SEATTLE – Washington looks to extend its season again this week, hosting Stanford in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Dawgs and Cardinal will meet for a third time this season on Sunday, December 1 at 5 p.m.
Washington reached its second Sweet 16 in program history by defeating Seattle U. on Sunday night, 4-2. The win gave the second-seeded Huskies another home game, this time against Stanford. The Cardinal upset 15th-seeded Cal-State Northridge to advance to play UW for a third time.
The Dawgs won both matchups earlier the year against the Pac-12 rival, including 2-0 at home on November 8. Washington also won in Palo Alto, 3-1, on October 3.
Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance, either online HERE or by visiting the Husky Ticket Office. The Dawgs got a massive turnout of 3,100 fans, for Sunday’s second round match and are once again expecting a big crowd. Sunday’s game will also be streamed live via the Pac-12 website HERE.
The Pac-12 Champion Huskies improved to 15-1-4 on the season with the victory over Seattle U. Washington now has 44 goals on the season and are fourth nationally with 2.20 goals per game. Cristian Roldan and Darwin Jones each scored against Seattle U. and now are tied for the team lead with seven apiece.
Josh Heard was the star of the second round game, scoring his fifth goal of the season and adding two assists. Heard now has five goals and five assists on the season and was particularly deadly to Seattle U., scoring twice in the regular season matchup.
Mason Robertson also scored against the Redhawks and now has a goal in four-straight games. The target forward is healthy and becoming a force up top for the Huskies late in the season. James Moberg had two assists against Seattle U., tying Michael Harris for the team and conference lead with nine.
Washington improved to 10-18-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003. The Dawgs hope to win multiple games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with a victory over the Cardinal.
Stanford is playing in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009, having defeated Loyola Marymount and Cal-State Northridge in the first two rounds. The Cardinal has a record of 10-6-4 on the season, finishing fourth in the Pac-12 with a conference record of 3-5-2. Stanford is led by Zach Batteer with nine goals and fellow All-Pac-12 First Team players Jordan Morris and J.J. Koval.
The winner of Sunday’s game would advance to the Elite 8 to face the winner of seventh-seeded New Mexico and unseeded Penn State. If the Dawgs advance, they would play at home once again on Saturday, December 7, at 5 p.m. Washington is uneaten at the Husky Soccer Stadium this season with a record of 9-0-2.