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UW Renews Rivalry With Seattle U.

Sep 12, 2013

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SEATTLE -- Washington women’s soccer returns home this Friday, Sept. 13, to face cross-town rival Seattle U. The Dawgs (2-4-0) and Redhawks (2-1-2) will kickoff at 7 p.m. for a game streamed on the Pac-12 website.

Washington is coming off a split last weekend at Portland’s tournament. The Dawgs faced a pair of NCAA teams from a year ago, including Wake Forest who is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation. After a narrow 1-0 loss to the Demon Deacons, UW came back to beat Central Michigan, 2-0. In that game freshman Becca Schoales provided a welcomed scoring punch, notching the first two goals of her career.

Thus far in 2013, Washington has allowed just six goals in six games, but scoring has been an issue with just three Husky tallies. Jaclyn Softli scored a golden goal to beat UNC Greensboro in the opening weekend and then UW was held scoreless until Schoales scored twice last Sunday.

The Dawgs have battled injuries throughout the first few weeks of the season, already using 24 players. For the season, 18 different Huskies have already made at least one start.

One position that has seen plenty of stability is goalkeeper, where Megan Kufeld has played every minute in net. After allowing three goals in a season-opening loss to UCF, Kufeld has gone 467 minutes and allowed just three goals. She earned shutouts in both of Washington’s wins so far this season.

Seattle U. enters Friday’s game coming off a pair of ties last weekend in Indiana. The Redhaws drew 1-1 with Butler and 2-2 with Purdue. Seattle U. is 0-1 so far against the Pac-12, falling 3-1 to Washington State, but did defeat Boise State 2-1, a team that defeated Washington.

Washington has defeated Seattle U. each of the past four seasons, combining for eight goals and allowing two against. Last season, the Dawgs opened the year with a 2-0 victory at SU’s Championship Field with goals from Chelsea Archer and Lindsay Elston.

Washington has just one game this weekend and next. Friday, Sept. 20, Washington welcomes Gonzaga to the Husky Soccer Stadium for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff that will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.