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Justin Schmidt has been a key piece of Washington's defense, while also being an offensive threat on set pieces.
No. 5 UW Hosts SMU
Release: 09/25/2013
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SEATTLE -- No. 5 Washington men’s soccer will wrap up the non-conference season on Friday with SMU coming to the Husky Soccer Stadium. The game time is set for 4 p.m. to accommodate the Pac-12 Networks broadcast.

Washington is one of six remaining unbeaten teams in the country with a record of 5-0-2. The Dawgs ascended to No. 5 in the most recent NSCAA poll. For the season, UW has scored 16 goals, while allowing just three. The Huskies are 11th in the nation, scoring 2.29 goals per game and fourth in goals against, allowing just 0.40 per game.

The Dawgs have been led all season by the stellar defense. In addition to the four shutouts and allowing just a single goal in the other three games, Washington has had the majority of its scoring from defenders. Of the Huskies 16 goals, nine have been scored by the starting backline. Taylor Peay leads the way with four goals, while Justin Schmidt and Michael Harris each have two and Andy Thoma has one.

In goal, Ryan Herman has done well since taking over for the injured Spencer Richey, earning two shutouts and allowing just a single goal as the starter. For the season, Herman has a 0.53 goals against average and has made 11 saves.

Offensively, the Dawgs have had contributions from all over the field. James Moberg leads the team with five assists, while fellow central midfielder Ian Lange has contributed two goals. Darwin Jones leads the team with 27 shots, but has been a bit unlucky to only have one goal so far.

SMU comes to Seattle with a record of just 2-5-0, but has won two of its past three. The Mustangs have played a difficult schedule that included one-goal losses to both Indiana and Notre Dame, teams that were ranked in the top-10 at the time.

For the season, SMU has allowed just eight goals, but scored only five. Alfred Koroma leads the team with three goals, while Deshawon Nembhard has two assists. Washington last played SMU in 2007, defeating the Mustangs, 2-0.

Following the home game SMU, the Dawgs will face a tough roadtrip to the Bay Area to begin Pac-12 play. Washington opens conference play at Stanford, followed by a showdown with No. 2 California. Both games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

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