2014 UW Women’s Soccer Season Review

SEATTLE – UW women’s soccer enjoyed a very successful 2014 campaign that saw the Huskies make their fourth Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history and record a total of 14 wins, most since 2008.

The Huskies finished in fifth place in the Pac-12 with a 5-4-2 record, their fist winning record in conference since 2008, and 14-7-2 overall.

The season began with three straight wins and a flurry of goals for senior forward Jaclyn Softli, who scored six goals in the first eight games, and two more in a 2-0 exhibition win over Trinity Western. UW beat Kentucky in its home opener before beating La Salle and Pittsburgh on its opening road trip.

The Huskies returned home to split two games during the Husky Nike Invitational, followed by a trip to Portland for the Nike Portland Invitational, where they also went 1-1.

After a heartbreaking loss to Oregon to open Pac-12 play, the Huskies went to Portland and beat the Pilots for just the third time in 29 meetings.

Resuming conference play, the Huskies fell to Stanford on the road before going on a six-game unbeaten streak, during which Softli scored four goals and Kate Bennett netted three. The winning streak had the Huskies in third place in the Pac-12.

UW returned home and saw its winning steak end with a pair of losses, then earned a draw on the road in the Apple Cup to finish conference play in fifth place.

The Huskies earned their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance as the No. 4 seed in their region, hosting Rider University in the first round. An early goal by junior McKenzie Karas was enough to get the Huskies through to the second round, as Megan Kufeld recorded her eighth shutout of the season.

In the second round, UW travelled to Palo Alto to play SEC-foe Missouri. After a hard fought battle that saw the Huskies control the majority of the game, the match went into overtime. Freshman Kimby Keever delivered a beautiful goal just minutes into the extra period to send her team to the Sweet 16 to face Stanford. The Cardinal ended UW’s season, finishing a penalty kick chance in the first half and holding on for the shutout.

The Huskies had a number of players etch their names in the UW women’s soccer record books this season. Softli’s 10 goals led the Huskies and put her in the top 10 for goals scored in a season in UW history. She finished with 19 career goals, also top-10 all-time.

Kufeld finished with nine shutouts in 2014, which is second most ever for a UW goalkeeper in a single season. She now has 16 in her career, fourth highest total in program history and just two behind Hope Solo (18) for most all-time. Her 87 saves were also ninth most in a single season and gave her 175 career saves, sixth best all-time.

Senior midfielder Christina Archer finished her career with 83 career appearances, which puts her in a tie for fifth-most with Husky greats Lindsay Elston and Veronica Perez.

The Huskies had earned a variety of honors for their performance on the field and in the classroom, all of which are listed below.

UW will enjoy offseason activities and conditioning and will play a short spring season during March and April in preparation for the Fall 2015 season.

Awards and Honors

UW Women’s Soccer Team- NSCAA College Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 school year

Christina Archer

  • Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team
  • College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll-10/6-10/12

Kate Bennett

  • 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Pacific Region Third Team
  • Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team
  • All-Pac-12 Second Team
  • 2014 Capitol One District 8 Academic All-District Second Team
  • Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s Team of the Week 10/6-10/12

Allyson Brahs

  • Pac-12 All-Academic First Team
  • 2014 Capitol One District 8 Academic All-District Second Team

Megan Kufeld

  • Capital One Academic All-America Third Team
  • Pac-12 All-Academic First Team
  • 2014 Capitol One District 8 Academic All-District First Team
  • Pac-12 GK of the Week 10/20-10/26

Kimby Keever

  • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team

Jaclyn Softli

  • 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Pacific Region Second Team
  • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • All-Pac-12 First Team

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