SEATTLE -- Washington’s women’s soccer (7-6-2, 3-1-2 Pac-12) heads down to the desert this weekend to take on Arizona State (8-6-0, 3-3-0 Pac-12) and Arizona (7-5-3, 2-4-0 Pac-12). Heading into the heart of Pac-12 play, the Huskies look to build momentum after their win against Oregon last Thursday.
Washington is currently in second place in the Pac-12. With 11 points, the Dawgs sit behind only No. 2 UCLA who is unbeaten in conference. Close behind the Huskies are Colorado and Utah, who both have 10 points. Washington looks to stay near the top of the table by winning two tough road games this weekend.
Defense has been Washington’s specialty this year, allowing just three goals in Pac-12 play. The Dawgs look to build upon its defensive success when they go on the road this weekend. Megan Kufeld, who earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after shutouts of UCLA and Utah continues to be rock solid in net. For the season, she has a goals allowed average of just 0.77, while making 58 saves.
The offense was sparked last week by Kate Bennett who had a goal and an assist in the win over the Ducks. The junior transfer leads the Huskies with seven points and is tied for the team lead in goals with three.
Arizona, led by senior Jazmin Ponce, is currently 10th in the Pac-12 with six points. The ‘Cats have won two of their past three, defeating Oregon State in Corvallis and then USC in overtime. Ponce is the Wildcats leading scorer with 10 goals. She also leads the team in 62 shots, including 30 shots on goal.
With nine total points, Arizona State sits tied for fifth in the Pac-12. The Devils did earn one the conference’s signature wins, topping the previously No. 2 ranked Stanford in a difficult road match. Cali Farquarson leads Arizona State with nine goals, while Devin Marshall has six.
Both Arizona and Arizona State will be eager to play at home after coming off five straight road games. Last season, Washington came away with a 2-0 win against ASU and 1-1 tie with Arizona.
After this weekends matches, the Huskies head home for a three-game home stand with games against Stanford, California, and Washington State to complete the regular season.