CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Washington women’s soccer rides its three-game winning streak into Pac-12 play on Friday when it travels to face Oregon State at 7 p.m. The Dawgs (4-4-0) look to begin the conference season on a strong note and move above .500 for the first time with a win over the Beavers (2-6-1).
Following Friday’s game, Washington returns home for a quick turnaround, facing archrival No. 14 Portland (6-1-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Portland game will be streamed live from the Pac-12 site (link above) as the Dawgs play their final non-conference match of the season.
The Husky women have been on a roll of late, earning three-straight shutouts and outscoring their opponents 8-0 over that span. Freshman Becca Schoales has been a revelation for the Dawgs, scoring three times during that stretch. Overall, the Dawgs now have nine goals, while allowing just six. Jaclyn Softli is the other Husky with multiple goals, while Isabel Farrell leads the team with four assists.
Defensively, Washington is close to full strength after some injuries early in the season. Megan Kufeld has been outstanding in goal, allowing just 0.75 goals per game and making 26 saves. She made a great reaction save to keep UW up 1-0 late in last weekend’s game against Gonzaga.
Oregon State enters Pac-12 play coming off a rough non-conference season, but did win their last game 3-0 over Cal Poly. Oregon State lost 1-0 to Gonzaga, the only common opponent with UW. For the season, the Beavers have scored seven goals, while allowing 12. Last season, Oregon State came to UW and earned a 2-2 draw in a game that had NCAA Tournament implications for both teams. Jenna Richardson leads Oregon State with two goals and dangerous in last year’s meeting with the Dawgs.
Sunday, Portland comes to the Husky Soccer Stadium with a national ranking to renew their rivalry with the Dawgs. The Pilots are 1-0-1 so far this season against the Pac-12, defeating Oregon and tying with No. 2 Stanford, the only blemish of the Cardinal’s perfect season. Washington traveled to Portland’s tournament earlier this fall and had the same results against common opponents, a one-goal loss to No. 9 Wake Forest and a shutout of Central Michigan.
Following Sunday’s game with Portland, the Dawgs will just have Pac-12 games left on the schedule. Next weekend, Washington makes a difficult road trip to Los Angeles to face USC and No. 4 UCLA.