SEATTLE – Husky head coach Jamie Clark has announced a spring schedule that includes 11 games over the next nine weeks. Washington hopes to take full advantage of the spring with such a deep roster, playing five doubleheaders among the six match days against local collegiate and professional teams.
“We have a big squad only losing three players from the falls team so wanted to play two games on each play date,” remarked Clark. “This will allow us to evaluate our entire squad. We think this is the deepest team we've ever had here and this will let us see exactly where everyone stands.”
The spring will be highlighted by a match Sunday, March 9 at 6 p.m. when the Dawgs host the Seattle Sounders. This match will be played on the Husky game field under the lights as a great showcase of soccer in Seattle.
“We are grateful to Sigi Schmidt and the Sounders organization for playing us this spring,” said Clark. “It's a privilege for our guys to match up against the top professional players in this country, and this game will allow us to just that. Many of our players have aspirations of playing professionally and games like this allow us to see how close they are to realizing their dreams.”
Washington opens the spring season on Saturday, March 1, with a home-road doubleheader. First, the Huskies will renew the rivalry with Portland with a 1 p.m. game at the Husky Soccer Stadium. Washington defeated the Pilots, 4-1, back on Sept. 6, to move to 3-0 at that point in the season. The Dawgs will then travel up to Burnaby, B.C. for an evening game with Simon Fraser, one of Canada’s top collegiate sides.
The opening doubleheader sets up the main event of the spring, Sunday, March 9, when the Sounders come to Montlake. The Dawgs will open that day with a 1 p.m. game on the East Field against Trinity Lutheran before the big game against the local MLS squad at 6 p.m. at the Husky Soccer Stadium. Players from the Sounders full roster will compete, although it is expected to be the reserves who did not play the night before in the Sounders MLS season opener.
Following the game with the Sounders, Washington will have a bit of break between games. The Dawgs will next play on Saturday, April 12, at noon when they host Gonzaga at the Husky Soccer Stadium. UW opened the 2013 campaign with a 1-0 win over the ’Zags back on August 30. That evening Washington will face local D-II power Western Washington for a 7 p.m. game played on the East Field.
A week later, on April 19, the Dawgs will host a doubleheader at the Husky Soccer Stadium with Peninsula College and the Kitsap Pumas of the Pacific Development League. UW will face the Port Angeles collegiate team at 3 p.m., followed by the professional side from Port Orchard at 7 p.m. also in the main stadium.
On April 26th, Washington will travel to Peninsula College to face the Victoria Highlanders also of the PDL. The game will be played Sigmar Field in Port Angeles at 2 p.m.
Washington wraps up the spring schedule on Saturday, May 3, hosting city rivals Seattle U. and Seattle Pacific. The Dawgs will open with the Redhawks of SU at noon in a rematch of last year’s second round NCAA Tournament contest that Washington won, 4-1. That evening, UW hosts traditional D-II power, Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m. Both games will be played at the Husky Soccer Stadium.
2014 Spring Schedule
March 1 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Portland (Husky Soccer Stadium)
March 1 – 7:30 p.m. at Simon Fraser (Burnaby, Canada)
March 9 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Trinity Lutheran (East Field)
March 9 – 6:00 p.m. vs. Seattle Sounders (Husky Soccer Stadium)
April 12 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Gonzaga (Husky Soccer Stadium)
April 12 – 7:00 p.m. vs. Western Washington (East Field)
April 19 – 3:00 p.m. vs. Peninsula College (Husky Soccer Stadium)
April 19 – 7:00 p.m. vs. Kitsap Pumas (Husky Soccer Stadium)
April 26 – 2:00 p.m. vs. Victoria Highlanders (Peninsula College)
May 3 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Seattle U. (Husky Soccer Stadium)
May 3 – 7:00 p.m. vs. Seattle Pacific (Husky Soccer Stadium)