STORRS, Conn. -- No. 19 Washington (3-0-0) is off to an undefeated start, but faces its toughest competition yet with a trip to the East Coast to face No. 3 Connecticut and No. 20 Brown. The battle of Huskies will be Tuesday at 4 p.m., PST, while the Dawgs face the Brown Bears on Friday also at 4 p.m.
The Dawgs are hoping to avenge a pair of overtime losses from last season as UConn and Brown both notched golden goals to spoil highly competitive matches.
Washington is coming off a pair of impressive wins, defeating both Santa Clara and Portland, 4-1. The Huskies have now amassed nine goals in just three games, while allowing only two. Taylor Peay came up big with a hat trick against Santa Clara and followed that up with a goal against Portland. He currently leads the Pac-12 in both goals and points, despite being a central defender.
The Dawgs have also got production from freshmen Justin Schmidt who already has two goals and two assists. He is tied for second in the Pac-12 with six points. Finally, Michael Harris leads the conference with three assists.
Defensively, the Dawgs have been stout, only allowing late goals after already building a big lead. Spencer Richey has just one goal allowed for a 0.36 GAA and has made 14 saves.
Washington is up to No. 12 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 13 by College Soccer News.
UConn comes into Tuesday’s game with a record of 2-0-0 and a consensus top-five team in the country. TopDrawerSoccer.com currently has the Huskies at the nation’s No. 1 team. UConn has a pair of 1-0 wins over St. Francis (NY) and Boston University. Last season, the Huskies finished 16-3-2 before losing to Creighton in the Elite 8.
The UConn goal scorers so far are Edir DaGraca and Nicholas Zuniqa, while Andre Blake has been perfect in goal, posting two shutouts. A season ago, Connecticut defeated Washington 1-0 in overtime on a free kick in the 92nd minute.
Friday, Washington travels to Providence, R. I., to face Brown. The Bears are 1-0-1 so far this season with a 1-0 win over Bryant and a 1-1 draw with Providence. Voltaire Escalona and Daniel Taylor have been the Brown goal scorers so far this season with Josh Weiner allowing just the one goal so far in net.
The Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, before losing to eventual College Cup participant, Maryland. Brown defeated Washington 4-3 last season in a great game in Seattle. The Dawgs led that game 2-0 and 3-2, but allowed a goal in the 80th minute and the game winner in overtime.