SEATTLE -- Washington women’s soccer (1-1) opens the home schedule this weekend when they host No. 11 Baylor (2-0) and Boise State (1-1). The Baylor Bears come to the Husky Soccer Field on Friday, August 30, at 3:30 p.m., while the Broncos will be in town one day after the football team on Sunday, September 1, at 2 p.m.
Both games this weekend will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with J.B. Long and Krista Blunk on the call.
The Dawgs are coming off an up-and-down weekend in Hawai’i where they split matches with No. 21 UCF and UNC Greensboro. The Dawgs came out tight in the opener and were defeated by a very good UCF squad. Two days later, Washington rebounded by dominating UNCG, but needed a late goal to pull off the victory.
Despite outshooting UNG 24-4, the Dawgs needed double-overtime and a Jaclyn Softli golden goal to pull off the victory. Amanda Perez picked up the assist on the first UW goal of the season, while Megan Kufeld earned her first shutout as the new starter in goal for the Huskies.
The weekend also left the Dawgs a bit banged up, particularly along the backline. However, Washington’s depth should be a strength all season and several players look ready to step up. Already, freshman Havana McElvaine and sophomore Allyson Brahs played the full games against UNCG, while others such as Katey Fawcett and Paige Serwold could be called upon.
Baylor will be a stiff test for the Dawgs, coming into Friday’s game with a pair of 5-0 victories over UTSA and Northwestern State. The Bears have been led by freshman Ashley York so far as she has racked up three goals and an assist. Others to watch include Bri Campos and Kat Ludlow who were each named to the preseason All-Big-12 Team.
The Huskies last faced Baylor way back in 2006, winning, 4-0. That result will have no bearing on Friday’s matchup as Baylor is a consensus top-25 team this year and will be a much tougher opponent. The Bears were a Sweet 16 team a year ago, falling in PK’s to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina.
Sunday marks the return of former Husky assistant Jim Thomas who has taken over as the head coach for Boise State. He earned his first win last Sunday when the Broncos defeated Creighton. Boise State lost its opener, 2-1, to Idaho State before beating Creighton by the same score. The Broncos have been led thus far by Brook Heidemann who has a goal in each of the first two games.
Sunday’s matchup will be the first time Washington has faced Boise State in head coach Lesle Gallimore’s tenure at Washington. The longtime Washington head coach enters the weekend with 200 career wins after earning the milestone in Hawai’i with the win over UNCG.
Following this weekend’s game, Washington will travel to Portland’s tournament to face Wake Forest and Central Michigan as the difficult non-conference schedule continues with two NCAA tournament team from last year.