No. 24 Washington's Hope For Title Still Alive
Nov. 6, 2012
SEATTLE – With just one game left in the Pac-12 and regular season, it all comes down to Friday at 1:30 p.m. for the Huskies at Oregon State live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Huskies can win the Pac-12 title with a win at Oregon State and a UCLA loss to SDSU, also Friday at 1:30 p.m. If the UW wins and UCLA ties then they would be co-champions and the automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Tournament would come down to goal differential that would be decided in Friday’s games. A UCLA win or a UCLA tie and Washington loss or tie would give the outright title to UCLA. Whichever team that doesn’t receive the AQ into the tourney will most likely get an at-large bid but will have to await the NCAA Selection Show.
At 11-4-3 on the year and 6-1-2 in the Pac-12, the Huskies are looking for their second-straight 12-win season and the season sweep over the Beavers. In the Pac-12 opener in Seattle on Sept. 30, the UW defeated Oregon State 1-0 on a goal from freshman James Moberg. Oregon State is 6-8-3 overall and 1-6-2 in league play.
The first and only Pac-12 title for Washington came in 2000, the first year of the Pac-12 conference for men’s soccer. Since then, UCLA has won the title seven times, Cal three times and Stanford once. UCLA is looking to repeat after winning the title in 2011.
If Washington earns a berth into the 2012 tournament it will be its first since 2007 in which the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Second Round against UCSB and hosted Portland in the First Round. The Huskies hosted a First Round game in each of their last three years in the NCAA Tournament and earned a bye in 2003 and made their way to the Third Round for the first time in school history.
The NCAA Selection Show will air on Monday at 2:30 p.m. PT. Fans can watch it live on ncaa.com. The tournament will consist of 48 teams, 22 conference champions and 26 automatic qualifiers. The top 16 teams in the tournament will receive first-round byes. The NCAA First Round begins on Nov. 15.