Dawgs Return Home For Crucial Pac-12 Matches
Oct. 24, 2012
SEATTLE -- The UW women's soccer team returns home this weekend to face Oregon and Oregon State in a crucial set of Pac-12 contests. Thursday, the Ducks come to town for a game that will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks at 7:00 p.m. Sunday will be senior day as the Huskies wrap up its home schedule against Oregon State at 1:00 p.m.
The Huskies enter the weekend coming off a pair of hard-fought losses to the Bay Area schools. Washington is now 9-6-2 (2-5-1 Pac-12) and very much still alive for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. UW's latest RPI is 28 as the Huskies have played one of the most difficult schedules in the nation.
Lindsay Elston continues to lead the Dawgs in scoring with eight goals and five assists. She needs just two more goals to climb into the top-10 all-time at UW. Kari Davidson looks to continue her great play in goal for the Dawgs. She is second in the conference in goals allowed average (0.95) and third in saves (77.) Davidson, along with fellow seniors Kelsea Brajkovich and Faustine Dufka will be honored before the Oregon State game.
Oregon comes to town with a record of 7-8-2 (2-5-1 Pac-12). The Ducks have scored just six goals in conference play, but are also one of the stingier defenses allowing just 10. Washington and Oregon played to a 1-1 tie last season, but the Huskies are five-game unbeaten streak against the Ducks.
Oregon is coached by Tara Erickson who played under Washington head coach Lesle Galimore at Washington. Erickson is in her eighth season at Oregon where she is the program's all-time winningest coach. At Washington, she was an All-Conference player that Gallimore says is one of the toughest she has ever coached.
Oregon State is currently 11-4-2 (3-3-2 Pac-12) on the season entering its Friday match at Washington State. The Beavers are led by Jenna Richardson and Megan Miller who have seven goals apiece. Overall, Oregon State has scored 28 goals on the season and allowed 19.
Oregon State won last year's matchup between the two teams and has won three in a row against the Huskies. The Beavers have advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of those three seasons.