dawgs past the Golden Bears at the top of the Pac-12 standings. Mason Robertson scored in both games, including a golden goal to beat Cal. For his efforts, he was named both the Pac-12 and NSCAA Player of the Week.
The Dawgs have now scored 39 goals on the season, making them the nation’s sixth-most prolific offense at 2.17 goals per game. The Huskies use a very balanced attack with 12 different goal scorers. Darwin Jones, Taylor Peay and Cristian Roldan are tied for the team lead with six goals apiece. Michael Harris leads thePac-12 with nine assists, while James Moberg and Justin Schmidt are tied for third with seven each.
Washington has allowed just 14 goals this season and their 0.73 goals against average ranks 22nd nationally. Ryan Herman has six shutouts and a goals against average of 0.85. The backline of Harris, Peay, Schmidt and Andy Thoma have also been up to the task in front of their goalkeeper.
Oregon State is winless in conference although has tied UCLA twice. The Dawgs beat Oregon State in Seattle, 1-0, when Roldan headed in a Harris flip-throw. The Beavers are led by Khiry Shelton who has four goals on the season. The Dawgs are 34-11-3 all-time against Oregon State with the last loss coming in Corvallis in 2011.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks as the Huskies look to secure the Pac-12 title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Regardless of Sunday’s result, Washington is a shoe-in for postseason and should be one of the top seeds. The NCAA Selection Show will take place Monday morning at 9 a.m. live on ncaa.com.