Huskies Hope Final Stretch Leads To Postseason
Oct. 23, 2012
SEATTLE - Get Hooked. That has been the team theme for the season and those of you that follow @UW_MSoccer on Twitter see the #GetHooked hashtag quite often. Well at No. 24 in the country, first in the Pac-12 and a 10-3-3 record, there has never been a better time to "get hooked" on Husky soccer.
This is the third-straight season that the Huskies have tallied at least 10 wins. The 5-0-2 mark to start conference play is the best for a Husky team since the 1999 team went a perfect 7-0 and won the league. The eight-game unbeaten streak matches the longest for a Husky team since the 2006 team won eight in a row to open the season.
With just three games left until the postseason, the Huskies welcome SDSU and UCLA to Seattle for the final two home meetings, Friday and Monday.
The Huskies have gone unbeaten in four-straight against SDSU dating back to last season. In the first meeting this year, the two teams tied 1-1 in San Diego. Senior Quinton Beasley (Camas, Wash.) scored the Husky goal in that match on Oct. 5. The Aztecs are 6-62 overall and 0-4-1 in the Pac-12.
The 2-1 win for the UW at UCLA earlier in the year was the first for the Huskies since 2007 over the Bruins. 2006 was the last time the Huskies defeated UCLA in Seattle in a 2-0 shutout. The last time the UW swept UCLA in the regular season meetings was in 2000. Senior Nate Sackeyfio (Seattle, Wash.) and freshman Michael Gallagher (Sammamish, Wash.) scored their first career goals as Huskies in the first meeting. UCLA is No. 7 in the NSCAA polls this week with a 9-2-2 record and nipping on the heels of the Huskies for first-place in league play at 4-1-0.
6-1-0 at home is the best home record for a Husky team since the 2001 team went 8-1-0 at home during the regular season at 8-2-0 overall with one loss being in the postseason. The Huskies are also looking to go undefeated at home in conference play for the first time since 1999.
Check back later in the week for a special senior story honoring our eight seniors on this year's team that will be written by Gregg Bell.