SEATTLE – Washington (1-0-0) heads out on the road this weekend for a pair of games in the state of Pennsylvania. The Dawgs will first take on La Salle (1-1-0) in Philadelphia on Friday at 4 p.m., PT, before flying back across the state to face Pittsburgh (1-1-0) on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., PT.
Both game will be available via a live webcast at the links above.
It will be the first road trip of the season for the Huskies who opened with an impressive 4-1 victory over Kentucky at the Husky Soccer Field. The four goals were more than all but one game last season, where it took the Dawgs until their seventh game to score for a fourth time.
The new-look offense is led by Jaclyn Softli who opened the scoring against Kentucky and then backed it up by scoring twice in a 2-0 exhibition win over Canadian side Trinity Western. The senior forward has was named to the National Team of the Week by collegesoccer360.com for her efforts.
The Huskies early points leader is Amanda Perez who had a goal and an assist against Kentucky. It’s no surprise that the redshirt sophomore is in good form considering she just returned from the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada where she earned two starts for Mexico.
Defensively, the Dawgs have been buoyed by the return of two veterans lost to injury last season, redshirt junior Sami Page and fifth-year senior Stine Schoening. They have joined anchor Allyson Brahs and newcomer Dominique Bond-Flasza to form what should be another stout backline in front of standout goalkeeper Megan Kufeld.
La Salle finished the 2013 season with a 15-5-3 record, including a perfect 7-0-0 record at home. The Explorers have won back-to-back Atlantic-10 tournament championships to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, La Salle fell to Georgetown, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA’s.
The only previous meeting between the Dawgs and La Salle was in 2012 during the Husky Invitational tournament, where the Dawgs came out on top with a 2-0 victory. This season, the Explorers are led by senior Kelsey Haycock who just this weekend, broke the all-time scoring record at La Salle with 41 goals.
Sunday, the Dawgs take on Pittsburgh, who is coming off a rough season last year, going 4-14-1 with a 0-13-0 conference record. The Panthers finished the season with 13 straight losses. This season the Panthers are 1-1 with a 3-0 win over Akron, followed by a 1-0 loss against Duquesne.
The top two point scorers for Pittsburgh are back with the Panthers for another season. Alex Charlebois was the Panthers leading scorer last season with three goals, while Junior Roosa led the team in total points with seven (two goals and three assists).
Following the East Coast trip, Washington returns home next weekend to host Wisconsin and Dartmouth as part of the Husky Soccer Classic.